As you may know, I'm not really a 1:24 kind of guy but I do have a weakness for the 'Golden Age' slot car models such as the Cox Lotus 30/40, so when I saw a cheap one available about 8 years ago I couldn't resist.
When it arrived I began to see the folly of my ways, as it had a lot wrong with it. For example, here's the chassis:
Now I needed a lot of extra parts, so roll on another year or two and I was the owner of two cheap but decidedly dodgy Cox Lotuses, neither of which had a driver, rear view mirror or roll bar. Still, all the other bits were there in at least useable shape and, importantly one had an excellent chassis and the other had a very good body:
. . . So I doodled around for about 6 years waiting for that cheap driver to show up. Last year I gave up on that hopeless dream, acquired the driver and began the quick build - what could go wrong?
That's when I noticed that my 'very good' body had a lot of subtle, and some not-so subtle trimming of the wheel arches and underside. That was real stupid of me and I've paid over the last 4 weeks, sorting it out. It involved making a mould in each location, using plastic card, filling in with epoxy resin, adjusting/improving the mould a few times then lots of cutting,sanding and finishing. Here's an example - the worst wheel arch (front right):
Aside from that, there has been a fair bit of fettling needed, such as cleaning up the windscreen/headlight covers, building a new roll bar etc.
I decided to build it as a generic Jim Clark Lotus 40, not a model of a particular car and stay away from mods that make it look 'realistic'. In my personal opinion Cox cars should look like Cox cars, not exact replicas of real cars.
. . .and here's my 'bad body' Muletto, that I can bolt on whenever I want to thrash this baby around the track!