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I was excited when Carl Greatrix' Caterham Seven was selected by Lego Ideas to become a set, and have been patiently awaiting its release. While there are many aspects of the model that are really great — all printed parts with no stickers, amazing detail in the engine bay, clever building techniques, and a great colour scheme — I have to say I felt a bit underwhelmed with the completed build. The designers seem to have sacrificed overall proportions in some areas for structural rigidity and sturdiness, and yet despite this many parts remain quite flimsy. However, with a bit of effort and some spare parts it isn't too hard to correct the flimsy bits and improve the proportions with no significant loss of sturdiness. This thread is to assist anyone who may also be less than entirely satisfied with the official build, and would like a few tips on how to improve their model. Here is a list of improvements featured in the above revised model: Reduced colour barf throughout the model's interior Front axle and fenders widened by one stud Nose section locked in place more securely Removed ugly underside front rail to nose transition Lowered overall height of the bonnet by one plate Dashboard redesigned and connected more securely Secured forward connection of the side exhaust Filled in gap between the bonnet and dashboard Replaced seats with design matching prototype version Reduced gaps between the rear wheel arches and wheels The end result is, I think, a better looking and sturdier model that I am much more satisfied with, and one which I am very pleased to display on my shelf. Below is a link to the LDraw instruction file for anyone interested in modifying their set to this version. DOWNLOAD LINK
I guess this set is as close to Model Team as it gets nowadays, so it belongs in this forum. If I'm wrong, please move the topic. Pros: - great-looking and instantly recognizable - printed pieces instead of stickers ensure higher, lasting quality and cleaner looks - great amount authentic details, especially in the engine bay and engine itself - demonstrates extremely creative building techniques; building it is a great lesson - a whole lot of new pieces and pieces in new colors - big bunch of spare pieces - appears big enough to be motorized - enough room for 2 hamsters Cons: - less details than the original Lego Ideas project and no steering - very limited playability, hardly a play model - some parts are pretty flimsy (but the model is quite robust overall) - the wheels look slightly wrong - can be challenging to build due to complex techniques it relies on - yet another set that could really use chromed pieces instead of light bluish gray