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McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8 (Completed)

Postby Hein » Fri May 17, 2019 3:14 am

Hi guys,

Started a new project last week, bought a Tamiya MP4/8 and a set of MP4/9 decals. a lot more changes than i first thought. but a lot of fun.
It will be the 1994 Monaco car of Martin Brundle with the extended rear wing.

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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby Corpsegrinder » Fri May 17, 2019 4:25 am

Very brave to tackle such a project! Nice car even though the Peugeot wasn't that spectacular!
I also thought MP4/8 and MP4/9 are quite close but probably not...I remember the sidepods are much shorter.
The nose should be the same, right?

I will be following with interest.
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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby Steffen_T » Fri May 17, 2019 9:32 am

I have the same decalset, so you can count me in for this WIP, too.
So far your conversion looks very promising. :D
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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby Hein » Fri May 17, 2019 2:50 pm

[quote="Corpsegrinder"]Very brave to tackle such a project! Nice car even though the Peugeot wasn't that spectacular!
I also thought MP4/8 and MP4/9 are quite close but probably not...I remember the sidepods are much shorter.
The nose should be the same, right? [quote="]

Yes the side pods are shorter, this also infuence the area in front of the side pods, near the cockpit edges, different angle and shape.
The airbox /engine cover back is more sharp edged, mp4/8 had a more curved round shape edge. Splitter/T-tray area is different. Nose is indeed more or less the same.

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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby Shunter » Sat May 18, 2019 12:00 am

This will be fun, good luck.
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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby Hein » Sun May 19, 2019 3:35 am

Started changing the engine cover shape by building it up with styrene strips and sand it to shape, more sharp edged instead of round like it was.

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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby BrianTung » Mon May 20, 2019 3:55 am

Loved MP4/9, MP4/10 and MP4/11.... they are forgotten cars in F1 plastic kits.... in fact we didn't have many plastic kits between 1994-1997.... I tried the same conversion but my skill is not good enough so I gave up many years ago, very happy to follow such conversion again :-)
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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby Badi » Mon May 20, 2019 11:09 am

very nice building, my convertion was not accurate and so difficult to get closer to real one...anyway! You got a great result.
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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby Hein » Wed May 22, 2019 8:29 am

Found some time to work on the front wing end plates. At monaco they used the "curved" wing end plates.
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Re: McLaren MP4/9 conversion from Tamiya MP4/8

Postby daveyman » Wed May 22, 2019 9:37 am

I remember watching Monaco that year, first race since losing Aryton and Roland.
Martin Brundle in the Mclaren was spinning the wheels up and leaving tyre marks lap after lap leaving the Antony Nughes corner. Looked fantastic.
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