Anything LeMans

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The canopies are excellent idea too !!

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Here' two more pictures I found which might interest you.

1973 Le Mans pre-race preparations:

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1973 Watkins Glen pre-race preparations (love the wooden crates which were presumably used to transport the bodywork):

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Excellent photos thank you .. in those days it’s a case of ...make do and mend ..especially when miles from home and on the move 🤣👍🏻

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Interesting photos, which shows the endless possibilities. Here is a new piece I have sitting on the workbench. I am taking a break for awhile from Le Mans pit and paddock scenes and aim to do some Le Mans track dioramas. One that has been on my mind has been the White House corner, or Maison Blanche. Not part of the circuit since the 70's, the tricky corner is an iconic part of Le Mans which was replaced by what's now called the Porsche Curves. Still early days on this one and it will probably be on a far back burner until summer leaves this part of the world and winter sets in.

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I got this White House model some time back and put it together recently. I think the scale proportions are about right, but I think it needs a great deal of work to make it look right (too green and the roof tile colors are not right.) I am trying to decide if I want to just build a building from scratch or not. Part of why this is going to sit for awhile. I do have the road pretty much as I want it. It will sit on a 18.5" x 20" (47 x 51 cm) masonite base.

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I am leaning towards doing the corner from the 50's - early 60's, before they installed armco barriers. Similar to this image. Stay tuned.

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We'll all be looking forward to that with interest Jerry.

I think this is the picture on which the artwork was based. As you may have already noted, in the 1950's Maison Blanche didn't have the Martini sign painted on the roof. Note also that the track ran almost parallel to the side of the building rather than in front of the building. Effectively, you need to turn the building 90 degrees anti-clockwise or re-align the track unless your happy with some artistic licence.

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The building apparently still exists, so you might be able to get some images of the layout and scale from google maps.

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Yes, I am still toying with it, trying to make things work in the space allotted. That's one of the challenges. May have to take some artistic license to make it work in the end, but going for something that conveys the idea, not 100% accuracy. I'll update as more progress is made.
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Here's a great scene from 1967 and the Gulf Mirage team before the race at their base which looks likes it was a Renault garage. I don't recall seeing this in any other Le Mans pictures, but might ask on a few other forums if anyone knows where it is.

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I like your project Jerry and look forward to seeing more of it. There is something about the Maison Blanche that captures my imagination. When I first saw pictures of it from the 1950's with spectators looking out through holes in the roof, I figured that the building was long gone, but it isn't (just remodeled almost beyond recognition). I wonder how old it is and if the people that own it appreciate it's iconic history?
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