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Austrian Champions...1/20 Lotus 72C (1970), Jochen Rindt


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13 hours ago, Reini78 said:

as with other race car model kits, no full cigarette ads included


therefore bought aftermarket decals a while ago

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Nice,  Very interested now - as I couldn't find anything like that.

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On 11/17/2022 at 6:33 AM, Redstaff said:

Pretty sure Indycals do the sponsor decals for the gold leaf as well

Think that's where I got mine from

Yes Indecals are my go-to and I'd assumed they'd have something for Rindt's 72C, but thought it's always good to get alternatives to consider. 

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the kit is made out of a special plastic which doens´t like every glue and every paint

Tamyia thin cement works fine

concerning the paints, ended with AK Real Color Signal Red and Tamiya white

the white decals are a bit translucent, so gonna paint white underneath the numbers

masking and painting the nose gonna be fun...


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Good progress so far Reini on this challenging kit. I built two of these when they were first released ten years ago (when they were only $40 USD!!!). On the first build,  I totally botched the alignment/ squareness of the rear engine/ suspension/ rear tires assembly to the chassis because I pre-bonded most of the rear suspension/ transmission/ axle/ exhaust and upright support components to the engine before bonding the engine to the rear of the body assembly. The rear tires came out at weird angles relative to the chassis longitudinal axis and one of the rear tires did not touch the ground. I tried to fix my disaster using heat and bending and ended up with an expensive pile of parts/paint/ decals.

On my second 72C kit attempt, I pre-assembled the rear suspension and transmission assembly without bonding it to the engine block. The instructions would have you bond the engine + transmission + rear suspension together before joining it to the body. I didn’t take any photos of my second 72C WIP but here’s a similar view of the Ebbro Lotus 49B rear suspension / transmission assembly I pre-built:



I then cut two long plastic rods and press-fit them into the the rear upright wheel bearing housings to eyeball check alignment/ straightness BEFORE doing the final transmission to engine block bond:



I’ve built all my other Ebbro F1 kits (and a few Tamiya/ Hasegawa/ Fujimi) this same way with pretty good success. 

Hopefully you won’t run into these issues but I wanted to pass on my own experience in case you wanted to consider this alternative assembly method. Whichever way you go, take your time and test fit liberally. It’s a great kit of one of F1’s all-time best  looking cars IMO.

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after several attempts on masking and painting the nose, my dad now puts a fork in it

wasn´t that easy to get the curve..

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used Gunze H9 Gold

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front suspension done

some red plastis still shines through, but my dad will display everything closed, so it doesn´t matter

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some more cockpit progress

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transmission work

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using yellowish painted clear elastic threads for tubing

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the chrome coloured plastic of the rims was too shiny and bright, so sprayed them with a primer and painted them Gunze Mr. Color Chrome

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and already started with the decals

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transmission-engine block finished

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the radiator housings/intakes didn´t fit that good to the main body

sanded down the radiators but still no tight fit, had to fill a gap and repaint some red

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