SEARCH SCALEAUTOMAG.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special

2040 views
41 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special
Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 29, 2019 1:22 PM

I had seen this open, but sealed inside kit sitting in the pile of kits for my Club's raffle and I looked at it, inside and out.  Nice kit!  I have taken to appreciate Tamiya's kits, even more so over the last couple of years.  Easy to build with positive mountings and accurate moldings.  Raffle time came and I didn't win anything, but my friend Paul had won a drawing and he selected this kit and he gave it to me.  Thank you Paul!  He knows about my appreciation of British sports cars and saloons and I didn't even ask for this kit.

Since Google Images is my friend, I looked at the many images of Lotus (or is that Loti) Europas and one color stood out...a green that is very simular to the color I choose.  Model Master Citrus Green Metallic.

I really like how Tamiya packages their kits with everything being bagged and nothing loose in the box.  I have yet to see a kit that is not molded correctly by Tamiya.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 29, 2019 1:37 PM

A few pictures of the Lotus color that I am trying to capture.

After looking at these pictures, maybe I should use Model Master Lime Ice or Tamiya Candy Lime Green over a grey primer instead.  Time to get out the plastic spoons!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:01 PM

I have changed my mind on the paint color.  I will use Tamiya TS-52 Candy Lime Green instead of Model Master Citrus Green Metallic.  The parts are heading for a bath tomorrow morning.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, December 1, 2019 1:31 PM

Woohoo! Lotus Europa! You're in my wheelhouse now, Mike. I'll be watching this one come together.

 I have one in my garage, if you need any reference info. 

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:17 PM

Bainford

Woohoo! Lotus Europa! You're in my wheelhouse now, Mike. I'll be watching this one come together.

 I have one in my garage, if you need any reference info. 

 

Thanks Trevor!  It is good to know that I have a source for information on the Europas with someone who actually has a Lotus Europa!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 6, 2019 4:11 PM

I started on the engine this afternoon.  I glued the engine halves together and started some detail painting.  I'll leave the transmission unpainted since I'll be handling the engine.  I drilled the cylinder head for plug wires and what I think is the distributor on the side of the engine.  

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 8, 2019 7:35 PM

More work done on the Lotus Twin Cam engine today.  I got the plug wires on and the exhaust installed, several other pieces installed and painted the transmission.

I also got the front half of the Y shaped backbone chassis done.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, December 9, 2019 11:40 AM
This is coming along nicely, I'm looking forward to seeing it in color! The only Europa I've built was an ancient Doyusha release that could be motorized (not very detailed, but fun in its own right).
  • Member since
    April 2012
Posted by litespeedsae on Monday, December 9, 2019 12:36 PM

Rare, good looking kit. Following this build for sure. Thanks for sharing!

Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 9, 2019 4:57 PM

Thanks Bill and litespeedsae!

spencer1984
This is coming along nicely, I'm looking forward to seeing it in color! The only Europa I've built was an ancient Doyusha release that could be motorized (not very detailed, but fun in its own right).

Bill, I wasn't aware that Doyusha had released a kit of the Lotus Europa.  I guess this happens when one is totally immersed in American model kits.

I have almost finished the chassis.  I got the engine installed and the front and rear suspensions finished.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:09 AM

I just got my latest email newsletter from Scale Auto and the Lotus Europa WIP was listed on the Reader Forum Checklist.  Thank you Scale Auto!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:59 PM

I just renamed my thread "Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special" instead of "Lotus Europa Special" since this car does have a twin cam engine in it.  I fear that the decals may not work out, so I'll just cover my bases here.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 9:21 PM

That chassis is looking great!

mrmike

I wasn't aware that Doyusha had released a kit of the Lotus Europa.  I guess this happens when one is totally immersed in American model kits.

Unless you wanted to stick a battery in it and have it run laps to scare the cat, you're not missing anything Laugh

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:46 PM

spencer1984

That chassis is looking great!

 

 
mrmike

I wasn't aware that Doyusha had released a kit of the Lotus Europa.  I guess this happens when one is totally immersed in American model kits.

 

Unless you wanted to stick a battery in it and have it run laps to scare the cat, you're not missing anything Laugh

 

I don't have a cat, but I do have a small terrier mix that would make that all worth while!

I sprayed some primer on the Lotus body and I found a couple of mold lines along the front fenders and the doors to remove.  I highlighted the mold lines with a pencil.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 4:09 PM

The wheels have been painted and the tires have been assembled with the wheels and they have been installed on the chassis.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:38 AM

Looking good, Mike. Love that classic Lotus 'back bone' chassis.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:45 PM

Thanks Trevor!  That backbone chassis was an engineering marvel during the '60s.  

I got some paint on the main componants this morning.  First I reprimed the body and let that dry.

I painted the rest of the pody parts with Tamiya TS-52 Candy Lime Green.

I painted the interior/chassis pan with Tamiya TS-29 Semi-Gloss Black.  I found a dog hair and I removed it leaving several marks behind.  I'll let this dry, sand it and repaint it.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, December 19, 2019 9:21 AM

I finally painted the Lotus with Tamiya TS-52 Candy Lime Green.  Now for a light polishing and maybe another coat of paint.  

I also painted the lower rocker panels with Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf.  I'll polish these and give them another coat of paint.

More Lotus to come..

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, December 20, 2019 12:01 PM
Really dig that color, the Lotus is looking great!
  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 20, 2019 3:40 PM

Thanks Bill!  I was hoping for a slightly darker color and I probably could have used a darker grey primer.  Overall, I'm fairly happy with it. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 21, 2019 3:02 PM

I sanded the chassis pan and repainted it with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.

I painted the interior seats and door panels with Tamiya TS-46 Light Sand.  I painted the back side of the interior panel with Model Master Flat Black Lacquer.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 22, 2019 7:39 PM

I performed some assembly on the Lotus Europa this afternoon.  The engine has been fitted with the carbs and air filter assembly, the chassis has been joined with the Y-frame, and the seats have been installed with the compartment divider.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, January 2, 2020 11:32 AM

I have finished the Lotus Europa chassis. 

The interior.

The engine compartment.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, January 3, 2020 8:39 AM

Looking good, Mike. It's going be cool.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 3, 2020 10:07 AM

Thanks Trevor!  This kit goes together so easily that I am trying to take my time with assembly.  I had set the Lotus body on top of the chassis to make a little room on my bench for another project and it reminded me of an episode of "For The Love Of Cars" in which they restore a Delorean and the host, Phil Glensiter had interviewed a man who had a stockpile of Delorean parts and many unfinished projects including a Delorean on a 4X4 chassis.  Sort of a monster truck-like vehicle.

 

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, January 3, 2020 10:37 AM

I'm glad to hear its going together well. I have a couple of these in the stash.

I noticed in the instruction sheet there is info for ordering parts from Tamiya, including the L-O-T-U-S letters metal transfers for the rear deck. I want to order about ten sets of these transfers for other projects (already robbed one set for an Esprit S1 project), but I think the Europa kit is currently out of production. I've been waiting for it to return to the Tamiya catalogue so I can attempt to order a few sets of these metal badges.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 3, 2020 3:16 PM

To tell you the truth, I doubt that you'll see the Europa returning the the re-issue lineup.  None of their older kits have ever been re-issued.  I would like to see the Jaguar Mk. II and the Morgan 4/4 return, but it's quite unlikely to happen.  You can try to order the metal transfers, but I doubt you'll ever get them.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:42 AM

I foiled the window frames, added the metal lettering and the mesh to the front grille and the hood openings.  Then I added the lower body panels.

More Lotus to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:49 AM
Looking good, I really like that lettering on the rear deck.
  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, January 5, 2020 9:01 AM

Thanks Bill!  One thing I learned about the metal lettering in a Tamiya kit is that the letters will stick to a glossy surface, but not to a flat surface.  I had used some of the letters on my Tamiya Aston Martin DBS air cleaner assembly and they did not stick.  I should have painted the air cleaner assembly gloss white, applied the letters and then clearcoat it with flat or semi gloss clear.  Live and learn! ConfusedEmbarrassed

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Classic Plastic Model Club

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS

FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our privacy policy