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McLaren MP4/23 build log

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McLaren MP4/23 build log
Posted by Mark Adams on Friday, January 10, 2014 8:12 PM

Hi Guys,

This is my first venture into modelling a race car. It is the DeAgostini MP4/23 as raced in 2008. I don't really know my butt from a hot rock when it comes to Formula racing, but I absolutely love the looks of this model, so I took the plunge. I have built a Pocher (and a half), so I like the level of detail that is present in this kit. I'll just be doing it straight OOB, and not trying to weather it.

For those of you aren't familiar with DeAgostini, they are a new venture here in the US.  The kit is what is known as a Partwork, or Subscription model. You have a few payment options, and can get the kit on either a 6 month term, or all at once. I have the 6 month option which means I get 6 months worth of parts all at once,which actually comprises 24 individual sets of parts.

These kits are a bit on the spendy side,but they compare VERY favorably with something like a Pocher, both in terms of parts count, and level of detail. I must say that I am not one bit disappointed with what I have received, and in fact, I put the kit thus far at the very top in terms of engineering, and fit and finish.

All that said, here are some pics! Please feel free to jump in and make suggestions, or critique. As I said, this is a new facet of modelling for me.

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This is a shot of the instructions. They are printed on a very nice, semigloss paper, and the photos are VERY clear. However, I discovered that simply looking at th epictures as I have become accustomed to doing WILL NOT suffice. Reading is actually required! The Horror!

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The isntructions have you remove the prepainted surface where glue is to be applied. This comes off quite easily. The plastic is ABS, and I am using Tenax7R as my adhesive where ABS cement is called for.

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This is the front wing, almost completely assembled. It looks like something out of a Star Trek episode, which is one of the things that attracted me to this model.

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Here is the front wing, less 1 piece, that will be installed at a later point.

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This is the last piece. You can also see the molded packaging that everything fragile is sent in. Nice attention to detail!

That's it for the first installment. I have more done, but I need to organize the pictures, as they loaded to photobucket in the wrong order.

So many models, so little time, and even less cash!

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Posted by Mark Adams on Friday, January 10, 2014 11:05 PM

Hi Guys,

I did some organization in my Photobucket account, and the above links don't work. I cannot find a way to edit the original post, so the likns in this post are in order as presented above, but with working links. If someone would be so kind as to tell me how to edit my original post, I'll get it all sorted out. Anyway...

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http://s929.photobucket.com/user/experten1/media/DeAgostini%20MP4-23%20McLaren/IMG_0010_zps40dbf193.jpg.html?sort=6&o=1

http://s929.photobucket.com/user/experten1/media/DeAgostini%20MP4-23%20McLaren/IMG_0011_zps1b724582.jpg.html?sort=6&o=2

http://s929.photobucket.com/user/experten1/media/DeAgostini%20MP4-23%20McLaren/IMG_0012_zpse7d2298e.jpg.html?sort=6&o=3

http://s929.photobucket.com/user/experten1/media/DeAgostini%20MP4-23%20McLaren/IMG_0013_zpsc8a36aad.jpg.html?sort=6&o=4

So many models, so little time, and even less cash!

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  • From: S F Bay Area
Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:57 AM

Thanks for that, Mark!  Just ordered mine, so I'll be following along with some interest.

Don't have time to go into it as of this writing, but there is a way to make photos visible within your post from the rich formatting option, if you like...

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

http://tiredoldmodelingcliches.blogspot.com

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Posted by Mark Adams on Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:30 PM

Hi Chuck,

You will NOT be disappointed!

I'd love some tips on how to get the images imbedded. I'd really like this build log to be as nice as the kit.

Mark

So many models, so little time, and even less cash!

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  • From: S F Bay Area
Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:09 PM

Alright, Mark, now that I have a bit more time:

From the red links in your posts above, it looks as if you've tried using the little photo insertion icon from the rich text toolbar at the top of your posting field.

What that tool really needs is the address of the photo itself, rather than the photo as indexed through the 'bucket website.  If you open up one of your photos and right-click it to get a menu including the "copy image address" option, that's what the photo insertion tool wants you to paste in.

That's how I went from this link - 

http://s929.photobucket.com/user/experten1/media/DeAgostini%20MP4-23%20McLaren/IMG_0010_zps40dbf193.jpg.html?sort=6&o=1

to this:

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

http://tiredoldmodelingcliches.blogspot.com

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  • From: Perth Western Australia
Posted by Rik_Biel on Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:15 AM

Very interesting

The brand is Kyosho - well known for RC models.

DeAgostini are a magazine/publisher type company

Coming along nicely !

Cars and Star Wars, that's what I like making and painting!!!.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rikbiel/albums

 

  • Member since
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  • From: S F Bay Area
Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:03 PM

I've been dying to try the subscription format for some time.  Glad it's finally available here in the states!

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

http://tiredoldmodelingcliches.blogspot.com

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    January, 2014
Posted by Mark Adams on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:29 AM

Hi Guys,

Chuck, thanks for the tutorial! It makes perfect sense now. I really appreciate it.

I have also been plugging away (for 2 1/2 years now) on the DeAgostini 1/16 A6M2 Zero. The Zero was my introduction to DeAgostini, and the fantastic quality they put out.

Now that I have the pictures figured out, ther will be an update later today.

Cheers!

So many models, so little time, and even less cash!

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    January, 2014
Posted by Mark Adams on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:49 AM

OK guys! Let see if I have a handle on this image thing!

The next set of parts includes the parts for the right rotor cover, left rotor cover, right and left brake units, front suspension arms, rotors, front wheels, and the start of the rear wing.

And the rear wing. I am going to have to go back and retake pictures of the front hubs and suspension, as they seem to have disappeared from my photobucket account!

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I should note that everything comes pre-decaled. On the front wing, there was a tiny portion of each 'O" in the Vodachrome that required a decal. This was placed over the attachment point for an articulating arm on the wings.

So many models, so little time, and even less cash!

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  • From: CA Gold Country foothills.
Posted by mishalah on Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Since your last post is 5 years old, and the pictures are not there, we don't know if the car ever got finished.  Or the Zero.  I'm looking at some of the DeAgostini kits.  Very expensive, but maybe worth it.  We'd like to see your results. 

 

Ken

"Help me....I've fallen and I can't get up."...my models are crushing me. my pics: https://public.fotki.com/dallas916/

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