Alan, thank you for asking your friend. A photo would have been a nice to have. I wonder if anyone still has a 50 year old Varley??
Two more 'mysteries'
On another tack - if anyone is still reading this thread - I wrote to Clive at CTL who'd kindly sent an invitation to do so via Doug Nye. As the folks on this forum had answered two questions I had about the 72 - the ground wire cutoff switch and the way the airbox is secured in front - I asked him two more questions.
1) A good cutaway drawing by G.Betti in an Italian publication of a 72C shows a screen in the side pods ahead of each radiator. https://postimg.cc/3kVMmXgD. This seems like a sensible arrangement for protecting the radiators from stuff that might fly in or bounce up from the track and I wondered whether it was carried through to the 'D' as the side pods were still removable. I've seen a picture of a radiator in CTL's workshop with a screen attached directly, presumably a change that could have happened with the 'E,' although I don't know how much protection it would have provided unless there was another screen in the deformable panels.
2) I've not been able to find a photo of how the wing was attached to the oil tank of R5, specifically at Monza, although as the chassis was intact after earlier races the design possibly didn't change over a few races. Ian Wagstaff has pictures of brackets on later cars, with more cantilevered wings. I wondered whether the streamlined 'fixing' on the model, which would have been shaped as part of the oil tank's streamlined design, was largely a figment of the imagination of a Tamiya mould-maker.
As Clive said he couldn't answer these questions offhand, I wondered whether someone else knew about these things, from experience or photos.
I sent Clive a photo of my model and he queried two colour-related things.
a) Blue track rods. In at least one photo (from Monza???), but probably more than one, it seemed as if they were blue. I thought 'blued' (heat-treated?). If so, it's clearly the wrong blue and as I have a clear blue, I will repaint them if that's what they were, but it may be that what I saw - no substances, legal or illegal, involved here - was possibly a reflection of colour from other parts of the car. Comments/thoughts/clarity please.
b) The black FARB. I've never seen this acronym and couldn't figure it out, but I'm sure someone can help me!
Edited by addled, 02 December 2022 - 09:38.