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PostSubject: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeThu 01 May 2014, 7:32 pm

doing this for British Car GB somewhere

not sure yet what colour, probably BRG or Henley Blue which is a Rover colour

currently had a wash and is drying out

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeThu 01 May 2014, 9:27 pm

Looks a nice kit!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeThu 01 May 2014, 11:41 pm

After the Elan, many (me included) felt the Europa was a designing mistake. Where the Elan was traditional, the Europa's small engine in back was not enough and the interior pretty cramped. The kit looks like good Tamiya quality. Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeFri 02 May 2014, 1:13 am

I have this one in the stash so I will be following along.

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeFri 02 May 2014, 6:02 pm

Looks like a good kit. What scale is it?
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeFri 02 May 2014, 7:16 pm

RENAULT ENGINE..... Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 3868354571.....wobbly plastic body !....nice design otherwise.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeFri 02 May 2014, 7:29 pm

The specials got a 125 bhp (ish) twin cam Lotus-ford engine.
still has a Renault gearbox, 5 speed though so i suppose it's not so bad.... made 60 in about 6 secs
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeFri 02 May 2014, 10:17 pm

LOTUS..... Loads Of Trouble, Usually Serious!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeFri 02 May 2014, 11:29 pm

Going to be stock or kit bash it? I've got a Lancia Stratos kit that is begging for a V8.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeTue 06 May 2014, 10:30 pm

finally got to the bench

decided to take the simple route, no fancy detailing..............and the old standby...if in doubt, matt black! lol

the shell comes in several pieces. ive attached the front lower bit of the nose. i wasnt going to attach the side lowers, paint them white (which was common on Europas) and attach them after i had spayed the rest of the shell but in the end it was a case of cba.
its been primed and is ready to get some top coat soon. ive also not decided if im going to make it curbside (which would make the spraying easier) of leave it open to show the engine. ......but the engine cover is a very tight fit!

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engine is kept simple......not going to wire it up

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front suspension/steering attached to the chassis

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and engine inserted

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body tub attached to the chassis

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeTue 06 May 2014, 11:24 pm

I think that little engine is worth seeing. I say no curbside.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeWed 07 May 2014, 12:18 am

Engine does have good detail and if previous comment is correct it's the Lotus twin cammer. Worth detailing with paint and a wash. Good luck, brakes and suspension look pretty good too!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeWed 07 May 2014, 11:06 am

Zbuckster wrote:
I think that little engine is worth seeing. I say no curbside.

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeWed 07 May 2014, 4:50 pm

Very nice! This car should have the same engine used on Renault cars.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeSat 10 May 2014, 10:06 pm

splash of Henley Blue

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im not sure what im going to do with the wheels. they are very shiny chrome and look horrible. the real ones are alloy with painted black inserts. no matter what i do i dont think i can paint the inserts accuratly. so i think i shall probably strip the chrome and respray alloy and give them a black wash. i might look thro the spares box and see what there is.......some Minilites would be handy
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeSun 11 May 2014, 6:01 am

Paul, how about spraying the wheels with Dulcote? It takes the gloss off nicely & gives a reasonable
'machined alloy' look.

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeMon 12 May 2014, 3:06 pm

Nice color and paint job.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeMon 12 May 2014, 7:17 pm

Looking good....I've only seen them in blue. Did they come in other colours?
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeThu 15 May 2014, 9:44 pm

so i tried masking then brush painting the screen/door surround, next is a wash in the panel lines

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeSat 17 May 2014, 4:37 pm

Looking good!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeSat 17 May 2014, 7:32 pm

wheels on, shell on to the chassis


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the end is in sight :)
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24   Lotus Europa. Tamiya 1/24 Icon_minitimeSun 18 May 2014, 1:04 am

You are moving right along on this one. Looking good all the way.
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