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PostSubject: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 12:44 am

I started this one about 8 years ago....





....and it is said to be one of the toughest l kits in the world to build.

Why?

Well, partly because it's somewhat over engineered, partly because of fit issues and a big part because the engine braces on each side have to pass through the headers. It IS possible to do it but it's a real hair pulling out, climbing the walls job. AND apparently, you can barely see them when finished.

Well, instead of taking the easy way out and omitting them (which is what most do apparently) I just had to be pig headed, didn't I.

I have somewhere between six and eight HOURS trying to get them through the headers and still failed. Worse, all the handling has somewhat buggered up the engine paintwork. All of which is why it went back in the box.

At the moment, I'm not sure if I should tear down the engine and start again, or just try to tart the engine up with some freshly applied brush paint.

Either way, I am abandoning the engine braces in favour of my sanity and remaining hair!! LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 12:46 am

Where there is a will there is a way. I have faith in you Al.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 1:32 am

Al, I have a couple of these and want to build one in the worst way. I always heard that if you did all the engine detailing, then the bodywork would not fit. I think it was Angelo over at eScale who did one a number of years ago and had no problems with the fit. Maybe if you looked up his wip, it would help.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 1:56 am

I figure you've done a good search for past builds of the kit and, as you state, the phrase "over engineered" comes up! I googled McLaren M8B and found some sites you must have seen. What I do is also google the item's "images" and use those to get me to potentially good sites. I found one by Alex Kung, and he had the same trouble. Link: http://www.alexkung1.com/scale/am/am.htm. Also under images one probably Canadian French, but with clear fotos of the finished model's engine and supports. One tip I liked and found useful is to warm any vinyl tubing before working with it. Sometimes "eyeballing" lengths can result in oops, too short. I have a few of the MPC M8Ds in 1/20 that aren't nearly as good as your 1/24. For McLaren orange, yrs ago, the car color "tangerine" for the VW Golf was suggested, but if my memory is good, Tamiya makes a close match in acrylic, or used to. Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 2:06 am

Yep, "pages" on the escale site from '09, Angelo.  Link: http://www.escalemodels.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4448&hl=accurate.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 11:38 pm

The other thing with this kit is, conventional wisdom has it that the rear engine cover cannot be removed to see the engine. So it's on permanently or left off to display the engine.

I love the look of this car and want to display it with full bodywork fitted. However, I have an idea which might allow both.

In the meantime, I decided not to tear down the engine but rather just tarted it up with some fresh brushed paint.

It's by no means perfect but is going to do as I do not want to get bogged down with this one again.




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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 12:09 am

A thing of beauty Al ! I'll take over engineered any day of the week.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sun 08 Feb 2015, 1:46 am

Power trai n looks good Al. I am likin it.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 3:13 pm

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Power trai n looks good Al. I am likin it.

Trouble is Buck, I'm not.

It just seems to go from bad to worse. All the faffing about with the engine braces passing through the headers, has made a mess of the header flanges. They are warped and twisted, so that they now cover the spark plug holes. Looks terrible in person. The brush repaint doesn't look good to me either.

I addition, during the interveining years since I last touched this one, I seem to have lost one of the coilover shocks. Next, not being able to use the kit supplied HT leads, I modified the dizzy but only made a hash of it.

Back when I started this one, in 2006, I had a lot less experience and I think the kit was beyond my skills at the time.

I'm not enjoying it but I do want to build this kit. (call me a masochist if you like) So to that end, this one is going into the spares pile and I'm buying another one from Paul (2whl)

It ain't going to beat me!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 4:34 pm

So will you carry on with the new kit in the same thread? I think it would be cool to compare the two as you go.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 5:01 pm

Could do Buck.

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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 8:06 pm

That my friend is what your signature on here is all about..

Good show old boy!!! now send this to me and I will make the mess of it for you
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Wed 11 Feb 2015, 10:34 pm

I do admire the determination. I know that some kits seem almost cursed too. Take your time.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Sun 08 Mar 2015, 11:56 pm

If I remember correctly that wa sthe issue that made you stop this build back then. I have seen very few of these actually built. I had 2 of them and sold them both.
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PostSubject: Re: Accurate Miniatures Mclaren M8b   Mon 09 Mar 2015, 12:59 am

Thanks guys.

I now have the new kit from Paul, so I'll get back to it soon..... hopefully.

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