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    Post  5Nige on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:47 pm

    My next project is a detailed build of the Lancia Stratos Rally car which dominated the world rally series in the late 70s. The kit is in 1/24 scale by Revell.

    The starting point:

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    I managed to get a photo etch set as well as a resin V6 engine, both by Reji Model.

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    The starting point to this journey of pleasure, frustration, anger, annoyance and delight all rolled in one was the chopping off of the side doors and rear engine cover. This proved to be a delicate step and was achieved first by deepening the panel lines with a thin scriber then separating with a thin photo etch saw. Most delicate were (and still are) the front pillars which are no more than 4mm in width each. It is my intention to display the car with open doors and a detached rear engine cover.

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    Interior

    I then decided to proceed with the interior,pity that most of the detailing will be hidden but a complete job requires such.

    First for treatment was the dashboard, measuring no more than 5cm. Here the molded switches were chopped off, and instead a 5mm washer with a thin piece of flattened steel wire were installed, simulating the flip switches so common in those days. Then the side fuses panel was removed and individual ones added, followed by a panel of square white switches. To round it off decals were added.

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    The seats were not an exact replica, in that the flat part was actually curved. Here separate styrene sheets, curved upwards were added and when installed the underneath was filled with foam, as in the real thing. Seat belts, with etch buckles were added.

    Also included were the front pedals, foot rests, extinguisher with plumbing, gear and brake levers. The gear lever shaft was replaced.

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    More to soon follow.
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    Post  el manolo on Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:08 pm

    good job so far.
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    Post  bcauchi on Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:50 pm

    Looking great, very nice neat work.
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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:32 pm

    Good detail... cheers
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    Post  Ray on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:29 pm

    Great work so far Twisted Evil
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    Post  5Nige on Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:07 pm

    Time for another update. Thanks for all the encouragement guys!

    The doors interior upholstery was next. However before this the upholstery sides were re-done using plasticard so as to allow space for the side windows. The navigator side also had a small pocket, used for keeping navigation maps (no GPS those days!) and this was also scratched from plasticard.

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    As you note the hinge to keep the doors open was added. This however required the completion of a spacer (again plasticard) in order to complete the car interior to the body and also to allow for insertion.

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    The front end.

    Well these details will unfortunately be hidden but had to do them in order to achieve a complete transformation. Essentially here the coil overs were re done in replacement of the kit molded ones, tension bars to each wheel strut added, brake lines, various bolts and water plumbing added. The radiator faces are etch parts from the Reji set.

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    The engine

    With the front end and interior out of the way the engine was next. Test fits:

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    The only issue arising from the first dry fit were the rather short mountings. This was solved via the addition of a piece of aluminium plate to get the required length. This was important as these will be holding the engine onto the body. Engine was painted with Alclad Aluminium then given a wash of black and sepia. The spark plug cables were added, however fitting 6 of these and leaving a space for one on the distributor took a lot of patience, some swearing and gallons of tea!

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    For pulleys the resin ones were used, and after cleaning they were glued in place and the belt added - actually Tamiya tape painted black from both sides.

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    Exhausts were next, but the resin ones were no good so keeping the kit end parts the actual exhausts were made out of brass tube. Given that for the front set these had to curve over the differential shaping of the exhausts took a morning session.

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    Next were the fuel tanks, scratch built from wood and covered in plasticard. the bracket was shaped out of aluminium and 0.6mm rivets used to hold the bracket to the tank.

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    Next steps to include scratch building the oil tank, rear suspension frame and the actual fitting of the engine and completion of the engine bay.

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    Post  Ray on Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:29 pm

    You are FAST Shocked Suspect

    Great work nonetheless Twisted Evil
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    Post  5Nige on Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:27 pm

    Ray wrote:You are FAST Shocked Suspect

    Great work nonetheless Twisted Evil


    No Ray, the progress posted so far was the completed works. Apologies for not clarifying Embarassed Hope I am forgiven! What I will post as from now, as to the engine bay is the actual work being undertaken.
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    Post  Ray on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:11 am

    5Nige wrote:
    Ray wrote:You are FAST Shocked Suspect

    Great work nonetheless Twisted Evil


    No Ray, the progress posted so far was the completed works. Apologies for not clarifying Embarassed Hope I am forgiven! What I will post as from now, as to the engine bay is the actual work being undertaken.

    I thought so lol! lol! lol!
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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:07 pm

    What brilliant detailing. Some things which really stick out are the door interior coverings, pockets and handles. they are REALLY great, look real even the texture of the door interiors really looks nice and makes them look more realistic. Also love the finish on the car chassis. What about the exhausts? are they complete or is that the bare pipe and still needs to be painted. Exhaust pipes are usually all rusted up because of the heat/cool cycles and the fact that they are normally made of plain steel. Those are way too shiny. Otherwise, i think you are doing an awesome job.
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    Post  ferraribert on Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:04 pm

    it looks great...i like Very Happy Very Happy great model and great detail
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    Post  5Nige on Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:24 pm

    First of all thanks for all the encouraging comments.

    bcauchi wrote:What brilliant detailing. Some things which really stick out are the door interior coverings, pockets and handles. they are REALLY great, look real even the texture of the door interiors really looks nice and makes them look more realistic. Also love the finish on the car chassis. What about the exhausts? are they complete or is that the bare pipe and still needs to be painted. Exhaust pipes are usually all rusted up because of the heat/cool cycles and the fact that they are normally made of plain steel. Those are way too shiny. Otherwise, i think you are doing an awesome job.

    Brian, the exhausts pics were WIP. These have been painted first burnt metal, then exhaust, both Model Master metalizer paint. Thereafter I proceeded to include very light coats, in specific areas only, of hot metal paints from Alclad. These are simply amazing. Firstly I shot hot metal violet at the edges and around bends, then going outwards hot metal blue (very small amount and at the lowest pressure possible since this is very strong colour) and infill in hot metal yellow. Following a light black wash the exhausts were overall given a very light mist overlay of hot metal red followed by one dust coat of matt clear, since exhausts are not that shiny. The exhausts are best seen in strong light for the full effect to show, however here are some pics:

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    The engine chassis frame was then next, with scratched coil overs as well as fuel and oil tanks.

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    Next in line is the engine fitting, together with all of the plumbing and wiring, then followed by lacquer polishing and final assemblies. Hope to be able to complete this by today week.
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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:45 pm

    Sorry about that, those exhausts look terrific. Well done. Love your work on the engine bay too. Keep this up!!
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    Post  Guest on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:37 pm

    Very nice work!!
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    Post  5Nige on Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:38 pm

    Guys you all saw the finished article at this year's Expo, however for completeness' sake am finishing this thread. Am also posting the finished article under the 'Finished Models' section.

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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:35 pm

    Welldone Alan... what's next... Exclamation
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    Post  Ray on Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:11 pm

    Alan, with all due respect to ALL, you definitely are one of the better aquisitions of SSM who crossed the bridge I love you

    You ROCK bro cheers

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