Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Turbo Era Formula - Lotus 98T

A 1/64 Kyosho Lotus 98T. I opted for the much cheaper #11 car. Obviously Senna is a factor in my love of the 98T, but as usual, it’s my fondness for the 98T itself, (and just a handful of specific F1 cars) that brought the 1986 98T to my tiny growing Kyosho 1/64 collection.

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As most F1 fans know, these turbo era cars were monsters. Although reports of over 1200+bhp are common (and may be more truth..), the power level from the tiny Renault EF15 1.5l engine at 5.5bar (nearly 80PSI of boost!!) was a reported 900bhp (670kw).

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During the 1986 season, the car’s legality was questioned because of it’s success.. when does that ever happen in F1? ☺

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The Kyosho 1/64 version is fantastic. The wing is just ever so slightly warped, but otherwise the car is amazing.

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This addition is well worth it for me, as I still only have about 4 or 5 more Kyosho 1/64 cars on my NEED IT!! list.

I’m planning a classy display cabinet build for this summer, that will only hold a small number of my very favorite 1/64's. At this point, they will probably all be Kyosho, with one or two other brands. Probably no more than 12-15 cars to keep it classy in the house.

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I still shoot these images with my iPhone 4S, in a printing proofer light box at work in the early morning after opening up my building. I just set my phone to HDR and only crop them on my phone before uploading. In case anyone else is into very low budget shooting, the results are relatively nice considering what I use. The printing proofer uses a daylight bulb and warm light bulb at the same time to create a nearly full spectrum of light, seems like a good combo.

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