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#1 Barry Boor

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 18:26

Throughout the early years of the 1950s, I understand that Tony Rolt frequently raced a Delage owned by Rob Walker.

I am wondering if anyone, anywhere has details of the overall dimensions of this car? I have seen photos and it is clearly NOT this vehicle:

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At present, this is as near as I can get but I would love to make a more accurate version. Sadly, I have no idea about dimensions and could do with some other pictures.

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#2 Roger Clark

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 18:51

Wheelbase 8ft 2 1/2 in
Track front 4ft 5in
Track rear 4ft 5in
Height to scuttle 35in
Height to drivers head 50in
Frontal area 9 1/2 sq ft

#3 paulhooft

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:17

The colour is much better when very Light blue... :rotfl:
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Throughout the early years of the 1950s, I understand that Tony Rolt frequently raced a Delage owned by Rob Walker.

I am wondering if anyone, anywhere has details of the overall dimensions of this car? I have seen photos and it is clearly NOT this vehicle:

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At present, this is as near as I can get but I would love to make a more accurate version. Sadly, I have no idea about dimensions and could do with some other pictures.



#4 David Birchall

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:05

As I recall the car was pretty well destroyed in Walker's garage fire but rebuilt.

#5 Red Socks

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 21:00

As I recall the car was pretty well destroyed in Walker's garage fire but rebuilt.


What just like the Lotus 49 where just the cast iron survived, car's about today though !

#6 Barry Boor

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 22:07

It seems to me, thanks to some information sent to me by e-mail, that the bodyshell of the car I have pictured is pretty accurate in its detail but maybe is just too short.

I shall have to do some measuring.

Thanks to those who have furnished details.

#7 D-Type

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 22:16

The ERA-Delage looked pretty much the same, apart from an air inlet on the bonnet as Rob Walker tried to retain the external appearance when he built the hybrid.

#8 Barry Boor

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 22:31

Measuring up my slot car against the sizes sent to me and those listed by Roger, I find my car is almost spot on.

I wonder why it looks so stubby then?

Oh well - I guess I'll have to live with it.

#9 David Birchall

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 22:53

Profile Publications number 18 is of the 1926-27 Delage-some excellent photos and dimensions in there.

#10 ovfi

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 23:26

Barry, according to ultimatecarpage.com the 1926-1927 Delage 15S8 had a 2495 mm (98.2 in) wheelbase.
See more details and pictures in http://www.ultimatec...lage-15-S8.html

#11 David Lawson

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 11:35

I wonder why it looks so stubby then?


It might seem obvious but is the width of the bodywork accurate, if it is too wide it will give the impression of being too short and stubby.

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#12 Allan Lupton

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 13:07

Comparison

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it's the Delage that Rolt drove for Rob Walker, in this case the Chula-chassised ERA Delage. (walking backwards for Christmas?)
The wheels on the model are over-tyred which helps the stumpy appearance IMO

Edited by Allan Lupton, 07 August 2010 - 13:09.


#13 T54

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 14:06

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#14 arttidesco

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 16:41

Looking at this pic I'd agree with Alan the model's tyres are a tad too chunky.

Edited by arttidesco, 08 August 2010 - 16:42.


#15 Barry Boor

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 16:55

Probably so but I have to use what I've got!!!!

#16 Allan Lupton

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 18:46

Probably so but I have to use what I've got!!!!

Quite so, but as I was answering your question about why it looks stumpy, not criticising the wheels, my point is still that. With different wheels it may well look exactly right.

#17 T54

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 19:16

Barry,
If you do not have the 1960's Revell Dunlop narrow ribbed tires, I am sure that Phil Smith does, and you can put them on a set of their narrow 1/24 scale wheels used on the back of their Lotus 23, they would be perfect for the 1/32 scale model. EJ Hobbies in Grand Rapids, MI also makes a repro tire of the revell but with no lettering on the side. You can drill them to look like vented drums and put one of the BWA resin wire-wheel insert painted in black. If you need a set of wheels, please PM me and I will stick a set in the mail for you. Just say the word.
Regards,

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