Marsh Models 1/43 Lola T-70 (Team Surtees)




$49.99 back in 1996


Two cars


Scott Van Aken


Multimedia kit. 1996 release

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Designed by renowned race car engineer Eric Broadly, the Lola T-70 is for many of us, one of the most pleasing car designs ever done. Built to meet a Group 7 specification that required the car to have some semblance of road-worthiness, it had to have the ability to install lights, have two seats, two doors, carry a spare tire and luggage.

Normal power-plant was a small block V-8 of some sort generally in the 275-350 cubic inch range. Many were powered by Chevrolet engines, but you could also find Fords and Buick/Olds/Pontiac (BOP) engines as well. The car was initially raced in 1965 and was the most widely used sports racer of its type through 1967. Literally dozens of teams fielded the T-70 and it saw a great deal of success during that time, winning the initial Can Am in 1966 driven by John Surtees.

It was the Lola T-70 that John Surtees drove to victory in the first Can-Am series of races in 1966. He won three of the six races and with it the championship. During the series he teamed with Graham Hill in several events. Surtees, an ex-motorcycle champion, always drove hard which meant he either won or finished down in the order.


For those of you who have had no experience with short run 1/43 car kits, this one is pretty typical of the genre. Not that long ago, there would have been no resin in it and the body would have also been done in metal. When I went through a stint of building these kinds of kits about 35 years back, that is how they were done. However, the level of detail available in resin has changed things quite a bit. As you can see, the 'frame' and many other bits such as the roll bar, wheel inserts, seat and such are in pewter. This kit has a fret of etched metal that is generic for the Lola T-70s that Marsh produces. The little injector stack inlets are pieces of metal and you get bronze axles. There are also vacuform intake screens

The body is held to the frame with two screws. Care must be used when applying these and the smart builder will want to predrill the holes prior to using them to prevent problems with the resin splitting. The detail level of the metal bits is quite good as is the resin body. The edges on the resin parts will need some clean up as will the various openings of the body. No air bubbles were noted, which is a big plus. The vacuformed windscreen fits into the opening quite well during a test fit.

Instructions are a little on the basic side for those of us used to building aircraft kits. It consists of an exploded view of all the parts with color information supplied where it is needed. Frankly, it is more than adequate for the build as there are not a lot of parts involved. The other side of the single sheet instructions contain a markings and mirror placement guide for the two options provided. The #7 car was driven by Surtees and the #3 car was for Graham Hill.  Decals look to be quite good and are printed in Italy. (Marsh is a British company).


The kit looks just super in the box and while some of the very small parts may be rather fiddly, with a bit of work, it can be made into a superb model. One thing for sure is that these kits have become quite expensive, especially the out of production ones like this. It has one searching for less expensive alternatives. Though it won't be a large model, it will be a beauty.

April 2018

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