The Lister 'knobbly' Jaguar is about as iconic as they come!
After a day visit at the factory - coffee provided by the MD no less - about 100 photo's and numerous measurements, and the model began...
What follows is a picture account of the build of this gorgeous car.
Keep following to see how it all turns out.
It was amazing to see these stunning cars being hand built. There's no substitute for good reference material if you're planning to build a nice, detailed model. Even with the amount of pictures, drawings and measurements I gathered at the factory, I still keep pestering them for answers to questions such as 'Where does so-and-so oil pipe join up at the engine?'
Lister are superb. They answer every time and come up trumps. Get on good terms with you 'source' - it pays dividends.
The first task after the visit was to get a chassis plan drawn up and look at the (eventual) body.
OK - this bit wasn't cheap but remember, we're talking a 1/8 scale one-off model here. You only get out what you put in.
The 'master' was 3D printed using laser scan data supplied by Lister themselves.
It was about 3 months before I received the shell parts - the 3D printers fitted my work in 'between jobs' to keep the cost down but even so, it was 'ouch' when it came to pay-up time...
The 3D master wasn't good enough to actually work with so after weeks of sanding, smoothing and filling away it went to be vac-formed.
The resulting parts were fantastic and by keeping the 3D master, I can get more shells made if or when I ever need them. (A Chevy Lister is in the back of my mind...)
So now I had a plastic body shell - what next???
The shell was cleaned and prepped, primed and then the floor section was cut and fitted using screws. It makes sense to be able to remove it at times.
Next the chassis was started. This is where the reference and measurements really are needed.
The main side rails were cut from ally tube and the other sections are either brass or plastic. Everything is joined with good old Araldite.
I'll learn to solder one day...
Lots of work on the chassis but it's all actually very straight forward. Don't be put off by what appears complex.
If you take everything step at a time and work in stages it comes together in the end.