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Postby John b » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:24 pm

Hi Guys,

long time no speak.

Hope you are all well?

Was shocked to read the other day of the passing of Baby Astons , very sad.

Right down to business.

I have finally dug out this kit that I bought 2 years ago and decided to start it.

So wish me luck and I'll be scanning everyone else's builds for modding ideas and any tips to ease this project.

Photos to come as progress continues.

Later!
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Re: Johnb's MP4

Postby casper » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:36 pm

Hey John :D
glad to hear you can finally start your MP44, can't wait to follow your progress. I really need to finish mine but sadly haven't the space at the moment.
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Re: Johnb's MP4

Postby John b » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:34 pm

Had a bit of bench time today, as i had done some D.I.Y. this morning thought I'd treat myself!!

Have done the front wing and nose pod brake caliper and wheels from the first 3 issues and about to open pack no 4!

Front Wing.jpg
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end plate.jpg
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disc1.jpg
Took the idea from Chill and drilled out the holes!
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and filled the edge and coloured it in with pencil, looks good in the "flesh"
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Also copied Chill with the caliper, smoke wash and clean
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tyres.jpg
Going to fit scrubbed tyres!
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Although the rubber that comes off them could be "stuck" back on to look like marble pick up from a race finish, thoughts? :think: :think:

That's all I got at the moment.

I have also ordered the M1.0 bolts, washers and nuts so I can do the wires on the discs as well, just not sure of the size required!
Will post results as soon as I can.

Till next time modellers :greetings-cya:
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Re: Johnb's MP4

Postby casper » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:59 pm

Hi John
great start :)
I also had an interesting day doing DIY :tools-hammerdrill: I finished the tiling in the bathroom, not my favourite thing to do :snooty: .
I seem to remember someone using the rubber to give the tyres the used melted look :think: it looked pretty good, will see if I can find the photo.
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Re: Johnb's MP4

Postby John b » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:44 pm

Ok, been doing a bit more on the old McLaren.

After taking inspiration from Casper I have totally reworked the brakes and calipers:

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disc rear.jpg
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before and after caliper.jpg
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and get the front axle put together

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I have also put together all the other calipers and discs.

my hand ached after all that drilling with a pin vise!
Also managed too get the rear wing built

rear wing.jpg
Ready for the Sponsor!
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Have also started on the side pods and the monocoque (pic to follow later)
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Postby casper » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:59 pm

callipers look the business John :clap: :) much better. Did you manage to get the temperature decals?.
Have you already got the sponsor decals john, I was going to send you a link but I think some were out of stock the last time I looked.
the site is a bit slow my end.
can I ask what glue you used for the rear wing assembly
https://hlj.com/scale-models/cars-bikes
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Re: Johnb's MP4

Postby John b » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:11 pm

casper wrote:callipers look the business John :clap: :) much better. Did you manage to get the temperature decals?.
Have you already got the sponsor decals john, I was going to send you a link but I think some were out of stock the last time I looked.
the site is a bit slow my end.
can I ask what glue you used for the rear wing assembly
https://hlj.com/scale-models/cars-bikes

Hi Casp,

Yes I have just bought a large sheet of decals for it, also got coming decals for the carbon fibre on the front half of the monocoque and the intake, also For Senna's Helmet as I am getting him from Model Space also.
https://www.bestbalsakits.com/tamiya/ta ... umber=2709
https://www.bestbalsakits.com/tamiya/ta ... umber=4182
https://www.bestbalsakits.com/tamiya/ta ... umber=4184
https://www.bestbalsakits.com/tamiya/ta ... umber=4180

and I've just noticed that he now has these again in stock
https://www.bestbalsakits.com/tamiya/ta ... umber=4181
https://www.bestbalsakits.com/tamiya/ta ... umber=4185
https://www.bestbalsakits.com/tamiya/ta ... umber=4186

Dont know if i should bother??? :think: :think:
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Postby casper » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:14 pm

Nice find John, I didn't know they stocked them. Bit expensive but if you include shipping and possible import tax its about right. :o
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Re: Johnb's MP4

Postby John b » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:44 pm

Hi all,

Well had a great day today, went to the Aston Martin factory for an open day and saw a lot of beautiful machines and even a MP4/12C McLaren!! :lol:

Any way as promised, photos of the monocoque so far.

I have added the left front wishbones and wheel hub since my last post.
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Popped the nose on to see how it looked
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Had a spare few hours yesterday evening while SWMBO was watching Bake Off so I thought I'd get the water slide decals out that came with the model.

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After fitting the "L" I realised that it overhangs on to the main body so will wait it i can marry them up before I add the "b"!
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rear logo.jpg
Looks good I think
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Also did the interior of the monocoque as well as the pedals

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monocoque L.jpg
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Right off to do some more!

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Postby casper » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:25 pm

I think its about 3mm of the top of the b that sits on the main cover john if I remember :think: shame really but its not too difficult to do. You get a few spare letters if you damage one like I did a couple of times. The decals are nice to use and the guide is essential to get them all lined up.
nice work john :)
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Postby John b » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:58 pm

casper wrote:I think its about 3mm of the top of the b that sits on the main cover john if I remember :think: shame really but its not too difficult to do. You get a few spare letters if you damage one like I did a couple of times. The decals are nice to use and the guide is essential to get them all lined up.
nice work john :)
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Cheers Casp!

The L is folded over so it will be fine when I come to do it eventually.

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Postby John b » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:52 pm

Hi all,

Well I took the plunge and bought all the decals!! My poor wallet is now suffering!! :lol:

Sorry Casper I forgot to answer your question "can I ask what glue you used for the rear wing assembly?" I used Zap-a-Gap Medium CA+ and Tamyia extra thin cement.

Right down to business!!

I had a couple of bench days and evenings prior to my annual excursion to the Dordogne dog sitting!!

I managed to put together the gearbox to a point of near completion, but spent most of the time applying decal after decal!!!

So here is the progress so far.

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Side pod pipe.jpg
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Front suspension.jpg
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The cord they supply for braided brake hose isn't very clever so I have been to Prime-Miniatures again for some 1.2 and 2mm braided cord.

gearbox 1.jpg
Not liking this looks cheap!!!!
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PS when I got back from france i had a strange packet waiting which contained.....

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What could this be?
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till next time... :greetings-cya:
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Re: Johnb's MP4

Postby John b » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:26 pm

Hi all

Getting some bench time in today as SWMBO id off to work in a bit!!
results will be posted later!


So as stated in my last post, I wasn't liking the grey shoelace as brake hosing, well the postman brought me a few packages yesterday, 1 being the braided cord from Prime Miniatures :dance: :dance:

Spent a evening working out how to replace the hose as the other was Zap-a-Gaped on :superlglue: .
After much deliberation i decided just to snap them off, drill holes onto the fluid reservoirs and suspension pistons and create my own out of bit of wire.

And if i say my self looks a lot better now!!!

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Before
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close up
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For now that's all folks.
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Postby steve131 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:05 pm

Great work looks the Bees , is the package Senna :?:
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Postby John b » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:41 pm

steve131 wrote:Great work looks the Bees , is the package Senna :?:













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Postby casper » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:08 pm

I had the same package for free its a great addition :)
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