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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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« 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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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2018, 04:58:59 PM »
The last Senna car - the MP 4/5B is done


MP4-5B-1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-5B-2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-5B-3 by David Freeman, on Flickr

McLAREN MP4/5B
The McLaren MP4/5 and its derived sister model the McLaren MP4/5B were Formula One racing cars designed by Neil Oatley under the supervision of Steve Nichols. The MP4/5 was loosely based on its predecessor, the all conquering McLaren MP4/4 McLaren used the new car for the 1989 season, and the MP4/5B for 1990, earning back to back drivers' and constructors' world titles with the type.  Over the course of two seasons, the MP4/5 took 16 wins, 27 pole positions and 263 points before it was replaced by the McLaren MP4/6 for 1991.

Prost moved to Ferrari for the 1990 season, as announced during the midseason of the previous year. The Frenchman was unhappy because he believed that McLaren was favouring Senna. Prost took technical director Steve Nichols with him to Ferrari.
As a result, Ferrari and McLaren swapped car numbers, giving Prost and team-mate Nigel Mansell the numbers 1 and 2, and giving Senna and Gerhard Berger, who had swapped with Prost at Ferrari, the numbers 27 and 28.

For 1990, McLaren used a modified version of the MP4/5. The wings were redesigned and the rear bodywork reprofiled around larger radiators. The engine was tweaked and Senna did much development work to ensure he would have better reliability in the new season. He and Gerhard Berger took the fight to Prost and Ferrari in 1990, winning another six races and winning the constructors' championship. The McLaren proved to have an outright speed advantage in qualifying and was notable for the number of times both cars were on the front row. The car appeared to struggle slightly against the Ferrari 641s in the race, particularly on heavy fuel loads with the Ferraris' race pace almost negating the McLarens' qualifying supremacy.

It was in that year's Japanese Grand Prix that Senna took his revenge for the previous season, when he rammed Prost from behind at 160 mph at the first corner of the first lap, winning himself the drivers' championship.  The rebuilt car is displayed here.


So the Senna side of the Gallery is complete:

Mclaren Senna 2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

McLaren Senna 3 by David Freeman, on Flickr

In progress:

MP 4/2 (Lauda - Championship Car)

MP 4/13 (Hakkinen - Championship Car)

MP 4/30 (Button)
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2018, 01:05:01 AM »
You have the touch of a master on those McLaren's!

Pure eye candy!

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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2018, 11:05:28 AM »
Another finished - Lauda's Championship MP4/2 from 1984

MP4-2-1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-2-2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-2-3 by David Freeman, on Flickr

McLAREN MP4/2
The McLaren MP4/2 was a Formula One car designed by John Barnard of McLaren for the 1984 season. An iteration of it, the MP4/2B, was used in the 1985 season, and a slightly updated version, the MP4/2C, raced in the 1986 season for McLaren. It was closely based on the MP4/1E model that was used as a test car, used in the final races of 1983.

Lauda was joined for 1984 by Alain Prost, who had narrowly lost the 1983 championship to Brabham's Nelson Piquet by just two points. Prost was openly critical of Renault's failure to develop the Renault RE40 and was fired two days after the season ended. McLaren boss Ron Dennis immediately snapped up the young Frenchman in place of John Watson.  Prost and Lauda proved to be a formidable combination and gave McLaren what many considered to be the strongest driver line up of the season. Both were excellent development drivers, and both gave technical feedback on the car and the engine which pushed the car's development far further than the other teams.

The MP4/2 was one of the few F1 cars to use carbon brakes at the time, giving it another major advantage over most of its rivals on all bar the street circuits or when conditions were hot and dry; notably, the carbon brakes were not as good as the steel brakes at tracks like the Detroit and Dallas street circuits due to the steel brakes lasting longer in the heat. That, combined to superior fuel consumption of the allowed 220 litres and the driving skill of Lauda and Prost saw the MP4/2 score 12 wins in 1984, at the time the highest number of wins in a season by a single team. Lauda beat Prost to the championship by just half a point in the final race, even though Prost had 7 wins to Lauda's 5 (at the final round in Portugal, Prost needed to win and have Lauda finish 3rd or worse to take the title. Lauda finished second). This remains the closest finish to a championship in Formula One history.


Colours here are a combination.  The curves on the front made getting the decals to conform was difficult - so they were removed.  The car body colour is sprayed - the wing decals.

On the bench - an MP4/13 and MP4/30 which will complete the Gallery
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2018, 07:23:27 AM »
They sure don't make 'em like that anymore!

That baby looks fast just sitting there!

Very well done.

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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2018, 09:28:08 PM »
wow - that MP4/4 brought back some very early modelling memories. I remember being desperate to have that Tamiya kit when I was a teenager - all because of the orange stripes on the front end and how stream lines it looked at the time. I reckon they looked better back then than they do now
Great display idea too
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Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2018, 05:25:13 PM »
Another done:

MP4-13

MP4-13-1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-13-2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-13-3 by David Freeman, on Flickr


McLAREN MP4/13
The McLaren MP4/13 was a racing car that the McLaren Formula One team used during the 1998 Formula 1 season. The dominance of the MP4/13 was displayed in the opening race of the season, the 1998 Australian Grand Prix. Drivers Mika Hakkinen and
David Coulthard outclassed the competition by leaving every competitor at least a lap behind. Adrian Newey's aerodynamic design was by far the most efficient one and Mercedes produced the most powerful engine of the season. McLaren's dominance continued on the second race of the season in Brazil, but from the next GP in Argentina, Ferrari started closing the huge gap. However, the MP4/13 retained its superiority on high-speed tracks like Hockenheim and Silverstone, while Ferrari's F300 was closer to the McLaren on more technical circuits.

During the 1998 season, Coulthard's MP4/13 speed trapped the highest of all 1998 cars when he was clocked at 353 km/h (219 mph) at the old Hockenheim circuit.
While Ferrari's Michael Schumacher put up a good fight when the season progressed, Häkkinen became world champion that year, despite McLaren's reliability problems and Schumacher's talent. Also, McLaren won the constructors' championship, with Häkkinen winning eight Grand’s Prix and Coulthard one. This was McLaren's first championship victory since the 1991 Formula One season with McLaren great Ayrton Senna, and their most successful year since the peak of the Prost-Senna feud of the 1988 Formula One season.



The Mclaren Gallery is almost complete - only the MP4-30 (being built) to add

Mclaren 1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

Mclaren 2 by David Freeman, on Flickr
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