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Triple build--Johnny Rutherford's 1970s McLaren Indy cars.

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  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Triple build--Johnny Rutherford's 1970s McLaren Indy cars.
Posted by the doog on Monday, March 20, 2017 10:22 PM

Hey everyone! Long time no see! Big Smile 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! :)

My FOTKI model gallery with most of my best models can be found HERE

My real name is "Karl" Smile

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:46 AM
Great job on the open wheelers

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:23 AM

Very nice!  Love the presentation on all of them.

Sure wish indy cars were more popular today. I'd love to model one of the current cars.  Guess it will be a scratch project.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Posted by the doog on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:22 AM
Thanks, Johnny! I appreciate it!

My FOTKI model gallery with most of my best models can be found HERE

My real name is "Karl" Smile

  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Posted by the doog on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:37 AM

Don Stauffer

Very nice!  Love the presentation on all of them.

Sure wish indy cars were more popular today. I'd love to model one of the current cars.  Guess it will be a scratch project.

 

 

Thanks, Don! I agree---I wish they would do some more old Indy cars. Indycals has a large number of decals that allow you to do many of the old "classic years" of Indy cars. As long as you can find one of the old AMT models, there are a quite a few solid specific cars to build.

The problem is that there was so much innovation and experimentation that it's hard to build anything close to accurate from what's available out there from the early-mid 1970s. The AMT "Penske Special" can be used for a few cars from 72-73, but not much beyond that. The Rutherford McLaren and another McLaren model of the CAM2 has the same exhaust, turbo stack placement and suspension from the Penske molds, which are totally wrong for any car past 73. There are the Johncock-Savage Eagles (very rare) which can be built into those two, as well as fair representations of some of Mario's and Al Unser's cars, like the Viceroy Eagles. ANd of course there is the Olsonite/Jorgenson Eagles. I have a few of each, bought in a frenzy from an eBay estate sale last year. Spent a good penny, and am looking forward to building some more after I get back into the tanks for a while. :)

My FOTKI model gallery with most of my best models can be found HERE

My real name is "Karl" Smile

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