Sunday, April 14, 2019

Plumbing and wiring progress

After some hiatus MP4/6 returned to my work bench. I've had a change of heart and decided to add more details, instead of doing it OOB, as was originally planned. It will be mostly based on instructions from TopStudio's 1/12 super detail set and a bit of inspiration from Tamiya 1/12 kit. Also plan to add brake fluid lines. There is a lot of wires and hoses on real car. Most of those I could not figure out. So, I will add few items I could understand the routing for. Started with oil and water hoses. Here are couple of quick shots of current state.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Assembly progress on BT46

Returned to my BT46 build last weekend. Made good progress on adding hoses and A/N fittings. Done all required assembly steps before I could marry engine and monocoque. Finally got them together last night. I progressed as far as I could before I need to do more detail work on seat and dashboard. Few quick shots below.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Masking, masking and more masking

Spent over 8 hours on masking parts for SF70H and BT46 builds. Most on SF70H. Never have done so much and so complex masking before. Prior to that clear coat was applied over livery decals for BT46 and over main colours for SF70H and MP4/6. At least builds will be unblocked for decal application after that.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Main colors painted

Got white and red base paint coats on over last few weeks. I’ve used masks provided in the kit for the fin on engine cover. Zero matched red went on reasonably well. It might not be 100% even, but close enough. Clear coat is going to be next, before I could mask again and spray some semi-gloss black. After SG black is applied, I should be able to switch focus to applying decals for the main livery and CF decals as well.

I’ve also painted floor, gearbox and number of suspension pats in new Zero carbon paint. It’s not a direct replacement for CF decals and does not provide CF patterns out of the jar. But I will use it as base for CF decals and probably even leave it exposed as is on some parts, that I won’t apply CF decals to. The likes of brake ducts, underside of the floor and probably most of the gearbox casing.

Fluo orange painted

After body was stripped off of paint from my previous attempt, it took a while to get it primed and painted base white. Work on other projects got in a way. But last weekend I got it masked and was able to put fluo orange on. In attempt to minimize paint bleeds under masking tape, I’ve “sealed” masks with one more coat of base white. In the end it did not come out perfect, but it’s not too bad either. I was able to polish some overspray, bleeds and orange peal spots. So, I am ok with it and it will have to do it for this build. Need to get thin clear coat on top of base paint, before I could apply decals. Color is a bit of on the photo made with my cell phone. I will get proper white balanced photos after clear is applied and true colors will show.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Completed decals for BT46

Finished decals for BT46 on Sep 2. Patched broken spots last Saturday's night. Struggled with decals quite a bit, until I tried Solvaset. It worked much better then my "go to" Micro-Set/Sol combination. And altough Solvaset melts those decals to big extent, it softened decals more and allowed them to conform to surfaces much better.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

More rear end assembly done

Got gearbox and rear suspension assembled past week