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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scale-Master, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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      Model Scale: 1/12 Rating:  (1 votes - 5.00 average) Thanks: 2
      Started: 06-02-19 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I pulled this kit from my stash on May 5, 2019; the night we got home from the GSL.

      1997 reissue of the 1970 Tamiya Lola T-70 Mk III kit. It's been patiently waiting for 22 years in my stash to be built.
      I've been researching, planning and figuring all month. (Actually I was scheming a couple days before in case I didn't find a dream deal on another Caterham kit during the show/trip.)
      It will be built as a street car T-70 replica with some modern upgrades.


      I started by cleaning up the tub and main body panels.
      Lots of filling and sanding Lola T-70 Mk III to remove the twenty inch diameter ejection pin marks in the tub alone and general parting lines. But still a nicely molded kit considering its age.


      The insides of the body also needed to be addressed for the same issues.




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    Yes, it's two machined pieces with a ring to make the domed bottom look correct.


    Lola T-70 Mk III
    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    The trigger/handles were freehand machined and then hand carved for more detail.



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    Head, hose & horn.



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    The band and clip for the hose are made of tin. Red is LP-21 Italian Red.



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    I drew up and printed a set of decals that match the real counterpart.
    Including the two different era and company certification tags.

    As well as the printing on both sides of the hose…

    Made the gauge too; yes there is a needle and an acrylic Lola T-70 Mk III lens.



    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    The last touches were the safety pin wound out of nickel wire and the safety wire wound from .007 fine insulated wire.
    Total parts count is at least a dozen.







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    Super nice!
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    I read somewhere that the 427 Cobra with the dual 4 barrel carbs had to be started with the hood open and a fire extinguisher handy because there was no choke on the carbs and they required a lot more pumps of the gas pedal to get started, which sometimes resulted in flames popping out of the carb. Obviously, the Lola was a lot less crude in that regard. As always, absolutely incredible work on all of this. Wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkGTZ View Post
    I read somewhere that the 427 Cobra with the dual 4 barrel carbs had to be started with the hood open and a fire extinguisher handy because there was no choke on the carbs and they required a lot more pumps of the gas pedal to get started, which sometimes resulted in flames popping out of the carb. Obviously, the Lola was a lot less crude in that regard. As always, absolutely incredible work on all of this. Wow!
    If you keep the engine turning over it sucks the flames back in. Ask me how I know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo NZ View Post
    If you keep the engine turning over it sucks the flames back in. Ask me how I know!
    Do tell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkGTZ View Post
    Do tell!
    Starting the old Hart 420R F2 motor from cold needs 2 people - one on the starter button (in the cockpit) and one with a squeezy bottle full of petrol, which is sprayed in turn into each of the four intakes (these were the early days of electronic ignition and fuel injection - no auto enrichment).
    So you turn the engine over and the lucky guy by the engine starts to spray into the inlets. At some point the engine will cough and flames come out of the inlets. The natural urge of the guy on the starter is to take his finger off the button, causing more flames to spit out and the poor soul at the back shouts "keep it going" just as he's being surrounded by flame. Push the starter again and all the flames magically go back where they should be - in the engine. Always fun to watch with new teams at the start of the season!
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    Interesting method to start an engine, very entertaining!
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    I went ahead and printed and added the labels for the switches.




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    I machined the flange to mount the steering wheel to the shaft. I also made the crush sleeve and horn button.






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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    I machined the collar and mounting hardware for the steering shaft guide in the dash.




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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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