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WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby Si90 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:59 am

Hi to all.

Before I start can I just say what a fantastic forum this is, there are some really talented people on it.

Back to the model. I don't usually do this type of model but I got the urge to fulfill a childhood longing from 20+ years ago and build one of the Tamiya large scale F1 cars and so I have started on the 1/12 Mclaren MP4/6. The plan is to go all out and build it to the very best I can so after a couple of months research I now have the kit, Formula Perfect Manual, Perfect Parts upgrade kit (not quite expensive enough - but superb. On a note if anyone has the Perfect Parts brake kit or a Thunder Valley one that they would like to sell I would be very interested) and loads of bolts from Hiroboy, Bestbalsakits and RB Motion, AN fittings, CF decals, Studio 27 Fill in decals and the colour matched red paint from Hiroboy. I have also a request in for the Thunder Valley kits but we are all aware of the problems Paul is having, lets hope he can get them all rectified soon.

Progress so far has been to make some of the small detail parts I want to ad as a way of getting some practice and I have started the engine. One of the major things I want to do is make the front nose section removable from the tub as the real car. This means that the steering in the kit just won't do so I have scratch built the steering rack as the pictures below. Its non functional but it looks much better. I did come up with a design that would work and turn the steering wheel but it was so fragile I didn't bother with it. I have also scratch built the foot pedals and all the pistons behind them. I have detailed some of the smaller parts for the fuel system and made a good start on getting the engine together. I have been avoiding the Perfect Parts Kit until I am a little more confident.

Thanks for taking the time to look. Progress may be slow for the next week or so as I am off to the Isle of Man TT but I will try to get regular updates on as I go for those interested. Comments welcomed.
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby generationx » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:06 am

You have my attention!
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby ziggy » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:38 am

WOW! great start!!! I also will follow it with very interest!!
welcome on board!!! :D
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby Decs0105 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:53 am

Welcome to F1m!

And what a first post :wink:. The pedals look awesome aswell as the rest, great work! I will keep an close eye on this one 8)!
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby Alex_Kung » Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:43 am

Very nice photos.

I started this build but I was stopped by the gear selecting system on the transmission. None of my references had that detail. Photos of this area seemed to be conveniently missing from the Formula Perfect Manual. In your 3rd photo it looks like you have some detail in that area. Do you have other references for this area?

I only started on the engine block and transmission and I was reworking all the suspension brackets.
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby Si90 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:59 am

Alex_Kung wrote:
In your 3rd photo it looks like you have some detail in that area. Do you have other references for this area?

I only started on the engine block and transmission and I was reworking all the suspension brackets.


Hi Alex

This is the only picture from the Formula Perfect manual I have based that area on. There was a lug on the kit part so I just replaced it with the part I made. There are still a couple of bolts that need adding to the flange on the part I have added. I was also going to rework the suspension brackets and make them from scratch since they are nothing like the original car. They should have a U shaped cross section as you can see on the picture and be bolted to the side of the gearbox as opposed to being flat and going through the gearbox as the kit parts but bearing in mind that they will carry all the weight of the car and also would have to be perfect to get the car to sit right I decided against it. I would be interested to see if yours look any more like the actual car.
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby vekkuli » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:14 am

Wellcome to the Site. Such genious work you have done there :)
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby jaykay » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:01 am

Welcome to the forum. That looks very promising. I'm tuned!
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby steveoccc » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:19 am

Another great builder on the site making me feel my skills are wholly inadequate!

Great, just great. :roll:

Just joking, can't wait to see the rest of this build! :D
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Re: WIP MP4/6 - First time builder - of this subject anyway

Postby alexpayne » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:24 am

Welcome on board,I,ll keep an eye on this one,fantastic work so far.
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