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Benetton Ford B190B, F1 season 1991 (part 3)

Primer approach
As can be seen in the previous update, the fitment of (especially) the rear bodywork left something to be desired. Below are several pictures displaying how I have tackled that problem.
First picture shows a spacing bar in the front of the body. This was necessary because I'd removed the mounting pins from the nosecone. And to get the sidewalls of the nosecone and the bodywork properly aligned I chose this solution.
On top of that I glued in a small piece of styrene to the bottom of the body to prevent the possibility of looking through the car as the bottom didn't close up this area enough in my opinion.
The second picture shows the styrene strips I glued to the front part of the sidepods.
The third picture shows the rear bodywork and a few styrene strips I glued onto the bodywork, to push the bottom parts to the outside, when fitted over the front bodywork.
In the fourth picture the result of the modifications can be seen.

As can be seen from the last picture above, the alignment between the rollover bar and the rear bodywork isn't good.
I tried to solve it by removing and re-attaching the rollover bar. But if I'd moved it any further than I did it could be seen too easily (that the car wasn't symmetric anymore).
But moving the rollover bar wasn't enough however. The problem lies with the rear bodywork which seems to be deformed. I wasn't convinced that I could bend it to shape, so I decided to glue the rear bodywork to the car.
This means that the engine and radiators won't be visible after building. So I won't be detailing them as a result.
Below are several pictures of the car with the rear bodywork glued on.
It wasn't as simpel as glueing it on however. I did have quite some sanding to do, to get the alignment correct.
I must admit that it isn't perfect by a long shot, but I think it is satisfactory.
The following pictures show the progress so far.

The first picture shows the front bodywork with some additional styrene so the rear bodywork can be glued to the front bodywork easily.
The second picture is a picture from the front of the car showing the rollover bar (and the fact that is sits slightly to one side).
The third picture shows the rear bodywork glued to the front. Front and rear bodywork are dryfitted onto the undertray. A slight opening is visible here (also on the opposite side) and will have to be closed. For the I glued a piece of styrene to the bodywork and sanded it flush with the undertray.
The fourth picture shows the result of this.
The fifth picture shows the left side of the airbox which had to be smoothed out after the airbox had been sanded flush with rollover hoop.

There are only some slight repairs left to be done and than the primer can be sprayed onto the car.
Find out more about this in the next update.

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