Lotus 49 Drive Train, 1:20, Ebbro, Review Part 2
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This is nowhere close to an easy build. Working on the suspensions means to test fit every single part with every single other part that it attaches to and in the majority of cases rework will be necessary which goes far beyond simple part cleaning. Example? The front attachment points of the wishbones that are supposed to hook into the subframe, by no means you’ll get them in the opening provided for this purpose unless you decrease their size by 50%.
The moulding of the Cosworth DFV engine is rather basic as much as the crank case is concerned. I’m quite sure that the according moulds are the ones we know from several Tamiya kits of the eighties.
Everything else, however, shows crisp detail and beautiful textures, clearly demonstrating that most of the kit was engineered in this decade. The valve covers e.g. are outstanding.
Chrome parts, the most pointless thing since the invention of scale modelling, have all been cleaned-up using oven cleaner, properly deburred and re-painted using Alclad2 Chrome over a glossy black primer. Lotus has chromed virtually every part of this car which was made of steel and the Alclad-jar which I normally touch once a year to paint landing gear struts, now is almost empty.
Aluminium cast parts have been painted using Mr. Paint White Aluminium and a very thin self-made oil wash.
Fuel lines and Ignition Cables
are not provided by the kit, though the ignition cables are at least mentioned in the instructions. I don’t speak Japanese, but I guess it says “go and look for some proper scratch build material” and so I went and looked for it. A set of five different diameter rubber cord that I bought at some jewellery shop on amazon will cover my wiring and plumbing needs for the next thirty years and I find they look wunderbar on the kit.
The ignition distributor has been detailed by adding eight separate outlets made of brass tube and if you found this a bit over the top, I think I would agree.
My Provisional Conclusions
Some parts of this kit fall into place very nicely, others seam to be engineered in a rather dodgy way. All in all the level of detail is really good and with some increased alertness to lurking issues, the kit can be turned into a pretty model.
Look out for part three which I‘m seeking to have finished before I will hopefully meet the friendly Mr. Ebbro again at this year’s Nürnberg Toy Show.
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