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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scale-Master, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
      Builder Last Online: Sep 2022 Show Printable Version Email this Page
      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 シ 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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  1. ScaleMaster's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Originally I made the engine cover hinges out of brass and styrene Lola T-70 Mk III , but it turns out they weren't strong enough. I made a new pair out of brass reinforced resin Lola T-70 Mk III but I was concerned they would not be strong enough either. So I machined a third set from aluminum and pressed the brass tubes into them. They ride on stainless steel and brass tubes, hopefully that will be strong enough…

    This created a weak link issue and I had to replace the plastic hinge eyelets in the engine cover with metal parts, so I machined new aluminum ones.


    Brass tubes are used for the secondary hinge points.



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    Sometimes there is no substitute for the strength of metal when it comes to hinges and other moving parts.
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    The kit's fuel cell access panels were chrome plated Lola T-70 Mk III with molded in bolts. One of them had a huge boss coming out the top to mount the fire extinguisher to. So I made these and machined 36 bolts.




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    The rear tray section is done for the time being. The insulation pads are cigarette foil/paper wrapped around thick paper.



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    I milled a battery from a block of raw stock resin Lola T-70 Mk III I high-pressure cast for low porosity.


    I used the battery to size the battery box I built in the tub.


    The terminal rings are brass.


    A little more detail has been fleshed out on the battery box. A magnet will secure the battery.



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    The battery cable ends are made of brass.

    The terminal bolts and washers are machined aluminum.



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    The lugs for the carrying strap on the sides of the battery were made from milled brass and thin sheet styrene Lola T-70 Mk III .



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    I added the positive and negative symbols to the top and the two little caps.
    I drew custom decals and printed them for the labels.







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    The battery hold-down clamp/strap. Brass and aluminum.



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    I figured I'd make the terminal for the starter solenoid too… Just a little more brass.



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    You're already well into this and probably have these images, but in case you don't, here's a link to a Lola Heritage site.

    http://www.lolaheritage.co.uk/2018/t...3/t70_mk3.html
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    Thanks Larry.

    The fuse block box was milled from resin Lola T-70 Mk III and styrene Lola T-70 Mk III was used to make the latches and mounting bracket.


    A little paint…



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    I made decals for the fuse box and lightly distressed the top one as often the printed ink gets scuffed.
    I did a little dirt and dust wash around the crevices and the mounting hardware has been installed too.




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    The cut-off switch was also milled from resin Lola T-70 Mk III as was the switch knob.
    Custom decals were made for it too.
    I also finished the starter cable that runs from the switch to the solenoid; the smaller wire feeds the fuse block.





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    I made the plug for the alternator and the hot Lola T-70 Mk III lead with a small eyelet and nut.
    The loom was made by wrapping .0085 wire around .039 diameter wire. The leads for the tach and battery for the distributor are also poking out.

    I added the signal wire to the solenoid (with another tiny eyelet and brass nut).



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