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Zytek 04S "Shell"

Zytek 04S "Shell"

After the Reynard bankrupcy in 2002, the International Racing Management (IRM) company was adquired the rights and designs LMP cars in which they was working. Reynard had very advanced work on a new sports car prototype (chassis number 02s) framed in the LMP 675 class. IRM completed the work on the prototype and tried to sell it to the Japanese company YGK. Dealing with YGK were not closed and was the team of danish John Nielsen (RN Motorsport) who bought the finished chassis who fitted a 3.4 litre V8 Zytek engine. Throughout 2003 the car was involved in several trials as a DBA (from Den Bla Avis main sponsor). The results were so encouraging that this year was registered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as DBA4 03S finishing on a lowly 22 th position.

For the 2004 season, Zytek take total control over the project and homologated two new chassis with Zytek 04s name, who were identical to DBA4 03S. The car had a tough competition with other sports prototypes because that season the LMP675 and LMP900 were grouped in one class (LMP1) so that would compete against the mighty Le Mans Audi R8. The results with two chassis were good, getting good positions on the grid but were unreliable in the race. The best results were achieved the Zytek factory team car, which was the winner of the Spa 1000 km. and Nurburgring 1000 km. in 2005. The results of the other car, Team Jota private team were good but not as bright as the factory car.

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The above photos are of Team Jota car at Spa 2005 and are extracted from the web ultimatecarpage.com. In the link you will find more pictures of the car and other Zytek models. Whoever wants to know more about the manufacturer this is the link to his website:

www.zytekmotorsport.co.uk

The disappeared spanish manufacturer Sloter Minimodels in 2007 presented a 1/32 scale replica of the car for slot tracks. Like virtually most slot cars currently sold the reproduction of the car was very good, but suffered the lack of some details such as the filling ports of the fuel tank. Besides the decorations of the cars raced during 2003-2005 season, was released a "racing" version with the white bodywork and mechanics of higher quality than the standard models oriented to slot cars competition. Some time ago I got one of those cars, came in a box but with the body components removed:

Zytek 04S "Shell"

I do not like the modern decorations, I prefer more traditional decorations, such as the 70´s, and specifically had in mind the decor as the Porsche in this link

To make the decoration, I will always use Tamiya acrylic paint applied with an airbrush. First, after removing the burrs from the body with a fine waterproof sandpaper, I apply two coats of yellow X8 reference.

Zytek 04S "Shell"

Once completely dry, carefully mask out with newspaper and Tamiya masking tape. With airbrush, apply the silver color X11 reference.

Zytek 04S "Shell"

Waterslide decals for decoration are partly homemade (numbers, license plates and some Le Mans logos) and partly commercial decals of a decal sheet of "Shell" I bought some time.

Zytek 04S "Shell"

Once placed the decals and after let them drying in one day, I gave two thin coats of "Bosque verde" varnish and then two more coats of Vallejo acrylic varnish for better protect the decoration. With the rest of the details I proceeded in the same way as the body.

Zytek 04S "Shell"

To stick the body parts I used a poor quality soldering iron with the tip cutted to make it flatter and melt better the plastic parts together:

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And the car fully assembled and finished looks like this:

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The pilot´s helmet is from Fly Car Model, the model one did not like it, and the rims are from Avant Slot. I can only say one thing about the car, I love it!

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