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  1. I was going to call this "Second Build in 15 years" but I'll let that one go. This is me carrying on with a history of F1 in 1/20th scale. I built the Tamiya 1965 Honda RA272 and even though this is only 6 years on, the differences from 1965 to 1971 are pretty amazing. This is the Ebbro Tyrrell 003 kit and is the first Ebbro kit I've built. Overall, I was very impressed. I think the level of detail and crispness of molding rival or surpass Tamiya. I'll admit that the reason I chose this one over the Sports nose model was the very finely crafted mirror mounts which I think look great on the finished model. I don't think this is the most attractive F1 car ever, but I do appreciate the function over form aesthetic of the nose in particular. I built this pretty much out of the box with the only additions being some Model Factory Hiro brown hose for the fuel lines and black wire for the spark plug leads, As well as a Tamiya seat belt kit to replace the inadequate decal that came with the kit. I would say however, that the Tamiya seat belt kit has nice photoetched hardware, but the adhesive vinyl belt materials leave something to be desired. My only complaints about the Ebbro kit would be that compared to Tamiya, it was a bit more fiddly to assemble. I think Tamiya does a good job of making the parts fit together in a very solid way. With this kit, the pieces fit, but there was a lot of glueing and clamping or holding in place because the pins were so small that they didn't align the parts very firmly. I recognize that this is probably the nature of trying to keep everything in scale and as separate pieces. These separate pieces include the headers which are molded as four separate pipes per side - again, a bit fiddly to assemble, but can't be beat for accurate appearance. That's usually my biggest gripe with Tamiya is that pieces are often molded together to make for easier assembly but this often results in a lot of masking if you're trying to airbrush separate colours onto the same part. My complaints must be pretty minor though as I've already bought the Ebbro Lotus 72C and the Lotus 72E. Must finish the MP4/7 first though. A few details on finishes, the blue is just straight Tamiya blue acrylic. I applied the decals and then clearcoated with Mr Color GX100 thinned with their levelling thinner. This is the best clear I've ever used. I tried the Tamiya X22 clear on the Honda and it was okay, but the GX100 was shiny right out of the airbrush, dry to the touch in 10 minutes and polished up very nicely. It did get under one of the decals, I'm guessing that my mist coats weren't heavy enough to actually protect the decals before I did the wet coat but I think this is going to be my clearcoat system moving forward. I've just clearcoated the MP4/7 and it came out better than this one and with no adverse effects on the decals after going a bit heavier with the mist coats. Anyway, thanks for looking, and I've added a few more shots below. Martin.
  2. Lotus Ford 49 Jim Clark, Dutch Grand Prix, 1967 Ebbro 1/20th basically straight from the box. Strangely, the steering track rod needed lengthening to prevent a very toed-in look. Also added ignition wiring and fuel injector pipes on the engine. I toyed with the idea of masking and spraying the yellow stripe but chickened out - and I'm glad I did as the kit decal worked far better than I expected. With huge doses of Microsol it even curled around inside that nose cone. And yes, I know, the chromed wheels are OTT but hey - they look good like that! Chris
  3. Lotus 72C Oulton Park Gold Cup, 22nd August 1970 This is the Ebbro kit straight from the box apart from the addition of Tamiya seat belts and Tabu decals (how could anybody finish this kit without 'Gold Leaf Team Lotus' writ large on the sides?) I was 19 years old in 1970, and hitch-hiked to Oulton Park with a friend to see this event. It was a significant meeting on 3 counts - 1. that it was the first win for a Surtees F1 car, 2. that it was the first race of the first ever Tyrrell, and 3. (although no one knew this at the time of course) it was Jochen Rindt's last race as he was killed at Monza two weeks later. Chris
  4. EBBRO - yes, the car model specialist - is to release a injected plastic 1/48th Honda HA-420 HondaJet kit - ref.? Source: http://ameblo.jp/ebr1998/entry-12159426122.html Three-dimensional surface study model in progress. V.P.
  5. Yet another one started, the wife bought me this for my birthday a few months back, to be honest I only took any notice of the Lotus 88b after the Essex liveried kit was released and knew I had to have the more traditional Lotus JPS liveried kit when launched. Lotus 88b (1) I also went the whole hog and purchased the Studio 27 Carbon Fibre decals & PE parts along with JPS decals, costly but easier when the price of the kit has been offset. Lotus 88b (7) This is the first Ebbro kit and I must say I have been really impressed with the detailing, there’s some very fine parts in this kit and the moulding seems to include parts for the 88, I only noticed after I started glueing the bottom section of the Cosworth engine, fortunately I realised before it set. Lotus 88b (4) Starting with the engine block, I apologise the images start after painting, as I have little patience and couldn’t wait for Zero and Extreme metallic’s to arrive from Hiroboy, I used a mixture of Vallegio paints I bought from a local shop, I find these quite thick but managed to mix a few different shades for Flat Aluminium, Gun Metal and Metalic Grey. Lotus 88b (4) Now that they’re fitted, I’m inclined to cut the fuel hose nozzles off and drill out for passing fuse wire as I find this easier to fit the hose, it still baffles me that anyone can manufacture 0.4mm tubing but I’m still learning and treading 5Amp fuse wire into the hole the best possible solution so far. Lotus 88b I had an issue with the rear suspension, the lower wishbone started to deflect when the wheel hub was fitted, as mentioned previously I have little patience and I very rarely dry fix and this would have helped but managed to resolve this by trimming the hub and section of gear box under the top suspension arm. Lotus 88b ( Began work on the underpan adding the decal and now stumbling on to the chassis. Lotus 88b More photo's to follow, this is only my second posting since switching to Flickr and can't remember how I posted the first time, so please be patient. Thanks for looking. Regards John
  6. Hi everyone, Here are some pictures of my second F1 model. I tackled the Ebbro Lotus 49 in 1/20, Ebbro's first kit. I used Indycals to finish this as the Rob Walker Racing Team privately-entered car. Swiss ace Jo Siffert drove this car in the first half of 1968 season. He drove the car in this guise in the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix, where he failed to finish. After a string of DNF's, the 49 was replaced by a winged 49B that Siffert would use to win the British Grand Prix that year. I used Tamiya TS-55 through an airbrush for the Rob Walker blue. I stripped the chrome and sprayed Alclad chrome over the shiny bits. The rest of the car was finished up with Vallejo acrylics and Testors metallizer. Scratchbuilt bits include brake lines, spark plug wires, fuel lines, and a brass radiator pipe. It was a very fiddly and often frustrating build, but an impressive kit nonetheless. I will definitely be trying some of Ebbro's newer kits in the future. I particularly liked that I didn't have to mess with doing belts - Siffert never had them in the car! Comments and critiques always welcome. Thanks for looking, Jake
  7. I've started this new kit of a fascinating but short-lived car from my favourite F1 team. It's the first Ebbro kit I've tried and so far it looks good. I went for the Essex livery as I like the blue, although I may end up with the Courage black and chrome 88B too if this build goes well. The kit comes with both plain blue plastic for the chrome side panels and chrome decals, plus a chromed plastic set, giving several options on these parts. Following a thread on the F1M website I'm going for the blue panels and adding chrome decals. I'm hoping that someone will come out with a carbon decal set as I still haven't found a sheet of carbon decals that exactly match the carbon used on the tub. I'm sure there will be plenty of aftermarket parts for these two cars in the near future, with Acu.Stion announcing lots of detail parts already. I went with Tamiya TS-50 for the Essex blue and it's a lovely colour (I don't know how accurate it is but it does look nice!) Here's a link to the kit and Hobby Search's usual very helpful photos of the kit and instructions: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10324889 I took advantage of a sunny winter's day to put a coat of Mica Blue on the upper body cowl. That's about all I've done so far! That's it for now. I also need to finish my Aoshima McLaren F1 GTR so progress may be slow. It's winter here in Australia and my spray booth is in the shed so I need warm days for spraying and the Mac needs a gloss coat. I plan to wait for a decent carbon decal set before finishing the tub on the Lotus, so let's hope someone brings one out soon! Cheers, Kev.
  8. Hi everyone, My last build of 2016 - and one I finished with about an hour before New Years. This is Ebbro's lovely 1/20 Tyrrell 003. I finished it in the specification and livery that Jackie Stewart drove to victory in the 1971 German Grand Prix. He stormed to a half-minute win over François Cevert in the Tyrrell 002. It was one of Stewart's six victories in 1971 that propelled him to his second World Championship. He also drove the 003 through most of 1972, taking 2 more wins. Overall, the Ebbro kit was delightful. The Ebbro Cosworth DFV is a much easier build than Tamiya's, and the extensive decal and spec options allowed my to put together the German GP version, despite it not being an official option in the kit. Overall fit was excellent, just a little trouble with the rear wing mount. my favorite part of the kit was the one-piece, metal mounts for those mirrors - they saved a great deal of time and swearing! I used Tamiya TS-5 Blue for the bodywork and a mix of Alclads and Vallejo for the rest of the car. The Tyrrell alongside my other Ebbro build - the 1968 Lotus 49 as campaigned by Rob Walker. It's amazing to see the rate of development in just 3 years. Thanks for looking, Jake
  9. The latest plastic model car kit releases from Ebbro are now in stock. The brand new 1/24 Citroen 2CV Pickup and the iconic 1/24 Citroen DS19 accurately recreate the real life vehicles with Ebbro's characteristically high level of detail. For full details, please see our newsletter HERE.
  10. Ok so I decided it best to finish off this build, seeing as it's a Christmas present for a friend. I started the build in September but by early October it was officially stalled. The large gap between the cabin and rear load area floor is liveable but the ill fitting windows chipped away the paint and also I dropped a small dot of glue onto one of the rear ones, which of course has fogged one side of it. That was the point I cried enough. Considering the reputation of Ebbro and the fineness of the Tamiya kit upon which this kit is based, add to that the cost of it. I was thoroughly disappointed with the kit as a whole. It truly felt like a cheap transkit. Upon restating the build I went in with a clear mind and finished it within a week. Testament to how close I was to finishing it the first time around. But again the exhaust system doesn't fit. However it'll likely go unnoticed by my friend, and is destined to adorn a shelf without much further inspection once the initial unwarping upon Christmas morning is dispensed with. Anyway I've probably made the kit sound a lot worse than it is but I defo wont be buying another. I was looking at getting the pickup version when it's released but I'd rather my money go to Beemax or Bellkits who are bringing out excellent kits and deserve to know so lol. Anywho, Pics ahoy: TTFN Ashley.
  11. Just finished this today, it's the 1/20 Ebbro kit. It started out as the Rob Walker version, so I used Tabu decals to convert it to Rindts car The driver uses the head and helmet from an EJan set with scratch made body- it's really tricky to squeeze a driver into that chassis though! Three down, lots more to go:
  12. Bonjour mes amis! My first thoughts when asked about La Belle France aren't wingy things (although I thought about a Rafale) or tracky things (although I thought about a Le Clerc). No the first thing I think of is food (and the second thing is wine!). What could be more French than a bread van? (I did briefly contemplate doll's house scale baguettes, maybe later, if we get hungry!) But a bread van on its own would be a bit, well, plain, ne serait-il pas? So I thought it ought to have some company. (Plus at first I couldn't find the Tamiya/Ebbro 2cv van I originally thought of). My LHS had an Ebbro Renault 4 on its shelves, and the R4 was the most produced French car ever, so that fell into my hands. Then some googling showed me they did a van version (chapeau Bengalensis of this parish) and then that the Revell 2cv seemed to be highly regarded. So one of each of those was obtained. But wait, the van sold in the UK doesn't come with the iconic La Poste and Renault Service decals? Pah, then my friends we must order one direct from France, bien sûr. Cherbourg Maquettes did the honours, and helpfully confirmed by email that the desired decals were in the box. Googling to find a French supplier told me that Heller were about to release a hard top R4L with Police markings. More googling suggests this may be a tie in with Ebbro, who haven’t released a hard top but have tooled one, which is available as a spare part. So back onto the internet, and a pre-order has been placed with Heller. Alas, it hasn’t arrived yet, although my card has been charged, so I’m impatiently hopeful. (Those with a memory for French films of the 1980s will perhaps recall that a little blue police car has a brief cameo in Betty Blue). So here’s the cast for this little experience. I’ve never built a car kit before, so be gentle! Pain quotidian by jongwinnett, on Flickr
  13. Working my way through the excellent Ebbro kit but I am in need of a suitable dull, semi matt gold paint for the wheels, preferably brushable. Does anyone know of a decent match for the kit decals? I figure Zero or some such do an exact match but looking for a more readily available option?
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