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Posting this here as these should probably be classed as kit builds although there may be the odd scratch build along the way. Most of these will be build from Airfix, MRRC and Super Shells body kits using just the parts supplied in the kit and built with, in most cases, the standard running gear. The only difference will be that the bodies will be painted to represent a real F1 car.

The first of these was an Airfix Lotus 24 body kit, this was a second release which still used the double pin guide but included the windscreen.

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I've still got a few detail parts to add to the car to complete it and it's based on the car driven by Trevor Taylor at the Nürburgring 1962. The running gear is all standard ONS Airfix parts. The body is painted with Lotus Racing Green supplied by an auto paint specialist in a rattle can.

I have covered this in my Retirement builds topic [post='2360251']here[/post] and [post='2387977']here[/post]

Build #2 is now just about completed an Airfix/MRRC Eagle Weslake Clubman Special body kit

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Had a go at Dan Gurney's overalls

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This is based on the car in which Gurney won the 1967 Belgian grand prix, this wouldn't have been my first choice as the body isn't based on this car. I have used Pattos Place decals and in the set I ordered the only correct race number is this one. The compromises are body wise

there should be three 'gills' each side over the front axle and the mirrors should be attached to the body sides more or less at the to of the sides. Also Dan should have a mask on for this race, I did think of changing the head but as I don't have one with mask and goggles I stuck with the kit head. I could have done some modifications but that's not the idea of these builds. The body has been painted with Zero Paint's Eagle Weslake Blue, this was my first attempt at airbrushing with these paints and I have to say, although I have put off using them for quite a while, I found them very easy to use and to clean up afterwards. Still got the white nose interior to do, was thinking of useing some of the spare decals form the set bit due to the shape I think I will end up painting the nose.

The chassis is an Airfix Clubman Special that I bought some time ago and was originally going to go in a 250LM body but this got done first and as luck would have it it even had the correct wheel inserts fitted, although I got a full set with the body kit.

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Mr Gurney is missing a couple of badges from his overalls and I may do those in my new decal print, I have a Goodyear that I can rescale but haven't seen a really clear photo of the badge on the other side yet..
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Oh YES!
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LOVE your Eagle Weslake, what a super looking model.
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I saw Mr. Gurney do his thing it that car at Spa in '67, the only 'foreign' GP I ever went to, and I can almost recall the howl of that V12 rushing through the woods that day.
 

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Thanks Kit.

I nearly gave up before I started on this one as to start with I couldn't find many photos from the race, then every time I found new photos they seemed to contradict the last ones. maybe it's down to the light, maybe the film used but some parts seem totally different but I'm happy with it as a good representation of the car, which is what I was after.

I have leant the hard way, having to remove decals for one, that you can't do enough photo research. As an example I was building a 1/20th scale Tamiya Lotus 25 and doing Jim Clarks 1963 winning car, which is shown on the box top and is included in the painting/decal instructions and both turned out to be completely wrong. Have followed the instructions and then latter looked at some photos I realised that the car shouldn't have the gold pin strips on the sides and the top of the body didn't have the side roundels, so these all got removed. Then a while later I found another photo which showed that although the top of the roundels was missing the top of the 4 was still there
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Done a little more detail painting on the Weslake Eagle, not a lot just the inside of the nose and part of the steering unit to represent the suspension. The body should be clear coated but I quite like the look of the finish as is, maybe when I find my bottle Klear.

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Started on the next car, another Airfix/MRRC Clubman Special body kit, the BRM P261 from, as the box says, 1965.

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Again painted with Zero Paints, although I have found a little problem as I decided to paint the nose cone before gluing to the body but it appears the solvent cement is a good solvent for the Zero Paints, so I may have to redo the nose of the car. As the cars I'm building aren't connected in any way I have decided to, where possible, do a first. The Eagle was the first championship win for the Weslake engine and this will be the first championship drive for Jackie Stewart and points score in the South African GP, car #4. I was going to do Stewart's first championship win, at Monza, but I don't have the correct shape 3 but do have the correct 4.
 

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This isn't a F1 car but it is a GP car. Starting with this Airfix body kit, an original type one with double pin guide, and an original, plain yellow wheels, axle set.

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I could say this build started last June when I primed the body..

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But the real build started last week with a couple of coats of Alclad black primer. In a few places this didn't take that well to the Halfords grey primer and a of rubbing down followed. Followed by more black primer and again more rubbing down, in the exact same areas. Finally a few coats of Vallejo Aluminium.. This didn't take that well either, although you can dilute the Vallejo paints with water being a metallic paint I think you need the correct thinners, which I now have. More rubbing down and then a few coats of Vallejo Air silver, a pre thinned paint this time.

What car to finish it as though. It's supposed to be a 1937 model and from another thread on the forum I believe it is based, very loosely, on a photo from Donington 1937. This fitted in with my theme for the cars in this build series of firsts as this was was a double first being the first appearance of the German cars at British GP and also the first British win for Auto Union with the #5 car driven by Rosemeyer. Looking at photos reporting to be from Donington 1937 the #5 car looks a bit different in some of them as do some of the 5's. I ignored the ones that looked different and had an idea what was needed but what colour for the numbers. I have gone for red as this is what is shown in a painting of the car during the race. The decals are home made and while I'm happy with the ones on the nose I'm not sure I have the side numbers correct as in some photos the font seems different and they may be a little small.

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I've sprayed and then dry brushed the wheels and painted and again dry brushed the radiator grill. Next problem was what colour to paint Rosemeyer? In some of the photos of Rosemeyer his overalls seem to be a slightly darker shade than his white helmet and then I found this colour photo taken in the middle of 1937...

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So I've gone for a light blue for his overalls and added a little bit of detail to the cockpit. I've given the exhausts a thin coat of Vallejo burnt exhaust, to loose the shiny chrome, but I think they will need another coat.

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As with the other cars in this series this isn't an attempt to build a 100% accurate model but to make the body represent a real car.
 

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I concur. A corker of a C-Type, Keith, with a convincing 1937 paint finish, too. And thanks for the wonderful colour pic of Bernd, his wife, Elly Beinhorn and Prof Porsche. Marvellous stuff.
 

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Really good choices in this model.
I love the 'character' of the Airfix car, which, I think, captures the essence of the originals without necessarily having all the little details. You've gone along with the philosophy and it's turned out well. I particularly like your cockpit and driver.

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Mr Gurney is missing a couple of badges from his overalls and I may do those in my new decal print, I have a Goodyear that I can rescale but haven't seen a really clear photo of the badge on the other side yet.

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Blue embroidered stitching "Dan Gurney" below, "Hinchman Homes" above (dunno what colour!) and "United States Auto Club" on the left shoulder. The colour shot is later in '67 and the Hinchman Homes has gone.

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Blue embroidered stitching "Dan Gurney" below, "Hinchman Homes" above (dunno what colour!) and "United States Auto Club" on the left shoulder. The colour shot is later in '67 and the Hinchman Homes has gone.

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I read that as "Hinchman Nomex". Referring to the race suit itself.
 

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Cheers folks.

Thanks for the photos and info Coides, although I'll go with Mr.M as with a bit of searching dan's overalls match a set of Grahham Hill's Hinchman Nomex overalls even down to the location of the name. Seems Nomax fire resistant overall production started in 1965

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Mind you at the size these will be printed not sure if any real detail will show, I'm will need to be careful what I print from as I don't think Word will allow enough detail.
 

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