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Wanted: Grande Epreuve era fabric/cloth circuits

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#1 hittheapex

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 12:53

Hello everybody,


Thanks to the generosity of a 92 year old acquaintance, I have acquired approximately 20 very small models of prewar Grand Prix cars, from the era of Nuvolari, Varzi, Rosemeyer et al. The man is a real enthusiast and it has been my privilege to listen to him recall his visit to Donington in 1937.


The cars themselves are approximately 2-3cm long, obviously a very small scale. They were specifically commissioned in the early 1950s to that scale to match the cloth/fabric outline of Reims this acquaintance had. He estimates it was about 20cmx30cm, something like that. Unfortunately he has since mislaid the circuit, and as I am not very good with my hands, making my own diorama or fabric circuit is out of the question.


All I can find from the era are 1:43 dioramas. If anybody knows of where I could find a fabric/cloth outline of any "Grande Epreuve" circuit, or a very small scale diorama, I would be most grateful.


Thank you




#2 Vitesse2

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:35

Moved to TNF Racing Collectables - more likely to gain attention here!

#3 D-Type

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 18:22

Go for simplicity.  Model a starting grid - paint some white grid markings and a grey road on a grass-green cloth.  As your confidence improves you can add a pits block and even a grandstand.  If the cars are roughly 1:76 to 1:86 you should find something useful or adaptable in the range of model railway accessories.  Have fun!