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Cox Lotus 40

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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.

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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:

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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:

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. . . 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):

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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.

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. . .and here's my 'bad body' Muletto, that I can bolt on whenever I want to thrash this baby around the track!

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Andy
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That's a labour of love Andy, the finished car looks good.

Joel

PS: What next, a Chaparal 2D?
Andy, thats some dedication there, lovely result.
Bob
I love the wheel arch work.. I may have to do that on my SCCA '68 Firebird as it turns out the body is actually a '69 that had rear fenders that slightly covered the wheels...
Andy

What a lot of work you have done but you have ended up with a great Lotus 40 so it was all worthwhile.

David

PS - I am also a lover of Cox slot cars and my personal favourite is the Lotus.
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Funny how we 'oldies' live in the past
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Back in the 90's we used to race a hard body plastic 1/24th class. Predominantly Parma chassis with Tamiya Group C bodies. However one of the members had a Lotus 40 which brought back memories of the 60's when I really coveted one and could not afford to buy one. Now I have 3. Sigh
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Andy - that is a superb piece of work - talent supreme!!
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I got this one recently, which came with a great box all the paperwork and is in unsed condition. I love the car but am tempted to finish it like yours but I think it will ruin it's value.

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My answer to that would be who cares?

I'd do it the way that I want and assume that I would keep it. Value is only in the eye of the beholder.

I fear I will never understand this money thing. Probably why I'm not rich
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Thanks guys,

Chaparral 2D? Maybe indeed but I'm also lusting after a Cox Dino, Monogram Ford GT roadster, one or two Tamiyas, a Russkit Porsche 906 . . . this could get very messy!

Wheel arches: I suspect mine isn't the easiest way but it works for me. Air bubbles are a problem.

Three Lotuses: You mean you have my old problem plus one?

Value? I take your point. Why not get a junkier version and work with that? The World's full of dodgy Cox Lotus 40s. Also, you could make the next one a Lotus 30?

Andy
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So Here are my 2 I did earlier - converted 1 into a Lotus 30 as the original exhausts and the exhaust holes were all there.

Lotus 30 workings bits not finished as I want to get it working for Bordo - so have to arrange some kind of batpans.

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Am I weird for getting excited about seeing wire mesh on the inlets look so amazing?
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Nice Anthony!

I anguished a bit over those grilles - I opened them up on my Super Shells Lotus 30 and they look neat but in the end I kept to my plan for the Cox 40.

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Thank goodness .. I almost felt normal there for a moment..
Bigtone - I would do it the way you want it to look - unless you intend to sell it soon. I personally prefer to do up these old cars - to my eyes they look great with a lick of paint and some proper decals and as they are for my enjoyment then I figure so long as I like it then what does it matter what others think - if the time comes to sell it I either won't be around or won't care because I have got my enjoyment out of owning the car
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Nice work Andy, I can see a lot of effort went into this and it paid off.

I have a Monogram GT40 roadster project available if you're interested...

Pete
Oooooooh, you are awful! I still have a few bits of resin from you that haven't made it into my Revell GT collection yet.

Go on then, PM me with the gory details. . . .

Andy
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