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Team Lotus JPS Transporter . My second transporter has arrived JAH1L. This truck (otherwise known as 'JAHIL' because of it's number plate) is what transported the John Player Special Lotus F1 cars to races between 1973-1980. It's a funny looking creature and as far as I know there was only one of them made which survives to this day. It is based on a Marshalls of Cambridge chassis, basically a coach chassis. . This was built for the brilliant Classic Race Teams Group I struggled to find decent pictures of this truck, then I stumbled accross the company that restored it to it's former glory and they very kindly sent me lots of great images and a copy of the original blueprint. I am very greatful for that because as you know I like try and squeeze every last detail into my creations. Let's take a look around... The truck is 96 studs long and 22 wide. Room inside for a 20 wide JPS Lotus or two that I will commence building this week. As you can see I put the JAH1L number plate on the front and back. I left the front until last as it was the hardest and most technical part of the build. I had to use a whole load of SNOT techniques to get it to the accuracy I was satisfied with. The back opens upwards to reveal where the cars hide. I really like it in here, it's full of cool details that you'll see in a second. There are two ramps, for two cars goodness knows how the top one operates so it is quite make-shift until I find out how it actually works. I placed plates upsidedown to try and portray the brushed aluminium look. The two side doors open to reveal a workshop area with steel (plastic lol) worksurfaces and working drawers to store all those important tools. The workstations are easily removed. Check out all those useful tools. I also made air canisters to help inflate those tyres to optimal pressures. And a fire extinguisher. Quite an important piece of kit in those days. A picture with everything openable open. Some ladders for easy access to the cab and Work stations. A little look at the interior. I only had one photo to go on for this which was the seat, and dashboard. I love the details here. The side panels on the cab ae easily removed so I could take the interior out to get better photos. Two comfy seats for long journeys in the front (should be three but it was too much of a squeeze and looked too cramped). And three extra comfy seats in the back for the hard working technicions I love this dash (probably my favourite to date). I took Lego Builders switch technique to another level ;-) And I had to use that key from the collectable robot somewhere. The comfy drivers seat. A picture of my two babies together...Ahhhh they're best of friends. I need to add decals to this to give it the authentic look and try and break up that mass of black on the sides. What do you think? Is it as good as my Mercedes Porsche transporter? I can't decide which I prefer.


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