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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 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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    Time to work on the body again. I had gotten the doors to fit pretty well along with the other body parts, but knowing the changes I would be making to the chassis would affect the body I didn't try to make them fit as well as I intended to.
    The first adjustments were to do some inner door jamb work. Plus one of the doors had fatigued from handling so it was drilled and steel reinforcement pins were installed.

    The right door ended up with a low spot on the top rear and on the front next to the fender. Sheet styrene Lola T-70 Mk III was added to fill as well as reshape the edges and corners.


    The rest of the body in those areas was reshaped at the same time.

    Still more to do, but a step in the right direction…



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    I fabricated a pair of rubber floor mats...
    Made custom decals for the Lola logos.



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    Thats actually pretty cool! (Did they really have these?)
    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
    self-construction and self determination
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    Thanks! This is a street car, not a race car.


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    Right, I forgot. Sorry.
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    Now that the inner door jambs have been fleshed out, the final adjusting of the door lines should be achievable.




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    I got the engine cover and doors to open and close smoothly and uniformly, but the doors and their panel lines still needed some adjustment. I added material (more sheet plastic) to the roof to make the left door align better. The A pillars also received more material for the same reason.
    These shots give a good indication of how much material (white styrene Lola T-70 Mk III ) was added to true up the body panels. I did not use any putty Lola T-70 Mk III at this point, just styrene Lola T-70 Mk III and CA. Hopefully this will be under primer Lola T-70 Mk III for the last time soon…





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    After getting the screen and the body to fit perfectly, I'm going to need to build up the body between the doors just like you. Thanks for the reminder! It will get me focussed again.
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    Your work is a perfect example of what really is important in a "Perfect finish"

    Too many people focus on the painting of their model and under-estimate the necessity of gapping and surfacing of body panels.

    Thanks for posting!
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    Thanks guys!
    Once I got the door lines better than the real cars I've been using for reference I turned my attention to the door handles. I like the cleaner smooth look better than the T-bar handles with the deep dimples that came in the kit. The sleeker GT40 style handles made sense since the same guy designed both cars.
    I cut out a section of the doors to fit the brass inserts I made to receive the handles.


    After they were located uniformly I filled in the dimples too.



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    I machined the aluminum door handles too.

    The inner door panels were given some attention and a few more magnets as well. I was using screws to attach them to the doors when I started, but the magnets will make for a cleaner look. Up until now they were just being used to align the doors to the body. I haven't decided if I'll fill the two bottom holes on each on yet, or add a small pull bar. Depends on the inner latch handle…



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    I made small doors for stowage for the inner door panels. The knobs are steel. I painted the doors to match the wheels and the recessed areas of the panels are body color.
    The inner door handles are fabricated from aluminum. I also added a latch mechanism to the front of the doors for safety. The front and rear latch pins are aluminum. I'll add the two fasteners to the bottom of each door panel when they are permanently installed to the doors.





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    On my list of ancillary parts is a pair of saw horses to support the hood when it is not on the car.
    I started with some brass C channel and rectangular box stock Lola T-70 Mk III . I milled the box stock Lola T-70 Mk III into another size of C channel for the tops. I soldered the perimeter of the A frame together. (As fun as making them fold up seemed at first, their job is to show off the car part safely first.)


    Next I cut the angles for the bottoms of the legs.



    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    I soldered the sheet metal stiffeners to the A frames.



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    I soldered a second layer of brass to the stiffeners for detail, and stiffness…



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