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Creating the First Jordan F1 Car: The 911.
This model was commissioned by a Jordan fan in Ireland: Peter Moore

I started this project using a Minichamps Jordan 191, 1:18 scale Michael Schumacher  "Donor" car.

It was completely dismantled. Care must be taken when removing the seat, front wheel, steering assembly so as not to break it. (Click on the Thumbnails to enlarge the picture.)

As this is a Minichamps model the decals can be removed very easily. Just lift the corner of the decal with a modeling knife and peal off with a pair of tweezers. Some of the "Decals" are not decals and are painted on. These are fairly easily removed with acetone (nail polish remover) dipped "Q-tips".

Once all markings were removed I sanded the parts so the undercoat would take better. I also defined the body panels better using a scriber (from Micro Mark).

Here you can see the definition around the air box. Where the panels would separate. The care in detail at this stage will really show in the finished model.

From this stage the body is sanded again and given another coat of undercoat. I used Tamiya "Fine Surface Primer" Spray, light gray.

I left the parts once they had the final undercoat, for 48 hours before continuing to the next stage, which was to spray the exposed edges of all body parts with a semi gloss Black paint.

This is so there is more coverage on the edges when sanding the body again. I then spray all the parts again with semi gloss black. This is helpful for when the Carbon decals are applied.

As every part of the car will be Carbon fiber some edges will not get covered with the decals or it will look strange. With the black paint it looks more realistic. The body will have to be "Dry" assembled when applying the Carbon decals.

At this stage I scribe the extra lines needed to distinguish the Carbon panels as the car was constructed.

I made templates using masking tape for each of the panels and transferred them to the Carbon decals (which for this project are produced by "Renaissance" which are excellent). I did actually run out of the Carbon decals during this project and after a few months found an excellent substitute made by "F1 Specialties" in Nevada.

If all goes well, the first application should look something like this. It is important to make sure the Carbon flows in the correct direction. (This is where decent reference photographs come in very handy.) I spent approx. $80.00 on photographs from "Sutton" to get the views I needed. Also the "Formula Perfect Manual Series Vol. 3" was of great help and even greater help on the Tamiya 1:20 scale FULL Detail model I am working on.

I use "Micro Sol" diluted with water on the body, for applying decals. (I have discovered this mix allows more freedom [read longer] to position the decal.) Then I use a soft paintbrush and undiluted Micro Sol to aide in conforming to the bodywork. When it is almost fitted, just some small wrinkles, I then use a hair drier, which makes the decals act a bit like "Heat Shrink Tubing" when the hot air blows over it. Test it out before doing it for real on your projects. Results are excellent.

You can see the results here with the Carbon flowing in different directions on the different panels. This picture actually shows the bodywork with the "Clear Coat" already applied and the Ford decal applied on top of that. I use "Future" clear floor polish. The Carbon decals absorb the first coat and I generally apply another two coats after that.

Moving on to the modifications to the seat. Once the seat was removed, I removed the molded-in seat belts using a Dremel with an engraving cutter, finally smoothing it with wire wool and sandpaper.


I applied a coat of Gray paint to the seat and then used "Scale Motorsports" diagonal stripe decal "1974" but applied it straight. The decal has a glossy finish and had to be clear Flat coated with "Model Masters Flat Clear Lacquer Finish" to get the correct look. As you can see the head restraint received the same treatment.

I then started working on the seat belts. For these I decided to use the "Perfect Parts T2A" as these have the correct belt buckles. (Be prepared to use a lot of patience if you have never put a 1:20 set of belts together.) The main thing is to have a VERY, VERY sharp blade in your modeling knife at ALL times or you will get "whiskers". (See the picture.) The decals for the brand of seat belt are pretty useless when it comes to applying them. I finished up using a semi gloss clear coat to apply them.


   There is not much you can do for Die-cast models extra detail, so all I did was add some radiators and the red wire above the head rest, in the air box.

For the radiators I used some fine stainless mesh and some half round plastic strips around the edge, then painted them with Tamiya TS17 gloss aluminum. The detail not too important as the bodywork is not removable. These were attached to the part in the bodywork, so when you look into the side pods you see radiators instead of black.            

It is basically a case of assembling everything now. Fitting the seat belt anchors is a bit of a chore (especially with short stubby fingers like mine) even with tweezers. But great satisfaction is achieved when done.

There are still some whiskers on the seat belts, which will get cleaned up before I send out the model.

The cockpit is now taking shape and a little extra detail was added inside, a decal for electrical.

You can just see it through the steering wheel. As I said before the seat belt decals had to be applied with semi-gloss clear coat.

With the car assembled I gave it another coat of "Future" before applying the final decals.

I am happy with the way it is looking. I now have to make the "Jordan Grand Prix" decals, as they don't exist.

I first had to produce the artwork in the computer. I'm no good with Adobe Illustrator and Vectors. So I have to create them in MS Picture it! Which is quite an achievement in itself. :)

Starting in Black and White eventually producing the colored artwork.     

I then produced the artwork for the logo on the side pods.

I have an ALPS printer, which has been great in the past, but since I upgraded my computer the drivers don't work well and all the edges are jagged. So I had to try different ways. I finished up buying another printer. An Epson Stylus Photo R800, but it still does not produce decals as good as the ALPS did.

This is how the real car looked on Launch day.

This is how the model looks with the decals applied.

As I had done so much to change the look of the car I decided the base and box needed to reflect the changes. I used some actual Carbon fiber laminate .008" thick on the base and applied some decals and information to it.

Also I produced a new Cardboard back to the box showing the car at the actual launch and my Company name.

              This is how the model looked once it was mounted on the base and Finally ready for packaging and shipping to Ireland.

So Mac's Motoracing Models Limited edition of 1, Jordan's first F1 Car designated 911 in 1:18 scale, now resides in Ireland, it's homeland if you like.

I will be producing a decal and detail kit for the Tamiya 1:20 version of the 191 to transform it into this model. Mac