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Offline ScranJ51

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McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:35:25 AM »
another car into this gallery - Senna's MP4-4

MP4-4-01 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-4-02 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-4-03 by David Freeman, on Flickr


McLAREN MP4/4
The McLaren MP4/4 was a highly successful Formula 1 car that competed in the 1988 Formula One season. It was designed by Gordon Murray, who based the design on his lowline Brabham BT55 car of 1986, and American engineer Steve Nichols. It is one of the most dominant Formula One cars ever built, winning all but one race in the 1988 season.

After a relatively disappointing 1987 Formula One season, when McLaren’s Techniques d'Avant Garde Porsche lost out nine times to the dominant Honda powered Williams, twice to Team Lotus and twice in the latter stages to Ferrari, taking only three wins, McLaren secured the 1500cc Honda V6 Turbo engines, the most powerful in F1 at the time. With the engines coming at the expense of Williams, a strong 1988 Formula One Season was possible. 1988 was due to be the last year for the turbo engines before they were banned, so most teams were making a concerted effort to establish themselves with
naturally-aspirated cars. Murray went ahead with the design of the car on a purely turbo engined basis, which put the team at a distinct advantage over their rivals.

The lowline chassis layout was pioneered when Murray was at Brabham. The idea being that a low car would be more aerodynamically efficient and allow more air to pass over the rear wing causing more downforce to be produced, but without excessive drag. In theory this sounded great. In practice the BMW engine used in the Brabham proved troublesome in this layout with fuel starvation problems and engine installation issues plaguing the BT55. However the Honda unit was much smaller and had a lower centre of gravity than its BMW counterpart, so it was ideal for the low-down chassis layout. With this in mind, Murray revised his design and went ahead with his plan.

For the 1988 season, six MP4/4 cars were moulded from carbon fibre with assistance from Hercules Aerospace. The chassis numbers, 1 through 6, were used throughout the year. All six MP4/4 chassis still exist: Chassis #1, 3, 4, & 6 are owned by the McLaren Group, Chassis #5 is owned by Honda and Chassis #2 is on display here.
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2018, 06:01:10 AM »
That's great and looks fast just sitting there!

You've got an enviable talent being able to replicate racing livery so convincingly.

A treat for the eyes and gets the checkered flag all the way!

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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 12:29:37 PM »
Thanks Brian.

On that kit, all the orange is decals - applied over an overall gloss white spray.

The NEXT two I post (a Williams and a Tyrrell) are hand painted............
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 08:33:45 AM »
Another addition - this is the Fujimi 1/20th model of Ayrton Senna's 1993 Kart

senna kart 01 by David Freeman, on Flickr

senna kart 02 by David Freeman, on Flickr

senna kart 03 by David Freeman, on Flickr
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2018, 04:56:45 PM »
Very well done! Getting all that suspension together looks very challenging.

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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2018, 08:02:30 PM »
Another - an MP4-7

MP4-7-1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-7-2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-7-3 by David Freeman, on Flickr

McLAREN MP4/7
The McLaren MP4/7A was McLaren International's Formula One entry for 1992, and a follow-up to their successful MP4/6 from the previous season. The Williams-Renault  combination was getting faster and more reliable, and became a formidable challenger to McLaren's dominance. McLaren used the McLaren MP4/6 chassis, designated MP4/6B for the slightly modified Honda RA122E engine, for the first two races of the 1992 season. The all-new MP4/7A was expected for the Spanish Grand Prix, the fourth race of the year. Due to Williams' speed in pre-season testing; Ron Dennis made the decision to bring the car out one race early, at the 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix. However, this was one month earlier than expected.

This was the first McLaren to use a semi-automatic transmission; it was a McLaren-designed electro-hydraulic unit with semi-automatic activation. TAG Electronic Systems
 (a technology partner with McLaren) helped with development. This system allowed the driver to keep his foot on the pedal, without lifting from it, since the throttle cable was replaced with an electronic sensor. It also controlled engine speed automatically during gear changes.

For the first time since 1987, McLaren failed to capture the Constructors' or Drivers' Championship title. It was therefore the first time the team had failed to win the championships with Honda power, as the years 1988 to 1991 had all been successful in this respect. However, five Grand Prix victories were recorded by the drivers: three for
Ayrton Senna (winning at Monza in this car), in his fifth season for the team, and two for Gerhard Berger in his third and final season for McLaren.
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2018, 08:06:52 PM »
The McLaren Gallery is starting to fill out quite nicely:

McLaren-100 by David Freeman, on Flickr

McLaren-101 by David Freeman, on Flickr

McLaren-102 by David Freeman, on Flickr
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2018, 04:31:03 PM »
Another finished - McLaren MP4/8

MP8-1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP8-2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP8-3 by David Freeman, on Flickr


McLAREN MP4/8
The McLaren MP4/8 was a Formula One racing car which competed in the 1993 season. It raced in all sixteen Grand’s Prix, scoring five wins. The engine was a Ford HB 3.5 V8. The car was designed by Neil Oatley around advanced racecar technology, including a semi-automatic transmission, active suspension and traction control systems.  Honda had supplied McLaren with engines from 1988–92, the first four years where the team had dominated the drivers' and constructors' championships. However, Honda departed F1 after 1992 and team principal Ron Dennis was unable to get a supply of Renault engines as a replacement.  McLaren had to make do with the Ford HB 3.5 engine, which had inferior power compared to the Renault engine found in their chief rival Williams, and even the higher spec Ford engine fitted in the Benetton that season. Because Benetton had a pre-existing contract as the Ford factory team, McLaren had to settle for a customer engine which lacked some of the technological advancements of Benetton's factory engine. During the season, McLaren improved their car with technology from TAG Electronics.

However, the MP4/8 was competitive enough to achieve some remarkable successes. Even though rival Alain Prost was in the superior Williams FW15C, Senna's skill enabled him to lead the championship during the first weeks of the season. The MP4/8 was known for having a considerably shorter wheelbase (length) than the FW15C and was a noticeably smaller car in length than Prost's Williams. Later in the season, the Frenchman asserted the dominance of his Williams to take the lead for good, while Senna fell off pace during the second half of the schedule and dropped to third place. While Prost clinched the championship with two races to spare, Senna went on to win the last two races. The Brazilian had five wins in total, including one of his greatest drives in the
1993 European Grand Prix, and finished second in the drivers' championship to Alain Prost, whilst McLaren finished runners up to Williams in the manufacturers' championship.  The car on display was used by Senna to record his last GP win – Australia 1993.



Not a fun build - poor fit and the decals fell apart - lucky to get this much done on it   :-[
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2018, 02:33:35 AM »
That's another gorgeous racer Scran!

Nice work and sharp as a tack!

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