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Progress has been slow to say the least, but, the body is finished......

This is an AMT 1/24 Lola T70 from 1966,.....the kit was somewhat incomplete, so i did make/replace a few bits (apologies to the purists),..but,..I did invariably modify my cars as a kid, so, I can live with it :D

The chassis is not done yet, and I will post a shot in a couple of days when completed.

Cheers,..and Happy New Year

Chris Walker

 

The colour is Tamiya "Champagne" gold, and although this is a fantasy livery, it does look like it could belong on a 65/66 USRRC/CanAm Lola.

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The gauges do look quite realistic, despite my crummy photo.

 

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I have made a small aluminum rear lip spoiler......debating on whether to stick it on.

 

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The wheels are not original,.....they are Russkit Lola T70 1 piece  cast aluminum......gorgeous !!

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And the yet unfinished AMT chassis,.....a few wire braces, a brass front axle tube, and a much modified AMT 36D motor.

 

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Your usual amazing work, Chris...... I'm guessing the golf course is missing you of late..... 

 

I chose the same "fantasy" colour scheme for a Slot-It GT40 a couple of years back. I happened on the scheme after purchasing some "Mothers" car wax..... gold with two white stripes looked really good on the can... so my undecorated Slot-It kit was "trialed".. I may yet use the livery again... 

The gold I used was a 75-25 blend of both Tamiya "Titan gold" and "Titanium silver" (X-31 & X-32), the white was Tamiya  white (X-2) and I clear coated with Tamiya (X-22) thinned with lacquer thinners.

 

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The chassis was kit Slot-It, but I changed out the motor, gears and fitted the suspension kit.

 

Your chassis work is to dream for, Chris..... and ditto the comments on those wheels - superb for the T-70..... 

 

frats,

Rosco

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The finished chassis.......

This is an AMT chassis from 1966,......a few wire braces were added, a front axle tube (these chassis were prone to bending in a crash), lead wire tubes, and a few other bits...along with a much modified AMT 36D motor.

Cheers

Chris Walker

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Great work, Chris - I particularly like the nylon guide with grub retaining screw, not to mention the bullet proof connections.... KISS principle, so simple - but so effective.

 

Can you kindly tell me what the nut on the end of the front axle tube is for?.... 

 

I do like your motor mount, slotted hole at the drive end and a simple retaining plate with screw - again, simple - but ever so practical.

 

frats,

Rosco

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Hi Rosco, I gather you have not seen/worked with many vintage cars  :).............the front axle is threaded (5/40) and the wheels (also threaded) screw on and are "locked" against the separate nuts on the axle. Threaded axles were the norm on most slotcars up until 66/67, and some manufacturers hung on longer than that.

This particular set of wheels (Russkit LolaT70) has threaded fronts but, set (grub) screw rears.

The Nylon guide and set screw retaining collar are original AMT kit pieces, and are fairly typical for this time period .....and other than taking a bit longer to change braid, they work just as well as the new ones.

While I would like to take credit for the motor bracket, it is as well a standard AMT bracket that came with all their 1/24 kits.

Cheers

Chris Walker

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Thanks Chris,

your words bring back my lagging memory of a 1/24 Corvette I had as a 12 year old - it was a wreck, and I purchased it from a school colleague for the princely sum of $1.... the motor ran, but almost nothing else was any good....... and, of course - too large for the local kids' 1/32 Scalextric layouts... 

 

I recall the threaded front axle now, and believe the rear one was likewise... 

 

thanks for bringing this back to me... 

 

All the same, you work is exceptional - and I very much hope to mimmick it in my chassis builds... sadly, to a lesser degree than your ability...

 

frats,

Rosco

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