quarta-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2013

Lotus 72C

Mais dois kits Ebbro terminados, ambos conversões do kit original. Ambos Lotus 72C, um na versão de 1971 e outro na versão do acidente fatal do Rindt em Monza. Escala 1/20 como de costume, mas infelizmente não posso indicar com sendo bons kits, o plástico usado é vermelho o que por sua vez gera problemas com o uso do verniz automotivo, o que deveria branco se transforma em rosa claro... As Team Lotus principal Colin Chapman and chief designer Maurice Philippe started developing the new Lotus Type 72 for the 1970 season, they set to design a car that could run the full race distance on a set of softer and thus faster tires. To this end, Type 72 adoped torsion bar springs. They were of the progressive rate type with a relatively soft initial rate, gradually stiffening as roll angle increased. In an effort to further promote tire adhesion, the brake disks were moved inboard, necessitating half shafts to connect the disks to the wheel hubs at the front. This construction was very similar to the one seen on the gas turbine powered 4 wheel drive Type 56 raced at Indianapolis and the 4 wheel drive Type 63 F1 machine. Like in Type 56, Type 72 has a wedge shaped design in which upper body airflow is used to increase downforce. To achieve this design shape, the front radiatior were relocated in the middle, on either side of the tub. This brought the added advantages of concentrating weight closer to the center of the car for reduced moment of inertia and the shorter water pipes for reduced weight. Introduced at the second race of the 1970 season in Spain, Type 72 showed poor handling characteristics. The team thus decided to the have team ace Jochen Rindt race in the old Type 49C while second driver John Miles would race Type 72. Type 72B was promptly developed with a rear suspension devoid of anti-squat characteristics. It was followed by Type 72C which further deleted anti drive characteristics from the front suspension. At the wheel of Type 72C, Jochen Rindt went on to win in Netherland, France, England and Germany, making it four wins in a row. Adding the win in Monte Carlo at the wheel of Type 49C, Jochen Rindt collected a season best of five wins and 45 points. Type 72C and Jochen Rindt also took three pole positions, further proving their dominance. Following Rindt’s intimely death in an accident during pratice of the Italian GP, young Emerson Fittipaldi went on to win his first Grand Prix in the United States at the wheel of Type72C. This concluded the 1970 season with Jochen Rindt posthumously clinching the driver’s title and Team Lotus their 4th constructor’s title since 1968. Two conversions from the Ebbro kit at 1/20th scale, but I can not indicate as a good kit, the red plastic reacts with the clear, so what should be white turns pink in the end...

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  1. El 72 de Emerson Fittipaldi y el "experimento" sin alerones que llevó a Jochen Rindt a la muerte en Monza en 1970.
    Muy buenos modelos Marcelo.