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Hello everyone,

I am looking for a complete or close to, set of blueprints of either a Lotus 43 or 49 F1 car. I want to build one in my spare time for classic races.

Can anyone help me?

Cheers,
kartracer76
 

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Buy a Tamiya and scale up! Reverse engineering! -poke-

Seriously, check out classicteamlotus.co.uk/

lol, I'm looking for ACTUAL blueprints so I may produce my own lotus 43 or 49.

just as a hobby and so I can take it to vintage races.

Any suggestions?

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1. Put aside $100,000 2. Contact Classic Team Lotus 3. Join the Historic Lotus Register... 4. Meet some owners and fly out to visit them with a camera, note book and lots of measuring tools. 5. Start acquiring parts: castings, engine, transmission, wheels - cause you can't find many parts for F1 cars at Pep Boys. :)
 

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How about a Brabham/Repco? It would be a hit "down under," it has a tube chassis, it uses a production block, and it was the championship car. It should be easy to copy the tube frame because it was also an F2 chassis. This would be a less expensive home building proposition even if you are an airframe builder. You can buy a Cosworth for $150K US, but the rebuilds are about $50K for one vintage season. You could build and run a single cam V-8 for less than one Cosworth rebuild.
 

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I shot about a hundred detail photos of 49R6 and 49R11 (49R2?) to aid in building the Tamiya Type 49 kit. Many of them used to be online, but I can't find where they are on the Web now. Obviously, I have them here.

I would also look at Michael Oliver's book on the Type 49.

I don't know if any plans are available for purchase. Contacting Classic Team Lotus would be the best place to start.

All I have ever seen is period reproductions of Team Lotus' GA drawings. I have one of the 2nd rev of the Type 72. Never seen anything more detailed than that.

There is a guy around here who was building a GT40 from scratch under some kit car bodywork. He used to build aircraft jigs at Boeing. It looked pretty good when I saw it a few years ago.

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