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Kev the Modeller
#1 Posted : 06 November 2021 14:38:59

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Hello all,

It was my birthday last month, 17th September, which by the way is the same as Damon Hill and Sir Stirling Moss! Being a very big fan of both Ayrton Senna (my original username on this forum was 'SennaMentalMe'!) and McLaren, I let it be known amongst my family that I really wanted this kit? Being the great family that they are, this duly turned up on my birthday! Yay!! Drool ThumpUp


So .... this will be my next project:




Photos of 'what's in the box' will follow when I start the build.

I didn't want to paint this in either of the two schemes depicted in the kit instructions. I did toy with painting it in McLaren Orange, officially known as 'Papaya' for which I already have the 99.9% accurate 'Zero Paints' colour, which I bought for when I get round to building my 'Accurate Miniatures' 1:24 McLaren M8B Can-Am racer. What I really wanted was to do something as a tribute to the great man Ayrton Senna, since the car was designed by McLaren as a tribute to him and named after him, and thought about maybe doing something along the lines of that famous red and white 'Marlboro McLaren' scheme? Whilst working out how to go about it and perusing the internet for ideas and designs I came across this! You can translate it into English to get an insight into how the owner decided on the scheme and what he wanted to include. I like his thinking!:

https://cafef.vn/ro-tin-...t-20210520211249089.chn

Perfect!! All of the elements that I wanted are within that great design AND the car has body accents in the three colours of the Brazilian flag, namely green, yellow and blue. As an even better tribute the owner has added all of Ayrton's 41 wins to the red parts of the bodywork. Even better than I could have imagined! I like it very much!! Well imagine my surprise and delight when I then discovered that Hiroboy stocked a decal sheet for this very scheme, from SK Decals specifically designed for the Tamiya kit and at a very reasonable price?!


They are high quality decals and were promptly ordered and received the very next day!:










I like the extra decal with a quote from Ayrton that I will be using on a special plaque on the display base when this is finished.


I also have the full set of 'Studio 27 Carbon Decals for this ... and there are THREE sheets of them! That's a lot of individual parts in a 1:24 scale model!:






The last aftermarket parts for this build is a set of the MFH 6-point harnesses in black. The set has parts for two harnesses and includes some nice white metal centre buckles as opposed to the normal type which is usually made up by gluing together several layers of PE parts to create a 3D effect?! Much easier in just one casting and more realistic too!:





P.S. - For those who want to see more of this fabulous kit there is a very good build article in the August 2021 Issue #129 of 'Airfix Model World' magazine, done in a very alluring 'Ventura Orange' from Zero Paints. Simply stunning!!

Kev

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#2 Posted : 07 November 2021 13:12:55

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Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one Kev BigGrin looks an awesome kitCool


Regards PhilCool
COMING SOON =1/72 Italeri diorama`s Battle for the Reichstag and Stalingrad battle at the tractor factory 1/16 Trumpeter King Tiger with loads of extras ON THE GO= refurbishment of 1/25 Tamiya tiger 1 , amt Star trek kits and space 1999 models

So Much to Build,But What a Hobby!


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#3 Posted : 07 November 2021 17:39:19

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Looking forward to this build Kev, got my front seat booked.Cool

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#4 Posted : 07 November 2021 19:22:23

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This is going to be special, I'll be glued to your build as usual....LOL LOL LOL ... Good luck with it, not that you need luck.....LOL LOL

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#5 Posted : 09 November 2021 20:30:24

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Liking that a lot.
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#6 Posted : 17 November 2021 22:19:02

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Many thanks for your comments Phil, Mark, Alan and Ken, very much appreciated as always! Cool ThumpUp

The aftermarket 'Studio 27' carbon decals and 'Model Factory Hiro' 6-point harness sets have now arrived (finally!!) and that means that I will be making a start on this build very soon!

Post #1 has now been updated with photos of the aftermarket sets that I was waiting for. Cool ThumpUp

Kev

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#7 Posted : 23 November 2021 14:10:17

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That's a great model to build Kev. Excellent choice of colour scheme.
It looks like just about every part will have a Carbon decal. BigGrin Can't wait to see how it progresses.
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Blimey - that's a serious amount of decals there.
Looking forward to seeing how it all goes.BigGrin
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Blimey - that's a serious amount of decals there.
Looking forward to seeing how it all goes.BigGrin

Roy.
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Really looking forward to this build Kev.
As everyone says, there are an awful lot of decals there for the scale of the model.
Keep the updates coming.
Chris
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#11 Posted : 25 November 2021 21:55:22

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Many thanks for looking in and your kind comments Malc, Roy and Chris, always greatly appreciated! Cool ThumpUp

Apologies for the delayed start, just got very busy all of a sudden with my work life and that has to come first so modelling had to wait! However, I am going to set some time aside this coming weekend and get this build going!


Photos of the kit contents below:


















Some of the more 'eagle-eyed' members may have noticed that there isn't a large single white body piece in the kit? That's because this model isn't built in the normal way where you have a large piece of bodywork that you lower over the chassis and interior when it's completed? With this beautifully engineered model Tamiya have taken a different approach and all of the body parts that will carry colour can be added separately around the main black body/chassis part that you can see in the third photo along with the glazing? It's very much the same as a real car would be built with individual body panels being fitted to an inner body framework? All will become clear as the build progresses, but this new approach from Tamiya will definitely make it a heck of a lot easier to apply all of those carbon decals in that very comprehensive 'Studio 27' set!

Really looking forward to this one, it would be nice if it was a bigger scale but I enjoy the challenge of working in smaller scales so it should be fun!

Thanks for looking, first build update coming very soon! ThumpUp

Kev


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