RELIVERING YOUR F1 CARS


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MÄRKLIN Sprint - A famous pair : Mercedes W196 (ref 1300) and Ferrari Supersqualo (ref 1301)
I keep them together since they are really two companion cars (presumably since Märklin racing sets). They are really good models, with nicely steering front wheels, and they illustrate very well the F1 cars of the mid-1950's.

You may recognize
Stirling Moss at the wheel (1955 Dutch GP at Zandvoort), in his always very relaxed driving style. The right-hand pic does not date back to 1955 but shows Sir Stirling Moss during the 2009 Festival of Speed at Goodwood.

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The "Supersqualo" features
Eugenio Castelotti at the 1955 Italian GP.

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SCALEXTRIC C82 - LOTUS F1
The original Lotus C82 is a relatively anonymous model which hardly looks like a Lotus. It’s amazing how a simple paint job and a few basic decals are enough to identify it immediately as Jim Clark’s Lotus. The other one (#8) is shown with its companion car, a Cooper C81.

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SCALEXTRIC C72 - BRM F1
Aficionados of Maurice Trintignant will recognize Maurice in his French blue BRM P57 at the 1964 Monaco GP.

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SCALEXTRIC C122 - Brabham BT 44
The Martini livery suits the « French » C122 Brabham BT44 very well. I have in my stable both Carlos Reutemann and Carlos Pace. With a white C122, you can also have the good and more original idea to represent the Richard Oaten’s Brabham BT 42 driven by Ian Ashley (main sponsor : The Chequered Flag), #42.
Note that there exist two different Scalextric models : the "French" one (it was produced in France) , ref C122, and the "British" one, ref C120. In my view, and without any chauvinism, the C122 is by far superior to the « British » C120 model, totally messed up.

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This original one is in fact a scratch built slot car by philinsull, a talented SlotForum International member, with a Scalextric C122 body shell. It replicates the car of the HEXAGON John Goldie team, such as raced by John Watson during the 1974 F1 world championship.





SCALEXTRIC C051 - BRM P160
The Yardley BRM P160 entered in the 1971 F1 World Championship has often been presented as the most elegant F1 car ever. Racing numbers 14 and 15 correspond to Jo Siffert’s and Pedro Rodriguez’ cars at the 1971 French GP on the Paul Ricard circuit. It’s easy of course to change racing numbers depending on events and drivers. The Siffert's car is shown without its airbox, i.e. in the race configuration. The two bars leaning on the roll-over bar have been added. The last photo shows the complete Yardley BRM Team entered in that 1971 French GP, the third car #16 driver being in the hands of Howden Ganley (photo H.O. Nielsen).

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N° 18 is Peter Gethin’s car, winner of the 1971 Italian at Monza, the fastest GP ever (don’t forget to remove the airbox). The n° 6 Marlboro version has been designed for a Spanish aficionado of Alex Soler-Roig (1972 Argentinian GP).

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SCALEXTRIC C101 - BRM P180
Based on the BRM P180, many variants of the Marlboro BRM are possible. The Marlboro BRM livery is a typical example where 2 decal sheets, printed respectively on clear and white decal paper, are necessary. Otherwise, the white Marlboro markings on the red part of the body shell wouldn’t be visible. The car #8 replicates the P180 driven by Peter Gethin at the 1972 Jarama GP.

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SCALEXTRIC C012 - SHADOW DN1
It has to be recognized that C012 models issued by SCALEXTRIC had only either black or white body shells, the black ones with UOP markings. I’ve got Jackie Oliver (n° 19) and Jean-Pierre Jarier (« nicknamed in France « godasse de plomb », i.e. leaden shoe) with n° 22. White ones are good candidates to the Embassy Hill livery, which condems to paint the candles on Graham’s helmet. The second one is a relivery by Holget Thor Nielsen (Graham Hill, 1973 Belgium GP).

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SCALEXTRIC C025 - FERRARI 312 B2
This Ferrari is a rather good model, not only quite performant on the track, but also adequately proportionned. The driver here is Jacky Ickx.

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SCALEXTRIC C100 - TYRRELL 005
No choice here as regards liveries, the Tyrrells 005 having been used exclusively by the two Tyrrell boys, Jackie Stewart and François Cevert. The #2 below features the Cevert's car at the 1972 USA Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. Conversely, you may legitimately hesitate between painting the body in Tyrrell blue and leaving it unpainted, the body being moulded in blue plastic. A personal choice. Unfortunately, the pics below don't reflect correctly the difference between the painted one (F. Cevert) and the unpainted (J. Stewart). It has to be said that the blue color of Tyrrell cars has varied in time, and it is rather difficult to be sure of the right one.

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SCALEXTRIC C026 - MARCH FORD 721
The March Ford 721 is a quite nice model, with its typical ovoid front wing often described as the 'Tea-tray' (for its elevation from the car). It was only issued with a red plastic body. In terms of relooking, Ronnie Peterson comes immediately to mind. Wheel hubs to be painted in matt black. The French enthusiast (that I am) will be keen to have in his stable the Franck Williams’ March 721#03 driven by Henri Pescarolo during the 1972 season. Of course the body shell has to be painted in dark blue. We are here at the Argentinian GP. Due to warmness on that day, the fairings of the lateral cooling radiators had been removed. They have been kept on the model.

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SCALEXTRIC C134 - RENAULT RS 01
The very first turbo F1 car, with which Renault came to F1, at the 1977 Silverstone GP, driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille, also a novice in the F1 circus. RS 01 was immediately given the "the yellow tea-pot" nickname by our British friends, probably due to the big plume of white smoke when the turbo exploded on the 16th lap. But Renault knew they were on the right track...

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SCALEXTRIC C136 - FERRARI 312 T3

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SCALEXTRIC C43 - McLAREN M23
C43 well restitutes the nice design of the 1:1 McLaren M23 by Gordon Coppuck and allows for two different attractive liveries : YARDLEY (1973 season : Dennis Hulme #7, Peter Revson #8) and MARLBORO-TEXACO (1974 season : Emerson Fittipaldi #5).

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This one (below) has been restored by Bertrand, a member of the French ALBI SLOT GP Club, using REISSORG® decals. See much more on it here. Bertrand has a number of old Scalextric cars, and he wanted to make a trial before embarking on a larger restoration program. The result being quite positive as you can judge yourself, his conclusion was : " as long as I keep motivation, I'll carry on with other ones". Next on his job list are two Tyrrells, 005 and 007. Bravo Bertrand !

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MRRC - MARTINI LOTUS 79

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Found on eBay in original good condition. A good pont is the front steering wheels owing to the Ackerman suspension, as usual on MRRC cars. Good also the MARTINI RACING decoration, but unfortunately the car is silver grey (what a strange idea !) whereas the traditional Lotus dark green is mandatory here. As usual also, the driver head/helmet seems too small. But the major fault of this model has to do with the radiator openings on the sidepods : i) there are two openings on each sidepod whereas there was only one in reality and ii) they are much too narrow to allow the Martini stripe to "plunge" into them. A solution  would be to modify the Airfix body shell to enlarge the sidepod openings and merge them into a single one, but it's not going to be so easy... Fortunately, there were different layouts with the Martini stripes on the Lotus 79.

For our relivering work, I would not recommend the choice of the layout with Martini stripes
covering the sidepods, which comes immediately to mind, but the air openings are difficult, if not impossible, to accomodate in a realistic manner. The pics below illustrate this.

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So, better to choose the layout where the Martini stripes are no longer applied onto the sidepods but on the main body, more adapted to the Airfix model, although somewhat less gorgeous (personal taste). It has to be noted that it was also the choice made by the Airfix designers who had perhaps realized afterwards their error... The car #1 below represents Mario Andretti, the second works driver being Carlos Reutemann.

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