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McLaren M7A 1968, Bruce McLaren. Model Factory Hiro, 1/20. 9 months 2 weeks ago #31

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Weld lines are finished on the right side of the exhaust and left was redone.
Few heat stains added.
Weld lines are also made on the 2 in 1 tube.







Pics of the sub assembly:











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Voilà.
Hope you enjoy the WIP...
More soon!

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That is an insane amount of details and I thank you for taking the time to post it here. I'll modify the amount of pictures you can attach in a single post if that helps.
Fantastic work, it's obviously a real passion for you, well done, you should be proud of that.
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McLaren M7A 1968, Bruce McLaren. Model Factory Hiro, 1/20. 9 months 2 weeks ago #34

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I don't mind the amount of pictures, keep them coming :woohoo:

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Hi,

Thank you very much Andrew and Gary for the comments.

Started to work on the instrument panel and tachometer/tacho connection.
Angle gear is made of 2 parts of brass connectors, filed down and soldered.
Not the best, but not too bad due to the fact that the part diameter is 0.7.
The genuine hole in the tachometer is drilled with 0.5 bit, then filled with 0.5 lead wire.













Dash board painted with Flat Black ZP:







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Front dampers done:





Stub axle modified:



... then burnished:



Same for the center of the wheels:





Stainless steel pop rivets cut and installed.



A little square bracket is fastened to the right side in order to hold the accelerator cable.





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Dashboard is finished and instruments are installed:







Accelerator OK:



I've tried to do the stitching by myself instead of applying decals:



In the cockpit. A light weathering is started on the seat:









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Dry fitting:









Time for the clear coat:











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Modification for the wing support:



Shoulder straps done too:







body installed and some work on the pipes with rubber connections and clamps.













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bracket for the brakes fittings





Few details for the calipers (from the MFH M19).





Test fit









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Last pics of the Papaya for today ;)

Front end of the McLaren is still progressing and almost done.





















More very soon.

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Rather amazing job you're doing on this!
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:ohmy: :ohmy: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Fantastic work going on here for sure....love all the detail you are adding in, awesome job...inspirational!
I want a car kit now, thanks ;) :lol:
Watching this build as well..

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Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.

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Thank you very much Mates!
... and welcome in the Dark(?) side of old race cars modelers!! :silly: :evil: :lol:

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The kit has an impressive amount of detail in it and you are really nailing it Pascal. Great stuff!
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This is so impressive Pascal, the amount of detail is incredible.
Perfect :whistle:
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Never felt the need to build a kit like that but after seeing this. . . Maybe just one!

Well done, such a nice job.
No caffeine tremors going on here.
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I started building models, then I was collecting more than I built. Now I'm more of an archivist.

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Hi,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments :blush: and your interest for the ROOOOAAAAARRRRRING Papaya!

Work on the rhodoïd windshield of the M7A:
- cut,
- drilled,
- Black gasket painted
and a color test









It begins to look like a Formula 1 car :evil:
... And I love the pilot's name calligraphy!













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Few progress on the M7A of the Kiwi Team Boss;)

Prep, primer and ZP SG Black.









details added:



I forgot this part... so Orange is out.
Need to clear coat... or not...



new color test...



...PGo for this one:



Details on the masts with the linkage bracket:



New parts made:


A bit disappointed due to the fact I din't have enough nuts to make a better detailing...

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test fitting:









Cooling duct connected.



Alu tape having fun into a bath of MEK :



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Last progress for the moment on Bruce's M7.
I spent a loooong time to find a solution and to succeed in modifying the rear tie rods: I didn't like that much the original ones.
I also added the brake lines .
As the build is on a good way, I took some pictures of the M7 next to the 312 and the body of a Lotus 49...
















More soon!;)

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INCREDIBLE!!!
Cars from the days of my greatest interest in F1 as well ....
I may have seen some of these racing around Pukekohe ...?
Wonderful skills .... absolutely wonderful!
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Wow you are building a master piece.

The transkits have so much detail.

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Cheers Michael

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Thanks a lot mates!
No transkit Michael, just a stunning kit and few additional parts ;)

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Hi,

Sooooooo much time since the last post :oops:



First, coolant pipe. The one which is running under the right side of the Body.
Masked, primed, painted and quickly clear coated with brush and Klear.











Installed and connected to the water pump on the engine side and to the radiator on the front end.
Same thing on the left side.




Stabilizing bar and rear view mirrors polished:













The intake trumpets are made of brass and need another color.
As usual with that kind of part, I prefer a chemical traetment.
So, the mesh is burnished with a blackening agent and slightly dry brushed with Metal Cote Polished Steel.
Then a thin aluminum band is installed around the base of the mesh.
An example on the MFH Lotus 49 DFV intakes, then on the AWESOME Widia velocity stacks of the McLaren.








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Fuel pump, expansion bowl (?...) and wing mounts installed.



The engine mounting plates are rebuilt and installed with RBMotion hardware.

Time for the Papaya to have wheels.
Central seam line is sanded.



The blue ring is a mix of US Navy paints from Model Master Acryl.
Tires are airbrushed thru the MFH tool.



A last look on the caliper and its details...



Shoes or socks on!











Nose on:



with her red friend:











already thinking to the next one...



More soon.
The end is not far.
Sorry once again for being absent for so long... :oops:

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Said it before - museum quality model engineering. Genuinely lost for words.

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Out Freakin Standing! That is all..

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Pascal, that is simply gorgeous work.
MFH kits are incredible, but it takes real skill to get the sort of results you have achieved. Bravo:woohoo:
I have visited MFH several times, and they are the most lovely people. The kits they produce are not always perfect, but a lot of work goes into them, and when combined with the skill of an expert modeler, the results are show-stopping.
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Beautiful. I've seen craftsmanship like this in large scale AFVs, but it all gets covered up. Not so with this. The engine, and even small items like the dash are masterpieces in themselves. Keep posting.

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