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My builds tend to take years for one reason or another. I've been clearing the attic and came across these two little Italians, and decided to have a little tinker.

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The Ferrari is a Mac Pinches body that I bought as my entry for the first ever Early Bird. So that's 15 years almost! It sits on a Monoposto chassis and the all-up weight of body, chassis, motor, guide and white metal exhausts is 100g. I've got to add gears, inserts, interior and white metal mirrors - what do we think? 110g all up? Enough to keep the Slot.It motor occupied, anyway!

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The Maserati is a Dave Jones shell. These are bantamweight things of beauty but I am not very good with the material, so when I tried to open the gaps for the axles to go through the shell split in half, then a big chunk of the nose went missing and I put the remains in a box. That was 10 years ago.

To start with I glued all the bits back together with superglue and it all held up so I sprayed it with red primer and it looked like it could become a worthwhile job. I had a Penelope Pitlane chassis in mind for it originally but I think anything too rapid might see it fall to bits, so I'm going to mount it on a Scalextric Maserati 250F chassis as a Sunday afternoon car.

The stone guards behind the front wheels were snipped out of the Scalextric body and glued in place. I did break one of them but it will go under the exhaust so you won't spot it unless you look for it. Then I painted the whole thing red. After that I splashed a bit of aluminium in the right spots for good measure...

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A day later and the cockpits are done on both cars. The Ferrari has a vac-formed interior with a resin head. The Maserati has the torso of what was a full-length resin driver figure from Penelope Pitlane that I dismembered and then whittled to sit properly on the shell and to remove the sleeves to give a polo shirt appearance.

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The Ferrari is Peter Collins's 1958 British GP winner. The Maserati was intended to be Stirling Moss's 1956 Monaco GP winner but I now discover that our very own Munter has a '56 shell too, so I shall build one of them on a proper chassis as the Monaco car and will decorate this one as Stirling's 1956 Glover Trophy winner at Goodwood, which also carried number 1.

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I've got rather a busy few weeks but hope these will keep me sane and get some way towards completion. I started them in my Thirties and I'm now in my Forties and I'd like to try them out before I'm 50!
 

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Progress update: Sir Stirling is now in his office and body mount posts will be going in shortly. I tried fitting the windscreen from a '57 Maser but it's too narrow, so will need to sort that. Might have to ask Munter's assistance on that and the exhausts.

The Ferrari's white metal rear view mirrors are painted and await fitting. Tony Condon is sending over one of the screen from his Dino to try out. I found the original resin inserts for the wheels. They came in black and it was hard to see what was what so I gave them a shot of primer and discovered many more bubbles in the resin than spokes!

I'm going to go to Dart for some BWA resin ones. They look the business.

In the meantime a couple of friends have joined them from the cupboard of forgetfulness...

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