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James Hunt 1976 McLaren M23

 
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18degrees



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:20 pm    Post subject: James Hunt 1976 McLaren M23 Reply with quote

Finally finished it! Started about 2 years ago, couldn’t find the fluorescent red paint for a while, then i put a header together wrong that rubbed against the bulkhead, so i just shelved it for quite a while. Used the Tamiya photo etched kit and some aftermarket decals too… turned out ok. Just finished tonight.

For those of you who don’t know the story of this car, watch the movie “Rush”. IMO the best racing movie ever made, and one of my favorite movies ever.

Added a resin helmet too, since the i found some helmet decals. Thought it was a nice touch. I left off most of the red decal that lined the bottom edge of the car, weren’t sticking too well.

This is a 1/20 Tamiya kit, the parts fit together very well. The coolest thing about it is that the body had shallow etched lines to tape off the body for painting.



















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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice build and I like that mini helmet too!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a gorgeous rendering of this championship winning car. Side story: I was presentat the Trois-Rivieres Formula Atlantic race in 1976. back in the day a few F1 stars crossed the pond to participate in that race. Something unimaginable today! James hunt was present that year and lost to a young Canadian named Gilles Villeneuve. James was so impressed by Gilles that he convinced teddy Mayer to bring him in with McLaren for a trial. Villeneuve raced twice for McLaren in 77 before being poached by Ferrari.
F1 cars of the era were fantastic to watch in action. They all looked, sounded and handled differently from each other. amazing racing!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:32 pm    Post subject: Beautiful Reply with quote

Nice!!!
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Firefly



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job! I haven't done an Fi car in a while.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!!!

VERY NICELY DONE!!!!



know what it's like to shelve a build......
only mine's been shelved for at least 41 years
Yep, you read right....41 YEARS.....sitting on my work table where it's been sitting since around 2017.....
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nicely done!!!!
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LastoftheV8



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 12:45 pm    Post subject: Niki Lauda, Niki Lauda, Niki Lauda!! Reply with quote

I'm inspired by the movie as well. I'm working on Nikki's ferrari from the era of the film. I hope to post pics in a few months
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Dan Belcher



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great build of a beautiful car!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job!
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18degrees



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:42 am    Post subject: Re: Niki Lauda, Niki Lauda, Niki Lauda!! Reply with quote

LastoftheV8 wrote:
I'm inspired by the movie as well. I'm working on Nikki's ferrari from the era of the film. I hope to post pics in a few months


Laughing love your movie reference - that is one of my favorite parts of “Rush”


I also have a Lauda car that i have had forever and have bought sooooo many aftermarket detail parts for it… i have a spreadsheet of the parts and the cost of each so i can add up the total cost and kick my own @ss when i’m done for spending that kind of money on a model. It’s the 1975 1/12 Tamiya Ferrari 312T.
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