McLaren MP4/6 Long Term WIP

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I started this kit about 2-3 months ago (Sept/Oct 09), but with other obligations it has progressed somewhat slowly. While I have a handful of sub-assemblies in progress, including the body, these are just the first to be far enough along to show anything of tangible progress. The kit is being built straight out of the box and will represent the car as it was at the German GP. The only addition is decals, mostly in the form of composite patterns.

The headers were cleaned up and painted, including shading, as individual pieces, then assembled and the seams addressed and blended. Tamiya lacquers (base color) and acrylics (shading/staining) were used.

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The airbox is covered with mostly ScaleMotorSport C/F decals. Some additional shading was done with Tamiya Smoke.

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The transmission color was mixed per the instructions with acrylics. However, the engine block was shot with a very dark gray instead of black. It will be "adjusted" as the build progresses.

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More as it grows...

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Outstanding detailing! I can't wait for more.

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oh this is going to be great, ive wanted to follow a build of one of these forever.

are you going to do full detail, or omit the stuff necessary to get the body panels on? or are you going to challenge that limitation by making it all fit under the body panels?

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WOW,your craftmanship and attention to details are great.I will be following this.I want to build mine as well,but to many started now.Thank ya,Chris

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Nice job on the headers and the carbon fiber !!! Can't wait to see more of this build :D

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The front wing end plates are finished. The C/F is ScaleMotorSports Hi-Def decal.

I planned to use only Tamiya paints for the body exterior. (TS-26 for the White.) Unfortunately even though I “snuck up†with very light coats of clear (TS-13) over the decals, when the third coat was drying, the Goodyear decals cracked up. The odd part is that they came apart several hours after the application, but I had set the parts out to dry in the sun, possibly the reason for the cracking.

I created a new set of Goodyear decals and had better luck with the clear, but I did not put them in the sun to dry this time either.

The wing adjustment holes were drilled out, but otherwise these parts are just the way they come in the kit.

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You seem to view each and every piece as its own finished model!

I, too am moved by your attention to detail.

School us Obi-Wan!

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This is very nice clean modeling. Am I safe in assuming that this is the new Hasagawa kit? The 1/20 scale one. I have that kit and plan on starting it sometime in the future. I love the attention to detail you are showing....really great......I will watch this for tips on when I build my kit. You are off to a great start.

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Thanks for the kind words. This is the Tamiya 1/12 kit, original issue from 1992.

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OK, well 1/20 or 1/12, you are still doing a beautiful job on it...I am looking forward to following this thread. I enjoy the customs, street rods and sports cars, but I really love the older F1 cars...back when the driver was an intricate part of the race and not every square inch of body was covered in sponsor decals. I built the Tamiya 1/20 MP4/5 with Senna driving and have the Hasagawa 1/20 MP4/6 to go with it....I will also have "my guy" Senna driving that one too.

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i see, i thought it was the accurate miniatures and was wondering why nothing looked familiar!

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I pulled out the 1/20 scale kit, just to look at it again (It looks great, now I can't wait to start playing with it) but I just wanted to correct myself.....on two occasions I referred to this as a Hasagawa kit...my mistake, it is a beautifully molded Fujimi kit. I just wanted to set the record straight.

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Looking sweet... I have just two Tamiya F1 kits, the 1:20th 1988 McLaren MP4/4 from my favorite season and favorite drivers (been a big Senna and Prost fan from back then). Got to get some more..

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Beautiful work thus far. I too will be following your progress as I have the same kit and have yet to work up the courage to dive into it.

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The radiators and ducts were done a few weeks ago, but there has not been much sunshine to shoot them in until recently. I made the decals for the Calsonic lettering, (had a problem with the ones in the kit cracking), a little wash brought out the depth, and the bright silver plumbing was brush painted using a Tamiya Mini 4WD paint pen's paint mixed with mineral spirts. Not as bright as sprayed Alclad or Alsa chrome paint maybe, but certaily bright and very easy to work with. And yes, it does dry fully in a few hours.

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The trans/rear suspension/engine assembly is growing too. ScaleMotorSports decals were used for the shock arms, fronts were done at the same time as the rears for continuity.

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The injectors are almost done too. SMS C/F decals on the airbox base.

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That's all I have to show for now...

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Little by little I am making progress on this project. Many parts and pieces are being worked on, but these are the first (only) completed sub-assemblies I have been able to get done since the last time I posted anything on this. I still maintain it is a nice kit, I really wish I could dedicate more time to it, as it is an enjoyable kit.

Just OOB, a little shadowing with washes and dry brushing of parts that will be mostly out of sight once the car is completed. Colors are Tamiya, both lacquers and acrylics. The calipers and rotor faces were sprayed, the hubs and details brush painted (didn't feel like masking...) More when it happens...

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More work to show on the McLaren... Wow, five months since I posted anything on this? Sure is nice to get some building accomplished on it...

The chassis pan is pretty much done. Opted to go with paint instead of decals...

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I used the Tamiya kit provided foil for the internal heat shield.

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I also painted most of the cockpit exterior, but will accent it with some C/F decals. Seat is ready for the harnesses...

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Mark,

Fantastic work so far. Perhaps, you can have it done in time for the next NNL West which will give you all the incentive to take a trip up north to our neck of the woods!! ;) Keep it up and I'll be looking forward to following your progress.

Hossain

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More as it grows...

Sweet!!!! Please do keep us posted on your progress. Nice work!

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Mostly finished the cockpit/seat. Once it is installed into the monocoque, the rest of the interior parts will be installed.

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Looks great, Mark!

-Art

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More progress on the tub and front suspension...

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The rear suspension/transmission is pretty much done...

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Keeps looking better and better, nice work !!!

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Awesome work, I love the headers.

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