Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Marussia Virgin Racing unveiled their 2011 challenger at BBC Television Centre in London on 7th February 2011.
The Virgin MVR-02 is designed by Nick Wirth for the 2011 Formula One season. Like its predecessor, the Virgin VR-01, the MVR-02 is designed entirely with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), with Nick Wirth's Wirth Research design studio doubling their CFD capacity ahead of the 2011 season.
As compared to its predecessor, as well as many of the current F1 challengers , the new MVR-02 presents a lower nose design, while also featuring a tighter rear section. As far as the livery for the 2011 F1 season goes, Virgin's partnership with Marussia Motors reflects in a slightly different color scheme, with some white added to the front of the car's nose.The air intake on the front nose has been designed to resemble the one on Marussia's road car, the Marussia B2.
|Chassis||carbon-fibre construction monocoque and nosebox|
|Suspension (front)||carbon-fibre wishbones with titanium flexure joints, aluminium alloy uprights, Penske dampers|
|Suspension (rear)||as front|
|Engine||Cosworth CA2011 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90� V8, limited to 18,000 RPM, naturally-aspirated, mid-mounted|
|Transmission||Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear, Aluminium construction, "seamless shift", electronically controlled hydraulic differential|
|Weight||640 kg (1,411 lb) (including driver)|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero|
|BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"|
Virgin MVR-02 ? Exhaust Positioning (Scarbsf1's Blog)
"One detail of note on the car was the exhaust system. Already the buzz word at every launch, the exhaust mates the simpler diffuser to help produce downforce. In Virgins case they have extended the exhausts to blow over the diffuser. Nick Wirth did confirm a Renault style front exit was simulated, but the more conventional approach has been adopted on the launch car at least."
Marussia Virgin MVR-02 Launch pictures
Photos � Marussia Virgin Racing
Had this one waiting to be built so I got it painted the color is Testors Bright Calypso Metallic.............
The engine will be a Ford BB from the 64 Thunderbolt....
I have a problem with my airbrush set up and need some sage advice.
I have a 5 gallon air compress. that I run to my air brush thru a 20 ft. air line. At the air brush end, I have a water trap & regulator. When I turn the valve on the air tank to "on" I can't get a consistant flow rate (p.s.i). It's either extremely high or almost non-existant.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Formula 1 branches out into the unknown with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix this weekend, and BBC Sport's classic F1 series is also trying something new.
As F1 tries to make the biggest splash it can in this new market, both men will be driving on home soil this weekend - Karthikeyan for the whole weekend with HRT and Chandhok in his usual role in Friday practice with Team Lotus.
Both men are fans as well as racing drivers - and between them they have picked a cracking collection of all-time classic races.
Chandhok and Karthikeyan are representing their country at this weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix. Photos: Reuters and Getty
We'll start with Chandhok's five choices, explained in his own words.
"It's one of those iconic examples of a wheel-to-wheel battle. Everyone sort of forgets that Jean-Pierre Jabouille won the race, and the battle for second place between Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux was fantastic, the amount of times they ran each other off the road and all the rest of it.
"Think about all the penalties that are issued today. If it happened now, they would probably both have been penalised about four times a lap!
"But at the same time, they did it in a safe way. They squeezed each other but it wasn't ridiculously dangerous, no sudden moves. You could see it coming and the other guy had time to react. Fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing."
"Probably the greatest championship finale - and most unpredictable, certainly - and one of the greatest seasons, and possibly the greatest field of drivers.
"If you think of the number of world champions and race winners - Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna; between them that's 12 world championships, between five drivers, that's pretty impressive. Just a fantastic race. I still have the DVD of it and I often watch it because it's one of those unbelievable grands prix."
"Prost never had the charismatic personality of Senna and he wasn't as spectacular, so he was less memorable, but he won 51 races - second only to Michael Schumacher. People often forget his great victories; but that was one of them -from 13th on the grid.
"I asked him about it in Monaco this year and said: 'What was going on?' He said: 'I saw on Friday that we weren't quick enough to qualify at the front, so I spent all of Saturday getting the car dialed in for the race.'
"It was a classic Prost race in that he allowed the car to do the work. He allows himself time to set the car up in the way he wants to get the result where the trophies and the points are, not for Saturday.
"He came through the field. It wasn't luck. He passed people. He passed Senna, drove away, and took the win. Senna dropped out in the end, but anyway by that point Prost was convincingly in the lead.
"And then on the final lap Mansell drove around the outside of Gerhard Berger at (the sixth-gear) Peraltada (corner)."
"The good drivers are the ones that win races, but the great ones are those who win races they shouldn't win, and Hungary '98 was one of those races Michael shouldn't have won.
"He benefited because Mika Hakkinen had a damper problem and got held up, but it was one of those races he really should not have won in a normal dry circumstances.
"There are very few drivers who can do that - and Fernando Alonso is another one. The Sennas, the Prosts, these are the great drivers who win those races they shouldn't win.
"It also showed to the Italians. That's the sort of race they love. They never really took Michael to their hearts early on in the way Fernando instantly clicked, possibly because of the language thing. But races like that really helped."
"Just an all-time great race. Where do you start? Fantastic overtaking wthout DRS or any of this nonsense.
"OK, the Renaults and McLarens had a huge performance advantage at that stage with their Michelin tyres, but, wow, Kimi Raikkonen still did the job. Giancarlo Fisichella should have walked that race. It showed the class of Kimi and Fernando.
"Two great passing moves - Fernando around the outside of Michael at 130R and Kimi's move for the lead.
"Fernando on Michael was good but it required Michael to back out of it and you're fighting for fifth or sixth place, whatever it was. But it's different when it's a move for the lead. Kimi's move to get the lead on the final lap of the grand prix. That is hardcore."
And here is Karthikeyan on his top five, in the order in which he ranked them:
"Senna drove one of the greatest laps in the history of F1 when he went from fifth on the grid to leading the race at the end of the first lap, in wet conditions - overtaking Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger, Damon Hill and Prost in the bargain."
"Mansell and Piquet were team-mates at Williams-Honda, and both were in the hunt for the championship. They had a fantastic scrap for the lead until Mansell finally pulled off an amazing overtaking move on Piquet down the Hangar. He was so marginal on fuel, that he just about made it to the end of the race."
"Senna drove another one of his incredible wet-weather displays, almost winning the race in his debut season. The race was halted because of bad weather conditions before the total number of laps were completed. Had the race gone the full distance, it would surely have been Senna's first F1 victory."
"Senna's first F1 race victory, driving for Lotus. The conditions were horrible, but his precision and ultimate car control just shone through."
"This race will always be remembered for the overtaking move by Hakkinen on Schumacher. It was probably the most incredible instinctual overtaking move in the history of F1."
As always we choose one race to highlight ahead of the coming weekend's action, and this week it is the 1990 Mexican Grand Prix - a fantastic, but somewhat forgotten, gem.
The full 'Grand Prix' highlights programme of the time is embedded below.
The classic races will be available on the red button on digital television in the UK from 0705 - 0925 BST on Friday 28 October, which is between the first and second practice sessions at the Indian Grand Prix.
?A public raised on a diet of Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna were simply appalled and saddened in equal measure by Massa?s apparent lack of ambition.?
Vitantonio Liuzzi is the latest driver to choose his five all-time favourite grands prix for BBC Sport's classic Formula 1 series.
The HRT driver, who elected to stay in F1 for a seventh season this year with a back-of-the-grid team rather than look for a more competitive drive elsewhere, certainly knows his F1 history. The Italian's selection comprises five all-time classic events.
Liuzzi decided to join HRT this year to ensure he kept his name alive in F1
A race famous for what Liuzzi describes as the "amazing fight" between Ferrari's Gilles Villeneuve and Renault's Rene Arnoux over second place in the final three laps, as the two men passed and re-passed each other, occasionally banging wheels in perhaps the most frenetic three laps of racing in F1 history.
The race also marked Renault's first win in F1, courtesy of Jean-Pierre Jabouille, and the first for a car with a turbocharged engine - the type of power-plant that is returning to the sport in the new 'green' F1 from 2014.
This race featured perhaps the most chaotic closing stages in F1 history, with five different leaders vying for the win, and was described by Murray Walker at the time as "certainly the most exciting, eventful grand prix I have ever seen".
Long-time leader Alain Prost crashed his Renault at the chicane in a late shower of rain, leaving Brabham's Riccardo Patrese in front and on course for his first F1 win. But he, too, was caught out on the slippery track, spinning just three-quarters of a lap later than Prost, this time on the hill down from Mirabeau to Loews.
Patrese managed to bump-start his car but only after being passed for the lead by Ferrari's Didier Pironi, who then stuttered to a halt, out of fuel, in the tunnel. That should have given the lead to Alfa Romeo's Andrea de Cesaris but he, too, had stopped with an empty tank, even before he got to the site of Patrese's spin. And Williams driver Derek Daly, who could also have moved up, had stopped with a broken driveshaft. All that meant Patrese crossed the line in the lead, even though, as Liuzzi points out "he didn't know he'd won".
A familiar choice, this is a race that is central to the legend of Ayrton Senna and a key event in his bitter feud with arch-rival Prost, then his team-mate at McLaren. Prost led for much of the race but was caught by Senna in the closing stages. When the Brazilian went for a pass at the chicane, the two men collided.
Prost knew he was world champion if both men retired. But as he climbed out of the car, Senna decided to continue. He pitted to replace a damaged nose cone and recovered to pass Benetton's Alessandro Nannini for a brilliant win.
Senna was later controversially disqualified, leading to the extraordinary development of McLaren appealing against the result of a race that had given the world title to one of their drivers. The appeal was unsuccessful.
Like Monaco 1982, another chaotic finish in the rain, with perhaps an even more extraordinary result. Heavy downpours led to the retirements of many leading drivers, including world champion Michael Schumacher. And the race was brought to a premature end when first Mark Webber crashed his Jaguar at high speed coming on to the pit straight and then Fernando Alonso's Renault ploughed into the debris.
The result hinged on who had crossed the line at the point the race was stopped. Timekeepers initially handed the win to McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen but Jordan were convinced their man Giancarlo Fisichella had won. Jordan appealed, successfully, and Fisichella was named as the winner, Raikkonen handing him the trophy at a little ceremony before the following race, the San Marino GP at Imola.
Arguably the best grand prix there has ever been - and one we dealt with when Mark Webber made his selections last week.
As always, we pick one 'feature' race, so this time we have gone for Monaco 1982. The full Grand Prix programme of the time is embedded below. Underneath it, to whet your appetites for the action in Yeongam this weekend, are links to short and extended highlights of Alonso's momentous victory in last year's inaugural Korean Grand Prix.
Viewers in the UK can watch the classic races on digital television, where we will be showing short highlights of France 1979, Monaco 1982, Japan 1989 and Japan 2005 and extended highlights of Korea 2010.
On satellite, cable and Freeview, they will be broadcast between first and second practice on Friday 14 October from 0335-0555 BST.
?Here, after all, is a young man, already dubbed ?Baby Schumi? by Germany?s tabloid press, winning the first of what will presumably be multiple world championships, and all at the tender age of 23. Plenty of time yet to match Schumacher's incredible haul of seven world titles. And yet, their phenomenal ability to drive racing cars apart, there is little similarity between the two men. ?There are still lingering doubts over his racing ability but with such blistering qualifying pace he is nearly always leading from the front anyway. Vettel is set for multiple world championships. Just don?t call him Baby Schumi.?The Guardian?s Paul Weaver says it was difficult to begrudge Vettel his moment of glory after he won the first of what will be many world titles. He also looks back at some of the season?s highlights.
?An amazing Formula One season produced its final twist here on Sunday when Sebastian Vettel, who had never led the title race, won his first world championship. It is difficult to begrudge him his glory, for he had more poles (10) than any other driver and shared the most wins (five) with Fernando Alonso. There will be red faces as well as red cars and overalls at Ferrari, though, for deciding to bring their man in when they did, only to see him re-emerge into heavy traffic. ?Among the highlights, and every race felt like a highlight after the bore-start in Bahrain, there was that wonderful beginning to his McLaren career by Jenson Button, who won two of his first four races, even though he couldn't keep up the pace, especially in qualifying. ?Hamilton once again drove his heart out, and outperformed a car that looked a little too ordinary at times. He was superb in Montreal. Then there was Webber, the Anglophile Aussie who was the favourite among most neutrals to win the title. There was that spectacular crash when he ran into the back of Heikki Kovalainen and the most famous of his four wins, at Silverstone, when he said to his team at the end of the race: 'Not bad for a No2 driver.' ?But in the end there was only one German who mattered. It was the remarkable Vettel. This will be the first of a clutch of championships for him.?The Independent?s David Tremayne focuses on the plight of the other title contenders, writing it is easier to feel more sorry for one than the other.
?It was impossible not to feel for both Webber and Alonso. Yet while a frustrated Alonso gestured at Petrov after the race, the Australian, predictably, refused to complain about his pitstop timing. ?A world championship seemed an inevitable part of Sebastian Vettel's future, but it came a little sooner than most expected, after his recent tribulations. You wouldn't bet against several more, and if that record-breaking streak continues, perhaps even Schumacher's achievements will be overshadowed.?And the Mirror?s Byron Young elaborates further on the petulant behaviour of Fernando Alonso on his slowing down lap after his title dreams ended behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov.
?Fernando Alonso was hurled into more controversy last night for a wild gesture at the former Lada racer who cost him the title. But the Spaniard brushed off accusations he gave Russian Vitaly Petrov the finger for ruining his title hopes by blocking him for 40 laps as they duelled over sixth place. "The Ferrari ace was caught on television cruising alongside the Renault driver on the slowing down lap and gesticulating from the cockpit. Petrov was unrepentant: "What was I supposed to do? Just get out of his way, pull to the side? I don't think that is how we race. It was important for the team for me to get points."
Revell SSP kit. Engine wired and plumbed. Scratch built starter solenoid, wiper motor, hinges also scratch built (to make it more realistic looking). Scratch built servo motors on underside of trunk lid. Added trunk mat with correct plaid pattern, aluminum tail pipe extensions. Refinished in colonial white and wedgewood blue lacquer, DuPont urethane clear coat.
Get your minds out of the gutter!
Actually, I'm looking for the instructions to AMT/ERTL's ALF pumper kit. When I opened my kit, it only contained the first sheet.
If somone has them and could scan them, ot photocopy and snail mail `em to me, I would greatly appreciate it.
Monday, 28 November 2011
I just snagged this y'day from that . . . . . ahem, well known auction site. The contents are supposed to be complete and mint shape, and it certainly looks it from the other auction pics. I suppose I'll know for sure when it gets here.
As much as I've always wanted a Johan first generation Javelin kit, I wanted one of these even more. Not a lot of people bought Javelins around here when they were new, and if they did they were most likely six bangers or a 290 2-barrel. But Ambassadors were plentiful, in fact not that many years ago there was one parked a block away from my house, a brown two door hardtop with a 343 emblem on it, and it was in pretty nice shape!
I know these kits aren't very detailed, but is the body, grille, tail lights etc. at least reasonably accurate? Never seen one up close so I thought I'd ask, and hopefully someone is familiar with them.
Williams F1 Team presented their 2011-spec FW33 car at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, on 1 February 2011 only hours before the Valencia test kick-off. The car featured an interim livery, as the Grove based team is yet to finalize their sponsorship deals for the upcoming Formula 1 campaign.
The interim livery featured the team's classic navy blue color, along with the name of the team's newest major sponsor, Venezuela's state-owned petroleum company PDVSA, posted on the rear side of car, below the engine box.
|Chassis||carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||Carbon fibre double wishbone arrangement, with composite toelink and pushrod activated springs and anti-roll bar|
|Suspension (rear)||as front, except pullrod activated rear dampers|
|Engine||Cosworth CA2011k 2.4 L (146 cu in) 90� V8, limited to 18,000 RPM naturally aspirated mid-mounted|
|Transmission||Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear Electro-hydraulically actuated seamless shift|
|Weight||640 kg (1,411 lb) (including driver)|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero|
|Rays Wheels (front and rear): 13"|
Williams FW33 ? Lowline gearbox (Scarbsf1's Blog)
"One fear from the outsiders point of view would be the structural efficiency of such a waisted design, especially the vertical spar, that supports the wishbones leg above the differential. Williams would either have to compromise weight or stiffness to make the design efficient. So despite the loss of a large proportion of the gear case, the gain may be offset by the penalty of added weight to make the remaining structure stiff enough."
Williams FW33 Interim Livery pictures
Photos � Williams/LAT