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Lotus 56B Turbine Indy [Finished]

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    October 2020
Lotus 56B Turbine Indy [Finished]
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, September 7, 2023 6:11 PM
While I was doing research on the 1/43rd scale Lotus 56 I pulled this from my stash.  I decided to build it too.  This is the old MPC kit in 1/25th scale.  It will essentially be a curbside so that the body will fit better than having the top sections removable, but I'll build all the internal stuff too. 
I built up the insides, engine and suspension and was able to make it a standalone subassembly so the seam on the nose could be filled.  Most of the parts are chrome plated so they were stripped first.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, September 8, 2023 8:43 AM

"Veddy Interesting"

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, September 14, 2023 11:15 AM
The wheels are on the simple side, but a little paint does wonders.  The tires on the other hand are not correct but I'll use them anyway.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, September 14, 2023 6:07 PM

Did the 1/25 come with the Wheel Horse tractor too?

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, September 15, 2023 11:24 AM

Yes, this is the one with the little tractor.  I'm tinkering with it too.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, September 15, 2023 11:25 AM
Undercoat for the fluorescent red.  Yes, it is pink.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, September 18, 2023 1:55 PM
The red is Tamiya TS-36.  This is about an hour after I painted it.  It will now sit in the drying closet for a while.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, September 18, 2023 2:02 PM
This little tractor comes in the kit too.  I assembled and painted the main components first starting with the wheels/tires.
The engine…
I added some detail to the muffler.
And the frame with the battery and transmission installed.  I added a little wiring to the engine and battery.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, September 18, 2023 2:03 PM
I went with Tamiya Italian Red for the body parts.  Warbird Decals black & brown woodgrain was used for the push board. 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, September 18, 2023 6:42 PM
This is as much as I can build up of the chassis & suspension until it is installed into the lower section of the body.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, September 18, 2023 6:46 PM
The tractor is finished.
I machined new center nuts for the wheels and made some decals.  I dirtied up the engine a little more too.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, September 18, 2023 6:53 PM

The tractor is a nice addition.  Turned out great.

Thanks,

John

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, September 23, 2023 4:13 PM

Thanks John!

 

The decals aren't too bad, especially considering when they were printed and the process used, but all of the STP logos lacked the white outlines. 
So I made new ones.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, September 28, 2023 2:37 PM
I cleared it a few days ago.  No unexpected negative issues have manifested.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, September 29, 2023 12:45 PM
The last photos of the innards before it is sealed up.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:25 PM
Now that it is done I can see how this kit could be built into a really nice model.  The main weak points are the suspension that doesn't line up well causing camber and toe issues, and the fit of the body if you want to leave the top removable.  Both issues can be engineered out if one wants to take the time and maybe do some fabricating.  The decals and tires should be upgraded if possible too, but I'm happy with this one as it is. 
Finished with Tamiya TS paints and urethane clear.  Except for the added white decals around the STP logos it is 100% out of the box.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, September 30, 2023 6:42 PM

Amazing work Mark!Bow Down Bow Down Bow Down

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, October 1, 2023 8:47 PM

Thanks Jim!

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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