Forums Scratch Built Models Scalextric Eagle to Mclaren M5A conversion


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    • #10831

      Hey guys

      While this is not an entirely scratch built car the body is completely redone to turn it into a McLaren.

      I started by disassembling the Eagle and stripping it using Super Clean then did some bodywork to fill some holes on the eagle and profile the nose a little.

      I also opened holes in front of the windshield and carved a new panel line there to be a little more accurate to the McLaren.

      Engine block was also ground down so I could convert it from an 8 cylinder Ford to a 12 cylinder BRM

      I then sprayed the body red  and started fabricating engine detail parts.

      Custom parts included roll bar, oil cooler and mount, magneto, overflow canister, ignition coil, intake manifold and a new smaller windshield.

      I also sourced some metal ferrules to use as BRM inlet trumpets and a visor less head from D’art that looks a little more like Bruce Mclaren than Dan Gurney.

      Then it was time for reassembly and decals.

      I assembled the entire car back onto the repainted Scalextric Eagle Chassis but if Art chooses to mold them they could form the basis for a nicely detailed scratch build.



    • #10832

      Beautiful work Bill, GREAT creation!!! :good: :good: :good:


    • #10833

      Thanks It’s an oldie but I couldn’t find the post from when I made it originally  so I thought I would repost it here.

      Here’s Bruce in the real thing.

    • #10835

      Very nice Bill.  I like that a lot.

    • #10836
      Super Moderator

      Excellent model!!! :good:

      Let's Get Building!

    • #10841

      Spectacular Job!! :yahoo:

    • #10844


      Hopefully you can see how the bits go together Art from the rear angle.

      If not and you want to mold the engine parts I can show you next time I see you how they go together.

      Unfortunately I can’t remove the other rear bodywork pieces because it is all glued together.

      If you mold the body I can fabricate the pieces onto that if you want then people can remove them if they want to use the eagle chassis or keep them on for a scratch body.

      or you could do them as separate pieces that get glued on?

    • #10845

      Bill. Very cool looking car! Nice job on the build!

      This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.
      Even though I may be new at this myself. How can I help you build your car?

    • #10986
      Super Moderator

      Another picture of the M5A:Notice Bruce McLaren’s helmet detail too…

      Let's Get Building!

    • #10987
      Super Moderator


      Good news! I’ve got all the parts molded – I just need to make a new mold for the rear section of the bodywork (or the complete body). This will be the next and last thing I need to do apart from the helmet…

      Let's Get Building!

    • #10989

      Very cool!

      I look forward to seeing the pieces.

      I’ll bring up my M5A next time I’m there.

      I’m pretty sure I used one of your existing helmets.

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