The review mentions that although the Tamiya kit contains chromed wheels, the Hasegawa kit contains wheels that need to be painted. Looking at photos of the car from 1978, it seems that in some cases the wheels were chrome (almost a mirror finish) but in other cases the wheels were a flat silver (pretty much as per the photo of the model at the top of this page). I’m not sure if this means there were two types of wheel, or it’s down to some effect in the photo.
The other point I’d like to make regards the white brand name on the tyres. In some photos the white text is on both sides of the tyre, but in some of the photos taken of the car in the pits before a race, the text is only on one side of the tyre (the inside in this case). I’ve seen a similar thing with period photos of a Tyrell six wheeler – that the tyre text only appears on one side.
Maybe someone can clear this up.]]>
Hasegawa also include tire decals in their new Ferrari 312 kits, so I can’t imagine why they would be missing from the Lotus.
The white outline is most certainly there on the number. It’s very thin and doesn’t show up in a low res image. I’ve fixed the page to load a higher res image when you click on the pics.