RIP SIr Frank Williams

What a sad day for f1 and the world. Another loss of a legendary figure in F1. I had personal contact with a few of the team from 1992 when I photographed the fw14b and his direct family. I will hold that moment in my heart forever because in f1 there has never been in my eyes a greater team of people. So down to earth loving and dedicated to their fans and people. They all touched the hearts of millions and will never be forgotten. Frank, you created history and you left a legacy that may be bettered but no one will ever give me what you did in those early 2000’s. Thank you and god rest your soul,

FW14B Monocoque

I’ve Spent a few days on the fw14b. Above is the stage that I’m at. I’m Really happy with it so far but there is a long way to go. Winter is upon us, work is slow as the bad weather heads in. Just happy to be back at it, it’s been a while. The engine set I purchased the other week should be with me soon so cannot wait to have the complete set to get on with. It’s not all glued together as there are a few areas I need to complete, ie , wishbones and some internal detail around the dash and back of the dash and some of the brake lines. Once that is completed I can get it all glued up and ready for adding some decals.

Getting back to the Williams

As winter draws in and the nights get colder and darker earlier it’s time to get back to the FW14B. The office is a mess, stuff all over so today is day one to get it all sorted and ready for the build. I’ve spent quite a few months looking at reference and studying the release of the engine sets by Top studio. Where to start, I ask myself? Well it’s been quite a long time since I was at the bench building this car so this weekend is a period of thought and getting my mind set right. I will update the build link accordingly and hopefully get quite a few things done over the next month or so.

FW14B Top studio Engine set

There are two versions of this engine, the late and the early with an updated more detailed drive shaft set. Below are the images Top studio have released on their FB page to illustrate what you get in the sets. Pretty amazing if you ask me. I’m really happy with what they have produced and cannot wait to get them both.

If you are wanting to know the differences the main ones are the injectors. One set being the side injectors which I’m doing for the Portuguese GP and the overhead injectors favoured more by Patrese. If you have the CD or downloads I sell then you will see exactly what I mean. The reference from the other manuals you can purchase on the market show you both engines too.

March FW14B update

A small video clip of the build so far. The cockpit is almost complete. Just a few more details to add then onto the steering and pedals and running some brake lines and the accelerator cable. Once this is complete and the top is all glued in I can clear coat and polish down so I can get the suspension and the rear of the monocoque detail added.

Murray Walker passes

Over many years of following f1 dating back to the 80’s for me this mans charisma and voice kept me glued to the TV and radio. I’m so sad that this legend of a man has passed. What a wonderful person. I’d loved to have met him but never did. I will always remember the addiction to f1 the way he kept us on the edge of our seats with his amazing commentary. God bless him and thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP big man

March FW14B update

March has been a mixed bag. I haven’t had much time in the workshop doing the Williams build due to work and weather. Things are slowly getting there. I’ve had a few dramas but on the whole things are looking good going forwards. This next week I’m hoping to get the side pods and the under carriage of the monocoque completed ready for detail and Clear coating. Keep an eye on the wip. It’s the main objective to get this done before anything else then back to the 1/20 fujimi MP4-6 then a MotoGP bike.

FW14B update

If you are following my wip you will know that things are going smoothly, not a great deal of issues but a lot of scratch building going on in preparation for paint. There is still a long way to go but once the hard arduous parts are out of the way the fun bit of detailing will begin. I have started doing the cockpit detail but have put it on hold till after the weekend. Monday is a new start to a new week and full steam ahead to get the bulk of the front end and monocoque done.