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shood23

Aoshima McLaren f1 gtr long tail

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I've been pondering what to make my first build of 2018 and this is something that's been near the top of the pile since I bought it not to long ago. 

 

As seem obligatory these days the box shot. 

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A brief look into the a kit that I've made in the past with relatively good result. This was completed in January of 2016/5 I think so the experience has improved since then I hope.

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From the above kit I am now pretty aware of the areas that need a little more care and also areas where I myself can improve. 

 

So for this current attempt at this model I managed to pick the kit up rather cheaply from eBay as it had no decals but as it was the same kit as the finished fina car above I still have the majority of the decals left with only the rear gtr one and 1 other missing. 

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Right so then it was the mindset of I have this kit now what to do with it? Test car? Another race version to go with the fina car and soon the be made gulf version? I couldn't make my mind up, then as I was half way through the Liberty Walk Nissan GT-R I came across a set of carbon decals that cover the whole exterior in a carbon wrap. 

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So that the plan. A full carbon McLaren f1 gtr, possibly with the yellow and pink decals on aswell but I won't make that call until the body is finished. 

 

The set includes 4 sheets of pre printed templates to cut of that from what I can see covers most of the car in carbon, there are a few bits not on the sheets(or maybe I just haven't found them yet) but these bits will be easy to make myself with the leftover parts of sheet. 

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Now on to the plastic. The shell is as nicely moulded as it was the first time with no really bad bits to clean up. 

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I need to decide if I should just glue the rear parts on for the engine cover or maybe detail the engine bay a little. 

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And then finally for the first update I need to decide whether or not to cut out the front hatch to show the details underneath that incuded in the kit. I guess if I do the rear it would be silly not to do the front and vice versa. Also in this picture you will notice that I have started to clean up the few mould lines that are on the body and filled the small dips with ca glue ready to be sanded off very soon. 

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I think body work wise this kit will move pretty quick as it is only going a gloss black after primer with then the whole raft of decals to put on. 

 

More soon 

 

Shaun 

 

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I am looking forward to this build. The F1 is one of my personal favorite cars. Your first build was great so can’t wait to see what you do with the second. 

 

Rich

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Sounds a stunning concept I'll follow along as well if you don't mind?

 

  Roger

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great looking kit

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Thanks for the kind words guys. 

 

So I thought when I started this I would smash through to painting really quickly but family, work and a stinking cold have got in the way so here is the progression up until now. 

 

I made my mind up about the front hatch. Out came the scriber and I made a hole. 

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The actual hatch part will have some extra material added around the edge as a 1 mm gap in this scale would equate to an inch gap each side in real scale. 

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Just to see how much will be shown once done 

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Also as you have probably seen in the previous pictures I needed to add some epoxy putty as I filed down one side too much. Also i have now added one thin strip of plastic to the hatch piece and maybe leave it as is now just with the paint and decals closing the gap up more. 

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More soon 

 

Shaun 

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glad you are finally into this one.

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Right so finally I've had a little time to concentrate on playing with plastic. 

 

So I made a start at getting the little hatch support in place. Aswell as trying to decide on the roof scoop I want in place. So the choice was this one with which kind of stands alone.

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Or this one that has supports to each side. 

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Also this is the main reason my images haven't been great lately. I've been working on getting a proper photo cube set up from an old box and lights. It will look better in a few days after some paint and my card roll finally turns up from that jungle online retailer, was ment to be next day it's now 4 days late 😠😠

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But in the mean time I made my mind up of what roof scoop to use, the one without sides won only due to the f1 I have already made and the next one I will be making all has the side supported one. Also you may notice the body has had a coat of primer. 

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As has the doors and all the engine covers and hatches, basically anything I'm going to want to add carbon to at the same time. 

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And being me I wanted a mock up. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't add more material to widen the front hatch as it will be very tight once paint and decals have been applied now. You may also spot the doors are not a great fit, these parts bend with no effort what so ever so will be a quick effort later on. 

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A quick knock back just to take any high spots off and I can get some black paint on. 

 

More soon 

 

Shaun 

 

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Small update for this build. 

 

After letting dry for a few days I started knocking off any high points in the primer.

 

Body. 

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Panels. 

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After this parts were painted in black. This is after 1 coat. 1 more just to bring up the shine will be needed. 

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Once the paint has had around a week to fully cure I will start the long process of adding all those lovely carbon decals. 

 

Shaun  

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that looks one hell of a delicate and easily broken bodyshell.  :o

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So finally a slightly late update to this. 

 

So I made a start to the monster carbon decal work. They area little tricky in places but with a bit of Microsol and a hairdryer they lay down quite well. 

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This top area was the 3rd decal put on and frankly it worried me as there were a few more curves in this area than the 2 side bits. But it went down  really well. 

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The most rear hatch was next up and did need a little more patience than the side areas as I needed to get the centre line centre

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Left all above to dry for a day as I didn't just want to power on and mess more up by rushing. Then came back and took on probably the second most worrying area for me, the rear bumper, due to it having every type of curve going. The top side went fine. 

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 But then on the side right in the curve I was worried about I touched the decal by accident after microsol went on it and I stretched the decal. Not a big issue but annoying nevertheless. 

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Above annoyed me a little so I left this side to start on the other. 

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Then it happened again. I broke the decal above the rear window area in 2 places. 

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That was it for me that day, I just left it before i screwed up anymore. 

 

A few days later I came back and fixed the broken decal to the point it doesn't look too bad. 

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Then the rear bumper decal for this side went on and thankfully there was no problems this time. 

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All the rear covers have had the decals applied now and all are as centre as can be. 

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And finally the door has had all decals applied. There was ment to be 2 to make this up but due to worrying about snapping the decal in the wrong place I cut them up into 4 bits to make it easier. 

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That's it for now but next is the bit I'm not looking forward to, the front end. 

 

Shaun 

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Fantastic decal work on then rear end I'm sure the front won't give you any trouble!

 

  Roger

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awesome decal work, you have my admiration.

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On 20/02/2018 at 11:32 PM, gamblor916 said:

Doing an all carbon body is tedious but very satisfying. What is the fit of the templates like?

 

The scale motorsport set is alot better than I ever imagined it would be. Some of the templates were a little off and most are slightly bigger than the part the go on but any oversized bits are sorted with a sharp blade or the just roll over the edges and are hidden away. The front area If it were me I would have broken up into more than 2 bits just for ease of installing (you'll see why in my next update) but other than that any bad bits on the car are mainly my fault not the decal. 

 

Shaun 

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So a little more progress to this. 

 

The front end has had all the carbon decals added. As expected it wasn't a straight forward task as i eludedto in my last comment, the wheel arches folded up like crazy and would have left nasty stretch marks all over had I just tried to manipulate the decals flat so I cut around the panel line and redone with extra parts then the very top edges just under the windscreen did the same as the were curbing one way and around also so 2 more new bits for that. So what scale motorsport gives with 2 bit really I couldn't do with less than 6. 

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All the slots were cut with a sharp blade and thankfully none of them messed up. 

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Both doors are now finished and ready to be sealed. 

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Now on to some of the annoying parts. as I spent so much time fiddling with the wheel arches and the top areas on the front carbon bits I hadn't noticed the massive fold just below the front hatch. 

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After trying to unstuck the decal with massive amounts of Microsol to the point this happened. Empty bottle😠 It wasn't going to work. 

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I made drastic decision to sand it back and redo 

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And now with a whole new bit that covers quite alot of the front left side of the car (front right in the picture) 

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And that was that I am calling the main body done for decals. 

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So out came the Mr top coat gloss and on it went. The lights don't do the picture justice, they show bits you can't see with the eye. 

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All the other finished parts were also covered in clear. 

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Now while all that has a few days to gas off it's on to carbon decals on some of the other areas of the car. 

 

So the front splitter. Given the curves on this I was expecting the same as the front end bits but I guess as this is over a smaller area it made it easier to work with. 

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The rear wing has caused some headaches as the carbon wraps around so I am having to so one half, clear coat then do the other half and clear coat again. 

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And finally the little bits that go on the doors have had carbon applied also. 

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More soon 

 

Shaun 

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On 25/02/2018 at 2:27 AM, gamblor916 said:

Nice work on the carbon. I've found a coat of smoke hides a lot of sins.

 

I did think about some smoke but I found on a test peice that a semi gloss or Matt coat really takes the edge off the effect without darkening the colours. But after I finish this next stage I will make my mind up definitely what I am going to do. 

 

Shaun 

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Shaun, nice work. May I ask what carbon you use, is it MFH? How do you get it to go down so well. Is there a preferred technique you like to use? Awesome job doing the whole car like that!

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Excellent work on those carbon decals.

I'm glad it was you doing it and not me! :clap2:

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Any updates? As you know I got a fair way through mine before having to move 2 years ago and now have a chance to continue. I went the black box version and did the whole tub in carbon fibre.....wow painstaking work!

 

 

I'm building a Nissan Silvia at the moment to practice on before finishing my F1.

 

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235046625-fresh-start-fujimi-nissan-silvia-htrs/

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