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Mazda 787B [FINISHED]

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    October 2020
Mazda 787B [FINISHED]
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:54 PM
1991 Le Mans winner.  This is a 1/87th scale LeMans Miniatures resin kit produced in '91.   The bodies on all the kits in this series I've seen were pre-painted, which makes touch up of the fluorescent colors a bit of a challenge.  (And it does need touching up.)
The kit is packaged like a multi-blister Hot Wheels card and the clear vacuum formed plastic was super brittle.  So the first step for me was to cut out the windows and headlight covers from the exact same material to see where that went.  Thankfully the kits usually provide two sets of those parts.  The clear was equally brittle as the packaging and the windshield split in two places while I was cutting the side windows out.  So I used the second pull for the windshield.  The headlight covers were surprisingly the easier parts to trim to fit.
Before installing the clear parts the interior and headlight buckets needed to be painted.
The clear fits pretty well especially considering the size.
The kit even provides a decal for the dashboard.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 25, 2022 4:22 PM

That there is a little dude!  HO scale right?

Thanks,

John

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, June 25, 2022 9:00 PM

Yes, true H.O. scale.  (Not to be confused with "H.O." slot cars which are closer to 1/64th.)

 

The tires are soft and rubbery, which on the other cars I've built in this series works out as a nice feature.  But these rims are a larger diameter and the tires look to be the same stock as used on the smaller wheels.  Unfortunately they don't stay concentrically round when stretched over the wheels.  Additionally they began to split after being on the rims overnight. 
So I machined a new set of tires.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:35 AM
The resin wheel centers for the front fit very well.  The photo-etched rears on the other hand took a good amount of sanding and shaving of the rims to fit as deep into the rims as they should.  Decals are provided for the fronts.
The Dunlop tire lettering is included too.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, June 27, 2022 9:33 PM
This is the first decal for the body graphics.  It took about 30 minutes to apply. 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 3:02 PM
Four more decals applied.  A good 90 minutes for them.  The two around the headlights were more work than the first one.
There are a few nice little PE parts for the rear end.  This is the first to be installed.  I still need to trim/touch up the decal before fitting the Gurney flap.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    December 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 2:17 AM

A friend who takes me to Le Mans from time to time, was a pit signaller for this car in the day. Superbly fast car!

Remember , common sense is not common.

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 2:31 PM
The two side graphic decals were laid out on the sheet on the wrong sides.  The other decals are laid out on the sheet as they should go onto the car.  After a little head scratching I figured it out.  These were even more difficult to get to conform than the previous ones.  Even on the correct sides, they were a bit short in the rear areas.
Fortunately the kit includes a small section of green decal to patch with.  It also provides a section of white dotted lines.  It took two pieces of the green to fix each side.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:24 PM
The rear wing is PE, I think it's maybe made of nickel, it is not brass.  It comes pre-stamped to give it an airfoil of sorts.  The wing tips are brass PE.
All the decals have been applied.  There were a couple tiny green areas that I touched up with X-28 Park Green.  I was pleasantly surprised at how close it matched these decals, but then it did a good job in the same application on the Tamiya kit of the same car…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 30, 2022 5:15 PM
The interior is one piece of resin.  I cemented it to the PE chassis.  The steering wheel is PE too with a pin for the steering column.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 30, 2022 6:34 PM
Got the wheels, Gurney flap and wing installed.  There's even a little PE tow ring for the front.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:02 PM
Those mirrors were fun…  The bodies are resin and the kit provided tiny thin PE posts.  The resin parts were not painted and the PE ones were, but they were very undersized so I made new posts from thin strips of styrene.
I found a fluorescent orange Tamiya paint pen that did not need a white base to cover well and brush painted the mirror parts.  Chrome silver paint will have to do for the mirror faces…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, July 2, 2022 12:19 PM

All done.  Having a few other models from this series I thought I could build this one in a single weekend.  But it turned out to be a little more complex than I first thought.  Still a very fun little project.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, July 2, 2022 4:01 PM

Very nice build! Toast Toast Toast

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

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  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:50 AM

Wow!! Nice work. That is really cool.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 11:25 AM

Turned out great Mark. Not sure I could work in that scale

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 12:29 PM

Thanks guys! 

The size is not much different from detailing a 1/25th scale engine.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 3:42 PM

Oh Boy!

        I was thinking. I know, that's dangerous (That is what my landlady says). I have NEVER seen a Auto Race Track or Drag strip in any of the common railroad scales. Just think, how colorful would it be to have a Nascar or Formula track with All those colorful cars on the layout. Oh! You know what? I bet it has been thought of But, no one wants the cars to take away interest in the running trains on the layout. I still think it would be unique.

         I say that, because some folks do such a bang up job on scenics. I mean, Our layout in the front room of the Station Museum even has "Goats in Trees". Yes, Bobby, The Goats in real life do climb trees to eat the leaves. I have that on the Authority of a Member(Past Officer) who also raised Goats.

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, July 9, 2022 5:11 PM

I noticed this morning that I forgot to put the windshield wiper on it. 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Sunday, July 10, 2022 4:09 AM

Fantastic job. I looks great.

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, July 17, 2022 8:38 AM

Oh my LORD man!! There aint no way....no way I'd ever attempt anything like that!!! This is unbelievably cool. Fantastic build in such a small scale brother!!!

 

                   

 

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