mclaren mp4/13 -04

A little update. The painting process of the different parts is so slow... I started working on the brake disks. The disks on the top studio set are presented in two parts. The p.e. part was very easy to glue and fitted perfectly.
Once glued, I primed the disks with grey primmer. I also airbrushed the brake calipers.
I also started working on the wood plank on the floor. I sanded it smoothly and masked the plank.
It's done! the painting process was: first layer of white primer, 2 layers of light sand colour, then I airbrushed some layers of different mixtures of flat earth and brown and also some flat black. Once dried, I sanded carefully some wood lines using a rough sandpaper and airbrhused again a light coats of different browns.


mclaren mp4/13 -03

I glued all the floor parts and sanded the joint. I also sanded the injection marks.
The different parts of the nose were also glued and sanded.
I made a template of the copckit interior walls.
And decalled them with carbon fiber decals.
Finally I glued the 2 parts of the copckit. When the glue dried, I sanded the joint with 400, 800, 1000 and 1500 sandpaper.
I painted the body parts with 2 layers of grey primer. I let them dry two days, sanded them carefully and painted one layer of white primer, I sanded them again and painted a final layer of white primer.
I sanded the second white layer again and airbrushed a first layer of mclaren orange from zero paints.
The body parts are painted. I'll wait some more days to let the paint dry, I will sand them again and I will paint two final coats of orange.

Today I will start working on the engine.


mclaren mp4/13 -02

After few weeks working on a plane that a friend asked to me, I could start working on the mp4/13.
I'll try to show to you all the steps of this WIP.
First of all I painted all the inner parts with flat black.
As the test car don't use cameras on board, I cut the camera on the top of the body.
I also cut the moulded parts to join the cone nose.
A first test fitting. This part will be covered with a photoetched plate.
The guiding lines to paint the GP version were sanded.
I glued the different parts of the cowling and sanded the joint. The hole to put the camera was also filled with putty and sanded.
As I don't want to put the seat before to paint the body, I opened the hole under the body to make it bigger to put the seat from the underside at the final time.