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  1. Your hearing is tonight, 2000, at The Horns Court and Tap House in Watford. You're welcome to attend to plead your case and enjoy the mature dancing girls. Non-attendance will guarantee a guilty verdict, and result in a dishonourable discharge from Exotics International. Call me Skippy.
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  2. "Use the four Luke" "The four is strong in this one" - unlike the manual which is a weak point What did the Evora say to the Emira? "I am your father" I could go on all day....
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  3. Thank you @jonwat for the background knowledge of the europa. I only built the model from various pictures gained from the web. I will try and be a bit more specific with my research in the future 👍. I really enjoyed the Ferrari 641/2 (F190) build. It was the first kit of a car that used carbon decals. There was also a lot of detail missing from the original kit that just HAD to be added. I’m glad you like it. Thanks @Escape. Yes it does take an enormous amount of patience and a lot of lost little replica fastners banished to the carpet monster, though some bits do turn up months later when your on your hands and knees looking for something else you’ve dropped - the joys of small! 🙄
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  4. You’re right of course Barrie but I was thinking from a design and ability approach to what’s available today. Is there anything that can match an S1 Elise available now? Caterham would be close perhaps but less rounded in ease of use. I’m not an investor Justin as I like driving too much so the whole retained value is very much secondary for me. I’m sure it will hold its own in the future market even with some well enjoyed miles under the wheels. No doubt an attitude that has cost me money over the years of Lotus ownership but worth every penny. T.
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  5. 😆 I did not know that! Think I might just have to put that error down to “artistic license”. note to self:- carry out better research in future!
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  6. Oh, that little hobby!… well here goes… to start the Lotus 49, no need to mention really…
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  7. Welcome [email protected] who visited me yesterday for a quick check over his lovely SE, on which I sorted out a couple of issues. It's fair to say he's had a rocky start to Esprit ownership, but it's all coming good now. And thanks so much for the lovely gift that arrived today! A firm favourite of mine; how did he know? And finally the request. I've seen some pics of Grahame's hobby, and they're pretty astounding! So, Grahame, get some posted here, as I know people will love them...
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  8. @Chillidoggy You've let me down, you've let Exotics International down, but most of all you've let yourself down.
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  9. I hope to make it, and give the Elan Plus Two its first outing, after the 32 year restoration is now at last finished!!
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  10. Goodness me, and this despite the fact I never used any of them due to becoming fed up laying on my back staring at a pedal box and a snake’s wedding of wiring, wondering whether I’d ever be able to extricate myself, or whether I would simply expire in that position and have to be buried like that with the car in an unmarked grave. No doubt I’ll be stripped of the Exotics franchise following the inevitable decision handed down by the Watford-based kangaroo court. It’s a witch-hunt, I tell you! Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’?
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  11. So, went to see this. Was not sure what to expect as had "bad" memories of the previous film with Sting iirc. Well, all i can say is after sitting through 3 hours of it in the cinema I can't wait for the next episode! Absolutely loved it! Thought it was very slick in production and the story went at a good pace to keep you interested, but really developed the characters. Nice one.
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  12. Hi I recently took the plunge with an Esprit and went for an S4s, having been looking at later models like you. I am absolutely no expert but, as far as I found, of the V8s, the later ones are the 'ones to have' and that came from my Lotus mechanic, however the whole V8 maintenance and scary stories put me off those. I'm sure others with argue to the contrary though. So for me it came down to the GT3 or S4s and there were, and still are, a few GT3s about but no S4s's. I held on though as I just preferred the look of the S4s and found that the low down torque, with the extra BHP I guess, made the S4s feel faster, although I'm sure in the real world there is next to no difference. I understand that the GT3 is better for handling but I'm not going to be pushing a 25 year old car much in that regard, especially with my lack of talent! At the end of the day, they are all fantastic wedge-shapes, have pop-up headlights and look like the cars I drove on my Atari ST in the 90s, so drive a few, see what you think and I'm pretty sure you will enjoy whatever you decide. Good Luck.
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  13. The stock S / SE / S4 / GT3 clutch cover plate clamping load is 7000 N.
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  14. 1, 2 & 3: Bibs, Rachel & Chloe 4 & 5: Sparky & The Ayatollah 6 & 7: internets & Mrs internets
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  15. Just had my call and paid the second deposit😃.
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  16. Sameeeee😁 Just had my call, same order date
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  17. Got the call and the personal link today. I placed ths deposit on 27-Jul. I already know all details through this very helpful forum 😀 And she wouldn't be able to tell me roughly when I am in the queue.
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  18. Hi Grahame, your modesty around your models is totally refreshing in this day and age. I personally have absolutely loved seeing your models (so much so I casted the pictures from my phone to my sons 70" 4k TV so I could see and appreciate all the details in high definition). I just wanted to say thank you for sharing bud. I really appreciate you letting me in to what is obviously a passion for you. So, a heartfelt thank you. I've had a shit day so far and your pictures and models really brightened up my day! 👍
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  19. Wow @Gjk Grahame, as others have said, those models look amazing !! I wasn't sure what to expect when @Sparky asked you to post photos of your hobby 😁 Your work area and modelling equipment also look fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
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  20. I would say that Porsche is the Evil Empire, and Geely is like Jabba the Hut - big beast holding the Lotus chains.... The Dark Side is of course, an EV. Here's the Emperor charging his Tesla: Oh and to keep on topic, if my Emira was a GT/Weekend car I'd go V6 and MANUAL. A daily driver - then V6 auto or I4 DCT If it was a fast toy/track focused car I'd go I4 DCT (but in reality would probably spend my money on a manual Exige).
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  21. Been down the same route, decided on i4 as voices saying “ Be patient Luke and you will feel the force” 😵‍💫 Older Film, just worked 😂😂
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  22. Thanks for the link, that’s a cracker of a car. I don’t think it’s overpriced really given the tiny amount of miles covered and an opportunity to relive the past perhaps. Would I buy either of these cars? Yes if I could afford them then why not. I’ve just had an Apline A310 mechanically refreshed and it owes me more than these cars, with the benefit of hindsight I’d definitely have one of these two sitting in the garage. T.
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  23. That's behind a paywall so can't read the full article, however, your headline is like the BBC, misleading! What it says is "supply chain disruption leading to fears of water treatment chemical shortage". This is different to the government apparently giving the green light! However, the reality is, I believe, that the Environment Agency (which is by the way a non-department public body so NOT part of a government body - so NOT the Government!), introduced a waiver to temporarily relax the rules until the end of the year (not forever!), on Tuesday of last week, so that some companies could APPLY (so no automatic right granted) for some waste to not go through the third and final stage of treatment which uses Ferric Sulphate to suppress (not eradicate) the growth of algae. There is currently NO SHORTAGE of Ferric Sulphate reported by an of the water companies in the UK, and so, to date, there has been NO APPLICATION for the waiver lodged by ANY water company. The Agency has taken this action as a precautionary action only. So surprise, surprise, YET AGAIN, we have fearmongering and scaremongering around what Brexit might do, BEFORE it is happened. This pattern of "news" has been endemic in many branches of our so called "free press" and the BBC ever since the Brexit result was announced (and actually long before it). I for one am getting fed up of the half arsed statements that are spread as in fact because people cannot read further than the headline!
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  24. I am finally starting at a new job tomorrow. Maintenance planner for a company that are pretty much the world leaders in carbon fibre rims.
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  25. I have a Porsche on the building board at the moment 😳. I think I can get away with it on this forum as it was the 1976 Le Mans class 4 winner.
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  26. They need to be shown mate - especially to an audience like this! Amazing attention to detail.
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  27. A bit of a leap to the 90 tee’s…. Thanks @Sparky. This is a first. I don’t show off my models. I only build them for myself.
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  28. This Tamiya kit was MASSIVELY modified from the original after a visit to the beaulieu museum, where they very kindly take a lot of close up photos of the car (chassis 003). Second was the Lotus 72D, again another Tamiya kit, and yes modified…
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  29. I plan to join you.. it’s up to the car whether I make it or not 🙂
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  30. I'd be up for this @pete if @ChrisJ was to make it an official event, then we can all reply in the wrong thread just for a change to annoy @ChrisJ.....
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  31. ‘Mature dancing girls’. The ones that arrived on the mobility scooters last time?
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  32. Beware journalists' take on things in general, they need copy to fill space and thus will obfuscate. Every Esprit built has handled brilliantly, it's in the DNA quite obviously. Where I have found noteworthy distinction is in the finer points of steering feedback, though only between early non-Turbo and Turbo cars up to the SE spec. @Sparky gives fine advice here, drive 'em and see for yourself. Cheers
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  33. This one. https://www.gobatteries.co.uk/product/battery-types/motorcycle-batteries/ytx24hl-bs-shido-lithium-motorcycle-battery-lifepo4-ltx24hl-bs-q-ytx24hlbs-y50-n18l-a2/ It was the largest they did but I believe there is a larger one now. I also have one of these voltage protection cut outs. https://www.aerodiscount.com/en/light-weight-starter-batteries/600-regulation-relay-dbd-250-super-b-li-ion-batteies.html
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  34. Thanks @Bling. You can see the “growth” of the work area in the background of the pics 😄. thank you @C8RKH. Very kind words. I’m humbled by the fact you cast them onto a 70” tv to see the detail. I’m glad the models brightened up your day. I do enjoy building them even when it can become the most frustrating thing ever!
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  35. Ohhhhh yes. 2 menu forms completed, usual Premier Inn booked! 1, 2 & 3: Bibs, Rachel & Chloe 4 & 5: Sparky & The Ayatollah
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  36. https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12426417
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  37. Sorry misread your rpm 3000 is main jet. Go up two sizes and see.
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  38. From my calculations when deciding to regear, here are the speeds of a US-spec 2017 Evora 400 with a 295/30/20 rear tire in lieu of the OE 285/30/20: 1st 42 2nd 77 3rd 105 4th 135 5th 177 6th 200 (theoretical only - car was rated by Lotus at 188mph top speed if I recall)
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  39. There you go Yes I know it has an s badge that's from the previous owner
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  40. its only after going to see Gary yesterday and getting the wheels off i can see how much hassle it has been and the fantastic job Gary as done. This man is amazing truly amazing i can't thank Gary enough. What annoys me the most is new parts are needed fair enough so you buy them but when you receive them they are buggered and the place you purchased them from know this but still send them to you regardless. like the downpipe and exhaust system they knew the state of the downpipe and has the extra piece welded in which isn't standard and the flexi was shit along with the system itself, leaving the bolts in and not drilling them out and selling them to someone its totally ridicules. It was great however to go down to see Gary for the day i could easily stayed for a lot longer chatting. Everyone's different but yes the centre caps are the same colour have them at home as i didn't see the point of putting them on when they would need to come off and could get scratched getting them off.
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  41. I can/will post more if people out there want? I only have a couple of more complete models to show though. These models usually take (me) about a year or more to complete. Thanks @tomcattom I really enjoyed the P34, loved all the A/N fittings on the oil and fuel tubes.
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  42. Good post in Classic cars, seems early turbos are the flavour these days. https://www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk/blog/market-insights/market-watch-its-esprit-time-again/ Dave
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  43. So my little VX220 went for it's MOT today. And despite have no dash and no interior trim and no passenger seat, everything that was there was in full working order and clean as a whistle (the interior was stripped for a full retrim that is waiting to go back in) and she sailed through with zero advisories or issues. Driving it back from the MOT testing station just reminding how much fun these cars are, and the size just makes them so perfect for UK roads. Think the only thing I would now swap her for would be an Elise CUP to be honest - more modern ride and build, but same size and chuckability and grinability. Damn fine, under rated, too easily dismissed (usually by those who have never driven/owned one so are like John Snow.....) cars these VX220's.... She's 21 this year and nicely matured!
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