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#51 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:49

The Ferrari 512 is re-re-released by Fujimi

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#52 John-w

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 19:00

Hello,

this 40 year old kit is at the moment on my workbench, I will
try to build Bruce McLaren's car in Monaco 1969 (practice).

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#53 Barry Boor

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 19:40

That's the kit I built decades ago - pictured on page 1 of this thread in post #21.

#54 John-w

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 08:20

Hello,

here are some more photos from the nearly finshed M7C.

Comparison between the M7A (South Africa 1969) and M7C (Practice Monaco 1969).
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I hope to finish this "beauty" very soon :D
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#55 Barry Boor

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 09:06

You really do make a superb job of these kits, John. Well done! :clap:

#56 John-w

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 18:18

Hello,

here are some photos from my actual project, Brabham BT15 (Heller 1/24th)

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#57 T54

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 23:12

That's pretty cool... I am actually amazed that anyone would still be interested in those old kits that I helped produce over 40 years ago now... The BT15 and the MATRA MS5 were my favorites. Come to think of it, the only licensed part of it was the Hewland MK9 gearbox, as Mike Hewland actually mailed me a print of what the box looked like, and I think we did a pretty good job at modeling it. :)
Those McLaren M7s look awesome!

#58 JacnGille

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:42

Those McLaren M7s look awesome!

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#59 Alan Cox

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 17:13

... I am actually amazed that anyone would still be interested in those old kits that I helped produce over 40 years ago now...

Probably, Philippe, partly because of the quality of the kits and partly because of the slightly off-beat choice of subjects. I remember being unaware of the BT15 and MS5 until it was too late ):
I don't suppose anyone is making models these days of GP2 cars, or whatever the junior formula equivalent would be nowadays.

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#60 David Lawson

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 18:12

The last kit I remember of an equivalent formula was Hasegawa's kit of the 1989 F3000 Reynard.

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#61 Barry Boor

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:29

Actually, Alan, both Scalextric and one of the 43rd diecast companies did make several of the A1GP cars when that series was at its height a few years ago.

#62 T54

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 15:57

A while ago, I was able to purchase on E-Pay France, a Brabham BT15 and Ferrari 330P4 partially assembled, but quite well, with only the bodies to be finished and painted. They were very inexpensive and the gentleman assembler had added a few modern implements such as photo etched belt buckles and some added wiring and brake lines. All I need now is to have the bodies painted by someone with talent, and I will get that done soon I hope... Any volunteers to help out a half-blind poor old folk with a floater the size of the Ronald Reagan in his right eye? :(

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Now if i could get someone to put together a Lotus 49, McLaren M7 and Brabham F1, as well as the 512S, would that be cool... :smoking:



#63 David Lawson

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 17:35

I've rather moved away from static kits over the last twenty or so years and I've had these in my "stores" for donkeys years.

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This thread is tempting me to build them after all this time.

David

PS - Phillipe, I'm sure there would be quite a few model-makers over on SlotForum who would be able to spray your cars.

#64 Alan Cox

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 18:53

Looks like you have a rare treat (or, rather, 3) in prospect, looking at those three mint and boxed kits, David. Lucky man :)

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 20:20



Hi
I enjoy this very much
I like the slimline version very much..
I have a Heller Humbrol version of the kit.
I think it is a pity that Heller never realized that if they only made some very small correction on the 2 parts 40 and 41 parts of the monocoque. includ them in the kit..
perhaps with a front wing as an extra...
with additional decals, they could have made another very intresting version of this model.

Paul

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#66 T54

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 20:43

Paul,
If I had stayed there instead of packing my bags for greener Californian pastures (well, in winter anyway!), you can bet your bottom dollar that i would have made that happen.
I was the only "car guy" at Heller, at the time, and was oh, still so young... sorry! :blush:

#67 John-w

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 14:08

Hello,

the BT15 is nearly finished, here are some photos.

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I was the only "car guy" at Heller, at the time, and was oh, still so young... sorry! :blush:


Hello T54 you have done a good job, but I am missing the fueltank and the watertubes.
Why does Heller not sell/produce the Brabham BT26A? one of my absolute favorites.

John-w

Edited by John-w, 21 July 2012 - 10:24.


#68 T54

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 15:49

Heller was a small company with not much money, and I had to fight lots of battles just to get the models I really wanted. Also I was very young and even more naive than I am now at age 68...

The original design did not have the full frame, as the lower body panel had the tubing as integral part. Changes were made along the way, and indeed a few parts were missed in the process, such as... the fuel tank!
Please accept this as an error of a confused but enthusiastic young man...

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PS: May I send you the body from my kit to paint for me please? :blush:


#69 John-w

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:43

Hello,
the BT15 is finished now, here are some photos

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Some generations of race cars :lol:
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Edited by John-w, 21 July 2012 - 10:26.


#70 JacnGille

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 15:43

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#71 T54

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 20:41

Simply lovely... wish I had this talent, I used to do OK many moons ago. :)

#72 DennisTobin

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 09:43

You really do make a superb job of these kits, John. Well done! :clap:i

I would have to second that! I am now in my mid 60`s and for 45 odd years have enjoyed the "art" of model construction and detailing of 1/25 and 1/24 scale models.
As someone stated previously, the detailed assembled kit is worth less than a "virgin" kit, but not to the builder.
The finished model is only a visual asset to the one who puts in all the work---only another "head damaged" afflicted
modeller can appreciate the finished item.
I have enjoyed this link as it means there are guys out there (and girls) who use up untold hours on these fabulous "kits"
There is a few Hella models in my collection, Many thanks


#73 biercemountain

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 14:13

I recently picked up the Heller 1/12 scale Renault RE20/23 kit and was delighted with the quality and value compared to the Tamiya issue. I've always wanted the Ligier as well but it's somewhat rare.

On a random note, why does everyone think instructions are easy? Is it just denial? I'm working on them for a kids craft kit and they are such a bear. Takes longer than any other element of the product development.

#74 David Lawson

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 19:00

These posts regarding the 1/12 Ligier reminded me that I have that kit, believe it or not I can't find it in my model-making room after a two day search and despite the large size of the box mind you Barry can vouch for the haphazard storage system I have for all my unbuilt kits.

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#75 Barry Boor

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 19:04

I concur.

#76 312f1

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 16:34

Just bought a Heller Martini 917 and a Humbrol Heller 917 (1970 Le mans winning car) but neither kit has assembly instructions.

My online search has not come up with anything yet. Any suggestions? 


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#77 wildman

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:51

Just bought a Heller Martini 917 and a Humbrol Heller 917 (1970 Le mans winning car) but neither kit has assembly instructions.

My online search has not come up with anything yet. Any suggestions? 

Have you had any luck yet? I built the Martini 917 (as reboxed by Testor's in the U.S.) many moons ago and by some miracle still have the instructions. Send me a PM with your email address and I'll be glad to scan them for you.


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#78 312f1

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 13:19

Many thanks for your offer! Sending pm.