Debut: February 2018



.: Sean Carter's Lotus 49B - Graham Hill - in PROGRESS


# 12053



Modelling Time:

15 months

PE/Resin Detail:

see below


EXTRAS: Kit PE, plus
PE & Decals from Best Balsa Kits:Belgium,
Rod Ends & Bolts from RB Motion:USA,

Replacement DFV Engine & Hewland Gearbox,
Throttle Inlet Manifold detail set,
Wheels from 'Scale Details', Germany,
Custom made fibreglass seat covered with faux leather,
Scratch-Built instrument cluster,
Scratch-Built steering rack,
Cast Resin brake caliper & uprights.

3D printed brake rotors,
Replaced engine & gearbox,
Scratch-built suspension,
Turned Aluminium wheels,
MFH rivets applied to chassis,
Tamiya paint & clear,
Polished with micro pads & Novus plastic polish

"The car being modelled is the 1969 Monaco winner driven by Graham Hill

This car livery in the kit is a mish mash of various races and the model itself is glaringly incorrect on a number of fronts - hence the time I have taken to correct it.

OCD much ? "

What a "BUILD"!!....RjT

Lotus 49

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lotus 49
Category Formula One
Constructor Lotus
Designer(s) Colin Chapman
(Technical director)
Maurice Philippe
(Chief designer)
Predecessor Lotus 43
Successor Lotus 63 / Lotus 72
Technical specifications[1][2]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Axle track 152.4 front and rear
Wheelbase 2,413 mm (95.0 in)
Engine Ford Cosworth DFV, 2,998 cc (183 cu in), V8NAmid-mounted
Transmission Hewland-Lotus 5-speed manual gearbox
Weight 501 kg (1,105 lb)
Fuel Esso (9 GP), Shell
Tyres FirestoneDunlop
Competition history
Notable entrants Gold Leaf Team Lotus
Rob Walker Racing Team
Notable drivers United Kingdom Jim Clark
United Kingdom Graham Hill
United States Mario Andretti
Austria Jochen Rindt
Switzerland Jo Siffert
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
Debut 1967 Dutch Grand Prix
Races Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps
42 12 23 19 13
Constructors' Championships 2 (19681970^)
Drivers' Championships 2 (Graham Hill1968 / Jochen Rindt1970)

The Lotus 49 was a Formula One racing car designed by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe for the 1967 F1 season. It was designed around the Cosworth DFV engine that would power most of the Formula One grid through the 1970s. It used its drivetrain as a stressed member, being not the first F1 car to do so, but the first to apply the technique so well that all other teams copied it.[3]

Jim Clark won on the car's debut, in 1967, and it would also provide him with the last win of his career, in 1968. Graham Hill went on to win that year's title and the car continued winning races until 1970.


After a difficult first year for Lotus in the three-litre formula, Chapman went back to the drawing board and came up with a design that was both back to basics, and forward-thinking. Taking inspiration from earlier designs, particularly the Lotus 43 and Lotus 38 Indycar, the 49 was the first F1 car to be powered by the Ford Cosworth DFV engine, after Chapman convinced Ford to build an F1 power-plant.

The 49 was an advanced design in Formula 1 because of its chassis configuration. The specially-designed engine became a stress-bearing structural member (seen earlier with the H16 engine in the Lotus 43 and BRM P83, and prior to that in the front-engined Lancia D50 of 1954),[4] bolted to the monocoque at one end and the suspension and to the gearbox at the other. Since then, virtually all Formula 1 cars have been built this way.

The 49 was a testbed for several new pieces of racecar technology and presentation. Lotus was the first team to use aerofoil wings, which appeared partway through 1968. Originally these wings were bolted directly to the suspension and were supported by slender struts. The wings were mounted several feet above the chassis of the car for effective use in clean air, however after several breakages which led to dangerous accidents, the high wings were banned and Lotus was forced to mount the wings directly to the bodywork.



Lotus 49B 
rear suspension of the Lotus 49B 
Cosworth-V8 in the Lotus 49C 
The Cosworth DFV engine as installed
into an early-1968 spec Lotus 49 
View of Lotus 49B showing high rear wing fixed directly to suspension 
A Lotus 49B with the original, banned
rear wing being demonstrated at
the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed 
The 49C being demonstrated in 2005 

1968 Formula One season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1968 FIA Formula One
World Championship
Drivers' ChampionGraham Hill
Constructors' ChampionLotus-Ford
Previous: 1967 Next: 1969

The 1968 Formula One season was the 22nd season of the FIA's Formula One motor racing. If featured the 19th FIA World Championship, which commenced on 1 January 1968, and ended on 3 November after twelve races, and numerous non-championship races.

Season summary

Although they had failed to win the title in 1967, by the end of the season the Lotus 49 and the DFV engine were mature enough to make the Lotus team dominant again. For 1968 Lotus lost its exclusive right to use the DFV. McLaren built a new DFV-powered car and a new force appeared on the scene when Ken Tyrrell entered his own team using a Cosworth-powered car built by French aeronautics company Matra and driven by ex-BRM driver Jackie Stewart.

Unsurprisingly the season-opening 1968 South African Grand Prix confirmed Lotus' superiority, with Jim Clark and Graham Hill finishing 1–2. It would be Clark's last win. On 7 April 1968 Clark, one of the most successful and popular drivers of all time, was killed at Hockenheim in a non-championship Formula Two event. The Scotsman had gone off the track caused by what was believed to be a deflating rear tire; 90% of the Hockenheim circuit was made up of 2 long, slightly curving straights running through thick forests. And because there was no protection from the solid trees lining the circuit on both sides, Clark's Lotus smashed into a wall of trees, breaking the hapless Scotsman's neck and killing him instantly; the car was totally destroyed and people had stolen the dismounted engine and gearbox from the destroyed Lotus.

The season saw two significant innovations. The first was the arrival of unrestricted sponsorship, which the FIA decided to permit that year after the withdrawal of support from automobile related firms like BP, Shell and Firestone. In May the Lotus Formula One team appeared at Jarama in the Red, Gold and White colors of Imperial Tobacco's Gold Leaf brand. The second innovation was the introduction of wings as seen previously on various cars including the Chaparral 2F sports car. Colin Chapman introduced modest front wings and a spoiler on Graham Hill's Lotus 49B at Monaco. Brabham and Ferrari went one better at the Belgian Grand Prix with full width wings mounted on struts high above the driver. Lotus replied with a full width wing directly connected to the rear suspension that required a redesign of suspension wishbones and transmission shafts. Matra then produced a high mounted front wing connected to the front suspension. This last innovation was mostly used during practice as it required a lot of effort from the driver. By the end of the season most teams were using sophisticated wings.

Despite the death of Jim Clark, Lotus won both titles in 1968 with Graham Hill, but Stewart was a serious contender, winning several Grands Prix in the Tyrrell-run Matra MS10. Stewart's winning drive during the rain and fog of the 1968 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, where he won by a margin of four minutes, is considered as one of the finest ever, even though his rain tires were probably better than those of the competition. The car's most innovative feature was the use of aviation-inspired structural fuel tanks. These allowed the chassis to be around 15 kg lighter, while still being stronger than its competitors. The FIA considered the technology to be unsafe and decided to ban it for 1970, insisting on rubber bag-tanks (Which meant the effective end of spaceframe chassis in F1). Safety became a major issue in Formula One.

McLaren fielded a pair of Cosworth powered M7s for reigning Formula One World Champion Denny Hulme and team founder Bruce McLaren. McLaren won the non-championship Brands Hatch Race of Champions, then the Belgian Grand Prix was the scene of the team's first Championship win. In doing so, McLaren became only the third driver to win a race in a car manufactured by his own team – Jack Brabham having done it in 1966 and Dan Gurney in 1967 at Spa Francorchamps. Hulme won the Italian Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix later in the year.

Repco produced a more powerful version of their V8 to maintain competitiveness against Ford's new Cosworth DFV, but it proved very unreliable. The Brabhams were fast — Rindt set pole position twice during the season — but Brabham and Rindt finished only three races between them, and ended the year having scored just ten points.[1]

1968 turned out to be a turning point in the history of Formula One, in terms of technicalities and safety. Wings were used on Formula One cars and aerodynamics really played a part in terms of the cars' performance, and 5 Grand Prix drivers were killed in this year – including Jim ClarkMike SpenceJo Schlesser and Ludovico Scarfiotti – Clark at a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in a Lotus in April, Spence during practice for the Indianapolis 500 in a Lotus in May, Scarfiotti during a hillclimb event in Germany driving a Porsche sportscar in June, and Schlesser during the French Grand Prix driving a Honda in July. It was the last year where all the races were run on tracks with almost no safety modifications. The rather dubious events of the season included Schlesser's almost recklessly caused fatal accident at Rouen Les Essarts and the German Grand Prix run in atrocious rain and thick fog at the dangerous and long Nürburgring, a race that was even questioned at the start to be run in the almost intolerable conditions.

Dan Gurney introduced the first full face helmet at British GP. He had helped to invent with Bell Helmets company and he had used it at Indy 500 race same year. Within some years it became the obvious and later even mandatory choice among F1 drivers.




Thanks Wikipedia!

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Part-built photos:

Ford DFV & Gearbox


Front Suspension & Steering

On the nose!!

Box art:

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