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Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby dr_gn » Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:47 pm

The throttle return spring was the kit original, which I always thought was too big, even when I first built the kit. It was a pain to fit on the T/S bolt heads too, so I made a new one out of fuse wire wound round a micro drill. I made two separate ends so I could get the length perfect before pva’ing them into place:

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With the wiring fitted to the left side head, that pretty much completes them, apart from some stud nuts on the bulkhead mounts:

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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby dr_gn » Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:53 pm

BTW if anyone has any ideas for replicating the heat-shrink loom i/d rings, I'd like to know. The only way I can imagine doing it at the moment is >0.25mm painted Tamiya tape wrapped around and Kleared into place. Small detail, but typical of wiring looms for these cars.
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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby dr_gn » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:25 pm

12 Inlet ducts, 24 fuel injectors and their electrical connectors next:

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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby Chinamalc » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:53 am

This is a great thread to follow, I went back to the first post (can't believe it was in 2014!) and read it all again - I guess like Leo Goolden, the answer is always - only two more years to finish!!

Great work.

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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby dr_gn » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:22 am

Chinamalc wrote:This is a great thread to follow, I went back to the first post (can't believe it was in 2014!) and read it all again - I guess like Leo Goolden, the answer is always - only two more years to finish!!

Great work.

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Cheers Malc. I'm stuck at home for at least three months I guess, so I'm hoping to make some real progress now. Most of my other projects are done, so I'm not starting any new ones!
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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby dr_gn » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:46 pm

Painted the fuel rails Vallejo steel, and gave the crevices a very light wash followed by light gunmetal Tamiya powder. The larger the scale, the less highlighting is needed, especially on a racing car. Then assembled to the inlet ducts. There are 24 fuel injectors, and each has a cover plate from the T/S set, which I painted satin black as per my references. Attached with PVA:

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Each one now needs its electrical connector fitting, and associated wiring. I’ve temporarily assembled the heads and rails to figure out the best orientation for these:

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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby daveyman » Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:58 am

Great to see you building the Mclaren again. Loving the progress. Great detail work.
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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby dr_gn » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:20 am

daveyman wrote:Great to see you building the Mclaren again. Loving the progress. Great detail work.


Thanks! I want to get some serious progress on this one now. Must admit I'm really enjoting the Top Studio set so far.

Still need to figure out the male-mould finish on the tub though...
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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby gp-models » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:19 am

Nice and clean detail work on this iconic car, well done!
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Re: Tamiya 1:12 McLaren MP4/6 Rebuild/Upgrade

Postby dr_gn » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:46 pm

gp-models wrote:Nice and clean detail work on this iconic car, well done!


Thanks - going to have a go at the Formula Perfect inlet trumpet assembly next I think.
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