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Tamiya 1/12 M23 James Hunt EJan Conversion

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Tamiya 1/12 M23 James Hunt EJan Conversion
Posted by nickyfzr on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:13 PM

Well now that I finished Niki Laudas 1975 312T it looks so lonely without James Hunts 1976 McLaren. This will be my most challenging build yet. I've gradually moved the bar from when I did my first large scale detailed build of the Tamiya 1/12 scale FW14B to include more detail on each build. I will be using the 1974 M23 Tamiya kit with the photo etched set and the EJan 1976 Japanese Grand Prix conversion kit. Checking all the parts and test fitting for now. 

 

 

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Posted by nottheband on Monday, January 07, 2019 10:58 PM

G'day nickyfzr.  How are you progressing with this?  Your 312 was superb and I'll be following you on this build.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by nickyfzr on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 10:44 AM

Hello Steve

There was a pause on this build. I was trying to find some reference material online for free but wasn't having much luck so I had to splurge for a book. I just received it so pictures will be forthcoming. 

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:38 PM

I'm also really liking this build Nicky. Like Steve said...your 312 was just awesome and this build will be right there wth it. Looking forward to your next update for sure....

Gary

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Posted by nickyfzr on Friday, January 11, 2019 8:54 AM

This is the book I purchased. $22.22 with free shipping on ebay. Exactly what I was looking for. This is a great book. I highly recommend it to anyone building any version of the McLaren M23. Covers all versions from 1973 onward.

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Friday, January 11, 2019 6:29 PM

Man...I love it. I wonder if there's a Penske PC-7 book out there? I'll have to go look and see. I think I have to get this book also. I'm wanting to build J.Hunts M-23 also... Thanks for the Heads up on this book and where you got it.

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Posted by nickyfzr on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:15 AM

The instructions call for assembling the front suspension and cockpit on the lower half of the body then installing the top half but that would leave an obvious seam on the side of the body. My plan is to assemble the body and fill the seam with putty, sand, prime and paint then insert the assembled cockpit and slide in the front bulkhead. Then assemble the front suspension. Trying to take my time and figure the best way to accomplish this. Bottom half of body with channel cut out and cockpit mounting tabs smoothed out to allow the completed cockpit to slide into the assembled body. Conversion kit metal filler pieces glued into lower body panel and modified steering rack made with left over peices for spare 312T model kit. Pictures of my progress so far. 

 

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:10 PM

This is going to be one to keep an eye on

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Posted by nickyfzr on Friday, March 15, 2019 5:02 PM

 

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