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1970 Brabham BT-33 F1

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Hello all!

This is the first Classic fiberglass shell I've actually taken to a near-completion stage. I had initially intended to build the 1970 Ferrari 312B, but was unhappy with my attempts at the unique wing on this car. So, I defaulted to the 1970 Brabham BT33, painted the rather unusual combination of light blue/turquoise and yellow for Brabham's last go-round as a driver in F1.

Right now, a Patto's MJK 30 chassis sits underneath the shell with a Little Ripper motor and slot-it pinion and crown gear. The guide has not been installed yet. The following items remain to be done:

1. Decals added. and another shot of clear coat
2. The wing/airfoil needs to be permanently affixed to its supports
3. Rear wing needs to be clear coated
4. Minor engine detailing remains
5. Need to add a couple of detail bits to the roll bar to match 1:1 car
6. Driver!
7. Wind screen and mirrors

Anyway, far from perfect and not up to David's and John P's (among others) standards, but already this is my favorite car in my collection. The rear wing is a perfect example of where I could've done a better job. Even with those faults, I just love the looks of it. Here are a couple of shots:

Thanks for looking
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Great looking car Pastime !! very well done.

On the question of car numbers, just had a look through the bookshelf and came up with the following.

In 1970, 4 Brabhams raced at the various events. two were BT26's( derek Bell and Gus Huthison ) and two were BT33's like your car ( Sir Jack and Ralf Stommelen,both in Jack's team "Motor Racing Developments" )

Of the two BT33's,only Sir Jack's appears in the blue and yellow livery. It carried a variety of numbers;

South Africa #12
Spain #7
Monaco #5
Belguim&Netherlands #18
France #23
UK #17
Germany #3
Austria #10
Italy #44
Canada #11
USA & Mexico #15

Hope this is useful ( if trivial ) in deciding how to finish your car,


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P.S I gues that makes David's picture above the Spanish Grand prix
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P.P.S. ( note to self - read caption of above mention photo before making obviously redundant comment )

by the way,that is a great pic of the car in action David.


Hi Steve,
I had a look in my pictures vault and found these.Are they of any use to you?

they look little dodgy at this size,but when shrunk to 8 or 10 mm on the car they
could look ok. I bought a couple of sheets of "Bare MEtal Foil" decal paper,print therm on the inkjet,give them a coat of varnish then stick them on the car.for hard to find bits its worked well so far.


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I saw what I thought to be a BT33 at this years Australian Grand Prix ( it may have been a BT26 ), Colour-wise, it was very close to the one in John's picture.thats the closest of all the pictures to what I saw "in the flesh"

Also, I included the "super-roo" decal cause it can be seen just between the goodyear logo and the mirror in a couple of David Lawson's pics.

In Australia it was a Ford Mo Co logo used on their GT cars. I am not sure of what the attachment may have been to Sir Jack's cars. I have his biography sitting here,maybe if I got round to reading it rather than looking at the pretty pictures, I might find out.

The Car looks great Steve

It captures the era really well,which has to be the object of the exercise !!.

for windscreens I use a bit of packing plastic, the stuff that comes with all sorts of things ( computer mouse/toys/tools ) and glue it on with Microscale "crystal clear".Its basicaly white glue,but a little thinner consistency

Congrats on the car

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