Saturday, February 21, 2009, 08:43 AM - MG 1/12 F1-2000Alright, monocoque is complete, minus bulk head details. I will do that after engine+transmission is done.
Front suspension arms are CFed and attached with epoxy glue. This thing is very heavy now. Barge board is test-fitted on the mount and it works well so far. Mirror is attached too.
Seat is attached on the floor with epoxy glue too.
Steering wheel is attached with epoxy glue as well. The whole steering wheel is made of white metal and is very heavy.. Using krazy-glue won't hold. The mirror is a mirror-like sticker spared from the Tamiya display case.
Close up on the stock CF pattern on suspension arms. The decal quality is not bad at all. It reacts well with Gunze decal setting solution. That makes my work easier.
Now moving on to engine/transmission department. I just soldered the white metal pipes on side pod.
Now I hope all 4 wheels can touch the ground after it completes!!!
Stayed tuned for more...
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 11:03 AM - MG 1/12 F1-2000Alright, pretty good start for 2009. Undertray CFing is done. I only do the upper part as I am not going to look at the bottom. It is not a good idea to flip this heavy monster upside down anyway.
Monocoque with raw engine, transmission and sidepods.
Barge board mounts are attached with 30 min epoxy glue.
Closeup on CF undertray. CF is from Modelers. After decal is dried, a coat of Acyrlic semi-gloss from Gunze is applied. The heat shielf is done by bare metal foil, the gloss aluminum one.
A guest from backyard is checking out the progress.
Time to cleanup suspension parts.. I hate cleaning up white metal... very messy.
Gee one rear wishbone is broken.. I solder it up.. This is first time I do soldering.. It takes me 4 tries to get the extension welded in..
More to come!!
Monday, January 19, 2009, 08:16 PM - MG 1/12 F1-2000Today is Martin Luthur King Jr holiday, so I take this chance to build something...
Polishing done... Process is the same as all my other works.. Wet-sand from 3200 grits to 12000 grits. Then polish with Tamiya compound fine and finish. Finally one coat of Tamiya wax. I am happy with the finish. Then, I used Humbrol german gray to hand brush the exhaust area.
Here is the nose cone with front wing. Polished surface looks good to me.
I used 30min epoxy glue to attach several PEs and winglets
Seat done.. I used double-sided tape to attach seatbelt. Surprisingly, it worked out great..
Now the hard part, CF-ing undertray....
Friday, January 2, 2009, 01:36 PM - MG 1/12 F1-2000Happy New Year to everyone. I hope 2009 will be a better year for all of us.
While my employer has last year shutdown, I got some chance to do some painting.
I airbrushed 3 layers of wet Gunze CL184 super clear II coat on the car. Once it gets cure after couple days, I will start polishing.
Sunday, December 7, 2008, 10:04 AM - MG 1/12 F1-2000Got some progress last couple weeks. I put on 2 wet coats of Tamiya bright red. Then polished them with 2400 grits polishing cloth.
Put on all decals on main body parts yesterday.
Ok, will wait for decal to completely dry for a week, then wash entire body with detergents.. After that it is clearcoat time.
It is time to take a break before I move on again.