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Lotus 49 (Gold Leaf)
The Lotus 49 Formula 1 Racing Car
About this creation
Built for the Classic Race Teams group. I have started the Gold Leaf Racing Team so if you would like to join and build your own Lotus let me know.

The Lotus 49 was designed by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe for the 1967 F1 season. It was designed around the powerful Cosworth DFV engine. It was the first car that incorporated the engine as a structural member of the chassis making it very strong and light which massively improved handling. It was also the first car to introduce wings as aerodynamic aids. Graham Hill became World Champion in 1968 with this legendary car and its unique design changed racing and inspired all future Formula 1 cars.

My version has a working engine, and steering via the drivers head (Head of God ;)). I have also built some alternative wings. As with all my cars it is robust and strong enough for my kids to play with.




























Rear Suspension details







Close up of the differential (below). It is one wheel drive ;). The drive shaft is connected to the crank shaft (above) and makes it spin. It makes that great technic noise when you push it around.
















Hope you like it :D




Comments

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  February 17, 2014
Fantasticly clever design. Awesome build. 5/5!
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  July 6, 2013
jaw dropping 'nuff said
  May 1, 2013
I understand :) if only there was a smaller differential part (or a way to make a smaller one) I was thinking about making a classic Lotus F1 car, is there one you would suggest? (one with the engine showing)
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  May 1, 2013
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . i'm thinking a real car would have problems, maybe even more skidding than a solid without differential
Too right! But even at this small scale the wheel skids. It is very important to me that my mocs are playable. With all my cars, figures and animals I often sacrifice looks/aesthetics for function.
  May 1, 2013
i'm thinking a real car would have problems, maybe even more skidding than a solid without differential
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  May 1, 2013
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . Just wondering, did the car really have 1 wheel drive, or could you not figure out how to do the rear axle? (or some other reason)
Hahaha! Because this moc has steering you can play/push it around. If I used a solid rear axle one of the wheels would skid/lock when turning a corner, I used '1 wheel drive' to avoid this problem. It is effectively a fake differential. Thanks for the interest.
  May 1, 2013
Just wondering, did the car really have 1 wheel drive, or could you not figure out how to do the rear axle? (or some other reason)
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  December 4, 2012
nicely shaped, a classic, plenty of 'goodies' features!
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  September 18, 2012
looks like someone lost a tire... (the driver's head) did this say it's 1 wheel drive? well the detales are really good, i like the engine, and the shaping is good too :), btw i added a new Lamborghini Polizia http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/341285 , fell free to take a look!
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  September 5, 2012
Quoting Marcus Paul Awesome in all aspects. Surely one of my favs from you! I especially love the colour design and the functionality.
Thanks Marcus, as you know function is very important to me but it is good to know that it looks good too.
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  September 4, 2012
Hi Jens, that describes my style perfectly – somewhere between technic and model team (my two favourite car themes). Really glad you like it, thanks :D
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  September 4, 2012
"Hope you like it"... nah, sorry... I TOTALLY LOVE IT! A perfect cross-breed betweeen Model Team and Technic with an exquisite amount of detail... the whole engine / suspension area is gorgeous!Paint scheme... different spoiler versions... Wow! Just a perfect F1 from the good old days. Greets, Jens
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  August 30, 2012
Awesome in all aspects. Surely one of my favs from you! I especially love the colour design and the functionality.
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  August 26, 2012
Thanks for your comments guys :D. If you like this you might like my next moc - the whole team, just a tiny bit smaller :D. I hope to post it tonight
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  August 25, 2012
Wow! You're definitely one of the best when it comes to combining details with functionality. Excellent work! 5 smilies!
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  August 25, 2012
Awesome! That engine is SOOO well done. I like the accurate looking suspension too :-)
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  August 7, 2012
@ Malte – Thanks x2 :D. @ Vibor – Thanks, I try to squeeze as many technical things in as I can.
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  August 5, 2012
ravishingly beautiful (x2)!
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  August 5, 2012
Very nice indeed. Even in this size it has many lovely details especially those that hold the wheels together with the body. And yes, that's a good idea to put number 1 like that :))
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  August 5, 2012
Quoting Marc dZ Beautiful, clever and very accurate. Some details are stunning. Great creation!!!
Thanks Marc :).
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  August 3, 2012
Beautiful, clever and very accurate. Some details are stunning. Great creation!!!
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  August 2, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Hi Mortal. ;0 I'm back for a second look. It looks much better at second glance. I particularly like the ultra-high (and ridiculous) rear spoiler on the main pic. I somehow don't remember it. That's odd. :-) Also a clever way of making the #1 on the sides. -LB Jr.
Thanks LB. Yeah I changed the main pic to show off the ridiculously high rear spoiler. Oh to answer your earlier question. I love all the sports, but my faves are: Gymnastics, all the martial arts (including boxing), cycling, swimming, track and field and the list goes on and on. Can’t wait to see Usain Bolt and the Blade Runner. To coin an American phrase I am a real 'Sports Fan'. Hope you are enjoying the Olympics too.
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  August 2, 2012
Quoting Halhi 141 Great work, as always. I like the overall shaping and engine detail. I agree with Lego Builders about the diffuser and the hood shaping though; the diffuser sticks out a bit too match from the front wing and the hood is a bit too blocky (perhaps some of http://peeron.com/inv/parts/61678 would work?). I also dislike the mix of studs and tiles; having just one or the other can look great, but mixing both is a bit hard visually. Nevertheless, a great MOC.
Thanks Halhi, I totally respect your constructive feedback, my style is a bit eclectic (just like me) and is not to everyone’s taste. I prioritise overall shape above smaller details. Yes the hood is a bit blocky, and I did try those bowed 1x4 pieces but they made the hood to bumpy, they are also one plate too high. A longer sweeping bow which is only two plates high would be perfect. I also wanted to include the two V-shaped air vents (visible in the birds eye view photo). Also remember that there is a steering mechanism under the hood so there is not much room to play with, Thanks for your comment :D I always appreciate thoughtful constructive criticism.
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  August 2, 2012
This is fantastic!!! 5/5 I love the spoiler, looks really realistic :)
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  August 2, 2012
Wow!
MortalSwordsman .
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Chris Melby
  August 1, 2012
Congrats on the blog! Z
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  August 1, 2012
Great work, as always. I like the overall shaping and engine detail. I agree with Lego Builders about the diffuser and the hood shaping though; the diffuser sticks out a bit too match from the front wing and the hood is a bit too blocky (perhaps some of http://peeron.com/inv/parts/61678 would work?). I also dislike the mix of studs and tiles; having just one or the other can look great, but mixing both is a bit hard visually. Nevertheless, a great MOC.
  August 1, 2012
Hi Mortal. ;0 I'm back for a second look. It looks much better at second glance. I particularly like the ultra-high (and ridiculous) rear spoiler on the main pic. I somehow don't remember it. That's odd. :-) Also a clever way of making the #1 on the sides. -LB Jr.
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  August 1, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera What a mean team...Add LEGO :-)
Dream Team! @ Chris - Thanks :)
  August 1, 2012
What a mean team...Add LEGO :-)
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  August 1, 2012
superb!
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  August 1, 2012
Wow thanks for the comments everyone :D @ Nick - thanks for letting me know :D @ Tomaso – Yes Yes! Great Idea, that was the transporter I was originally going to build, but didn’t have the pieces. Lets do it!
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  August 1, 2012
That's it! I'm going to build another transporter, I think I have enough LEGO now lol Maybe you'd like to make it a team effort? http://www.sunrichtoy.com/pic.php?id=1427
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  August 1, 2012
I love the design/partsusage for the cylinders, suspension, and tail pipes! I see you used that technique of the hose for the front end again, I like that! Cheers! :)
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  August 1, 2012
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  August 1, 2012
Perfect details! It is look good!
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  August 1, 2012
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Awesome!
Thanks shifu :)
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  August 1, 2012
Awesome!
MortalSwordsman .
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Chris Melby
  July 31, 2012
Dude, forgot to mention, love the headers! I hope you don't mind, but I am going to have to use that technique one of these days, I never would have thought of that, I would have spent 2 days trying to wrap round bricks around it, and then probably given up! =D Z
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Dave Kaleta Very cool Joe, I like the way you did the #1 on the sides. ~Dave
My style is very representational (that is my way of saying they look better from a distance) so I am pleased you recognised it as #1. ;)
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  July 31, 2012
Simply beautiful!
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  July 31, 2012
Very cool Joe, I like the way you did the #1 on the sides. ~Dave
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Joost Cumps 3-D printers start from 800€ (gulp!). I am still not sure if one can use materials that are as strong as ABS is... About the helmet: isn't there any wheel that you can squeeze into the helmet, and so make connection with a technic rod?
haha I did try that but no luck. I even tried a technic cog with elastic bands wrapped around it, but that did not work well.
  July 31, 2012
3-D printers start from 800€ (gulp!). I am still not sure if one can use materials that are as strong as ABS is... About the helmet: isn't there any wheel that you can squeeze into the helmet, and so make connection with a technic rod?
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  July 31, 2012
@ Rolling Bricks, Dohoon and Cody, Thank you so much for your comments guys:D @ Z – Feel free to use it, but with your ability to make smooth round things from these square pointy pieces of plastic is a far better skill.
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Joost Cumps
Hi Joost :D, The first picture is the 49B. The big wing is so high to avoid ‘dirty air’ from the car in front. It was banned so it was replaced with the lower wing (the 49C). I did try the technic helmet, it is a perfect size but I can’t connect it to the axle??? I also tried to build a brick head but it looked funny. That 3D model thing sounds awesome – I want one :D
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  July 31, 2012
Another 5 smileys!!! Her is what I've found on wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing
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  July 31, 2012
Love it! Technique functions are very well, and looks are great. I do notice a different first picture from the rest? I don't know if it'll work out, but in this scale I suggest you put a technic figure helmet on the the head of god (I love this terminology :-) ) wheel you used ? Much greetings! PS: I've read an article about 3-D printers, they suggest to build your own Lego parts. You know anyone who has experience with it? (Which material is used in 3-d printing anyway?)
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  July 31, 2012
Fantastic work on this, I love the head steering idea.
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . This is astonishingly good! I mean...*
I am honoured by your comments senator, you know how I feel about your awesome mocs. Fancy building a lotus?
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  July 31, 2012
Beautiful!
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  July 31, 2012
Excellent car and very nice model!
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  July 31, 2012
This is astonishingly good! I mean I'm used to stuff of this caliber coming from you, but this... this is beyond superb. Well detailed, well styled, it looks like a hammerhead shark with a big, meaty engine strapped on its back. And then there's those massive silver wheels and the tires and the PAINT, man, the paint is phenomenal! I could go on and on, but... *goes on and on...*
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Joseph Shaw Really cool! I love the exhausts!
Thanks Joseph, I will fly by your page later :)
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  July 31, 2012
Really cool! I love the exhausts!
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Nils O. ... Anyway, great job! :-))
Thanks nils :). I did try that but the only way is to bodge it (cheat) and that goes against my purist principles. If anyone knows a way to do that please let me know. :D
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  July 31, 2012
Wow, that's great, a Lotus "wing car" with technic functions. The "Head of God" steering is a cool idea, as well as the moving crank shaft. Is there a possibility to get a Technic "macrofig" helmet on that "head". I think it would look great (just an idea...). Anyway, great job! :-))
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  July 31, 2012
@ henrick, aaden and Sven - thanks guys glad you like it :)
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  July 31, 2012
Nice model. Yes, the Lotus where always very inventive. -To say the least! ;-)
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  July 31, 2012
Woah this is perfect! The shape and details are spot on! Excellent work!
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  July 31, 2012
Wow, this is a fantastic built Lotus. Great shape and superb details on it. Very nice work :)
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  July 31, 2012
@ George, Parrington, Fritz and Daniel – Thanks for the comments guys I really appreciate them :D
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Patrick Starr Wow,this is nice!I like the overall shape and all details.I dont know will i build the transporter or not.I'm afraid i dont have that much pieces as needed.I have thought about this and tried to find a way how to build it but i cant figure it out.I'd really like to build it.I could do it in smaller scale like in 16 wide or 18 wide,but not 22 wide or 20 wide.Maybe you can give me some advice,what should i do.Thanks!
Hi Patrick, thanks buddy :D. Dont worry about the transporter, I am sure someone will build it. Lets talk in the grouo discussion. Goind to work now but will talk later.
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Now there's a treat! Lovely build, love the head-of-god steering and the playability. I can't do without that 'technic noise' :-)
Thanks Nick :D. I am building the D-Type next.
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  July 31, 2012
Fantastic, love the engine detail, and suspension. wish i could make some of my cars like this, sadly i don't have the bricks or the skill, but you certainly do, well done, even Colin himslef would say this is exellent (I expect).
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  July 31, 2012
I love all of the differences in this car from all of your other ones. Brilliant parts usages, and I like the make up of the car. All around great!
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  July 31, 2012
Wow,this is nice!I like the overall shape and all details.I dont know will i build the transporter or not.I'm afraid i dont have that much pieces as needed.I have thought about this and tried to find a way how to build it but i cant figure it out.I'd really like to build it.I could do it in smaller scale like in 16 wide or 18 wide,but not 22 wide or 20 wide.Maybe you can give me some advice,what should i do.Thanks!
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  July 31, 2012
haha, that spoiler is so tall!
MortalSwordsman .
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kenneth rattledge
  July 30, 2012
nicely done, great detailing, nice distinctive colours.
MortalSwordsman .
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Chris Melby
  July 30, 2012
W00T W00T, looks great Joe.
MortalSwordsman .
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White Knight
  July 30, 2012
Brilliant ! Looks Great !>>....well done
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  July 30, 2012
Great racer. I thought at first you spelled "hand" wrong, but then I looked at the steering knob.. Very clever.
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  July 30, 2012
Now there's a treat! Lovely build, love the head-of-god steering and the playability. I can't do without that 'technic noise' :-)
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting GREG Thompson this blows my 49 right out of the flipping water, unbelievably good job mate
Not at all, I love yours. Shame it is not in Gold Leaf colours because I would be proud to have it in my team.
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  July 30, 2012
Thank you all for the kind comments.
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  July 30, 2012
this blows my 49 right out of the flipping water, unbelievably good job mate
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  July 30, 2012
Very nice work! The details and functions are quite well done, and I really like the colors. This will be a great addition to the group, I'm sure!
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  July 30, 2012
Nicely done, I really like all the tubes and such. You should make the Prisoner's Lotus 7... ;)
  July 30, 2012
Haha I like the hose idea but it just doesn't connect seamlessly to the rest of the body. What's your favorite sport in the games? My 458 looks really accurate from far away, especially since I'm a tad nearsighted. -LB Jr.
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  July 30, 2012
A lot of really nice features on this one. I wish I could claim to make playable models for my kids.
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Nicely done, Mortal. I particularly adore the suspension detail - something that I always struggle with in my f1 cars. To be honest I'm not a huge fan of the hose at the air intake but it's not bad. I'm also not too keen on the sloping on the hood. I think a more gradual, cleaner technique that used on my Ferrari 643. Still very good. I should try to finish up my transporter as it's finished save for wrong colors in some areas. I'm just too lazy to order it from BL. This is a great addition to the CRT group as is all your other ones. You live in Bristol right? How far is it from the Olympics? 5/5 -LB Jr.
Hi LB, thanks for your feedback. I agree about the hood area. I tried several different things but I am still not happy with it. I did consider snot, but I thought it would be too heavy (too high). I will give it ago, Shame you don’t like my pipe work, it is kind of a theme with my large cars. It is another one of my mocs that look much better from a distance. Hahaha. Not much Olympics stuff here but there is plenty on TV :D.
  July 30, 2012
@ Mortal; YGreat to see you back in the world of cars : ) I wish I had time to build another car (apart from the half finished Technic chassis I have sitting on top of a cupboard), but weirdly when I'm short of time I tend to build even bigger - just in smaller steps. At least my next MOC will make the Fiat look like a matchbox toy.
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy I'm really not good at cars, neither at building nor recognising their different types, but it is so nice of you that you think about your kids when you build something.
Ha! Thanks Xeno, it is born out of necessity. Any weak points the kids will soon find them. The best bit is watching them try to fix it. :D. Daddy where does this bit go?
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  July 30, 2012
@ Jme, Gabor, Iain and Ape – Thanks guys. It has been great building a detailed car again. The suspension is one of my favourite parts. The spinning engine thing was just a bit of fun :D
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  July 30, 2012
I'm really not good at cars, neither at building nor recognising their different types, but it is so nice of you that you think about your kids when you build something.
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  July 30, 2012
This group of vintage racers is turning out some wonderful models, this is no exception. As for J Cooper's comment, without studs we would only have bricks, not Lego bricks.
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  July 30, 2012
Nicely done, Mortal. I particularly adore the suspension detail - something that I always struggle with in my f1 cars. To be honest I'm not a huge fan of the hose at the air intake but it's not bad. I'm also not too keen on the sloping on the hood. I think a more gradual, cleaner technique that used on my Ferrari 643. Still very good. I should try to finish up my transporter as it's finished save for wrong colors in some areas. I'm just too lazy to order it from BL. This is a great addition to the CRT group as is all your other ones. You live in Bristol right? How far is it from the Olympics? 5/5 -LB Jr.
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  July 30, 2012
Love it, love the studs (booo to the commenter below!) and especially love the suspension detailing. 5/5
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  July 30, 2012
Nice car with nice detailes! Crankshaft is very good and I like the colour scheme! Head of God :DDD
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  July 30, 2012
This is a real beauty. I love the front end, and the color scheme is handled beautifully. I'm really impressed with all the functionality, and the the level of detail it provides visually. Great work!
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Yar! I especially like that shot with the warped effect, reminiscent of the 60's style. How about a few more of those? Nice work!
Ha! I just noticed that. I will get one of my pipe fitters to change the photo ;)
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  July 30, 2012
Yar! I especially like that shot with the warped effect, reminiscent of the 60's style. How about a few more of those? Nice work!
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Amazing job Joe! Looks just as good in the photos as it does in real life, glad I came over to see you and this masterpiece earlier! I'll get my transporter out soon and we can have a group team lotus photo :-)
That my Friend is a very good idea :D As long as you don’t mind the studs. There are probably more studs showing on this moc than all of your cars put together. Hahaha
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  July 30, 2012
Amazing job Joe! Looks just as good in the photos as it does in real life, glad I came over to see you and this masterpiece earlier! I'll get my transporter out soon and we can have a group team lotus photo :-)
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  July 30, 2012
Amazing job Joe! Looks just as good in the photos as it does in real life, glad I came over to see you and this masterpiece earlier! I'll get my transporter out soon and we can have a group team lotus photo :-)
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting J Cooper Nice, but it has a little too many studs.
Not for me ;). Dont fear the stud ;). Thanks for the comment Mr Cooper :D
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  July 30, 2012
Amazing! I love it! Great job! The detail is awesome. By the way, when you said that making animals can be addicting, you are right! I am finishing another animal, my best yet!
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  July 30, 2012
Nice, but it has a little too many studs.
 
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