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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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Very nice, Steve!
Of course he is, BJ! No one builds these and doesn't enter them!

Little Ripper? Hmmm.... have you tried it yet, Steve? Sounds like a lot of horsepower!
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QUOTE I guess I'm being over-protective!

I know the feeling, Steve! Going through that myself with the Matra. But... I figure if I can build one, I can build another if the need arises.
C'mon.... send it!

On the Ripper:
QUOTE I suspect it will be a little much, but I wanted to try it.

Man after my own heart!
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QUOTE I've ordered three new motors to try out on this car. I'll post a report on this thread after I've tried some different motors.

Three? Cool! I eagerly await your findings, Steve!

Fergy quickly puts strap motor back in box and digs out..... (to be continued)...
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If all scratchbuilt cars were audited for errors.... none of us would be allowed to run them!

Good grief, let's keep it real here.... the car is an excellent build!

Take pride in it, Steve!

Mr. Max.... Jackie Stewart's helmet tartan is not located in the 100% proper location on my Matra, the coilovers are about .010" too small in diameter, and the car should have a windscreen that is about 1 real inch high (.032" in scale).... so to save you time... yes, I know about it.
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