Lotus 98T Renault
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Editor note: We have a nice photo array as well as a full article in the following links Lotus 98T / Photo array - Lotus 98T Renault . Conversion of the Tamiya Lotus 99T into a 98T 1/ 20 scale
The John Players Special Lotus of the 70ís and 80ís had one of the most classic looking paint jobs to appear on a Formula 1 car. Colin Chapmanís cars driven by such drivers as Emmo, Mario, Ronnie, Elio, Nigel and Ayrton Senna even added to the impressive image. The JPS livery appeared in gold or yellow on black.
I got the decal sheet from F1S for the conversion of a Lotus 99T to the 98T car of 1986; the last year for the JPS livery to appear in F1.
I used the 1/20th scale Tamiya Lotus 99T kit for the conversion.
The major change from the 99T to 98T is in the size of the cowling over the larger Renault engine. I increased the size of the 98T cowling by adding very thin strips of Evergreen Styrene plastic and Tamiya putty to this area and then sanding into shape.
Testors #1247 gloss black was used and highly polished. Carbon fiber decals were applied to the front and rear wings
The Tamiya 1/20th scale driver was used and painted as Ayrton Senna. A very thin clear plastic was used for the visor. The visor was tinted green using a clothing dye.
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