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Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:14 am
by Serafa
Amazing detail!

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:05 pm
by Jager
Love the detail. I’d pack the body away and display it with just the bare chassis.

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:54 pm
by oldirish33
Just over a month ago, I posted the Cult Jaguar 3.8S that I added to my collection. In my opinion, these cars always look better with wire wheels. I bought a set of BBR Borani wire wheels and have just added them. I think getting rid of the 'old man' wheels was the right choice. Sir William Lyons seems to approve.

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Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:19 pm
by Tom
Very nice wires, but I prefer disc wheels myself.

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:56 pm
by Jager
Definitely looks less like a chauffeur ride and more like it belongs to a b-grade criminal :D .

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:05 am
by oldirish33
Jager wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:56 pm
Definitely looks less like a chauffeur ride and more like it belongs to a b-grade criminal :D .
Thats why I drive one. :D

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:41 am
by oldirish33
I recently acquired a couple of new large scale models, which while straining the pocket book have been on my wishlist since they were announced.

McLaren M20, 1972 Can-Am - Tecnomodel: I have built up a collection of McLaren cars and this model will be the bookend to an earlier McLaren M8A I have in 1/18. The two cars bracket the Gulf-McLaren cars in the Can-Am, with the M20 being the final Can-Am car from McLaren.

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While the McLaren's handled better in the corners, it could not match the grunt on the straights of the Porsches. Denny Hulme made a wry quote (that) "Trying to beat the 950 hp turbo charged L&M Porsche with our 750 hp McLarens has been like trying to shoot down a 747 with a bow and arrow." Try they did however, and the M8F was redesigned into the M20 for 1972. The 8.3L Chevy V8 did not gain power, but the radiators were relocated to the rear, allowing the front end to be redesigned. It incorporated a adjustable airfoil between the front fenders, which gave the car greater downforce. The season started out well with Hulme winning two of the first four races, but after that persistent engine problems only allowed two more podiums and no wins the rest of the season. Hulme set pole at Road America in this car, but retired due to engine and electrical problems. While Hulme took second place in the Can-Am Drivers Championship in 1972, George Follmer in his Porsche 917/10 won the title by a large margin however. McLaren left Can-Am after 1972, selling its three M20's to private teams for campaigning during the final two Can-Am seasons.

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The model is typical Tecnomodel quality and appears to be a accurate representation of the real car. Tecnomodel seems to have found a niche in producing models of interesting cars in short runs. Unfortunately, I couldn't justify buying a large number of their models both for space and budget considerations but they are making some I would sure love to have. :D

Jaguar C-Type, 1954 BARC Goodwood winner - CMC: As much as I love Jaguar, I sat on the fence for sometime about whether or not to buy one of these CMC models. I have the AutoArt model of the 1953 Le Mans winner in 1/18 and wasn't sure I needed another C-Type in this scale. However, my recent visit to Replicarz and seeing one up close, coupled with a sale convinced me to pull the trigger. I opted for the Ecurie Ecosse version being a huge EE fan.

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Purchased from the Jaguar works by Ecurie Ecosse to campaign in the 1954 season, this car (XKC 502) was one of the most successful for the Scottish team. Driven by Jimmy Stewart (older brother to Sir Jackie Stewart) to several wins, including two wins at the BARC Goodwood races in May of 1954. Repainted flag blue by Ecurie Ecosse when acquired in late 1953, it was the Jaguar works car which finished 4th at Le Mans in 1953 driven by Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart. It was driven by Ian Stewart along with Jimmy Stewart in its first race for EE in Argentina, where it crashed. While after it was repaired it was driven primarily by Jimmy Stewart, it was also driven by a list of notable drivers for Ecurie Ecosse including Duncan Hamilton, Tony Rolt, Roy Salvadori, Ninian Sanderson, & Peter Walker. It was subsequently sold to Peter Blond, who campaigned the car with further success until 1956.

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High quality you expect from CMC and as with most CMC subjects, great opening/operating features with exquisite detail. I'm very happy I decided to acquire it!

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Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:48 am
by scalainj
Fine additions sir. I would have gone for the EE if it had been the LM version (perhaps still to come) as it looks superb in the blue.
A very fine model.
Like you i've just bought a Tecnomodel and like you mines a snow shovel as well in a very similar colour. Fine and accurate looking models

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:11 am
by Tom
I agree that both are fantastic models but the C-type gets my vote easily. What an amazing quality replica.

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:31 am
by JSB33
2 of my all time favorite in just the right liveries. Have to say the big Mac gets my vote though for subject mater alone.

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:09 am
by Jager
Two great models as the centerpieces of your new garage Jerry. Different cars and different eras, but as much as I like them both the C-Type is the standout.

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:29 pm
by Alfaholic
I'll throw my vote on for the M20, even though both are fantastic.

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:06 pm
by oldirish33
Austin Healey 100 Sebring: Most know my love and affection for Austin Healeys through ownership over the years and in particular the car that started the Austin Healey name, the 100 produced between 1953-1956. The 100S is the holy grail of Austin Healey production cars and when Cult introduced their planned production of one in 1/18 three years ago, I raced to put in my pre-order. The model doesn't disappoint, however there are several inaccuracies and omissions that 99.5% of the model buying public wont be aware of. Where it counts though in proportion, stance, color and finish, this example really shines!

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Development of a limited production competition car based on the successful AH 100 began in 1954. Using new Dunlop disc brakes on each corner and further development of the 2.6L four-cylinder 100 bhp engines with special cross-flow heads and other mechanical refinements; the cars also had a different grille than the standard Austin Healey 100 and were lightened where possible for racing and for the extra weight of the large racing fuel tank required for long distance events. A prototype ran at Sebring in 1954, finishing third and cars were entered in the Mille Miglia (class winner) in 1954 & 55 and at Le Mans in 1955 where one played a part in the terrible tragedy, as well as long distance record setting at Bonneville. Their Sebring success resulted in the "S" designation for the new 'production' model in 1955, the 100S. With only 50 factory cars built, most painted in lobelia blue over white; the 100S is the holy grail to Austin Healey aficionados. Successful in club and other racing events through the 1950's, development of the car ended with the plans to introduce the new six-cylinder 100-6.

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Cult when selecting a subject to model, as many times is the case, selected a car which had been restored but not to 100% originality. Not being marque specialists, you really can't blame Cult for not knowing. However, it has raised red flags and panning the model in Austin Healey circles, especially since ther errors were pointed out to them right after they announced the model are pretty glaring. The gear lever is incorrect, the dash has switches and gauges on it that don't belong, its missing the white seat piping, the spare tire is lacking the hold down straps, it has the wrong rear view mirror among the major 'offenses'. Like I said, 99.5% won't know or care. I see it as a missed opportunity by Cult to make a spectacular model and like the Jaguar 3.8S introduced last year (a car that I also know well) also had several inaccuracies. In my opinion, Cult need to do a better job in their model research, as their models aren't cheap. I also see this as opportunity to use modeling skills to improve and correct where I can. All said, I still recommend this model that has been ignored in this scale up until now.

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This is a picture of my old 100 with a 100S at the International Healey Meet in Snomass, Colorado in 1982. When I restored this car I wanted to replicate the 100S as much as possible and ultimately led to noted Australian 100S expert Steve Pike to name it the "prototype". Letting go of that car was one of the hardest things I've ever done car wise.

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:05 pm
by Tom
That looks utterly fantastic! I know what you mean by the annoying inaccuracies but it's so hard to find a model without any...

Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:23 pm
by oldirish33
After my original posting I found this photo of the 1/1 car, which went unsold in 2015 at a Sotheby's auction in Italy for $1.1 million USD! It is one of seven cars shipped to Los Angeles, California in April 1955 to Gough Industries who in turn sold the cars to local S. California sports car racers. This car was restored some time ago by Hill & Vaughn who may have made the errors and omissions in its restoration (should have known better). No known history after 2015, but assume a private transaction was undertaken since it didn't sell at auction and it may reside somewhere on that side of the Atlantic now.

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Re: OIR on a larger scale

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:50 am
by JSB33
Pity about the model, especially the seats. But what a great read, thanks.