McLaren F1 GTR Longtail
Trying to follow Rob’s Typhoon posting must be like trying to follow Elvis Presley on stage, so here goes, you can boo me off if you like.
When Gordon Murray was McLaren’s chief designer he was tasked with designing the ultimate GT road car, and he came up with the F1. It had many unusual features, including a central driving position with passenger seats either side, makiing the car a three seater; he also, famously, used gold to as a heat insulator in the engine bay. Although the F1 was not designed to be a competition car, owners and teams were soon clamouring for a racing version, primarily to be entered in the Le Mans 24 hour sports car race. In fact, the car needed very little modification, the most significant being the extension of the rear of the car to make it more stable at high speed (hence the ‘Longtail’). The F1 proved to be very successful, and the number 42 car, entered in the 1997 race took victory in the hands of J J Lehto, S Soper and N Piquet.
Fujimi have produced several versions of this car, all with subtle differences, and I chose this one as I like the blue and white livery of the main sponsor, Fina Petroleum, and, also, it’s the only one to have taken victory at Le Mans.
A few more details of the kit and the build can be found at the WIP on iModeler on this link http://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-automotive/forum/topic/mclaren-f1-gtr-longtail-le-mans-1997-124-fujumi/ but, suffice to say, I followed Al Hoffman’s example with his Brabham F1 car, and used the unpainted white plastic finish to apply the decals, and then followed this with a couple of coats of Tamiya’s clear. I highlighted the panel lines with Tamiya panel line accent colour. Do I get an encore? Thanks for looking, George.
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