McLaren F1-GTR short tail by MFH

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11-13-2013, 10:52 AM
This is my first WIP on AF. I have number of WIPs in forums at, because I mostly build models of Formula One cars.
But I could not pass on this great kit by MFH. I'm a big fan of McLaren F1 car and especially its racing version F1-GTR. So, I was
hugely excited when MFH announced full detail kit of it. I've converted my excitement into motivation and was able to overcome
my reservations towards full detail MFH kits.

Spent about 10 hours over the weekend. Not that much progress so far. Lots and lots of preparation work needed before I could
put first layers of primer onto parts. Fit of parts is pretty good so far. But many metal parts require a bit of reshaping and most
need little bit of clean up. Nothing major, there is just a lot of parts to go over. Also a lot of holes to drill out. It is typical
multi-media kit, so past experience working with such is a big plus. I'm going to use similar approach to this build as I've used
to curbside kits in the past. First go over all parts and do needed adjustments and preparations, while performing test assembly.
Next get primer on all the parts to be painted and protect bare metal parts with transparent metal primer. Next group parts by
colors and paint in batches. Next clear coat before decals, decal application and final clear coat. Next detail painting and then
off to assembly. That's the plan anyway.

I usually test assemble whole MM kit, or as least most of it, where it is critical to test fit of parts. I've started with chassis and
front suspension. Cleaned up parts, drilled holes and did small adjustments needed. All assembly is just dry mock up so far.

Here are couple of photos. Photos are a bit out of focus, but it wasn't my goal. They are just meant to show overall progress.

I haven't decided with livery I will use for this model, but there is plenty of work to complete, before that choice becomes critical.

11-13-2013, 11:28 AM
lezdep, great choice for your first WIP! I will follow your experience with this kit!

11-13-2013, 02:02 PM

Ah, great I`m with you!


11-13-2013, 02:09 PM
I have followed your builds on F1M for a long time. If this build is anything anywhere near as meticulous and beautiful as the others it will be a stunner worth following. I look forward to your updates!

11-13-2013, 05:29 PM
Looking forward to following this one!!

11-13-2013, 05:40 PM
This looks really interesting.

I am really keen to own this kit so will follow with interest.



11-13-2013, 05:55 PM
I've also started to build this kit, but don't want to start a new thread yet.

It's not so simple, but very interesting process. I'm also don't choose the livery for my first kit.

11-13-2013, 05:57 PM
Wow Sergey. Nice start on the Mclaren. I have one of these also in my stash and will follow your WIP with great interest. Keep the updates coming please.

Best regards,

11-14-2013, 12:12 PM
Cannot promise regular updates, because lack of modeling time and switches between builds. But at present I'm moving ahead with
this one. So, here are results from last night.

First I've competed preparations and test fit dry assembly for front section. Everything fits well.

Next, I've reshaped roll cage to fit correctly onto chassis and dashboard. This metal part was deformed while in packaging and shipping,
but white metal is easy to re-shape.

Next was time to prepare and fit the roof. Re-drilled all holes for screws and did a little adjustments as needed. Fit is pretty good.

At the end of this session I couldn't resist and worked on body parts' preparation and test fitting. Finished by dry assembly of all
body panels. Fit is not perfect and would be probably not considered great for plastic kit. But for MM kit it is reasonable. In this form
it really does look like F1-GTR.

I'm not 100% done with preparations and clean up for body panels. Right window cover is the worst part. I was deformed in
package and requires a lot of adjustment to fit right. More clean up and re-drilling also needed to front body section. Doors are
also major concern. Top sections of doors are not curved enough to get proper fit. There are magnets which supposed to hold
them in place when closed. I hope it'll be enough. Otherwise when doors are closed their bottom sections will stick out. I'll try
magnets early while still in test assembly phase and if they don't work will have to come up with different solution.

Will continue on weekend, hopefully.

11-17-2013, 07:31 PM
Hit it hard, I have the same and the truth that is fantastic. It has a lot of work, but with dedication remain impressive.

11-20-2013, 10:29 AM
Nice start my friend. Good luck

12-02-2013, 11:59 AM
Long time, but only small update. I had few hours for modeling this weekend and spent them preparing engine parts.
Started couple of parts from gearbox as well. It's all held up by gravity only, so I couldn't move it from my work table.
Fit of parts is pretty good. MFH cleverly designed many pins and tabs to help align parts and held them together. Final
assembly shouldn't be an issue. Not too many parts are left to prepare before all could go into tumbler for cleanup. But
severe lack of modeling time slows progress down

12-02-2013, 02:04 PM
Looks good to me! Bit of an F1-GTR fan myself - they're the reason I first wanted to go to Le Mans in 1996, and haven't missed one since. Would have loved to have been there in '95 for the win, but happy to have avoided the rain! Somewhere here I must have some photos of some GTR's taken during the 95-96 short-tail period - if I can dig them out I'll post them up.

12-02-2013, 02:50 PM
Hey, lezdep, your progress is not so big compare to mine with my copies. :)
But you are the first on AF with this kit. Good luck! I want to see it painted.

12-06-2013, 02:05 PM
Hey, lezdep, your progress is not so big compare to mine with my copies. :)
But you are the first on AF with this kit. Good luck! I want to see it painted.I am moving forward very slowly. I just don't have much time available for modeling. So, don't expect to see painted parts any time soon.
Hopefully I'll get some parts primed this month.

Another small update. Worked on gearbox and rear suspension parts last night. Almost finished. Test fitted most of it, but
could not get parts, which connect gearbox to body to stay on for test fitting. So, I've done partial tests and I think it is good
enough. Will probably have to do minor adjustments when I reach final assembly steps, but I don't imaging there would be any
major issues. Going to start cleaning up parts in magnetic tumbler tonight.

12-06-2013, 05:24 PM
Looking good LD!

I've not worked much before with white metal parts in kits, I really prefer resin/plastic, I suppose that's why I still have a couple of gunze high detail kits sitting on the shelf LOL

12-06-2013, 08:20 PM
Excellent start, it's coming together very nicely. I feel though that for the price of these kits, the fit should be better..?? I know that they are not as easy to build as a plastic kit. But it always amazes me how, with a multi media kit, bad fit is expected, maybe even accepted on some level. But if the same were true of a plastic kit it would be labelled as a "bad" fitting kit.
Good luck with the build, I'll follow your progress with interest...

12-07-2013, 02:21 AM
Beautiful looking car and an excellent start.

12-09-2013, 01:45 PM
Hey, lezdep, your progress is not so big compare to mine with my copies. :)
I think I'm catching up a bit. Had magnetic tumbler running last Friday for about 4 hours and got most of the parts
cleaned. Only big parts remain to clean manually, because they wouldn't fit into tumbler. I've permanently assembled engine
and gearbox parts, before painting. I was tempted to leave them as they came out of tumbler - shiny. But on real car engine
is aluminium color and gearbox is steel color. So, will have to prime and paint these 2 sub-assemblies and other parts.
After clean up number of imperfections appeared in metal parts. There are also imperfections in resin parts, I will have to fix.
They cycle of priming/sanding/priming can take long time. So, it could be a while before next updates in this WIP appear.

12-09-2013, 04:15 PM
I do not understand what this cleaning was done for? To my opinion metal parts from box looks ready for painting without any cleaning works. They needs only in some adjustment works and to smooth out traces of mould junctions.
Can you show me more close what is the parts surface you receive after cleaning. For example like this:

12-09-2013, 05:31 PM
What is this parts-cleaning tumbler of which you speak? Have not heard of this before. Can you give a URL? Thanks for any info,


12-09-2013, 09:45 PM
I do not understand what this cleaning was done for? To my opinion metal parts from box looks ready for painting without any cleaning works. They needs only in some adjustment works and to smooth out traces of mould junctions.
Can you show me more close what is the parts surface you receive after cleaning. For example like this:
I have different opinion on cleaning up the parts. I clean mold lines and a bit of extra metal sprouts. Tumbler then makes surfaces quite
a bit smoother. It is specifically useful for small parts, when sanding by hand is difficult. I have not taken photos of before and after specifically.
I'll try to get comparison photos next time.

What is this parts-cleaning tumbler of which you speak? Have not heard of this before. Can you give a URL? Thanks for any info,
iancThe one I have is very similar to this - "How it works" section explains principals it works on.

01-04-2014, 01:27 PM
Finally an update. Work has not stopped on this kit, but because current steps are preparations and painting it takes long
time to get something worth showing. To not bore you with many photos I've made 2 collages depicting priming and painting
steps. I have more small parts to be painted. Body panels will have to be checked for surface imperfections, primed with
white primer and then I can start painting body colours for the FINA livery and apply decals.

First photo is of primed parts.

Second photo is of painted parts.

01-04-2014, 06:40 PM
If you carbon fibre the interior it will look brill?

01-25-2014, 01:47 PM
Almost 3 weeks without updates, but there is progress and this build is moving ahead. Just not as
fast I would have liked. Done quite a bit more painting. Bought 4 different shades of gold and metallic
yellow. Yet not a single one looked like real colour or suspension arms. Used the closest one I had.
Done some washes on engine elements. I've used Tamiya smoke over aluminium. Not sure what to
use for a wash on gearbox. It's painted in steel colour. I guess I need some kind of diluted silver wash.
No photos of body parts, because they are being prepared for white primer. While I like exhausts painted
in stainless steel, they do not look realistic that way. Bought Alclad Exhaust Manifold paint and plan to
use it in attempt to get colour closer to original.

There is so much carbon fibre exposed on this car. I'm still deliberating on how much effort I would want
to put in it and what would be the minimum set of parts "carbonized" I could get away with.

01-25-2014, 01:55 PM
Hi Sergey,

Very nice update. The painted parts look amazing. About the CF. I would do as much as i can. Just an opinion of course. Keep up the good work.

Best regards,

Jirka K.
02-12-2014, 03:08 AM

Its very nice progress. This MM kit is superb!

I have a small question for all...

Does anyone know whether the kit includes parts for other versions??
If the default kit the same for all versions, the only other decal options??

Sorry for my crappy english

02-12-2014, 04:05 AM
...I have a small question for all...
Does anyone know whether the kit includes parts for other versions??
If the default kit the same for all versions, the only other decal options??
There are two types of the MFH's kit: one is for versions A, B, C and the second is for versions D, E. The main differences are in the suspension arms and the rear wing. You can choose one of them for the different liveries you want to apply. The differences you can see in these scans of the instruction. ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

Jirka K.
02-12-2014, 05:02 AM
Thank you very much for the quick reply.
Now it seems already clear :)
There are two versions of the kit, but only one version of instruction.
Thank you very much :)

02-12-2014, 05:15 AM
You have understood me right. The assembly instructions are identical excluding the title and the last pages, in which the current version has shown. For example, this is the last page of one version. (

02-12-2014, 08:36 PM
Beautiful progress so what gold paint did you use?

02-18-2014, 06:44 PM
Beautiful progress so what gold paint did you use?
Here is photo of the bottle. They also have "Red Gold" shade available, which might be better match for suspension
elements. But I didn't have it at the time and gold colour is quite a bit different on photos depending on light conditions.
So, I've decided to use what I had.

Long time no updates. But finally I have something to show. All the time in between was spent on painting small details
and preparations for main paint job. Past weekend I was finally ready to do it. To simulate blue colour for this car, as advised by
haguemodels, I've mixed TS15 and TS57 in about 1:1 ratio, adding a bit more TS57 in the end. It is likely not perfect match,
but having seen only photos of real car, it was not possible for me to know proper matched colour. I think it looks acceptable.
I've used TS26 for white areas. I still have to mask and paint blue on lower parts of doors, however first I want to wait till white fully cures.
Didn't want to dismount parts yet, so I've just arranged them on flat surface in locations similar to their later location on car.

Usage of Tamiya TS sprays, which dry hard and glossy, will allow me to skip intermediate clear coat and go straight to decals.
Base paints from Zero or Scalefinishes, would have required thin clear coat before decals could be applied. So, next update will
be in a long while, when I finish CF and livery decals application.

03-10-2014, 10:00 PM
Finally I have something to show after a long while. There is so much CF on that car, that after 3 weeks I'm still not done with
even a monocoque. However for a change I've spend about 3 hours on main livery last weekend. Here are photos of the progress
so far.

03-11-2014, 12:26 PM
I don't see the pictures.

03-11-2014, 12:53 PM
me too, i can't see any Picture at the last Article...

03-11-2014, 01:00 PM

03-11-2014, 02:22 PM
Cool work! I have the same Kit, he is very good...

Greets, Funny

03-11-2014, 02:37 PM
Looks great!

03-12-2014, 02:31 PM
Decals look like they are sitting down well...

03-12-2014, 03:08 PM
The photos are a little bit small, but IMHO the blue colour looks very good. What paints do you use?

03-12-2014, 05:34 PM
The photos are a little bit small, but IMHO the blue colour looks very good. What paints do you use?
I've mentioned paints in email. I've mixed Tamiya TS57 & TS15 in about 1:1 ratio based on advice from haguemodels.

03-12-2014, 10:14 PM
Updated photos to the copies with preserved correct white balance. Yet blue might still not be 100% correctly represented.
It was photographed under artificial light and likely somewhat overexposed.

Here is link to flicker set with original photos -

03-17-2014, 07:16 AM
More decals were applied on the weekend. Just few small ones remain to add. Then I need to finish CF work and clear coat it all.

03-17-2014, 01:20 PM
Very nice!

zim produc
03-17-2014, 01:50 PM
superb job. :worshippy


03-17-2014, 03:08 PM
wonderful livery

03-23-2014, 01:34 PM
Another 5 hours spent on CF decals. All I've done is finish sides and internals of cockpit and worked on external surface of the roof.
Gaps will not be visible when body panels are attached in place. So much effort and work is needed for those CF decals. Hope it will
make some difference in the end.

05-05-2014, 10:43 AM
Lack of updates in this WIP did not indicate abandonment of this project. Big step forward was taken 3 weeks ago when I put
clear coat over body panels and all parts where CF decals were applied. I've been waiting for clear to dry and also distracted by
work on Aoshima's long tail F1-GTR kit. At present all the parts of chassis for this kit are pretty much ready for assembly and I've
started it last night. Not much to show, just attached rear firewall heat shield and rear fender panels. As assembly steps could be
relatively small now, hopefully I will be able to spend more nights working on this model.

Here are couple of photos to show that project is alive and well.

05-06-2014, 10:45 AM
Going forward with assemblies on front section of the model. Assembled and installed pedals. Assembled and installed items
inside front crash structure. Attached fluid reservoirs to front firewall and attached front firewall to chassis. Installed
steering column, gearshift cover and blank cover on the opposite side.

05-06-2014, 12:00 PM

05-12-2014, 11:01 AM
A bit more progress. Worked on front suspension. Front section was permanently attached beforehand.
I'm moving very slowly because each gluing operation takes 10 to 30 min. With all the pre-fitting testing
and epoxy setting time, I cannot move any faster, unfortunately.

06-09-2014, 12:15 PM
Another relatively small update. Pretty much completed front suspension and worked on engine, gearbox and rear suspension.
Even though all those engine accessories will be hidden when engine is in place, it's nice to work on them and to know those details are present.

06-15-2014, 09:16 PM
Spent about 3 hours last night working on some PE items. Attached heat shields to engine,
assembled brake rotors and front radiators. I guess brake rotors have different colour on real car,
but imho they look great as it, without paint. I'm going to leave them this way.

06-23-2014, 11:33 AM
Some progress over the weekend. Not a big update in terms of advancing this build,
but quite a few photos to show. First I've assembled rear shocks, gearbox holding
brackets and cross bar. As I've feared there are some alignment issues. I could probably
force it into place by gluing gearbox to engine and screwing brackets to engine bay walls.
but there will forever be a tension there. I plan to detach shocks, reduce their length a bit
and re-attach back. Next worked a bit on cockpit - installed electronic boxes and main
console, added decals and main display parts to dashboard, applied CF decals to the back
of driver seat. Beside that only decal work on wheels and brakes. Also installed air valves
onto rims. Everything except for CF decals came in the kit.

06-24-2014, 01:48 AM
I'm watching with great interest. Will you add some details to the brake calipers? For example fixings for pads or pipes for brake fluid? (

06-24-2014, 02:18 PM
No, I have no plans to add anymore details than there is in the box. This is pretty much strictly OOB build. I'm a farsighted person with
aging eyes. 1/24 is too small for me. By comparing size of calipers to how big toothpick's tip is, you can see how small those calipers are.
Applying decals was already a challenge for me. Had to use maximum magnification available in my visor. 1/12 is different story. If there
is 1/12 MFH kit released one day in the future, I would add as much detail as I could to it. If there is no such kit, I plan to continue
with my own project of conversion from 1/12 road car die-cast into 1995 LeMans winning F1-GTR.

06-24-2014, 02:35 PM
Colour scheme and your execution of it is superb, looks fantastic so far. Can't wait to see it in clear coat stages..

06-24-2014, 04:56 PM
Colour scheme and your execution of it is superb, looks fantastic so far. Can't wait to see it in clear coat stages..Everything was actually clear coated back in May. I just didn't make any photos, because it does not look much
different from photos of parts with decals on. Body panels are actually waiting for semi-gloss black to be applied to
internal surfaces. That requires extensive masking, which is not my preferred task and I keep delaying it.

06-25-2014, 02:30 AM
great job so far, nice carbon decalling !!

07-01-2014, 03:17 PM
Removed major block over the weekend. Masked off and painted semi-gloss black all internal surfaces on body
panels. 5 hours spent on complex masking seem like a lot of wasted time to me. But it had to be done. Actual
painting took may be 15 min and then another 30 or so to remove masking. Fortunately there wasn't much bleed
through to remove. I've used Tamiya fine polishing compound and cotton swabs to remove it. Over all result is
better then I've expected. But most important is that I can go ahead and complete most of the assemblies for
this model. Also cleared coated wheels and seat. Only some PE bits are left to paint, before I have it all ready
for final push.

Here are masked parts with semi-gloss black already applied.

Here are parts ready to go. I can't show both side of parts at the same time, so I put some of them outer face
out, some inner face out.

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