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Like many on the site I constructed many models in my younger days. I distinctly recall building my first Tamiya, the McLaren M23. The joy of a pair of major sub-assemblies fitting perfectly. Sorry Revell but never again! Life, meaning wife, child, and work (and one girl friend that guilted me into thinking this hobby was for children) got in the way. Thankfully the wife's happy, son is grown, who the hell knows where the girlfriend is these days, and work's been set aside for retirement. Sadly all the F1 cars of my past (said M23, Ferrari 312b and 312T4, Lotus MK. III, Tyrrell P34, and others) are gone save one. I did keep (unfinished), for 25+ years, a Renault RE 20 (which I'll post under separate cover) and recently completed. What with my age, budget, and it being 30+ years ago all these superb additional detail kits were not available, all my previous experience was "out of the box" builds. I can now indulge this wonderful hobby obtaining the detail kits and tools my budget previously would not allow. With these tools I hope to do the fine Tamiya MP4/6 and the glorious Top Studio detail kits justice. I'll not provide further review of these kits as they are covered elsewhere but spectacular comes to mind. I will say the level of complexity is substantial and one I hope I'm up to the task. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Roy vd M should be flattered indeed as I "leveraged" many of his suggestions. Substantial time has been spent organizing photographs (leveraging his nomenclature), obtaining additional detail parts, and cross-referencing the 29 pages of Tamiya instruction with the 25 pages of Top Studio. The highlighter and mechanical pencil have been hard at work. I've also created a lengthy FreeMind mind map of construction order. I doubt I'll reach Roy's build quality but I'll certainly try. I'm fighting with OneDrive regarding pictures. They will be forthcoming.
Hi Guys, Having finished a Revell BMW 507 last week I had the choice to start working on: - a diorama I have started (only thing is.. next step is photo etching, bit anxious to start that); or: - something I've been thinking of for more than a year, a Formula one car by Tamiya, scale 1/12. After quite a bit of thought I've chosen the latter, which choice was made easier knowing that a beautiful aftermarket-set was just released for a beautiful and almost legendary car. I'll build the McLaren MP4/6 powered by the 12-cilinder RA121-E. Honda managed to squeeze 720 horsepower out of this 3,5 liter V12 engine. This car type was driven by Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger. Typically I'll build Senna's car. In 1991 he scored his third and last F1 championship title. For more info on the MP4/6 see Wikipedia. (Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons) I hope you guys will help me with England-based knowledge on McLaren's F1 team and this car in particular. And I hope that you'll bear with me because it will be a very long build. I'll build this model as detailed as I reasonably can. These parts have already been ordered: - Tamiya's kit. - Top Studio's full aftermarket set, consisting of 8 subsets. - Marlboro decals. - 3 reference books. Future purchases: - Dry transfers for the tires. - Some Alclad paints. - McLaren transparent-orange-red paint. - Several screws, bolts, washers etc. - Carbon fibre decals. - Optionally: replacement wheels. To give an idea of the level of detail provided by Top Studio's masterful set, here a couple of pictures; the original vehicle and Top Studio's parts. All non-grey parts are Top Studio's. I'll try detailing a bit further, using added bolts et cetera. When the orders will have arrived I'll post pictures. In this topic all and any critique is welcome, do feel free to comment whenever you see something completely or detailedly wrong. I intend to push my limits in this build and I'll certainly need you guys to get the most out of it.