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Hello . . . here we go again!

I'm not sure if it has been done before but I'm going to have a bash at building the sublimely pretty McLaren M19 as driven by Denny Hulme in F1 in 1972.





The front end is a BRM P160 chopped like so . . . .



I've already slit the front wings off (they are in the wrong place) and cut the front rad outlet in.

Here's the back end and the engine block off a BT44 Brabham.



Together they look like this.



But enough for tonight . . . more soon.
 

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Slow progress tonight but its coming on.

I've been using a new technique . . . . 3D modelling! Well not really but I am using a Dinky toy as a template.





To cure the Milliput quicker I used my home autoclave . . . . well again not really. I just balance the car by my oven door to take advantage of the hot air venting from out the top.

It works great.



More soon.
 

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On to another one already Ian. The paint hasn't dried on the last one yet !!!
Seriously tho' once again I'm really looking forward to the build and the blow by blow account.
Master stroke using the back half of the Brabham.

The roast in the oven looks alright too
 

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I always slow roast a rolled pork joint for 3 main reasons.

  1. When cooked for 4 hours at about 160 degrees a good Pork joint does not need to be carved with a knife. You can cut it with a wooden spoon!
  2. The crackling is monumental!
  3. A slow roasted joint cooked for 4 hours is just about the right amount of time to cure Milliput!

Two birds with one stone!
 

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A few more baby steps tonight.



Re profiled the rad outlets and cut out the front suspension nacelles.



Cut in the front rad inlet.



Filled the gap in behind the drivers head and tidied up the engine a bit. Its not going to be super detailed but at the same time I don't want it to look a mess.



Front view.

More soon/
 

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I've put a coat of filler primer onto the shell and added the front winglets.

You can see the surface imperfections much easier, which give you the opportunity to do something about them.



Getting there slowly.
 

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Some more decent progress.



After filler priming I painted the sides orange.



Masked the orange section off, then grey primer all over.



Then masked the engine (to keep it grey) then sprayed the white.

The white is still very soft though so it might take a few days to fully harden before I carry on though.

Never mind I can keep myself busy with the airbox and rear wing etc.

More to come soon.
 

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Can't wait to see the finished car.
 

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I'm quite pleased with the progress tonight.

I've done a quick re-assembly for you to see.

  1. The Yardley stripes are on (insulating tape . . . so much less heartache!)
  2. The "thorny" problem of the windscreen is tackled to some degree . . . . I'd love to do it in clear perspex but life is too short!
  3. The rear wing is cut in. Not sure whether to put it where it is or further forward (McLaren ran it both ways).
  4. I've started work on the airbox. Not right yet but getting there.



I'm quite enjoying taking my time over this one.

Still plenty to do.

  1. The engine needs some detailing and paintwork.
  2. The trailing arms for the rear suspension are made but need fitting.
  3. The driver details need painting.
  4. Waiting for the Yardley Decals from INDYCALS.
  5. Front Suspension arms need to be made.
  6. The guide needs installation as does the motor.

More soon.
 

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Cheers Ted!

I think you are right about the rear wing.

I'm going to modify it slightly to make it less "Brabham" like and the airbox still needs fetlling but I hope to get it almost there (or therabouts) tonight.

I really appreciate the positive feedback.
 

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QUOTE (Ian H @ 19 Sep 2012, 11:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Cheers Ted!

I think you are right about the rear wing.

I'm going to modify it slightly to make it less "Brabham" like and the airbox still needs fetlling but I hope to get it almost there (or therabouts) tonight.

I really appreciate the positive feedback.

WOW!!! I love it!!!.

So far it looks epic
You have done a really good job
 

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Cheers Matt.

I'm just re-living my youth really.

These were the cars that I grew up with and although they weren't super detailed your imagination made up the shortfall as a kid.

Now I have learned a few things about car set up and modelling its a chance to have a go at improving these old cars a bit and just doing something practical after a day in the office pushing paper.

I just love the 1970s era because designers looked at aspects other than aerodynamics which made them as diverse as they were.

No windtunnels . . . just working on instinct and what felt right by eye.

Can you imagine an F1 designer coming up witha new concept like the Tyrrell P34 six wheeler now? The regs wouldn't allow it and no team would take the risk!

Plus some great drivers with big personalities to blast them around some epic circuits.

Yes you are right, my passion knows no bounds.
 
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