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There have always been two branches to our slot car hobby. There are those that seek speed at all costs and those who strive to model real life cars in miniature. That they run smoothly is of more importance than outright speed but rising above all else they must look right. The experienced slot car modeler soon learns that the eye is more useful than the micrometer. What looks right might not be exact scale ... it just looks right. It's a term you'll hear a lot, unfortunately more often it will be on the lines of "it just doesn't look right". Compromises are sometimes necessary when using available running gear such as the standard can motors that are available to 1/32 scale slot cars. This motor though small will not fit within the confines of a 1500 cc Grand Prix car circa 1956/66. Recently smaller micro motors have become more readily available. For Al Penrose the creator of BWA wheels this gave him the opportunity to revisit a one of his cars from the past ...

Yes folks, sad to say, Young Jimmy has been getting a bit thick round the middle lately (Too much Haggis n Tatties Eh!), and needs to go on a diet or he won't fit in the car. When these two beauties, the Lotus and Ferrari F1's produced by Monogram first came out, they were by far two of the nicest slot car representations of mid sixties F1 cars in 1/32 scale. They were and still are two of the most gorgeous little gems to come out of the sixties as far as slot cars were concerned and, as such, they are still by far my favorite kits from that era.

But, as my scale perceptions are getting a little more keen in my dotage, they are starting to look a little on the Porky side. As luck would have it, I "acquired" about 80 vintage cars, bodies and various bits and pieces from this era. Luck would have it that there were several of these bodies, both Ferrari and Lotus in the pile. Having spotted my favorite pruning saw, I decided to set to work and see if I couldn't rectify the situation somewhat. Come to think of it, isn't this exactly how Mr Chapman did design the Lotus 25, after having a trial "sit" in the prototype tub, and finding that he still had some room to actually move around, he got out and said "It's too wide, take two inches out of it".

If you look closely you'll notice that the chopped body sports a 4-cylinder and different rear engine cowling. This is the result of a previous kit-bashing. The larger body is an example of the same model un-chopped.I dropped the body on the only Bear Dog chassis I have built, which is set up for a latter Brabham car. I just slammed it on so I could take some pics, it is not the Chassis/Wheel/Tire setup I would use if properly building the car up as a proper car.

This is actually going to be a Lotus 25/33, and the only reason for the 4-cyl. connection is that the static model I started with, had already been converted. In the end, I hope to do the 25/33 F1 cars with the closed and open rear bodywork, as well as the 4-cyl. car. My own cars will have scratchbuilt chassis, of different design, with steering and round suspension bits n pieces. BTW, the Micro motor just misses Jimmies bum, so full cockpit detail is in order.