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KIT LOTUS Volume 1 issue 2 May 2008 In this issue Next Time in Kit Lotus.......... · Editorial Does a man in your model take away the realism? · Kit review Profil 24 Lotus Elite · Kit review SMTS Lotus Elan +2 · The die cast page · Race Retro show report · Lotus Festival show report · In the footsteps of legends part one · The essential web directory Model Mika Hakinen in the Tamiya Collection Lotus 102B · Progress report ( e for effort) Visit www.kitlotus.com 49briefing How important is accuracy? EDITORIAL I didn t know what to expect when I pressed the button and launched issue 1 of Kit Lotus, it was a step into the unknown as a Lotus enthusiast reaching to other Lotus enthusiasts. Very pleasantly surprised, I can t really take in the quality of some of the responses. They stretch across the globe and it is obvious to me that there is a huge thirst for Lotus models. You will note by the size of this issue, 80% bigger than Issue 1, that there is a lot of Lotus to Lotus 49 Chassis R12 resident of The Donington Collection cover. The amount of Lotus events and clubs that I have come built by Team Lotus for Ford as a purely display vehicle. Is it across were more than I knew before and more than I expected. a B, a C or a T.? I hoped the magazine would trigger dialogue and interest and it has done just that with correspondents from all corners of the The Studio globe, USA, Australia, Europe, Scandinavia, all covered. I might Readers may have noticed my studio on photographs featured so have to find a prize for the biggest Lotus collection, I now know far in Kit Lotus. one in America boasting 1300 models and one in Finland with 1200 and that is on top of the other 2000 Sports, GT and Race The main stay podium is a Formula One rear wheel with a Cars in the same collection! All of the respondents have been very toughened glass top . It came from the 2004 season Red Bull F1 supportive swapping notes and advice, knowledge and car and is complete with the audit trail part numbers confirming it s experience. It was always my intention to keep this on a personal heritage. level with fellow enthusiasts. It came into the collection as a suitable tool to support my beer Some of the contacts appear on the web directory page, this will glasses in the conservatory ,being just the right height against the be a regular feature. If you know of a site or you have a site furniture in that room. It was only later that it was press ganged related to Lotus models, I shall be delighted to add the link to into becoming the photographic stage for many of my models. I can www.kitlotus.com of course, I can not be responsible for the also benefit from natural light to aid my ordinary digital camera. content of any site and links are entered at your own risk. Next issue: Lotus 49 Briefing, Part two of in the footsteps of legends plus regular features and model reviews. Report from the early season toy fairs and expected new releases. KIT REVIEW 1:24 SCALE 1959 LOTUS ELITE by Profil 24 Very light coats of grey primer, rubbed down with 2400 grit between applications should be applied until you are satisfied with the final base ready for the top coat. Don t worry if the top coat takes five or six passes with the spray. Do just the same with your top colour., light coats with gentle rub downs between applications and eventually you will be rewarded with an overall solid cover with a reasonable shine. Leave the paint job a couple of days and try and handle the body as little as possible whilst you complete the final assembly. Before applying the decals, I use FINESSE, a very fine grade colour cut fluid, almost as fine as jewellers rouge. It is made by the 3M company but similar substances can be obtained from good hobby stores. Only a small amount on a very soft cloth is required to bring a fine finish on your paintwork providing of course your paint job has been successful. FINESSE won t hide From the very first time this car was revealed to the public at serious paint flaws and is not harsh enough to take off deep the 1957 London Motor Show, it has remained one of the marks or scratches but does leave an ideal silicone free base for prettiest GT cars ever made. It s competition history just your decals. escalated and this car gave Jimmy Clark his first ever drive at Le Mans in 1959 resulting in a 2nd in class and 10th I haven t scored the decals high on this kit because apart from overall. French outfit PROFIL 24 have faithfully captured that beauty in this 1:24 scale resin kit. The resin parts are fairly ordinary, Machined wheels are a moderate amount of flash and split line removal is very good, with three required but the body casting was excellent with little work part photo etch centres required. to form the wires. Gener- ally the photo etch lifts Extremely well presented stainless steel photo etch the model. components including the two part wire wheel centres (three with the hub) lift this kit. An aluminium effect dash panel sets the trend together with the very delicate but effective window surrounds and front grille trim. The resin bits may well be ordinary but the design of the overall assembly allows the builder to present a more than Component Quality ¶¶¶ adequate detailed suspension with the front bottom Ease of assembly ¶¶¶¶ wishbones visible and the Chapman Strut rear suspension. Clarity of Instructions ¶¶¶ Careful use of the brush on the interior detail can be as much or as little as the builder requires but the interior, Decals ¶¶ visibile through the individually cut and fitted vac formed windows cries out for extra attention. Barely noticeable but, Overall Appearance ¶¶¶¶¶ the spare wheel sitting behind the seats is resin cast and ever so slightly different from the photo etch offerings at each corner. For the money , I would have expected a set of the number roundels the Lotus badge is not very well printed and five identical wheels. an after market set that contains a Lotus badge may be the answer (Grand Prix Models have such a set in most scales). The vac forms proved to be the most difficult parts to fit with a considerable amount of trimming and adjusting needed to The clarity of instructions supplied with this kit is adequate for an arrive at the right size from the originals. The difficulty experienced model builder but are nowhere near the standard though is only in the amount of patience the modeller can found in a mainstream injection moulded kit. Having said that, display in obtaining the best fit. the illustrations aren t bad but access to some photographs of the real thing always helps. As usual with any resin kit, time spent on the paint job will heap dividends on the finished item. This begins at the This PROFIL 24 kit is offered in several Le Mans versions as well component clean up stage and I always wash resin compo- as a road going version . nents in warm soapy water, washing up liquid works ok. ..............cont d After the initial wash I prepare the bodyshell by removing flash and split lines using wet and dry paper with a final all over gentle rub down again with wet and dry (2400 grit or More model bits with the odd Lotus finer) followed by another wash and dry. It is now ready to paint. www.rallybadge.co.uk Continued...... Lotus Elite Modelsport 2008 Presented in a plain cardboard box with a printed label, this Is the UK s premier motorsport based model show now in it s third modest offering belies the product that will emerge when as- year at Telford and has several classes of competition for sembled . It really is a nice model and up until recently , not modellers of motorsport subjects, both cars and bikes . Held on 8th available as a diecast ( a 1:18 diecast is now available from April, unfortunately, I have had so many commitments of late that I JADL). I was so impressed with this model that I bought their Le couldn t make the time to go. Mans Lotus Eleven which judging by the components in the box, The show preview and record of the 2007 event are on the website promises an equally similar enjoyable experience. www.modelsport2008.com where many mouth-watering examples of our craft are on display and entered into the build competitions. The web pages include a gallery of models by various builders and included amongst them is the PROFIL 24 Lotus 11 from the 195x Le Mans. It looks superbly built and detailed , I just hope I can build my example half as good as this one looks. The site has a gallery of reference pictures taken from other cars and there is several close detailed shots of the Lotus 25 R5 rebuilt from the wreck following Trevor Taylor s accident at Spa in the 1963 Belgian Grand Prix. Team Lotus mechanic Cedric Selzer salvaged the wrecked parts and re constructed this stunner and is photographed with ample detail to help anyone modelling the Tamiya 25, who knows, someone out there may produce a transkit to convert the Lotus 25 to a Lotus 33. Although I think there is just a slight suspicion that this car contains at least some Lotus 33 upgrades. Specialist traders are also in attendance and there are display tables for modellers to bring a model to show rather than enter into a competition. CHECK THIS WEBSITE www.modellersite.com I spotted an item on ebay recently offered for sale from Argentina on a buy it now for £7.45. It was a 32 page tutorial on a PDF download from the Modeller Site magazine website and describing the build and super detailing of the 1:12 scale Tamiya JPS MK 3 or Lotus 78 to you and me. There are lots of upgrades available for the Lotus 78 in both 1:20 and 1:12. The majority being presented by Studio 27 for the 1:20 version. This download however, was purely for the 1:12 scale and it proved to be a super piece of work. I don t currently have the 1:12 version in my collection, but I have enough 1:20 scale versions to build all of the decal sheet up- grade versions available and I will cover this subject in more detail in a later edition. I wanted to bring this site to your attention because this tutorial and its superb set of detailed photographs is well worth the cash if you are considering an upgrade build of this popular Tamiya Fine example of PROFIL 24 Lotus 11 built by Alex Payne and model. It goes into great detail of cabling, brake lines, hoses, exhibited at Modelsport 2007 switches, pumps and generally everything you would need to know about the car. The detailed photographs leave nothing out, the routing of pipes and cables, how they affect the loose fitting body panels, how to pre assemble before painting and how to get From what can be seen on this specialist website, the standards are depth in your paint finish. Details behind the dash are also extremely high and include some particularly tasty looking sports featured and tips on the successful fitting of a safety harness. and GT racers as well as motorcycles . The site is also a modelling magazine with most of the available A diary entry for 2009 is essential. downloads around this price. If like me you are contemplating an assault on a set of 1:20 78s, there is still lots of interesting stuff to help you produce a super model. I have included the address on the web directory page at the end of this issue. www.kitlotus.com Finished article Lotus +2S One of the nicest cars that Colin Chapman produced was the which otherwise would be visible from the outside. Another Lotus Elan, then later, its big brother the Elan 2 +2 or the Elan tweak I enjoy is cutting out a portion of the drivers window to give +2S or the Elan +2S 130 with the big valve twin cam engine. the appearance of the window part way down. Unfortunately for us Lotus model fans, this must be the least Rather than a bland black interior. I chose to use a little licence modelled model. I don t know of any other version of this and my +2S has blue seats and a light coloured trim, with the beautiful GT car other than the 1:43 Scale version made in white rear parcel shelf speakers also picked out in blue and silver. metal by SMTS the English model making outfit with an excellent repertoire of Lotus replicas. SMTS (Scale Model Technical ) have been around for some time and have excellent 1:24 white metal versions of the Lotus 33 and the Lotus 38. If you are ever privileged to visit the JIM CLARK ROOM in his home village of Duns in the Scottish border regions, you will see all of the SMTS models , very nicely built and presented in the wall to wall trophy cabinets. In their own way providing tribute to the legend. Whilst it may sound odd it looks fine (for me). Overall assembly was relatively easy with few difficult parts in the kit, the only criticism I have is the radio antennae which if the scale were real it would be around an inch in diameter. The neat LOTUS cast alloy wheels I picked out in aluminium over black I have had the 1:43 scale SMTS Lotus +2S in my collection since 1990 , from a time before glasses and cataracts when I could Component Quality ¶¶¶¶¶ appreciate 1:43. This along with many other 1:43 scale then formed the basis of my collection. Ease of assembly ¶¶¶¶ As with all SMTS kits, the quality of the casting is excellent but Clarity of Instructions ¶¶¶¶ modelling skills are needed to deal with the flash and split lines Decals ¶¶¶ on some of the components. A favourite tool to clean up the castings is a suede brush, the one with fine wire bristles. Wet Overall Appearance ¶¶¶¶¶ and dry paper of 1200 or above also helps along with fine wire wool. The effort put in at this stage will highlight any areas that may need a light coating of filler before final preparation for painting. and again the overall result I found very pleasing. When painting scales this small, it can be an easy mistake to The detailed bits are excellent with some very nice plated sports apply more paint than necessary leading to an orange peel effect mirrors. The pattern I think ,is SEBRING MACH 1 which was used that on such a small body can be accentuated. Several light on the very first Gold Leaf Lotus 49 by Jim Clark in the 1968 coats of both primer and gloss coat with gentle rubbing with Tasman Series. 2000grit paper between coats are just as important as painting The overall result has given me a long term favourite , if I want to the dreaded resin body shells. With the Lotus +2S I chose the admire it closely, which I do quite often, I just have to put on the Silver over blue metallic colour scheme which presented its own bi-focals. problems including masking. Careful masking pays dividends and once again I recommend 3M FINELINE masking tape I am non-plussed why this car hasn't been modelled more. If a although many proprietary masking films are available and work 1:18 die cast were available or a good quality 1:20 kit from one just as well. In the end , the metallic car paint was lacquered with of the better known manufacturers, it would be a sell out, clear acrylic lacquer to seal the shine. Result , really pleased. perhaps we may be able to influence a manufacturer to produce it in the larger scale one day. I also have the SMTS Elan, the Before painting, a major item to fit is the vac form windows, earlier stablemate of the +2S which I built in the Elan Sprint these always seem to require quite a lot of trimming and no colour scheme of red over white and will be reviewed in a later change here, the beauty though, is the obvious preparation by issue. SMTS of the pattern prior to vac forming. The fit into the window The Diecast Page 1963 Lotus Cortina by AutoArt 1963 Lotus Cortina AutoArt Mention Lotus Cortina and it conjures up nostalgic memories of giant killing deeds against much bigger Jaguars and Ford Fairlaines. Images of Clark and Whitmore three wheeling round Brands Hatch or Oulton Park spring immediately to mind .Any model of this wonderful car just flies off the shelves. The Lotus Cortina was my very first model car kit, which I bought with half a crown pocket money . An Airfix kit for 2 shillings (ten pence) and a tube of polystyrene cement for 6d (2.5 pence). Up until recently I had three such unbuilt Airfix models in my collection but I could not bring myself to open them. Instead I sold them and with part of the proceeds, treated myself to an AUTOART 1:18 scale diecast Lotus Cortina road version. Not much suitcase room after spare wheel and battery invade the boot Underneath there is just as much detail with a full floor pan, clear A frame suspension detail, engine, gearbox and drive line. Open the doors and you could be looking inside the real thing. Lift the bonnet and an accurately detailed Lotus Twin Cam engine reveals itself sitting behind the typical rounded top radiator fitted in most Fords of the period. Two 40DCOE Weber side draught Classic good looks As the name suggests, Auto Art is the medium presented in this model. Even down to the consul name on the bonnet, the detailing of this diecast model is amazing and extremely well put together. This early 1963 version with the Chapman designed A frame suspension is a faithfull replica of the road going version , right down to the 5½J pressed steel wheels with plain chrome plated hub caps and the authentic bonnet and boot stays. Inside the boot the rear suspension braces are well detailed as is the battery in the boot position. The overall shape of the car can t be faulted. The black vinyl interior boasts a centre console with armrest and accurately detailed Lotus Twin Cam Engine the early version Cortina dash layout albeit with an aluminium face. A woodrim steering wheel looks right in place and no doubt the detail is so good, if we could get in the car we would probably carburettors with air cleaner and intake hose on the drivers side be able to see Colin Chapman s authograph etched into the and a four branch manifold on the kerbside indicate the cross Motalita wheel. The Lotus badges although small are bang on flow nature of the Twin Overhead Camshaft cylinder head. scale and can be read even at that diameter, there are Lotus Two neat little touches of attention to detail are the stays that motifs on top of the gear change lever and in the centre of the hold up the bonnet and the boot lid. The bonnet is typically 60 s steering wheel. 70 s Ford, any who has owned one will recognise it instantly. The This attention to detail sets Autoart products above many others, boot stay is equally authentic and is a tribute to the engineering they have really done justice to the Lotus Cortina and no doubt standards that go in to making a diecast. I can t begin to imagine the competition version will be equally as satisfying. I don t think I the cost of the tooling and pattern making for this model and any can fault this model. The pressed steel wheels even detail the quality diecast for that matter. Can t wait to see the competition raised flanges where wheel nuts fit and the chamfer which versions. ensures correct wheel location. Race Retro Report Although the theme of this years Race Retro ( the International Unlike previous years, there was no Classic Team Lotus in Historic Motor Sport Show) was Ford, there is always some Lotus attendance, which was slightly disappointing but as there is only a opportunities for the faithfull amongst us. two week gap to the Lotus Festival , this can be forgiven but , unexpectedly , in Hall 1 an exhibit by Dawn Treader Performance This year I saved the discount on ticket cost by booking on line but Engineering was enough to salve any Lotus F1 withdrawal symp- at £20 and £4 to park then £5 for a show guide, the expectation needed to be matched by some excellent exhibits. Arriving in good time, I made straight for the pre-paid entrance and was pleasantly surprised by the efficient bar coding method that recognises your receipt and prints off your ticket, so far so good. I have to say from the start that this is an overall enthusiasts show so it would be churlish to expect more than a spattering of Lotus exhibits . But the quality of exhibits were high even just crossing the yard there was a magnificent array of Ford GT40 s parked under a rather stylish awning. I had got some goals to achieve so from the start I made my way straight through the main show halls to the autojumble in Hall 4. I stopped just inside the entrance to assess my best route, looked down to my left at the first book stall and clocked a mint copy of Lotus 25 & 33 by John Tipler , a snip at £18 and my day had begun with a perfect start. These publications, vital for us modellers, are fetching silly money, even used versions from Amazon. The other bit which I have to confess, is that despite my toms. Lotus obsession, I have a 1958 Wolseley 15/50 in my garage that Exquisitely restored by this company who specialise in such work, needs a water pump and sure enough , a brand new item for £20 was the Lotus 98T of 1986 driven by Ayrton Senna in the second was just there waiting for me, result, and all of my monthly beer half of that season to three pole positions and four podiums, although the car is wearing winners decals from the US and Span- This 1:8 scale beauty will take more than the weekly beer ration! Lotus 62 by John Shinton Models ration blown in less than fifteen minutes. ish GPs. Although never a fan of Senna, I have to acknowledge Moving back to the main exhibition, I browsed through the area he did provide Lotus with most of the post Chapman GP where normally you can pick up the odd specialist model such as successes. Studio 27 or similar, but not this year, too many prints, books and Displayed in this way with covers off the 98T gave an excellent die casts, but lurking in the centre of one aisle was this stunner. opportunity to gather detail information for future modelling use. Hand built by John Shinton was a 1:8 scale model of the Lotus 62 in Gold Leaf Team Lotus colours, at around two years beer ration There were more Lotus exhibits at the show but these two were (approx £1200), the model represents serious investment but is really the jewels and despite my opinion that the show had less to testament to the modelling skills and pride we have in this coun- offer this year than last, it was still worth the trip with lots of Ford try. I have included John s details in the web directory page which Works Rally stuff including a 1968 Escort Twin cam and a incidentally will also point you in the direction of Europa Engineer- spattering of Lotus Cortinas. I will no doubt be attending next year. ing, that really will make you drool! Lotus Festival March 08 Donington Park The annual pilgrimage to Donington Park and the Club Lotus The Historic Lotus Register had several classic Chapman sports Show and Festival took place on 29th March 2008. cars on show with lots of opportunities to get close up photographs to assist the serious modeller. This year the main exhibits were to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the death of formula one s finest ever driver, Jim Clark. Sure enough, four magnificent examples of Clark s formula one machinery were on display together with one of his Lotus Cortinas, Lotus Elan and Lotus Elite. I arrived early so as to get some uninterrupted pictures of the F1 cars and I was not disappointed. The array of cars included Clarks Lotus 32B Tasman car, a Lotus 25 chassis R5 from the 1963 season, a Lotus 33 Chassis R10 and a Lotus 49 Chassis R4, although it is claimed in contemporary accounts that R4 was totally destroyed in a fire at Rob Walkers garage and that the only race it entered was Jim s last world championship GP, South Africa 1968. Whatever the history of these chassis, I like others are merely grateful that someone has gone to the extreme trouble of restor- ing them to their current better than original state. I salute you, please keep on. On the restoration theme, the Lotus 64 Indy car driven by Mario Andretti in 1969 is currently being restored by Bob Dance at Classic Team Lotus and the project so far was on Neat Club 11 display. Not for nothing has this car been described as the most complicated Lotus ever. It would make a superb model if someone took it on. Every Lotus you can think of is at the Lotus Festival in some shape or form, even the car park is an exhibition in itself. At only £9 per adult, the entry fee is well worth it and the festival regularly attracts thousands of visitors. The support of Lotus cars also underlines the significance of the show. Tickets for the Track Day were being snapped up by visitors. A favourite exhibit of mine was the brand new Elan +2 chassis assembly on display, the technology may be from the sixties, but the execution of the product is definitely up to date. The attention to detail just stunning. If you can t find a twin cam unit to go with the chassis, there is a conversion kit to install a Ford Zetec 16 that would really fly, but without soul! JT Stunning line up 32B, 25, 33, 49 This years show was for me better than last year, The Donington Park Exhibition Centre is not an ideal place for the display of such precious icons, the lighting is pretty poor and it is hard to disguise it s wartime munitions factory heritage, but. It would be hard to expect an enthusiasts club like Club Lotus who put on a cracking weekend, to be able to provide an NEC style exhibition hall. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised to see more cars on display in the hall and far less autojumble. The only downside to this was the lack of anything kit wise on the few model ven- dors stalls. As Race Retro, there was very few Lotus kits avail- able, not a single 1;12 scale Lotus anywhere. Only a few vendors were selling die casts and there were some bargains to be had if Typical of the well presented exhibits you compared what was on offer at the autojumble end of the hall, to the products that Classic Team Lotus were selling. In the footsteps of legends - part one Every schoolboy has heroes, usually hundreds of them and those Being able to drive this circuit where famous landmarks in Lotus of my own era usually came from comics and telly. Dan Dare GP history had taken place such as the debuts of the Lotus 25 and Pilot of the Future, was one of my first ever heroes from the the Lotus 49 was an amazing feeling, but time was tight and we Eagle comic. They came from all walks of life and fantasy but had to move on to the next leg. some stay heroes forever, in particular those whose exploits first The famous Spa Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian Ardennes, ignite the boyhood imagination but then trigger perpetual where the driving sensation on both the old full course out to admiration which initially manifests itself as hero worship. But, Malmedi and Stavelot and the newer part road/part closed circuit as schoolboys become adults and stories that we thought were is nothing short of sensational. It s difference in height for example fact become myths and schoolboy awe becomes respect , this and long straights with sweeping downhill bends were an absolute often fuels further need to explore and explode the myths and pleasure even in a fairly normal Vauxhall Cavalier GSi. The bus discover the real heroes that captured our schoolboy minds. stop, La Source and Eau Rouge are nothing like the impression Call me naive but as a 55 year old schoolboy my heroes and given on our TV screens, it is so sweeping and extremely steep in legends have given me an interest that has taken me miles in places. Driving out to Stavelot , the Masta Straight is dotted with pursuit and allowed me to meet many people who could well simple stone crosses where the famous have fallen and one can have forever remained a picture or a name in a book or only imagine the sheer speed being achieved by these gladiatorial magazine. machines of yesterday. My heroes tamed this road. Chasing boyhood heroes set me on the path to an immensely After several laps circulating whilst waiting for the Classic Rally to satisfying thirty odd year career in motorsport and despite my arrive, I spent nearly the whole day at Eau Rouge guiding passion for Lotus and everything FI the direction I took was with competitors out from behind the blind pitwall into the daytime the cross country tinkers i.e. rallying mainly because it was traffic which veered left toward the old circuit whilst the rally easier to get close to heroes by working on events and carrying chicaned right on the new circuit up the hill toward Les Coombes. I out jobs that ensured people like me would always be cheek by was awe struck. jowl with the superstars of the day. I was brought up on the likes of Roger Clark, Jim Porter, Ari Vatenen, Pentti Arrikala, Malcolm Wilson (he was also young once), Bjorn Waldegard and Juhha Kankanen. Taking time cards from them, giving them information and just helping them maintain their positions on events at time controls, stage starts and passage checks was bread and butter. Like most careers, they expand and before long I was being asked to work on other events that meant travelling and using annual leave from my day job to ensure such events ran smoothly. Coincidentally, some of these events led me to cross the paths where my Lotus F1 heroes had previously trodden. The 1994 Euroclassic for instance found me in the team running the event , performing tasks such as Opening Course Car to running a Time Control or organising the car park and after an overnight ferry to Hook of Holland, the first leg took me to Zandvoort. Lotus 49 1967 debutant at Zandvoort The following day after an overnight in Leuven, home of Stella Artois , the final two day leg into Germany and Hockenheim began. It all passed off very smoothly and before long we were at Hockenheim waiting in the pits for our time slot for the rally. I have the dubious pleasure of black flagging Keke Rosberg from the old starters rostrum as our time slot approached and the DTM test session closed. The significance of this event for me was the trip by around thirty of us just as dusk was approaching to the small wooded area where on April 7th 1968, Motor racing lost it s greatest ever. Amongst our party was a boyhood friend of Jim Clark, now a clergyman , he conducted a simple , impromptu short service of remembrance beside the stone cross marking the spot where Clark was killed. It was extremely moving , so much so that to take photographs would have lessened the atmosphere. This memory was only made possible by my involvement in rallying and it seemed almost as if it had been given to me as a gift, little did I know that the sports would cross over again to give me another gift Lotus 25 1962 debutant at Zandvoort in 1996. KIT LOTUS WEB DIRECTORY those important websites for Lotus modellers www.rallybadge.co.uk www.grandprixmodels.co.uk www.acustion.com www.modelfactoryhiro.com www.indycals.com www.f1specialities.com www.studio27.co.jp www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com www.modellersite.com www.modelworks.co.uk www.classicteamlotus.co.uk www.johnshintonmodels.co.uk www.lotusdriversguide.com www.mikesmodels.com www.modelsport.com www.nottinghamclassic.co.uk www.modelsport2008.co.uk www.historiclotusregister.co.uk www.model-cars.org.uk www.clublotus.co.uk Link your site to this page, send your request to email@example.com www.kitlotus.com www.model-cars.org.uk is a site where you will find this 1:24scale Book list resin Lotus Cortina bodyshell requiring a donor kit of either a Revell or Esci Rally Escort. At £18.95 for the shell and another One of the enthusiasts who contacted me after Issue 1 asked if I £6.50 for a resin Twin Cam engine and gearbox you have the have a list of books about Lotus that would be useful to Lotus making of a nice kit. You will need to cut and shut the Escort floor Modellers. Tough question, especially as every Lotus book I can pan to fit and I don t see any vac forms for the glass yet , maybe get my hands on is relevant to me. I ll think about this and see later? Watch this site. what pops up for next time. e for effort (and achievement) Progress report on current kit building As the title suggests, my kit building activities since the first issue of Kit Lotus had been virtually zero. With lots of activities outside of my day job including the Race Retro and Lotus Shows and a couple of motorsport events, time has defeated me and the sum total of my efforts has been to clean up the components of the Twin Cam block on the Tamiya Europa and glue them together and to start the clean up of the resin parts of the PROFIL 24 Lotus 11. I have made absolutely no further progress at all on the Lotus 97T. LOTUS 93 - Studio 27 have this prototype Lotus 93 below, on their website which again highlights the popularity of all Lotus models, the Lotus 93 made little impact on the formula one world championship but helped the likes of Mansell and De Angelis cement their reputations as accomplished F1 pilots. The Lotus 93T was the first of the Lotus turbo era sporting a Renault Turbo Charged Engine. unit from Renault, only two 93Ts were built one of which is on display at Donington Park as part of the Donington Collection. In the flesh it is a big car offering improved driver protection due to it s unique hot cured constructed monocoque. It has to be said that the post Chapman cars were only sporadically competitive but evoke sufficient interest across the globe for people like Studio 27 to commit a model to the market place and to leave grateful enthusiasts like us chomping at the bit for the next. What is certain, this will assemble into yet another great model. 3 versions available. Legal stuff - Kit Lotus is copyright and published by J Thornhill , Nottingham, NG16 3DQ. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kitlotus.com. Kit Lotus is copyright and may not copied by any means either mechanical or electronic, except for personal and non commercial use. Kit Lotus may contain images that are copyright to third parties other than Kit Lotus. There is no deliberate intention by Kit Lotus to infringe any copyright and any such infringements will be removed immediately on request. 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