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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scale-Master, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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      Model Scale: 1/12 Rating:  (2 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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    The shifter linkage was the next "little" project to make and install. I was a little surprised the kit did not have the exterior part of the linkage. Turns out it's quite a tight fit, maybe that’s why it was not included. The extra parts I added and the correctly scaled engine did not help.
    I'm still relying on the magnets to hold the body section to the tub, but since I've run the shifter linkage all the way from the shifter to the transmission I'm pretty committed at this stage.


    I also connected the electrical items that were built onto the rear bulkhead to the receptacles on the tub and the fuel lines.

    The transmission cooler has been installed and plumbed Lola T-70 Mk III .

    If it was a real car, it could be test fired now.


    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    While not a big visual thing, the cockpit section of the body has finally been permanently mated to the tub. Now I get to build the rest of the interior into the car. Nowhere near the ship in a bottle game; but the limited access proving to be the challenge had I expected in a couple of areas despite my optimistic planning.
    The seats are installed hopefully for the final time. The steering wheel can be popped to install the harnesses.




    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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    While not a big visual thing, the cockpit section of the body has finally been permanently mated to the tub. Now I get to build the rest of the interior into the car. Nowhere near the ship in a bottle game; but the limited access proving to be the challenge had I expected in a couple of areas despite my optimistic planning.
    The seats are installed hopefully for the final time. The steering wheel can be popped to install the harnesses.




    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    The harnesses went in as planned.




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    I had already finished the taillights and repaired a couple of them due to the flexible hose material melting into them in the box, but upon closer examination even the "good" ones weren't as true as I'd like. So I machined new ones out of clear Lexan and tinted styrene Lola T-70 Mk III . Each lens is two pieces. I was able to refinish and reuse the bezels and the bulbs I already made. Two red and two amber.



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    I had already finished the taillights and repaired a couple of them due to the flexible hose material melting into them in the box, but upon closer examination even the "good" ones weren't as true as I'd like. So I machined new ones out of clear Lexan and tinted styrene Lola T-70 Mk III . Each lens is two pieces. I was able to refinish and reuse the bezels and the bulbs I already made. Two red and two amber.



    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    The plate is now registered, the tags are reflective too.



    Lola T-70 Mk III
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    When I test installed the new taillights I didn't like them; they were too bold for the car. Amazing what a couple thousandths of an inch can do… good or bad. I made a new smaller set like the previous ones, but that same design was still distracting to me so I machined one more even smaller "simpler" set.
    I had to make new bezels and bulbs too.




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    I had to machine the mounting hardware for the plate/bracket before I could install it. After it was installed I added the interior mounting brackets for the taillights and the loom (with pigtail) for all of the lights. Still some weathering Lola T-70 Mk III to do in here.


    The rear spoiler has been installed too…



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    More final fitting, fine tuning and triple checking before the side pods were attached permanently.
    That meant one more round of test fitting the other removable panels before moving along…





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    This is an absolute masterclass. I don't know where everyone else is, but this is the finest race car model build I have ever seen, the attention to detail and execution are both immaculate. Very, very impressive work.

    Nick
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    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
    self-construction and self determination
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    Just WOW!
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    Thank you very much guys!!

    I wound springs from 0.003 armature wire that had the insulation removed and made welded on hooks from brass for the exhaust. I did a little weather and wear discoloring too. I installed the last two carburetor parts; the two outboard synchronizing screws for each bank. The inboard hinges for the engine cover have been installed as well. The loose black line is the wire loom for the taillights.




    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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    Again, I was happy to see all the planning to get the engine cover to fit and operate on its hinges and to latch closed worked after everything was painted and all the tight fitting things that could interfere didn't.
    I also re-test fitted the wheels to see where I am. Too bad it was an overcast day.



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