Saturday, October 26, 2013

Completed to presentable state

I've got both F10 and MP4/27 completed to the state I could present them at contest. Neither one 100% done, but both are off from my work bench for now. Need to switch focus to some other builds. I plan to come back to these at some point later. Finish steering wheels and may be re-do tires. I've spent about 4 hours on tires last night, but could not get all the decals to align correctly. I will try stencil first and if that does not work, I will get water slide decals instead.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Close to finish line with MP4/27

I'm getting closer to completing this model. Mated body and floor for good. Installed barge boards, side panels, cameras and mirrors. All I have left from assembly is DRS mechanism and winglets for front and rear wings. Then I will attach front wing permanently and then one major task will be left - tire decals. I'm leaving that task for last, because I expect issues with Fujimi tire decals. They seem to be not so easy to get right, from what I have read so far.

Monday, October 21, 2013

MP4/27 is pretty much ready for final assembly

Small update, but important unblocking step. Was away on vacation for whole week, but just before that I've finished seat belts. Last night installed the seat into body and installed PE radiator faces into body as well. Next I should be able to marry body and floor and complete overall assembly.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Progress on wings for MP4/27

Concentrated on wings this weekend. First gearbox/rear suspension sub-assembly was permanently attached. Then I've built up rear wing as per instructions and later attached it to the mounting point over rear crash structure and the floor. Because of many attachment points, three in this case, alignments wasn't an issue for this model. Same as it wasn't for F10 either. Front wing is not 100% complete and not yet attached. I'm still debating in my mind if I should add some PE items to front wing. I plan to attach front wing to nose later, when I'm done with all other items, so I don't handle model much afterwards and have less chances to brake it off. I still have to create seat belts and install some PE to body shell, before I marry can it with the floor. Wheels and tires are still in mock up state. First time in my modeling history I will have to glue tires to the wheels. Fujimi tires are a bit wobbly and don't stay put on wheels. Then I will need to make logos on tires. Not sure what approach will be best yet.