Russell Sheldon has contributed images of his 1/32nd Scale Lancia-Ferrari D50.
The rules for the Grand Prix and Indianapolis class of the 2001 Marconi Charity Proxy Race were for cars from
the period 1935 to 1966, so the obvious choice would be to build one of the later year's Indy cars, taking
advantage of the fact that they had wider tyres. But I wanted to build a 1930's Grand Prix car! In addition,
it needed to be a sidewinder and to enable this, the motor had to be as small as possible. Encouraged by the
performance of the mini motor which I used to power my Lola T70 sports car in the previous year's event,
I decided to go the same route.
This time I used a BSRT armature wound with 9' of 37 gauge wire, thinking that anything "hotter" would make
the lightweight and skinny tyred car virtually undriveable. To save space, I used a Betta solder-on bossless gear.
Front and rear wheels are SCD
, with Rocket Science Road Monkey's silicones on the rear.
The body is from a Hawk plastic kit - made in 1965! - to which I added details such as exhaust pipes and
mirrors, and painted to represent the car driven by Paul Frere in the 1956 Belgian Grand Prix. The chassis
was designed on my TurboCad programme and laser cut by DVR.