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Completed Build: 1996 Mclaren F1 Road Car by Fujimi

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    January 2018
Completed Build: 1996 Mclaren F1 Road Car by Fujimi
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:53 AM

This kit by Fujimi was lovely, but lacked detail. The engine is mostly scratch built, i opened up the engine covers so that the engine is more visible. 

Only other aftermarket is the seatbelts and the carbon fibre, other than that, its straight out of the box. 

Hope you enjoy the final pictures, I am very happy with the result I have to say!

Tags: F1 , fujimi , McLaren
  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:42 AM

Good looking McLaren. Nice photography too. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

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    September 2006
Posted by cars50 on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:50 PM
Great build and photos.
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    September 2019
Posted by Wild Bill from Hortonville on Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:11 PM

I have this one in the stash and hope to build it someday.  Can you tell me about the fit of the kit, especially the body panels/doors?  Also did you use a carbon fiber decal set (if so, whose)?  You did a great job on the build.

I build cars, airplanes and military vehicles, generally all at the same time.  I'm always looking to try new kits, paints, tools and finishing supplies to improve my results and keep the hobby fresh.


  • Member since
    January 2018
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:21 PM

Hi there, sorry for the delay. 

The kit is generally excellent, I really had no issue with the fit of the panels. One annoyance is that the doors have to be fitted either open or closed. I gave myself the optino of displaying either way, but using wire and a little bit of blutak to hold them in place where the hinge would be. 

A few important note though:

- I cut out the engine covers (both the large and small one) and made them openable because i wanted to display the engine. Why?

- because I mostly scratch built the engine. This is the one area where the kit really lets you down. the gold exhausts on the kit are totally off scale if you look at the real thing, so i filed them back, put in a piece of CF and then made these out of some brass tubes. Lots of other engine details are scratch built (including the gate between the air intakes and the exhaust). 

The CF I made myself, I don't usually buy a pre-cut sheet for this. I just picked where i want CF, then mask it over and make a template, then stick that to a sheet of CF decal and cut around it. To get opposing sides, stick on the front of the CF and then on the reverse, turn the template 90 degrees in either direction. You'll get opposing / mirorring sides. 

Also the seatbelts and switches in the interior are aftermarket. 

Enjoy the build - its very rewarding and fun. 



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