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Ebbro Lotus Type 72E build
c5flies
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 02:29 PM UTC
After the review I just had to dive into this one. So far so good, although I'm still struggling with metallics and did a LOT of painting, stripping, repainting, repeat...

Anyway, some progress:







Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:09 PM UTC
Looking forward to next update
vonHengest
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:14 PM UTC
James, what metallic paints are you using?
c5flies
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:41 PM UTC
Jeremy, I'm using Vallejo & K4 metallics (both acrylics) and although I have great results with their "normal" colors the metallics just don't like me. Possibly I'm not mixing them well enough, not thinning the Model Air enough, or trying to lay it on too thick (I find silver hard to see while painting, old age I guess!)

I've found using a brush with a larger needle/nozzle than my normal .2 works much better, and then coating with clear gloss where needed. Just ordered Alclad chrome and will see if that works with a bristle brush for smaller parts, otherwise I may just use Tamiya TS for wheels and such.

On another note, I'm really starting to dig this kit Started dry fitting some of the parts and it's looking sharp, really sharp. Painting the clear cowl wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, did one with masking fluid and the other with tape, both came out decent. The cowl will need to be painted even if you use the one piece decal included in the kit as the back of the decal is white.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 09:53 AM UTC
Hey James!! Yup, catching me lurking around the auto section...LOL!! Painting is looking pretty good from here, or at least from what these "old" eye can see!

I know it's been a couple weeks since the last post...maybe you have the Alclad by now?? I have a few of these and love the way they turn out! I have found the K4 and the Vallejo a bit tough to spray myself without thinning so much you need 1/2 a million coats. MM has some great results but you are back into the solvent range again...but then again Alclad is lacquer so I am sure you are prepared for that.

Looking forward to seeing more of your progress soon!!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 10:19 AM UTC
Good luck James...
c5flies
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 12:45 PM UTC
Todd, always great to see you here! I did get the chrome Alclad although haven't tried it yet, I'll do that on the next project.

Thanks Hakan, luck is always needed over here when I'm modeling

A bit more progress and I'm very impressed with this kit as the build went on. Part fit is excellent except for the front rotors which need to be trimmed on their mounting points otherwise they stick out too far. Other than that the engineering is outstanding. decals are a mix of the ones from the kit and MSM Creations for the John Player Special version. Seat belts are from Tamiya.









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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 12:53 PM UTC
Looks really nice. Beautiful finish.
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 12:34 AM UTC
Great details. Nice looking F1 car. I had the Tamiya 1/12 Lotus Type 78 JPS Mk. III way back in the mid 1980s. It was destrpyed by the cat.

Jim
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:27 AM UTC
Great work James...
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:52 AM UTC
Fantastic work on the office James!! Keep up the great work!!
c5flies
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 09:12 AM UTC
Thank you kindly gentlemen

This one is finished, a bit over my skill level although that won't stop me from getting another Ebbro kit. I did manage to lose one of the intake trumpets...and I mean really lost it (but my workbench did get cleaned up looking for it!). At my wits end I contacted Ebbro by email as a last chance and they were kind enough to airmail me one at no charge, which is now on but not shown in the photos.

First time plumbing/wiring an engine (scale engine that is). I painted some wire and slipped it in .6mm clear tubing for the fuel lines. Anyway, here are the pics:















Now it's time to do something other than black
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 09:45 AM UTC
Really good James. Too modern for my interest in racing cars, but looks like a great model.
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:40 AM UTC
Well done James...Looks fine...
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:40 AM UTC
Thanks Dave, the next one will be 37 years newer and then I'll go back to the 60's

Thanks Hakan, I got to try some new stuff on this one so improving with each one!
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 01:29 PM UTC
Fantastic F1 car. Very well done.

Jim
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 09:33 AM UTC
James superb work
steph
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 04:13 AM UTC
Excellent finish there James. Looks really good.
c5flies
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 05:45 AM UTC
Thank you Jim, Steph and Ian

I started stocking & trying out some Alclad and Gunze metallics and they look much better on my current project, so making headway in that department!
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 08:53 PM UTC
James: Very nice work my friend. Very nice looking kit. Not really into F1 building myself, but I love the work you have done here.
Regards Pete
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 01:46 AM UTC
I remember watching the JSP race! Always thought it was a good-looking car! You've done a superb job!! Looking forward to Race Mania...
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Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2015 - 10:21 AM UTC
Good looking model! This is one of the ones I have waiting, hopefully I can do it justice after I refresh my skills.

Later,
Lee
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Posted: Monday, January 05, 2015 - 01:34 AM UTC
Hello, James, Hi, guys!

Some experience with Testors metallics here. They like best a single wet coat over dark primer.

The look of your F1 is just impressive, James. Warm Regards.
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 06:55 AM UTC
That's one fine looking Lotus. Congratulations on a job well done! I'm excited to try an Ebbro kit myself eventually.

matt