Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More livery decals applied for RB7

Finished application of decals to main body for now. 4 more small ones remain, but they overlap with gearbox cover and black body panels. I plan to apply those later. "Total" decals over gills at each side of the cockpit look weird, but that's the best I could manage with one set of decals. DTM provides double decals for front wing flaps, because they overlap, but for these gills only one decals for each side it provided. Rear car from Austrian race actually had different gills configuration and would I have modified them, decals could looked better. Too late to change for me now. I'm going to leave it as is.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Started on main livery decals for RB7

Following the completion of MP4/22 and F2007, I was able to return to this build. Faced with tedious task of applying a lot of CF decals, which is not that much fun, I've decided to change approach a bit and mix CF decals application with application of main livery decals. Fortunately for me body was ready for that. In my mind such approach will allow me stay motivated, while I'm stuck applying CF decals. I've spent last 2 nights on it. Most of big size decals and main elements of the livery are on. Number of small ones, like driver names, etc. are still to do. However it started to look like a real race car already. I love this part of the build, when livery decals go on and model starts to look like a real car. Hopefully updates will become more frequent as I'm going to concentrate on this model more from now on.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MP4/22 rescue build

Finished up this model last weekend. It went together rather well. Definitely better, then I've expected. It is by no means perfect and a lot of small and couple of big flaws. But overall I'm happy with it. I don't know if that's the general case, but looks like this S27 kit is quite a bit better then MP4/25 released under Monopost moniker. I hope all S27 kits are of better quality.

Finally couple of shots for 2 main competitors in 2007. I love both cars and 2007 was my favourite season of modern Formula1.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

MP4/22 rescue build

A bit more progress. All the winglets and wing elements are attached. I have also installed top camera. Re-spayed Alclad HPA on wheel nuts and cleared them. Enlarged center whole in PE shift paddles and re-sprayed them with black. Rear tow hook was sprayed with Alclad HPA and clear read. I'm convinced with the colour. Will have to paint it in more bright read. After it all dries, only remaining tasks will be attach wheels, stirring wheel and antennas and it's finished.

Wheels are just mocked up for photos at present.

Monday, September 10, 2012

MP4/22 rescue build

More progress. Rear wing and engine cover winglets are on. Steering wheel is ready. Here is photo of a simple jig I've used for rear wing.

And here are couple of photos with front wing mocked up. Hopefully it should be installed permanently this week.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

MP4/22 rescue build

And finally last night most of the model was put together. Glued on diffuser, seat, floor, side panels and under nose deflectors. Also attached uprights and brakes. On the background wheels and tires are seen, ready for assembly. Steering wheel is almost finished as well. Basically just winglets, wings and small accessories are left to attach and it will be completed.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

MP4/22 rescue build

Work continues on this model. Glue on front wing dried and it is almost ready. Just need to install PE bridge from lower plane to middle one. I've worked to seat belts next. Pretty much finished. Colour of belts looks weird under artificial lights. In reality it's much closer to black. Decals are from the kit.