Eric Larson once described himself to me as a ‘meticulous modeller’ and my experience of his beautiful models, over a number of years, reinforces that as a fair description. It’s therefore, with much pleasure that I introduce his latest creation – a subject for which the necessity to indeed be ‘meticulous’, is a given, the iconic JPS Lotus.
Hand in hand with that, it was Eric that first drew my attention to the resurgent Airfix Model World magazine and he has been a contributor since the re-launch of the title. It was Eric’s involvement that first made me consider an application to join the ranks so, ‘thanks Eric!’
This then, in Eric’s own words:
“I’m primarily an aircraft modeler but for literally decades a 1970’s era Lotus Formula 1 car in the John Player Special livery has been on my modeling bucket list.
A couple months ago I decided it was finally time to check that one off the list and chose the Ebbro 1/20 JPS Lotus 72E as my subject. This particular kit was a limited “deluxe” edition that included an extra decal sheet for the JPS sponsor markings and finer pin striping.
Gunze Mr. Color Gloss Black thinned with Mr. Leveling Thinner was the primary paint with several coats of MC Super Clear used to seal the decals. Gentle polishing with Novus #2 and a coat of Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze wax finished the job.”