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  1. Gents, thank you for all the replies and advice, especially about the tub join/seam. This is only my second model so I'm well deep into the learning curve and the weathering angle comes more from trying to learn new techniques rather than historical or contemporary accuracy. I'm not trying to offend any passionate fans of the M23 and @Flemming does make a good point, I'll ease it back a bit and leave the weathering for a rally car or plane build. @Vicarage Vee @Coors54 exactly! I am certain that this chassis is right now more pristine and clean than it was in 1974 when such attention to detail wasn't such a priority. Now on to tackling that seam... Cheers, Andy
  2. Unfortunately I'm not getting as much time as I'd like to spend on the M23 build, I'm not alone there I'm sure The front bulkhead/suspension has been completed. This bit took some time as there are quite a few parts in this section. Used a combo of Tamiya/ Vallejo Metal Color. Staying on my aged weathering theme for the old girl I've tried to dirty it up a bit using Tamiya panel line colour and some Mig Ammo Oilbrushers. The master cylinders came out a bit too dirty though! All part of the learning process! I also added in some extra detail with the hoses/connectors coming from behind the master cylinder mounts. This was done with some 1.2mm Top Studio hose joints and some .6mm fishing braid. This kit has been spot on so far, everything is fitting really well. Onto the top part of the monocoque next. Cheers, Andy
  3. Got a little more done on the M23. The lower monocoque only required a little sanding of a few mould lines to get it looking straight. Primed in Mr. Surfacer 1200 thinned with Mr Color Levelling Thinner. She was then painted in de-canted Tamiya TS26 Pure White. For the clearcoat I'll be using Mr. Color Super Clear II Gloss again as its so easy and forgiving to spray. I think 2K clear will give it to much gloss as a 44 year old race car shouln't look too pristine. and with the 'tub' fitted. Really enjoying this build so far, onto the front suspension next. Cheers, Andy
  4. Hi all, Ever since I was a young lad the 1/12 series of Tamiya's F1 cars have represented for me the holy grail of modeling. Back then they were way beyond my skills and budget. They are still most likely beyond my skills but this time around I'm not going to die wondering. I decided on the re-issed kit of the McLaren M23. The kit includes some PE bits and obviously newer decals, which of course are sans the tobacco markings. Some aftermarket TABU decals will take care of not only the missing ciggy markings but also a font option for the racing number. Along with this there is some reference material; the excellent Haynes manual and the not so excellent MFH Joe Honda pictoral. The build will depict Emerson Fittipaldi's Championship winning car from 1974, Specifically chassis M23/5 from the 1974 Belgian GP which he won. Over the season McLaren used two differnt noses and several different airbox configurations. The wide nose and early season airbox that comes in the kit narrows the choice to only a few races from that season. This car represented the first World Championship win for McLaren. 1974 was also when McLaren wore the iconic Marlboro livery for the first time. My aim is to do my best to make the car look like it might do today so I'm gonna try my hand at some weathering to dirty up the old girl, which is a technique I've not tried before. The box and extras. The end result will hopefully depict the below. The first step was doing the seat and belts. There was PE provided in the kit for the buckles and connectors. The 'tub' as I call it was finished in Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium, everything else was done in Tamiya Acrylic. I havent really used the Vallejo Metal very much, once thinned slightly it was a relly nice paint to spray. It has virually no smell and is as 'acrylic' as you can get. It does need sealing with the reccomended clear varnish to make it more durable. Good stuff! touched a few spots around the shift linkage with some black panel line wash as well. I used some Abteilung 502 'engine grease' along with panel line wash to weather the tub/pedals as I wanted to dirty it up a bit. I also scratched and dry brushed the pedals to try achieve the same result. Lastly I decided to add a throttle cable. Done with a little shrink tube, fishing wire and a Top Studio wire clamp. Everything seems massive compared to the 1/20 I've just completed. Onto the monocoque next. Cheers, Andy
  5. Ooof! Well done sir! This really is top shelf, beautiful result. I'm led to believe these are quite a tricky kit to build. As others have said, nice to see the No. 3 car being done.
  6. This one will be Emerson's car from early 1974. I think there is a transkit of sorts available to convert it to '76 spec but it's a bit pricey.
  7. Thanks gents for your kind comments, very ecouraging! For those interested I managed to find an old partial WIP for this. WIP @Codger - Technically you are right , but I feel I can't include poorly built models with thick brushed paint and crooked decals from 30 years ago when I was 14 years old. I managed to find an early WIP post and as you can see by the date on that post, this has taken me a very long time to build. There were countless hours spent watching YouTube, scouring forums and practicing on many, many spoons. There were heaps of mistakes (I actually had to buy another kit) and huge frustrations. I also emptied my wallet several times to buy good quality products. But I'm a stubborn little bugger, and I wasn't going to give up until I was happy with it. @Redstaff Ian - likewise on your build, very nice! Mine was also the late Portugese version. I don't know why my screen is different (it's ever so lightly tinted) and I decided to omit the camera as I personally felt it spoilt the asthetics a bit. I was worrying about the body fitting properly the whole time I was building it. I just got lucky in that regard. I've started on my next build - a 1/12 Tamiya McLaren M23 - (I like a challenge!) and should have some WIP pics up soon. Andy
  8. Top notch build Ian, very clean. I worried about the body fit on mine for the whole build and in the end I just got lucky.
  9. Hi all, Finally completed my first ever build. It was supposed to be completely out of the box but the kit was lacking in some important areas resulting in a few extra mods. Its got a few mistakes and there are some bits I'm not happy with. It really stretched my abilities and patience at times but I'm super happy with the result and cant wait to get stuck into the next one! 1/20 Tamiya Ferrari F189 - #28 Gerhard Berger Paint - Tamiya Acrylic Clear Coat - Mr Color Super Clear III Tamiya Seatbelt Kit Bare Metal Foil Scale Motorsport carbon decals Evergreen 2mm rod for radiator hoses Top Studio hose and wire clamps Generic heat shrink 0.6mm fishing braid Ciggy decals Sprayed through an Iwata HP-CS .35mm Cheers, Andy
  10. Hi all, So I've been frustratingly busy in the lead up to Christmas and haven't been able to find the time I'd like to really get stuck in with the Ferrari. Nevertheless got a little bit done and I'm slowly getting there. I decided to tackle the floor next. This step had a bit going on with a few different colours and the application of the dreaded bare metal foil. I'm still finding this stuff very tricky to work with and don't mind admitting it took several attempts to get it to this stage. I added in some light smoke on where the exhaust penetrates the floor and decided to continue the smoke onto the bare metal foil to highlight the heat affected zone. Not that you will actually get to see it as once the engine is in place it disappears. All good airbrushing practice none the less. Whilst waiting for the floor to dry between coats I decided to really live dangerously...well by my modelling rookie/newbie standards anyway...The instructions call for the airbox to be flat grey but after looking at photos of the real car I noticed it was finished in a flat grey carbon fibre. Whilst watching Flipper's amazing Honda RCV213 build I noticed his copious amounts of carbon fibre decaling that looked absolutely amazing. So I got a hold of some Scale Motorsport 1/24 twill weave carbon fibre decal. I went with the clear as I wanted the grey come through. After masking the airbox, transferring the mask to the decal and then carefully cutting it out, I was set. All I can say is wow, what a fantastic product. So easy to work with, very compliant and with a little Micro Sol it snugged right down nicely. I had to refrain myself, I wanted to keep going and decal everything! Below are the 3 phases. Painted airbox, decalled airbox and finished in a flat clear coat to mimic the real car. Hi John, I think the next photo answers your question. Nothing against 'Your Nige' whatsoever but Mr. Berger gets the nod this time. I was a Berger fan at the time (no Aussies in it then) and still find him refreshingly candid and open about his career and his own shortcomings. He also survived a nasty accident at Imola that year and was lucky to come out of it relatively unscathed. I have Nige earmarked for another kit in my stash, this one with the proper red 5 on it. Cheers for the comments guys, really appreciate it.
  11. Hi all, The last step on completing the engine side of things is the exhaust system. There was extensive plastic webbing between the header pipes that requited cutting and sanding to at least get some resemblance of realism. Like most Ferrari's of the 70's - 80's the exhaust system is a matt white colour. After spraying them up (tricky! the matt white is fussy and took some thinning ratio and pressure adjustment to get it spraying ok) I noticed they were very stark and bright and decided to give them a slight smoke discolouration. I'm really keen to get some feedback on how they look. Sometimes I look at them and think they come up ok, other times I think they look a bit naff. Once the system was fixed in place it looked a bit better. Lastly I added a little shrink hose between the oil tank and oil cooler, I'll add another from the oil tank heading along the injector rail a little later. That the engine done, now onto the monocoque and floor. Progress a bit slow as I'm enjoying the Aus summer and haven't been inside much :-) Cheers, Andy
  12. So, now cracking on with completing the engine. I managed to get some more intricate work done, firstly with the cam covers. Now originally I tried to dry brush the fine detail of the raised sections but it was a disaster, I just didn't have enough skill or a steady enough hand. Out of desperation more than anything thought I'd give the bare metal foil a go and was pleasantly surprised, it went on much easier than I thought, especially after the difficulties I had with the rear panels. Would have really liked to highlight the Ferrari logo but its way beyond me I'm afraid. I found the intake trumpet set up easier to paint but very time consuming with 4 different colours applied and some intricate work that tested my hand. I cheated a little with the flat red around the top of the tray by painting a thin coat onto a sheet of paper and then carefully pressed the tray into it, made it much easier than trying to brush it. One area that lacks on these Tamiya 1/20 kits is wiring and plumbing, feeling pleased with my BMF efforts it seemed a waste to not wire in the spark plug leads. It was tricky getting the placement of the holes spot on and they aren't perfect by any means, still better than nothing I say. I used some 0.4mm black fishing braid that I found at my local boating and fishing store. Then it was all assembled. Quite happy with the way it looks so far and I'm quite enjoying being back modelling again. As always, cheers and thanks for looking. Andy
  13. The next step took me the better part of the weekend. Whilst the side panels themselves are quite small, the detail and process took quite a while. it wasn't helped that I made the rookie error of impatience, I had successfully painted and clear coated the outer side of the panel and was quietly chuffed with the result but I didn't let it dry enough before I attempted the bare metal foil on the inside. The result was a perfect deep fingerprint on my glossy panel. Ha!, that will teach me for being chuffed with myself. The offending panel then needed to be rectified and re painted. Luckily it has been nice and warm here on the West Coast (37deg on Sat) so the curing time was relatively quick. I was happy with the way the panel turned out paint wise. I used a laquer thinner which made it very forgiving, a few times I thought I had gone too heavy but it flashed off and leveled out nicely. Then a bit of micro mesh to smooth it out followed up with a couple of clear coat. The bare metal foil was a different story though, it was extremely tricky to work with and took several attempts and a lot of patience to get it right. Its still not perfect but its as good as my current skills can get it. The red is really washed out in the photo, its a lot deeper and glossier than what appears here. The panels were then glued onto the engine and all the suspension components built around it. I don't normally use the flash with photos. I noticed it seemed to highlight the red a bit more so I included it. Cheers and thanks for looking, Andy
  14. Superb! Colours are absolutely spot on.
  15. The next step for the Ferrari was the top of the transaxle casing, rear suspension, wishbones and hub carriers. All were primed with rattle can grey and then airbrushed with Tamiya semi-gloss black. All other colours and highlights were added with the brush with a few drops of paint retarder to help it level out a bit better. I was really dreading the suspension coils as they are tiny and I didn't know if I had the skill to do it. With some patience, magnifying glass and good quality fine brush I ended up quite happy with the way they look. I couldn't resist a little rough fit up. Would have loved to assemble what I've done so far but there are some narrow body panels that need to be in place before I can proceed. This means having a crack at trying to get a nice glossy red finish on the panels as well as attempting some bare metal foil for the inside surface. I'm a bit nervous as both are unknown territory for me. I just keep reminding myself that this is the first attempt so bound to be a few mishaps. Cheers and thanks for looking, Andy
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