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Graham27
#1 Posted : 26 April 2024 13:09:32
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I thought I'd record my build and mention any tips that may be of interest to others.

Because of the issue with the cigarette logos, I may not post all my stages because I really can't be bothered making sure they aren't shown.

As well as the screwdriver and wide nose tweezers supplied in part one, I've put together some other tools that I think I might need during my build, they are:

A pointy pair of tweezers
A sharp hobby knife
A wax pencil for picking up small bits
A selection of sanding sticks
Some cotton buds (to help flatten down decals)
Micro Sol & Set Decal solutions
A brush for applying Micro Sol & Set
With my dog eating a couple of parts, it gave me the opportunity to do a little research with the decals and Micro Sol & Set, DO NOT USE THEM. They have an adverse affect on the plastic. In any case there is no need as the decals lay down fine with just water.

I also thought it was a good idea to have some small pots to keep the various sized screws in. As each part arrives, I'll empty the screws into their own pot which hopefully will make it easier to select the right screw on assembly. Also there is less chance of losing them to the carpet monster or dog!

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#2 Posted : 26 April 2024 13:15:59
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Part 1

I haven't applied the decals yet, but everything went together smoothly, just make sure all the pins and holes line up before fitting the screws
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#3 Posted : 26 April 2024 15:19:17
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Part 2

Again everything went together without any hiccups, although there was one area that was a little tricky.

Step 2-6 has the fitting of the FM screw and nut.

Make sure part 2B and 2D are fitted correctly, Insert the FM screw through the two holes and using either a pair of pointed tweezers or a wax pencil, carefully position the nut and gently turn the screw making sure the nut stays in place. I must admit I had to do this about a dozen times before the nut decided to play game. It's one of those operations that is either completed first time or the nth timeCrying

I'll apply the decals to parts 1 and 2 later using just plain water.
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#4 Posted : 26 April 2024 15:45:47
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Hi Graham, BigGrin

Good to see a customer build of this iconic race car. ThumpUp ThumpUp

Nice to see also that you sussed out the pictures, well done.

I am building this kit as a personal build (not enough time to post unfortunately), but I will be adding the decals at the end of the build. Reason being that these builds tend to get a lot of handling during their construction, so thought best to leave until the end.

Enjoy your build and I look forward to seeing more of it.


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#5 Posted : 26 April 2024 16:05:03

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Hello Graham.
Great to see you on board with this brilliant kit.
There are couple of really fiddly steps coming up with the inner front bulkhead and steering rack.
Its pack 2, stage 6.
A little way ahead for you, but I thought I'd give you a heads up...
If you look at the official build you'll see a MUCH easier way to do that part.

Have fun with the build.
Graham27
#6 Posted : 26 April 2024 20:26:04
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roymattblack wrote:
Hello Graham.
Great to see you on board with this brilliant kit.
There are couple of really fiddly steps coming up with the inner front bulkhead and steering rack.
Its pack 2, stage 6.
A little way ahead for you, but I thought I'd give you a heads up...
If you look at the official build you'll see a MUCH easier way to do that part.

Have fun with the build.


Thanks for the heads up for pack 2, stage 6. I'll have a look at the official build pages.
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#7 Posted : 27 April 2024 10:57:10

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Nice to see another one of these builds taking shape on the forum. Good luck Graham.

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Hi Graham, BigGrin

Congrats on your "Blue" medal for starting a Build Diary. ThumpUp


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Graham27
#9 Posted : 27 April 2024 13:24:12
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No images today Mad as I'm not allowed to show the cigarette logos.

I applied all the decals supplied in parts 1 & 2 and I must admit, I'm not overly impressed. The 'l' letter in the decal that goes round the helmet is out of registration with all the other letters and the carrier film on all of the decals is very thick.

I kind of understand the decals having a thicker than normal carrier so that those that don't have experience of applying them can apply them fairly easily.

What I might do is have a look at some 3rd party decals and see if the carrier film is any thinner. If so I'll remove the suppled decals, wait till the end of the build and apply the 3rd party ones.

Use at your own risk, but handy tips for those that don't have any or a lot of experience applying decals:
Make sure that the surface that they are being applied to is wet with water
After cutting out and soaking, slide the decal from the paper backing sheet in roughly the right location.
Use the point of a sharp hobby knife blade (NOT in the gold areas) to gently move the decal to the correct position
If needed, using a piece if kitchen towel, gently remove excess water from around the decal
Gently roll a cotton bud over the decal to remove any excess water.
If the decal is difficult to move into position, add some water around and under the decal with a soft brush to ease movement.

Till the next time.....

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#10 Posted : 27 April 2024 17:00:24
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Hi Graham, BigGrin

Congrats on your "Blue" medal for starting a Build Diary. ThumpUp


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#11 Posted : 27 April 2024 18:02:57

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Hi Graham, good to see another build. Looks like we will be building ours in tandem. I'll be followingđź‘Ť
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#12 Posted : 16 May 2024 18:48:17
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Part 3

Step 3-1 asks you to remove the four front rim outer hub radial bolts from the sprue. To do so, at your own risk, I would strongly recommend using a pair of either modeling snips, if you have them. Alternatively a pair of flush wire cutters. It's important that they are flush cutters so you can see exactly where they will cut.

What's the difference between basic modeling snips and wire cutters about £10:00 - £20:00. For some reason as soon as the word model or modeling is used in its description, the price goes up by 3 - 400%.

The radial bolts 3E are a nice snug fit into the outer hub 3D. I found it best to position the bolt using a pair of pointed tweezers and then pushed it into place using my thumb nail.

Step 3-2 and 3-3 go together without any problems.

Step 3-4 was a little tricky, having to make sure that everything lined up before fitting the 4 BM screws.

Step 3-5 & 3-6 No matter how many times I tried, I could not get the part 3F to slide through/over part 3G. I think it was as much not being able to hold part 3G steady enough and being afraid of part 3F flying across the room to be devoured by the carpet monster or Coco the 9 month old cocker spaniel puppy as anything. So I ended up fitting part 3G to 3H, which was quite a tight fit, which then gave me something larger to hold while I fitted part 3F, which fitted okay first time.

Part 3 completed

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Great stuff Graham.
Yes, I also had 'fun' fitting those parts!LOL LOL LOL
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#14 Posted : 17 May 2024 14:40:58
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Part 4

Step 4-1 went together without any issues, just had to make sure that part 4F was seated properly before fitting the wing 1A

Step 4-2 again no real issues, just have to make sure that part 1C fits in the slot of 4A before fitting the two CP screws.

Step 4-3 Now this was fun! Crying I think I must have tried fitting parts 4C and 4G together using the screw CM about a dozen times. The problem was, the clearance hole in 4C is just a fraction small so it felt that the CM screw was screwing into the part 4C and not a free fit. The screw would screw into part 4G okay, so it was just a case of aligning the two parts and if at first you don't succeed try, try and try again. Eventually it went together okay. The hole in 4C only needed opening a fraction, although I have quite a few small drills, the only ones I had were a wee bit too big.


Step 4-4 & 4-5 Slightly fiddly but everything went together well

Step 4-6 The biggest problem I encountered was trying to stop my fingers from leaving smudge marks all over the place, I have several pairs of cotton gloves, so in future I'll wear those when working on the model.


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Looking good. This pack has just turned up for me too
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#16 Posted : 20 May 2024 15:22:37

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Graham27 wrote:
roymattblack wrote:
Hello Graham.
Great to see you on board with this brilliant kit.
There are couple of really fiddly steps coming up with the inner front bulkhead and steering rack.
Its pack 2, stage 6.
A little way ahead for you, but I thought I'd give you a heads up...
If you look at the official build you'll see a MUCH easier way to do that part.

Have fun with the build.


Thanks for the heads up for pack 2, stage 6. I'll have a look at the official build pages.


Stage 6 is now moved to pack 3 since the re release
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Graham27
#17 Posted : 20 May 2024 18:20:19
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Part 5

Unable to do Steps 5-1 and 5-2 due to our Cocker Spaniel puppy eating bits from parts 1 & 2. Replacement parts have been ordered, so I'll update when they arrive. On the up side I don't have to censor out 3 letters times 2.

Steps 5-3 to 5-6 are just an opposite hand of steps 4-3 to 4-6 above. I still had problems fitting the CM screw in Step 5-3 but as now I know what the issue is, it went together a little bit easier.

Wearing cotton gloves during assembly definitely eliminated the risk of any finger print issues. My only concern was they have picked up a lot of dirt from somewhere, which is strange as I've only worn them for a few minutes.





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