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Without wishing to monopolise the 1960s F1 theme (I would love to see some others work), here's another car currently under construction which I mentioned I was planning in another thread.

Once again it's one of the excellent Classic shells. This BRM raced during a dip in the team's fortunes after Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart left the team at the end of 1966 & 67 and the team struggled with the H16 engine before admitting defeat and switching to the V12 for 1968 that would eventually have some success in the 153 and 160 chassis in the early 1970s.

BRM's were always very well engineered and this car looked superbly packaged as well as being a good looking design, it was always one of my favourites. I always remember a high spot being Richard Attwood's great race at Monaco in 68 when he came close to winning.

The standard Scalex motor that I prefer to use for home track use just fits this slim bodyshell - here's a couple of work in progress pictures. You'll see that I've just broken through the shell with the Dremel around the engine exhaust and intake area as space is at a premium but I'll clean that up when I prepare the shell for painting.




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David.I wouldn't worry about the fear of monopolising anything,I always am eager to see your latest work.As you know I have a BRM on the board now,just waiting for my "bits" to arrive,so I'll be keen to see your progress on the car,I've got a bit of a soft spot for the BRM, as a lad I saw Jackie Stewart carve up all and sundry in our long lost Tasman series here in the 60's.I always thought of the BRM as your equivalant of the aussie battler,not quite sure what I would politely call that(??).

Keep em coming

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Thanks David - been getting those '60s F1 withdrawal symptons all over the weekend! Must start another soon myself - I've got a couple of MRRC bodies in reserve although I do have a fancy for one of those Classic BT26's.

Anyway, the BRuMmer looks terrific so far - but who's got the drive? Will the pilot be wearing a sensible sombrero instead of one of those silly racing helmets I wonder?
 

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I don't think you're going to get any complaints from me if you show your work. Even if I can't do anything even remotely like it at least I have something to shoot for.
 

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Great work there, David!!

You know what I always wonder? (Here's where you say: "No. What do you always wonder?")

...how in the heck does anyone know how think to make the body shell? Does the solid body get made, a mold from the solid body, then the innards of the produced plastic mode get its guts ground out? I just will not sleep until I know this great secret of model/mold makers!!



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David,

Your work is just awesome!
Monopolise away! I can't wait to see your progress as you move along.

I do have a question -- as I wait for my own Classic shell -- is it risky to cut out the driver from these shells? I was considering a full driver figure for my project, but I don't want to cut into the shell too much if it will cause damage.

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David

Just wondered where i could get my hands on a Classic BRM shell from?

Did a search on Google but got to many results and none of the ones i checked where related to the Classic shells.

I've been a Grand Prix Legends racer for many years and any of the F1 classic cars from that era (especially the BRM) are on my list of must haves!


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Was: You could ask dDve at Mundaring Hobby centre if he happens to have any of John Bacons bodies in stock. The wait is too long for this race but he just might have some stock.They are not as good as the Classis shells but look very similar.

http://www.hobbycentre.com.au/

If you are prepared to wait I am sure that the classic bodies can be ordered still.Have a look at:

http://www.abslotsport.biz/page13.html

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WAS.............got mine from Chas at SCD,heaps to choose from,hard to know what to grab,especially from the 60's and 70's F1.

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John - is your reference to the great Pedro Rodriguez? If it is then yes he'll probably be the driver rather than Attwood - still not decided yet.

Maltese - The masters for the Classic shells were produced by the talented and innovative Charlie Fitzpatrick who has been involved in rail and slot racing for about 50 years and still producing these shells to this day. He is the talent which makes it possible for us to build these slightly different cars. The master is used to produce a female mould and then resin can either be "sloshed" round to form a shell or glass fibre and resin can be laid up inside. Here's a link to my efforts at resin casting
http://www.ssrcworld.com/david_lawson/davi...orris-minor.htm

Terry - I envy you spectating at the Tasman series - there were some great tracks, I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Brabham a couple of weeks ago at Brands Hatch.

Steve - you can cut the driver out without problems. Just work very slowly with the Dremel as the material is quite soft.

Was - As Phil has said you can get the Classic bodies at ABSlot and also at SCD
http://www.scdparma.fsnet.co.uk/
You normally only have to wait a few days for delivery.
Classic and Betta still sell direct to the public but you have to write and telephone and send cheques by post so you're probably better using the websites.

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QUOTE is your reference to the great Pedro Rodriguez? If it is then yes he'll probably be the driver rather than Attwood - still not decided yet.
Yes, I was indeed referring to the great Pedro! Other possibilities could be Mike Spence (who drove the P126 in South Africa, the Race of Champions and International Trophy) and Piers Courage in the Parnell car.

Great to see so much interest in this thread
 

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Mike Spence was another favourite of mine who quietly got on with things, what a shame his crash came just as he was getting a real opportunity to show his talent.

As you say, great to see this amont of interest in 1960s Grand Prix racing

FORZA CLASSIC F1

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David,on the Brabham thing,one of the guys who races with me in our hard bodied 1/24 night in Sydney is the proud owner of Black Jacks first racer a speedway car from the very early 50's,Andrew has been invited to Goodwood (I think) to participate in a special Brabham historical meeting.I'm sketchy on the details but I know he leaves in about a months time cars' about to leave now I think.
 

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Thanks for the reply David about cutting the driver out.

I live in the U.S. and I wanted to extend my recommendation for both Andy at ABSlotSport and Chas at SCD. They've been great to deal with.

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Excellent Work David.

I'm still struggling with my first chassis!....I am now trying to fabricate my own motor bracket instead of using the old P3 , very strange type of metal, unit.

The front section is OK, and is similar to JP's. Can't show any pictures cause my son has run off to Corsica with my Digital....

Any chance of any pictures of the, pardon the expression, rear end?.....I'm desperate for inspiration....

Howmet is also very quiet, no doubt working on the Xylon....

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QUOTE Any chance of any pictures of the, pardon the expression, rear end?.....I'm desperate for inspiration....
...at least you didn't ask to see a picture of David's Johnson (111 of course)


Maybe this will help a little Alan:



It's a picture of my Lotus 79 chassis under construction although the... um... rear end is the same on my Honda. Ideally there would be an additional brace soldered from the bearings to the top of the motor once installed. Unfortunately, I couldn't do that on the Honda because the Scaley motor has it's plastic endbell at the buisness end.

David seems to have used a similar "bracketless" method although I have to say his looks to be a far more robust job!

P.S. the piano wire is 16swg.
 

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I'm away from home at the moment I'll post a shot of the motor mounting when I get back.

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Thanks John...I'll try you're rear end
idea over the weekend it looks pretty straightforward......
famous last words !


I had to use 20 gauge wire for the main rails but I did use a two rail design so I hope it's strong enough!...

Regards

Alan
 
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