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McLaren M23/6 - Denny Hulme 1974
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 06:51 PM UTC
The McLaren M23 is a legendary F1 car from the 1970ís, which along with its rival, the Lotus 72, defined an era of design stability. The M23 raced competitively over four seasons, from 1973 to 1976, winning two world championships, Emmerson Fittipaldi (1974) and James Hunt (1976).
This build is focused on chassis #6, which was built for the 1974 season for New Zealander Denny Hulme, the 1967 world champion, to race under the Texaco-Marlboro colours. It wasnít his most successful season but it was his last at the young age of 38. Hulme of course had been a stalwart of McLaren racing, joining the fledging F1 team created by its founder/driver, Bruce McLaren in 1968 as the then reigning world champion. He finished 3rd in his first year for McLaren and had further mixed results until his retirement. Denny scored 8 wins, 33 podiums in 112 starts as an F1 driver.

The kit for this build is based on the venerable Tamiya 1/12 scale 1974 Yardley McLaren M23. The car I want to build, M23/6,won Grand Prixs in two different seasons, Argentina in 1974 with Denny, and France and Germany in 1976 for James Hunt.

Decals are from TABU, and the car will detailed for Hulmeís last race at Watkins Glen, NY. His Cosworth lasted just four laps so a clean build.

The kit I purchased several years ago and since then also collected some bits and pieces to try out on it. Most importantly is this very useful book with great background on all the cars and detailed pictures.

This will be a long term build since I have the Blue Oval campaign to contend with as well. Wish me luck.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 10:57 PM UTC
Cool project. With the Haynes book, in hand, I expect we will be seeing details galore:)

I have an old Brabham kit(Tamiya 1/12) would love to build it, but the decals have yellowed an dare not usable. Haven't found AM decals yet
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 11:50 PM UTC
A big scale open-wheeler, this should be a cool thread to follow Michael!

Local flavour also helps with the interest factor.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 02:55 AM UTC
Michael,
I just signed on for the full build till you cross the finish line. Boy is this going to be great.

I'm a huge McLaren fan, both of the mark and Bruce McLaren himself. I 1st got to meet both Bruce and Denny at the 1967 Can AM race at Bridgehampton NY. the McLaren team was already the odds on favorite to win every race, and usually they did just that. Back then the Can Am took precedence over F1. Denny & Bruce literally alternated winning the Can AM per year.

Denny Hulme was a personal favorite as he was one of the Kiwi boys.

If you want to build the McLaren for the Blue Circle GB, the car was powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV V8 engine. And the rules include cars with an engine with the Ford name on it.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 09:04 AM UTC

Quoted Text

If you want to build the McLaren for the Blue Circle GB, the car was powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV V8 engine. And the rules include cars with an engine with the Ford name on it.



If that kit was sitting on my bench there is now way I could let it sit there for another month, but it would be an awesome addition to the Group Build line-up!

In saying that, the WRC Escort that Michael has lined up already for the Blue Oval looks like a great kit as well.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 09:23 AM UTC
Following with interest Michael
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 02:04 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Cool project. With the Haynes book, in hand, I expect we will be seeing details galore:)




Thanks all, Jesper is right, I hope to add some detail to the kit. While Tamiya has a fair representation of the car I would like it a little better and a little more accurate, mainly as a challenge to myself.

The reason I didn't put it up for Blue Oval was the time I think it will take plus I am keen to build the Escort, a full Ford effort.

cheers

Michael
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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 06:18 AM UTC
I built the Brabham as well as the M23 back in the 70's......typical period Tamiya kits, that build into detailed (for the time) and solid replicas. Jesper, I hope you manage to find AM decals for the pretty Brabham - a typical Gordon Murray design. He actually designed everything on the car - including brakes, cooling, suspension. Unthinkabe these days.....Enjoy!
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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 01:36 PM UTC
Hey Michael,

After the super job you did on the Citroen, Iím really looking forward to seeing this move along - ought to be a great build!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2019 - 04:09 PM UTC
While I am planning the approach to this build I dug up some old photos I had of Denny's 1973 McLaren, M23/1.







If I had known I was going to be building this I would have taken more detailed photos.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2019 - 06:06 PM UTC
They are superb images Michael, thanks for sharing them here. They give clear examples of a lot of extra little details. I'm looking at the weld line on the gusset on the control arm (plus the sheer number of different metallic and paint finishes in that one image!), the discolouration on the exhaust, the diameter and location of the braided hoses and the colours on the connectors.

Brilliant stuff, love it!

Cheers, D