Formula one

Scratchbuilding the Lotus 102 Lamborghini: step by step

1/20 scale

by William Chan © Modeler Site

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This is a 1990 Lotus 102 Lamborghini F1 contender. It was piloted by Warwick, McDonnely and Herbert in 1990 season. This car did not do well at all. Lotus also lost his title sponsor Camel after that year and it represented last year of seeing a full Camel yellow sponsored car. After that Camel went to sponsor Benetton and Williams.


This project is inspired by Steffen's Lotus project. Steffen has cast a new pointed nose cone and made a home-made Alps-print decal. With all this, it makes this project possible. I decided to just do a curbside conversion from Tamiya 102B Lotus kit and forgot about engine details. It turned out to be a very fun project. No model manufacturer has ever released this Lotus 102 before, so I feel this is one unique project . Let's start to walk through what I experienced during the build  As usual, there were frustration here and there, but with patience, they can be overcame. 


Kit out of the box. The rear cowling part is one of the major portion need to be modified. Lotus 102 has a much short cowling line and it looks much better than Lotus 102B. I used felt-pen to mark the portion that needed to be modified.

Another look. The resin nose cone was sitting beside the car.

Now I placed the new resin nose cone next to the stock one. I made sure the car length remained the same with new nose cone.

Airbox intake needs to be reshaped as well.

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