Triple build--Johnny Rutherford's 1970s McLaren Indy cars.
Hey everyone! Long time no see! I've been into my own build here, not really posting work blogs, and this project took me WAY longer than I expected it to!
I started about 6 months ago; it sounded good on paper--built not just one, but all three orange "Lone Star JR" McLarens from the 1970s. Correct what I could without turning it into a major project, and modify what could be done without a lathe and blueprints. Well, it took me five old hard-to-find kits to get what I finally am calling "finished". Pretty pleased with how they came out--I could have done a little more detailing, but after quite a few frustrating setbacks and rebuilds--not to mention paint screwups, glossing difficulties and decal replacements, I stuck with basics. I corrected the rears of the cowlings as best I could, used some Indycal exhaust pipes, modified other kit parts, shortened the wings where needed, built new front spoilers, usd some Indycal fuel ports and roll bars and used Indycal decals. Gotta love Indycals!
I used to go up to Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond when I was a kid with my Dad, and Johnny Rutherford was my hero. We used to get the pit pass, go to practices, races, and I had an RC Cola satin jacket covered in race patches. My Dad built me the AMT McLaren when it came out. I can still see him trying to mix the correct color of orange...great memories.
So here's my new collection. Enjoy!
From left to right: 1973 Gulf McLaren, 1976 Hygain Special, 1974 McLaren Special.
The 1973 car, the Gulf McLaren:
The 1974 car with AM driver figure.
and the presentation:
And the 1976 car...this one fought me the most. It's the latest year, so it required more mods.
Together with my older build of the 1975 Gatorade McLaren, I now have most of JR's McLaren rides that mattered..
I'm glad that this project is over, sheesh, with gloss paint and metallic paints and all that...time to get back to the camouflage and road wheels! :)