Formula one

Superdetailing the Tamiya McLaren MP4/4 with the Top Studio detail set 1/20 scale

by Antonio Busciglio © 2016 Modeler Site

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The Tamiya kit represents very well this icon of the 1988 season in its general shape but not regarding the mechanical parts and the cockpit area. As this is one of the F1s I like best, I decided to build it adding the superb Top Studio detail set (TS in the text) that includes resin and PE parts what makes novices to modelling feel fear. Besides, I’ve added several modifications and extra details which were necessary adding an extra effort. This article is to share my work with the hope that those who are less experienced than me, can build this model with some extra help.


I divided the text into several main sections for the sake of clarity, however they all were carried out  simultaneously.

Chassis, floor and front suspension

The chassis is the part that needed to be more extensively modified in order to resemble the real car. In particular, the radiator sidepods and nosecone needed to be carefully cut off by means of a photoetched saw.


Meanwhile, I did the first dryfit for the lower front suspension arms.

The holes left in the chassis needed to be filled. For this task plasticard and rods were used.

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