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    Just moving some old threads over !!

    A few years ago, I decided to enter an English (UK) based proxy for Formula 1 cars from the mid 60's era...........I thought I could cobble up a chassis fairly easily, but the body would be another story, as I had my heart set on a Matra, and at that time, the only one available was the rather hideous looking thing from MRRC/Airfix.

    So given that many of the cars in this series were quite gorgeous, I was concerned about the outcome..............transforming this hideous thing . ... (with its grossly overscale motor/transmission, and the nose and rear wings/airbox , that were not on the 1:1 car )

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    Into something that somewhat resembled this.........I was no doubt apprehensive!!

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    I decided to build the chassis first...(generally my habit,as this lets me not have to worry about the body for a while!! )

    The chassis is a fairly typical "flexi-board" design, and was powered by an 050 motor, as per the rules. It uses 13" wheels (proper for F1) from RS Slot, and the inserts were cut down from some Lola inserts I had (only a blindman would notice the difference)

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    With the chassis done, it was time to get on with the body....... I have lost the body "progress" shots from the old forum, I will have to verbalize ..... I the bulky motor bits, and most of the transmission, cut out the molded in driver, and fitted a new pilot, removed the wings/airbox, built some injector trumpets, and, have made a proper rollbar from 2 pieces of bent piano wire.

    I found some engine bits in my parts box..(the valve covers are from a Scaley Lotus 49).....I gave it a coat of Tamiya French blue, and added some great Indycal decals to create Mr. Beltoises' car.

    The front/rear suspension bits were made from aluminum/piano wire, mirrors were added, a little work on the new driver, a bit of detail paint, and she's done!!

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    Far from perfect in both execution and accuracy, but, I think it captures the "feel" of the is certainly one of my personal favs., and also, one of my better performing cars......

    Note, It ended up being late for the proxy start, but did win all the rounds (5, I think) that it competed in.

    Chris Walker
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  • #2
    Outstanding work Chris - thank you for sharing!


    • #3
      Team SCANC
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      • #4
        Hi Chris,
        1st off - Awesome job and it's simply beautiful!!!
        Please tell me how you seperated the valve covers from the lotus and what then did you use for the remainder of the matra's motor, exhaust and tranny etc.?


        • #5
          Hi Jack, The valve covers were from a Scaley motor accessory pack from a Lotus 49, and were separate pieces.....(I think I got this pack from Electric dreams)

          The injector stacks were made from some "uninsulated ferrules" that were mounted into some drilled styrene strip.

          The headers were from the stock MRRC Matra and the end pipes were made from some aluminum tube attached to the main chassis...(see the chassis pic. of the rear of the chassis)

          The transmission/battery/hoses were on the stock Matra, and were just detail painted.

          Springs/shocks were modified Fly Porsche 908 bits.

          Hope this helps.

          Chris Walker


          • #6
            As always I just shake my head in wonder....


            • #7
              Fantastic work!


              • #8
                Wow to the tech build and then bundling all that together to create this great looking machine!!!

                dundee denny


                • #9
                  Very cool. I was just commenting on another thread how Scalextric should make this car in 2020. Beautiful work as always Chris!
                  Team SCANC
                  Woodland Trace Raceway - SlotZuka - Bent Tree Raceway
                  OFI - Buena Vista Motorsports Park - Slotkins Glen
                  Leadfinger Raceway