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Official McLaren MP4-23 Build Diary Issue 36 - 40 Options
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#1 Posted : 07 November 2011 12:23:18
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#2 Posted : 22 November 2011 19:12:58

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Issue 36 - Contains the main underbody, left/right panel covers and flip-up supports, and has instructions for Stage 1 of assembling the underbody -Preparing the left and right panel covers, attaching the panel covers to the underbody.

Preparing and fitting the left and right panel covers - Cut the parts from the sprue making sure you trim the parts flush at the join points.
Dry fit the covers into the matching grooves on the smooth underside of the centre underbody.
Sparingly apply ABS glue along the length of each cover and fit into place, use masking tape to hold each cover in place whilst the glue sets.

Carefully store the underbody and the flip-up supports

That's it for this week, carefully store the assembly.

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Issue 37 - Contains the left & right rear skirt and rear underbody panel, and has instructions for Stage 2 of the underbody - Attaching the rear underbody panel.

Issue 38 - Contains the left and right gearbox cowl supports; and has instructions for attaching the gearbox cowl supports.

Issue 39 - Contains the front underbody and the right & left underbody panel covers; and has instructions for Stage 4 of assembling the underbody - fitting the panel covers and joining the underbody sections.

Issue 40 - Contains the front underbody centre cover and bargeboard stays, and has instructions for Stage 5 of the underbody - Attaching the underbody centre and bargeboards.
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#3 Posted : 24 November 2011 13:01:45

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Issue 37 - Contains the left/right rear skirt and rear underbody panel; and has instructions for Stage 2 of the underbody - Attaching the rear underbody panel.

Attaching the rear underbody panel - Locate the panel into place on the main underbody, carefully apply ABS solvent glue so that it flows by capillary action along the joint, hold in place a few seconds and set aside to dry, (you can of course use a tube ABS glue if you wish).

That's it for this week, carefully store the rear skirts and the assembly.

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Issue 38 - Contains the left and right gearbox cowl supports; and has instructions for attaching the gearbox cowl supports.

Issue 39 - Contains the front underbody and the right & left underbody panel covers; and has instructions for Stage 4 of assembling the underbody - fitting the panel covers and joining the underbody sections.

Issue 40 - Contains the front underbody centre cover and bargeboard stays, and has instructions for Stage 5 of the underbody - Attaching the underbody centre and bargeboards.

Issue 41 - Contains damper parts & screws, and has instructions for stage 1 of assembling the damper unit.
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Issue 38 - Contains the left and right gearbox cowl supports; and has instructions for attaching the gearbox cowl supports.

Attaching the cowl supports - Take the left gearbox cowl and test fit it up to recess inside the underbody, note where the locating pints are and then glue the cowl into place, then repeat at the opposite side with the right-hand gearbox cowl.

Installing the rear skirts - These were supplied with issue 37. Test fit the left rear skirt, hold it up against the side of the underbody, matching up the two pairs of upper and lower locating pins with the corresponding holes, and when familiar with the fit glue the skirt into place, then repeat at the opposite side with the right-hand rear skirt.

That's it for this week, carefully store the underbody.

Future issues:

Issue 39 - Contains the front underbody and the right & left underbody panel covers; and has instructions for Stage 4 of assembling the underbody - fitting the panel covers and joining the underbody sections.

Issue 40 - Contains the front underbody centre cover and bargeboard stays, and has instructions for Stage 5 of the underbody - Attaching the underbody centre and bargeboards.

Issue 41 - Contains damper parts & screws, and has instructions for stage 1 of assembling the damper unit

Issue 42 - Contains damper parts, and has instructions for stage 2 of the damper unit assembly.
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#5 Posted : 14 December 2011 09:11:59

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Issue 39 - Contains the front underbody and the right & left underbody panel covers; and has instructions for Stage 4 of assembling the underbody - fitting the panel covers and joining the underbody sections.

Fitting the panel covers - Take the left front underbody panel cover and test fit it into the matching recess in the underside of the front underbody, when you are familiar and happy with the fit glue it into place and repeat at the opposite side with the right front underbody cover.

Joining the underbody sections - Take the underbody assembly completed at issue 38, and test fir the front underbody ensuring that the whole of the long joint engages correctly and that the underbody is flat.

When you are familiar and happy with the fit, separate the parts and then glue/fix them together.
It is very important that you keep the underbody straight and flat, you can use masking tape to hold the two sections together, but ensure that the underbody remains flat and leave undisturbed for at least an hour, and ensure that the glue has set before removing the tape.

That's it for this week, carefully store the underbody.

Future issues:

Issue 40 - Contains the front underbody centre cover and bargeboard stays, and has instructions for Stage 5 of the underbody - Attaching the underbody centre and bargeboards.

Issue 41 - Contains damper parts & screws, and has instructions for stage 1 of assembling the damper unit

Issue 42 - Contains damper parts, and has instructions for stage 2 of the damper unit assembly.

Issue 43 - Contains the left and right-hand cockpit frame, side protector mount and screws; and has instructions for Stage 3 of the damper unit assembly - Attaching the crank linkages.
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#6 Posted : 19 December 2011 17:33:14

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Issue 40 - Contains the front underbody centre cover and bargeboard stays, and has instructions for Stage 5 of the underbody - Attaching the underbody centre and bargeboards.

Attaching the front underbody centre cover - Test fit the centre cover to familiarise the contact points of where to apply the glue, then glue the part in place and secure with masking tape.

Attaching the bargeboard stays to the underbody - Take the left stay and match it to the underbody, and identify the four locating points.
Carefully apply ABS glue to each of the four contact points and gently press the stay in place, making sure that all four points engage properly, use masking tape to hold the parts together and leave for at least an hour for the glue to set.

Repeat the process at the opposite side with the right-hand stay

That's it for this week, carefully store the underbody.

Future issues:

Issue 41 - Contains damper parts & screws, and has instructions for stage 1 of assembling the damper unit

Issue 42 - Contains damper parts, and has instructions for stage 2 of the damper unit assembly.

Issue 43 - Contains the left and right-hand cockpit frame, side protector mount and screws; and has instructions for Stage 3 of the damper unit assembly.

Issue 44 - Contains the cockpit base, left & right underbody connectors and screws; and has instructions for stage 4 of the damper unit, fitting the suspension unit to the engine/gearbox, assembling the cockpit frames and fitting the cockpit base.
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