Monday, April 10

Meng's new tooled McLaren MP4/4 1988 set for pole in July

We looked at the 1986 version of the McLaren MP4 from Italeri the other day. Meng has joined with a completely new tooled kit of the 1988 F1 Championship vehicle from McLaren, the MP4/4 in 1/12th scale. We look at the kit's features in our preview...

Meng's new tooled McLaren MP4/4 1988 set for pole in July

McLaren MP4/4 1988
From Meng Models
Kit No #RS-004 
1/12th scale
  Available in: July 2023
The Subject: McLaren MP4/4 1988
After the FIA introduced new engine regulations for Formula 1 cars in late 1987, teams using turbocharged engines encountered some difficulties. The FIA not only tightened restrictions on turbocharged engines, but also decided to officially ban them in 1989. While most teams turned to naturally aspirated engines after receiving the new regulations, McLaren's designers saw a different side of the turbocharged engines. With the idea that the centre of gravity and drag of a Formula 1 car would get lower and smaller, McLaren lowered the vehicle as much as possible, lengthened the front and changed the driver's seat angle from 45 degrees to 30 degrees. At the same time, McLaren started cooperation with Honda. The RA168E turbocharged engine was perfectly integrated with the bodywork design. Thus a very competitive racing car, the McLaren MP4/4 was born.

 The McLaren MP4/4 in red and white livery ruled the Formula 1 races of that year. It was a golden age of McLaren and Senna. 15 of 16 race wins in 1988, with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna fighting for the championship
The drivers who made the McLaren MP4/4 a true legend were the genius Ayrton Senna and 'The Professor' Alain Prost. Driven by these two top drivers, the McLaren MP4/4 took most victories in 1988. The two drivers took turns to take the victories. In this season, Senna won his first Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship and McLaren won Formula 1 World Constructors’ Championship with a total of 199 points. A legend was born.

McLaren MP4/4 dominated Formula 1 season in 1988

The Kit: Meng's 1/12th scale MP4/4 from 1988:
Licensed by McLaren Racing Limited, MENG will soon release a large scale racing car model kit, the RS-004 1/12 McLaren MP4/4 1988. The finished model will be 367mm long and 177mm wide. This kit includes fine decals, carbon-fibre decals and also metallic effect decals. You have the options to build the model as the car driven by Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost. Let's take a look at the details of this kit.
This is a 1/12 large scale precision and detailed replica of this legendary F1 racing car.  
The front wing assembly and the upper bodywork are removable. This kit includes stands to show the upper bodywork separately.  
The carbon nose box designed for improved racing safety is removable. Tires are made of vinyl material.
The steering wheel and front wheels are connected by a steering mechanism, and they will rotate in linkage. The wishbones, steering track rods, pull rods and steering column are metal parts.
The interior structure of the cockpit is precisely represented. This kit includes reflective mirror foils for rear-view mirrors.
The safety belts made of special fabric material are not only realistic, but also easy to assemble.  
The RA168E 1.5L V6 turbocharged engine and matching transmission are realistically represented.
The RA168E 1.5L V6 turbocharged engine can be displayed separately. The clutch structure is precisely replicated.
The radiator is replicated with precision stainless-steel PE parts. This kit also includes parts of different materials and shapes like springs, vinyl tubes and screws which make the model look more realistic.

This kit is due for release in July - You can see more of Meng's kits on their website.