Newsletter 263: Type 88

Type 88

Type 88
The genius of Colin Chapman gave birth to an utterly bold machine under the name of Lotus Type 88. And what was so special about it? The 88 used a clever entirely portable secondary chassis, resting on top of the true chassis, that reduced its floor height to as low as 6 or 7 cm once the studied and calculated critical velocity was reached, pushing down this chassis towards the solid body enough to barely touch the track and generate the ground effect this way. In addition, it didn't have a spoiler or rear wing, which resulted in less drag :)

But the solution didn't work as well as it should: only three races were enough to prove that the idea had to be improved, but much more couldn't be done to overcome the technical problems, since the regulation changed and the use of this solution was forbidden :(

The guys at Ebbro have made a hole in their catalogue and recreated this technical marvel in 1/20 scale, and we already have it at SpotModel waiting for you. Do you fancy the challenge? :D

Ebbro: Model car kit 1/20 scale - Lotus Ford Type 88 Lotus Team sponsored by Essex #11, 12 - Elio de Angelis, Nigel Ernest James Mansell - USA West Long Beach Formula 1 Grand Prix 1981 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions

Reference: EBR20011

A fantastic model of the Lotus 88 as it raced at the USA in 1981. The model includes a fully detailed and exploded engine model, spectacular decals printed by Cartograf, rubber tires, chrome rims, etc.
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Tamiya: Front fork set 1/12 scale - Yamaha YZR M1 - Motorcycle World Championship 2004 - CNC metal parts, photo-etched parts, plastic parts and turned metal parts - for Tamiya references TAM14098 and TAM14100

Reference: TAM12603

Set of plastic parts, CNC machined and anodized parts, turned parts, ... for replacing the front fork parts of the 2004 season Yamaha YZR-M1 scale model kits. Once you place everything in your model, they will give it a uber realistic look.
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Top Studio: Detail 1/20 scale - Weld line - photo-etched parts

Reference: TD23132

Photo-etched parts for simulating the joints and welding lines of the chassis, exhaust pipes, tanks, etc ... on 1/24 and 1/20 scale vehicles.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Lancia Delta HF 16v sponsored by Repsol #1, 3 - Carlos Sainz - Acropolis rally, Monte Carlo Rally - Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1993 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Hasegawa references 25015, CR-15, HACR13, 25076 and CR-116

Reference: SHK-D325

New design of the Lancia Delta decoration used by Carlos Sainz for racing the Monte Carlo and Acropolis rallies in 1993. It can be used for either replacing the original decals on the kit or for using them with in other kits.
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Decalcas: Vacuum formed parts 1/12 scale - Kawasaki Ninja H2R - vacuum formed parts - for Tamiya reference TAM14131

Reference: DCL-VAC011

Kawasaki Ninja H2R windshield made of 0.2mm transparent laminated material, for replacing the transparent plastic parts of your kit. You will achieve a more realistic look on your kit, both for the reduced thickness (much closer to reality on that scale than the original transparent part) as well as for its shininess and transparency. Windshield comes already cut, fitting your model perfectly without any additional cutting.
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Hasegawa: Model car kit 1/24 scale - BMW 2002 tii 1971 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions

Reference: 21123

A BMW classic, the 2002 tii, born back in 1969. The model has a very good parts break-up, it's really easy to build, and the detailing on every part is magnificent. Highly recommended!!
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Top Studio: Air funnel 1/12 scale - Williams Renault FW14B - photo-etched parts, turned metal parts and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM12029

Reference: TD23153

Nobody doubts that Tamiya's 1/12 scale model of the Williams Renault FW14B is a marvel, but Top Studio is still determined to improve each and every one of its parts, with small marvels in turned metal. In this case it is the intake trumpets that receive their upgrade, including the intake throttles visible through them. Quite a small wonder to increase the realism of your "big" model.
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Aber: Detail 1/24 scale - Trailer and container closing - metal parts, photo-etched parts and assembly instructions

Reference: 24.033

Photo-etched parts and and metal rods for replacing trailers and containers door locks in 1/24 - 1/25 scale. Definitely a touch of realism for your trucks.
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Aber: Clamps 1/24 scale - Hose Clamps - photo-etched parts

Reference: 24.017

Extensive plate of photo-etched parts featuring clamps for use in your models. For instance, you can use them for 1/12 scale motorcycles, or in both 1/20 and 1/24 cars,
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Studio27: Carbon fibre pattern decal set 1/12 scale - Kawasaki Ninja H2R Carbon decal - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM14131

Reference: ST27-CARBOND12006

The perfect complement to the modern and advanced Kawasaki Ninja H2R Carbon. If the manufacturer has already put all the meat on the grill with many of its carbon fiber parts, why can't we do it too with the model? Complete all the fiber parts with this decal sheet from Studio27, which reproduces the different patterns of each of the pieces, and even the different directions of the fiber pattern in the same piece. Totally recommended!
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Studio27: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Subaru Legacy RS Subaru Rally Europe Team #6, 9 - Ari Vatanen + Bruno Berglund, Colin McRae + Derek Ringer - 1000 Lakes Finland Rally 1992 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Hasegawa references 20290, 20311, 20390, 25007 and CR-7

Reference: ST27-DC757C

We are sure that almost all of you have seen at some point the images of a Legacy Gr.A practically destroyed and without windows rolling at full speed through the mud and rain. A myth was born, that of the great Colin Mcrae, and it was precisely in the 1000 Lakes rally in 1992. This Studio27 decal sheet allows us to make the Legacy units that participated in that rally, the #6 of Vatanen and the #9 of McRae. Be careful when putting the number that on the decal sheet there is only one for both! Of course, if you do Colin's, the destruction and the mud will have to be done by you.
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