Sunday, February 6, 2011

Matra 660 Courte made from a Matra 670B Longue

This model is made by Solido with reference 14 representing a Matra 670B Longue. This one was modified by me to represent the Matra 660 Courte that raced in 1971 at 300km de Auvergne Gr.:P3.0 Team: Matra with #1 belonging to team Matra and having Gérard Larrouse as driver finishing 3rd overall.

The first thing to do is to cut the metal in the rear, build the support of the rear lights and the small aileron, then profile the front end.

And this is the final result,

This car was built in 1970 with s/n: 670-01, it raced in 1970 and 1971 including ’71 300km de Auvergne represented here

Matra 670C Courte from a Matra 670C Longue

This model is made by Ixo with reference LMC013 representing a Matra 670C Longue. This one was modified by me to represent the Matra 670C Courte that raced in 1974 at Brands Hatch 1000Km Gr.:S3.0 with #2 belonging to team Gitanes and having Henri Pescarolo and Gérard Larrousse as drivers, they finished 2nd overall.
The first thing to do is to cut the metal, then add the rear facia with the louvers and build the rear aileron.
And this is the final result,
This car was built in 1974 with s/n: 670C-B01, it raced in 1974 including Brands Hatch 1000 Km represented here

Fiat Abarth 2000 SP from a Fiat Abarth 3000 SP

This Fiat Abarth 3000 SP model made by Politoys with No. 594 was bought in pretty bad state but with possibility of creating a new model, an open rear Fiat Abarth 2000 SP, that does not exist in 1/43.

Location for the headlights had to be created and the open top in the rear had to be closed.

So, this is the final result, a fiat Abarth 2000 SP with an open rear end

Ferrari Sigma GP

This Ferrari Sigma GP model made by Mercury with Ref.:301 was bought in a poor condition but complete. The color did not represent the real car and because of the age the not painted areas had plenty of oxidation.
All paint was stripped then the metal was debured and polished to remove all oxids.
The final result was a model of the Ferrari Sigma GP as presented at 1969 F1 premiere presentation. Built on a chassis of a 1966 single-seater F1 Ferrari 312F1 s/n: 011 with a Ferrari engine - V12cyl DOHC 2989cc 400hp at 10500rpm Lucas Fuel Injection CR=11.8:1 5 speed gearbox.
In 1969 Pininfarina, in collaboration with the Revue Automobile, produced this Grand Prix prototype which included various new safety features. This represented an attempt to generate recommendations to reduce the number of fatalities in F1.

Chevrolet Corvette C1 SR2 from a Chevrolet Corvette C1

This is a Chevrolet Corvette C1 model made by Road Champs with Ref.: 64001 and it was modified by me to represent a Chevrolet Corvette C1 SR2 which is not available in 1/43 scale.
The next 4 pictures show the evolution of the modifications. The first 2 show the placement of the aluminium structure and the second 2 show the filling with epoxy.

This is the final result that represents a Chevrolet Corvette C1 SR2 made in 1956 with a s/n: E56S002532 and a V8cyl engine with 4638cc capacity. 255hp CR=10.3:1 and 3 speed automatic gearbox capable of 242km/h; 1043kg (fiberglass body) 3 built. This s/n raced at Sebring 12hr in 1957 Gr.:S5.0 Team: Lindsay Hopkins with Paul O'Shea and Pete Lovely finishing 16th (31 laps behind the winner).