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  • Member since
    April 2005
  • From: Roanoke, Virginia
Gulf-McLaren M8d
Posted by BigJim on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 8:12 PM

Here is my latest project. A Gulf-McLaren M8d. Model is the 1/20 MPC version and it has been a bit of a challenge getting things to fit. I wasn't 100% successful, but, it will have to do. I have another kit that is slated for the Dan Gurney livery, so, I will take what I have learned from this built and hopefully do better the next time.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 8:31 PM

Oh wow!  Very nice job.  I love that era of racing.  Bummer that you had fit issues, but I suppose it's an old kit no?

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 8:57 PM

Stunning kit even with those issues. Well done.

BK

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 9:35 PM

That rocks!

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  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10:00 PM

Wow, very nicely done! I have always loved the Gulf livery and didn't know the Mclaren Can Am beasts ever ran that scheme. Mind if I asked what paint you used for the gulf colors?

Here's a few links to some fun videos of the resurrected Mclaren Can Am cars. The last link really shows just how much torque those cars made when you watch the steering inputs he is making on acceleration out of the corners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cECwisYd1tY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9hQqFIRA3E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kPGOpC0LlQ 

Didn't mean to wander off topic in your post, and thanks for sharing an amazing build.

Gil

  • Member since
    April 2005
  • From: Roanoke, Virginia
Posted by BigJim on Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:22 AM

Back to the bench
Wow, very nicely done! I have always loved the Gulf livery and didn't know the Mclaren Can Am beasts ever ran that scheme. Mind if I asked what paint you used for the gulf colors?


Thank you all for the compliments.
Yes, this is an old kit. The instructions say from 1981. That must have been why I missed getting this kit back then as I would have been very busy with work and raising a family.
And, no, these cars never ran in this livery. Think of this as a private owner racing in the SVRA today. It is just a paint scheme that I thought up.
The paint that I used was mostly from MCW. Along with the MCW light gray primer to protect the plastic from the MCW "Gulf" racing colors some Testors Model Master alumium, gun metal and black were used. 
Even though this was an old kit, I had absolutely no problems with the kit decals. However, new decals of the "Gulf" logo instantly turned to smitherines when attempting to slide them off of the backing paper. So, a clear coating was needed. The big "Gulf" on the wing and roundels were cut out of white decal sheet on my daughter's "Cricut" machine. Because the upper body is much wider than the chassis tub, the side roundels are actually ovals that wrap under the "overhang" in order to keep the "round" appearance when viewed from the side. The lack of opaquicy was the white roundels called for a second layer of decals. Although this was my first time at trying this method, I don't intend to do it again. Next time I will go back to my tried and true method of painting white and masking off the roundels!!!
*WARNING* (Learn from my mistakes!)
One big problem that I encountered out of the box was a warped extreme front part of the tub ahead of the front suspension. Rather than try the trusted "hot water" remedy, I jumped to the triple-dog-dare hair dryer method. Bad decision!!! I held the part down in strategic locations with weights and gently tried to soften the plastic using as little heat as needed. Big mistake! I guess that being an older model along with the type of plastic that it is, the plastic not only sofened, but, tragically shrunk! I have never had that happen before. It was crazy, almost like I could have taken the hair dryer and shrunk the entire 1/20 model down to 1/24 scale! Oh well, it happened that I caught my misfortune just at the right time and I was able to cut that section off and replace it with some sheet plastic.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:12 PM

Outstanding build Jim! Toast Toast Toast Love those cars. 

Gil, Thanks for those links. Like riding along in the car. Did turn up the sound and saw the wife looking up from the living room shaking her head and smiling.

Jim Captain

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  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:29 PM

BigJim
And, no, these cars never ran in this livery. Think of this as a private owner racing in the SVRA today. It is just a paint scheme that I thought up. The paint that I used was mostly from MCW. Along with the MCW light gray primer to protect the plastic from the MCW "Gulf" racing colors some Testors Model Master alumium, gun metal and black were used.

Well I think your "what if" paint scheme proves Gulf should have sponsored a Can Am team, the Mclaren looks awesome in that livery. Thanks for the info on the paints used and congrats on perservering through all the gremlins. Your results are certainly impressive.YesYes

Gil

  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:39 PM

fox
Gil, Thanks for those links. Like riding along in the car. Did turn up the sound and saw the wife looking up from the living room shaking her head and smiling.

No problem and glad you enjoyed them. My wife is used to loud race car noises from the PC or TV. And the more "chronologically challenged" I become the louder they get Big SmileWink 

Gil

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:21 PM

Nice job.  Love that livery.

 

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