I've been modelling again.
Having recently built a Lego model of
F2012 for Gareth Jones On Speed, my
eldest son & I agreed that the next thing I should build
would be a Le Mans sports prototype. On the following day
Nissan announced they were joining forces with Delta Wing
Racing to power the car for the Le Mans 24 hours in June.
I'd followed the development of this car from seeing the
concept drawings when it was suggested as the new design
direction for IndyCar. I'd seen the full-size models and
even caught glimpses of images of the prototype of the car
before, but when it surfaced in Nissan/carbon fibre black:
it just screamed "make a model of me in Lego".
I knew we might just have enough parts in our two sons' Lego
boxes to make a reasonable facsimile.
Having built the model I took some photos,
and tweeted about it. Highcroft Racing, the team who will
run the car at Le Mans asked if they could use
my pictures on their web site, I of course agreed. I
have slightly reworked the model since then. I the version
photographed here; I have tweaked the slope of the rise angle
to the rear wheel covers to be less vertical. And because
my printer is printing a very dark gray rather than proper
black at the moment I have inked over the home-made stickers
with a Staedler felt maker - I wish I hadn't, it really shows
up when you look closely. But from a distance, if you squint.....
and dim the lights ...and don't spend too long thinking about
what you are looking at, I just about get away with it.
However I am particularly
proud of the rear-end. My son suggested we do the rear lights
and handed me a part that might make it possible. It even has
a rear diffuser venturi, of sorts.
The kick-ups at the top of the
very rear are crude, by this time I was limited by the parts left
in the box.
This gives you the idea of the scale
of the model.
L:31cm x W:67.5cm x H:10cm
All-in-all it took about 8 hours
to build and another couple of hours tweaking
Gareth Jones March 2012
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