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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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    This inset sets the angles for the mirror panels. It's made up of six pieces.



    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    I made the mounting brackets from aluminum. I've found in real life these things work best when they are firmly mounted to a rigid part of the car. They should be mounted as high and forward as possible, but not too close to the (semi-flexible Lexan in this case) windshield. As great as these are for rear and side views they do clip a bit of the top off what can be seen out the front. (You get used to it… Like having sun visors permanently down.) I cut deep grooves into the roll bar for strength, and a welded-in look.




    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    Amazing details ....as always! I've wanted to make one of those rear view set ups for a couple of Vette bodies I am working on (one is a reworking) for my RC chassis, and not being around real racing vehicles very much these days, I haven't gotten to see one of these things up close. Your work is serving to give me some details I might not otherwise pick up from photos. Looking forward to seeing the body painted. It's going to be EPIC!
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    I have a five panel in my Camaro. Let me know if you need any dimensions or detail info Larry.
    I made this 1/25th scale version of it for the replica I made of the car.



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    Originally I made the mirror faces for the fender units out of chrome Mylar, but being as large as they are, I later thought they needed more depth...

    So I made new ones from stainless steel while I was making the Wink panels. (Mylar is literally 1000 times easier to work with.) But the results are an improvement. Sometimes the reflection is hard for the camera to capture too.


    The mirror housings are painted the same color as the body will be.



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    Originally I made the mirror faces for the fender units out of chrome Mylar, but being as large as they are, I later thought they needed more depth...

    So I made new ones from stainless steel while I was making the Wink panels. (Mylar is literally 1000 times easier to work with.) But the results are an improvement. Sometimes the reflection is hard for the camera to capture too.


    The mirror housings are painted the same color as the body will be.



    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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    At least with stainless and aluminum tight tolerances can be held. The mirrors hold all these parts together by friction.

    I added the pebble texture. And a decal Lola T-70 Mk III I made too…



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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleMaster View Post
    I have a five panel in my Camaro. Let me know if you need any dimensions or detail info Larry.
    I made this 1/25th scale version of it for the replica I made of the car.
    Most of my dimensions are simply by eyeballing lots of images and my builds are not exact to scale with some of the bodies straddling between 1/8 and 1/9, but just seeing your work here and especially the mounting set up is really helpful because I haven't been to a sports car race in many years and the nearest site is Barbour Motorsports Park in Alabama about 4 hours away from me (but I d plan on going to a vintage event there sometime in the not too distant future - they never happen at a convenient time for me - yet). I currently have so much body work left on the three things I've been working on that these kinds of details are off in the distance but I'm always in "data acquisition" mode!
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    I machined these knobs to mount the Wink mirror to the brackets.



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    I machined these knobs to mount the Wink mirror to the brackets.



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    FWIW, today is the three year anniversary of when I started this project.

    I designed and 3D printed a license plate for it; even started painting it, but I didn't care for the way it looked mostly because it was too thick and had no back side detail.
    So I made another one from scratch. I've used similar processes to this to make other plates.
    I started with some 0.005 sheet brass. I cut this blank and drilled some holes.

    And then I cut a plastic "rim" from .005 sheet plastic and attached it with clear gloss paint.



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    The same plastic was used to make the "raised" face with dropouts for the tags. All the tiny letters for the state and the main characters are individual pieces. There are two layers for the larger ones. They were arranged by hand with a scalpel and tweezers and held in place with clear gloss. (That's 25 pieces.)
    That "assembly" was applied as a single piece to the brass. I know it looks a bit rough, but once I add the fillets to the letters and numbers it will look better.



    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    The backside was done with 11 more "backwards" pieces and drop-outs to create the stamped effect. It will be silver so I started building the color up in light coats to help hold the pieces in place.

    Now that the characters have had the fillets added to them and a coat of primer Lola T-70 Mk III , they are starting look presentable.



    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 first color for the face was applied…



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    The license holder is made of brass too. I had to anneal it to get it to conform to the tight U-channel shape for the bottom section.



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