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  1. Background: The French do make some very nice rally hatchbacks and I like the look of this WRC car a lot with its silver/red Total livery. Shame the road version of the 206 is so horrible. I bought this particular version of the kit as it included a driver and co-driver - slightly less faffing with seatbelts and buckles. I chose to make this as Marcus Gronholm's car, despite him not winning with this event or the championship that year. The car at least has a 1 on the door. Pros: Lots of quality mouldings, perfect fitments and detail as you'd expect from Tamiya. Decals were very easy to apply. Cons: It may be user error but I found the rear wing didn't locate very well, and the top part of the rollcage didn't sit well either. The painting instructions for the driver/co-driver helmets are incorrect if you choose Gronholm/Rautiainen. The steering wheel needed a little drilling before it'd fit over the shaft of the steering column. Verdict: Very very good. It builds into an excellent replica of the real thing. Build notes: I've added a P/E bonnet and boot catches, some seatbelts and a few other details around the interior. Mostly it's built out-of-the-box as what's in the box is so good. Body is Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminium and parts of the sills are sprayed red rather than decalled. The only red decal down there are the ones on each door. Clearcoated with Mr Hobby Premium Gloss. Built over the course of two months from Feb-April 2022.
  2. Golf and Mp4/4 are stopped 😕........are stopped because i started a commissioned work to finish at the end of this year (later in first 15 days of January). I started this work in 10 october The subject is a 1/8 hachette (very poor and detailless model) Lancia Delta Martini.....The person that commissioned me this model ask to me a little work to leave a bit the "toy effect"....so I (re)started to work on this third Delta. The rally will be the San Remo (italy) 1991, pilot Biasion e co-driver will be Siviero. So, I started to dismantled the model mounted by the "client" I smiled with the "carbon and kevlar" Some wrong fitting work anf many mistake in combo color In 2 hours i full dismantled the model ouf of box previously mounted and restarted the work from point zero.
  3. Hi . This is my first post to hopefully include pictures as i hope i have sussed out how to do it ! The Mini is my first build in over 3 years so i'm keeping it simple apart from small detail i have taken from the real cars i have seen on rallies and events . Firstly i sprayed chassis , rollcage and wheels Tamiya gloss white . Suspension and springs were fiddly to fit , but mostly interior fittings went in place easily . Seatbelts were fitted before seats were taken off the sprues and it was easier to fit the rollcage sides and leave to dry before putting in the top and back cage parts .
  4. hello guys, after a long time without posting here, i came to show my last kits, four C4, my collection is based in the world rally champions, so i did the cars of 2007, 2008, 2009 e 2010. I taked some pictures of the process. first i changed the height of the front suspension I put new tires, because the tires of the kit is too narrow I cut some parts that come injected straight into the chassis I cut the door knobs More work in the bodywork now in the interior the kit don't came with door panels, so i did with cardboard Wheels more details chassi paint decals all ready, two cars are missing tires, my friend will send two me. I'll take more photos of each car separated, and i'll post here in the forum!
  5. Tamiya 1/24 Peugeot 307 WRC With Tobacco decals and crazy modeller photo etch. Used Gravity colours Ferrari red as I had enough left over from a F1 car and it was a nice bright red. White stripes were painted rather than using the decals that come with the kit. This kit has the die cast metal base, that adds nice weight to the model. Overall quite happy with how it came out. With one of the first kits I made a few years ago: upload foto share link
  6. We've just received our stock of Belkits highly detailed 1/24 Scale VW Polo R WRC Red Bull Plastic Model Kit! This fantastic kit comes with photo-etched and night race parts included! Available while stocks last, so get your order in early! For full details, see our newsletter here.
  7. So another of my recent completed builds. Had this model a couple of year, got it from a car show for about £15ish lol It needed to be started fairly soon as the decals were very slightly yellowing. No problems with the build, pretty straight forward. Pics Ahoy: I decided to build the Piero Liatti no.4 car as opposed to the more commonly seen Mcrae car. I empolyed my seat belt cheat trick here and i'll be using it again on the Escort. If anyone cant work it out from the pics you'll have to stay tuned on my build to find out TTFN
  8. Hello, this is my Subaru Impreza 2001 of the pilot Richard Burns, I had problems with the decals, so I had to repaint some of them. At the end it was good.
  9. Tamiya Peugeot 206 WRC, the third kit of year. a little problems, but the end result was very good. thanks!!
  10. My current build so far Still needs a little touching up in places.
  11. Heller Citroen WRC 2010 I thought that as the weather has taken a turn for the worse and that we have rally GB coming up that this car should fit the bill First off is the box shot the decal sheet looks very comprehensive good news aswell i have made a start by cutting out the vents and things like that as they were all moulded in, there a little rough at the moment i would like a little bit of help from some fellow modellers though as i have never done a heller kit before so i dont know how there decals deal with gloss over them also i would like recommendations about the blue paint to use, because i was going to use the same blue i used for the redbull rb6 i finished a while ago but i dont know if that might be a tad dark so im stuck with tamiya ts 51 or ts 15
  12. Hi all. This is my recently completed project. After all the mistakes made on this model I think its time to put it behind me and move on. Hopefully the next model will be better.
  13. Hi again, Another finished box - seem to be on a roll. Picked this up as a change instead of all the aircraft in the stash. Only my second kit after 40 odd years away. Quite a nice little kit really. Enjoyed putting it together, even the decals which I wasn;t looking forwards to went on fine. Only real issue I had was the glazing, a) cos its an appaulling fit - for anyone else doing this I'd suggest the side glass is cut into 3 parts which I think would then go in nice and easily with PVA - its the size thats the issue and trying to fit 3 holes at once, and the Klear final coat has made a right mess and blurred the whole lot! Grrrr...
  14. I finished this recently and i am very happy how it turned out all the red parts of the car are heller decals which work amazingly with micro sol the blue is tamiya ts51 this is the first time i have ever made a rally car so i wanted it to look as rally as possible, again i have never attempted any sort or dirt/mud effect ive noticed in the pic that the racing decal on the rear wing looks weird, looking at it with just eyes it doesnt look any where near as bad, im guessing its the focus or light setting on my camera when i started this the intakes were all moulded plastic so i cut the out and put a mesh fabric i picked up from hobby craft instead also i didnt like the thickness of the antenas so used some metal wire i had laying around any way thanks for looking and all comment welcome
  15. Mini Countryman WRC 1:32 Plastic kit from Airfix The MINI countryman is the largest car in the MINI range, as you know the MINI is now owned by the German car maker BMW who reinvented the range attempting to keep the spirit of the original MINI alive. The Countryman takes its name from the Austin Mini Countryman that was built in the 1960’s as an estate car version if the Mini. The BMW MINI Countryman has a big range from the base MINI One, to the top of the range Cooper All4, with its 4 wheel drive system and John Cooper performance and styling upgrades. I have seen kits of the road going All4 Countryman in 1:24, but now Airfix have released the WRC in there popular 1:32 scale. The John Cooper MINI works WRC car was unveiled in 2011 and was MINIs re-entry into the rally scene since the 1960s. Using a BMW engine, and built by Pro-Drive the MINI entered the WRC in 2011 where it raced a few times, but took to the WRC fully in 2012. When you open the box you will see 3 sprues moulded in Grey, a single clear sprue and the cars body shell. This is moulded in white and captures the shape of the MINI well, there are various holes on the shell to locate the various bits and bobs. On my sample I can only see a couple of faint mould lines, just above the rear lights, that will require a swipe with a sanding stick to eradicate. You will need to paint the car red, before adding the various grills and vents to the openings, and the roof will need to be masked for its coat of white, I would add part C20 to the roof before painting as it’s also white on the finished model. Finally the A and B pillars will need a coat of Black paint before the windows and decals can be added. The chassis is a single part and includes the inner wheel arches and some basic detail of the protective and aerodynamic plates under the car, the cabin floor is also on this sprue, and this has a good level of detail showing the pressings and shapes of the floor, as being a Rally car there is none of the carpets and sound deadening found in the cars on our drives! The rest of the parts come over 2 grey sprues, the level of detail is very good for the scale, the roll cage is a multi part item that looks like it can be built before adding to the chassis, this will make it easier to paint and detail the car’s interior. I will follow up with some build feedback soon. The parts are well moulded, and as you would expect from a new kit there is no flash on the parts. OK, let down time, the tyres are poor again, the wheels look good and mirror the cars wheels but again the tyres have no tread or sidewall detail and they have the same disc to glue in the rear. The MINI Cooper needed some work to get this to fit so I hope this is better. There is a clear sprue that comes in its own bag, it holds the windows for the car as you would expect, and it also has the lens for the headlamps, and tail lamps. They are clear and don’t look too thick. they locate into the shell with lugs around the roof. A decal sheet is included, it contains decals for the windows, both to include the sponsor logos, and thankfully the black trim seals that modern cars have, this will save masking and painting the edges of the windows. Thanks Airfix! The decals cover the MINI driven by the British driver Kris Meeke, who for Top Gear fans took Captain Slow against the Olympian bobsled (Skeleton) racer Amy Williams in Lillehammer, the decals look good, well printed I hope the white in the checker flag covers the red without going pink so I look forward to giving them a go. Conclusion A nice model from Airfix, the scale is unpopular with some but it will allow you to cross with Scalextric parts especially the tires to give a well detailed model. Simple enough to be a quick build, but well detailed to be a nice build! Review sample courtesy of
  16. Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1:32nd scale Airfix In 2011, the FIA brought in a new set of Regulations for the World Rally Championship (WRC). Chief among these changes were the rules regarding the cars themselves. The previous Super 2000 category was scraped and the 2.0 litre engines were replaced by smaller 1.6 ltr units. The power plants would still be turbocharged and restrictors fitted to the air intake system would limit power to around 300 BHP. This power would be transmitted through a permanent 4-wheel drive, 6-speed sequential transmission and would propel the cars from 0-60 in around 3 seconds, on any type of surface. Ford have had a long association with the WRC and with the new rule changes, they chose to enter a new car. The Focus had been their challenger since 1999 and it was a very popular vehicle on the stages. Over the years, it was driven by the likes of Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Markko Martin, Marcus Gronholm, Mikko Hirvonen and more recently, Jari-Matti Latvala. For the 2011 season, Ford debuted the Fiesta RS WRC (RS standing for Rallye Sport). The cars were prepared and run by Malcolm Wilsons M-Sport outfit. Aside from the factory team, the cars were also supplied to a good number of smaller outfits and privateer teams. The kit Airfix have produced many car kits in the past and perhaps the most well known are their range of classic 1/32nd scale automobiles. After Hornbys purchase of the company in 2006, Airfix once again returned to this scale, with the release of a couple of modern Sports Car racers (the Aston Martin DBR9 and the Jaguar XKR GT3). They have now entered the WRC arena with the release of the 2012 Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car. The kit arrives in the now familiar modern Airfix, top opening, red box. Adorning the box lid is a very attractive illustration of Petter Solbergs Fiesta, at speed, on a stage of the Monte Carlo rally. When we open the box, we are greeted with 3 sprues of grey styrene parts, a separately bagged sprue of clear pieces and a one piece body shell, moulded in white. An 8 page instruction sheet is supplied, which features clear assembly steps, with colour call-outs for Humbrol paints, along the way. The paint and decal guide is illustrated with some very nice digital images of the WRC Fiesta. Construction begins with the chassis. The lower monocoque is a 1 piece moulding, which features some conservative detailing on the underside (sump and transmission guards, plus some fine riveting for example).On the reverse side, is attached a single piece interior floor moulding, which has a nice rendition of the pressed metal floor pans, as well as some electrical boxes and cabling, plus the spare wheel well moulded into it. Each corner of the chassis receives its own wheel arch liner and once they are set in place, the suspension parts can be added. These are simple 2 piece assemblies, comprising of a lower wishbone (which has part of the hub moulded in situ), to which you cement a shock absorber/coil spring unit. The sprue attachment points on these shock parts are quite heavy, so some care is required in their removal. To prevent breakage, I would suggest using a fine razor saw, rather than clippers. With the suspenion parts in place, the next order of business is the wheels and tyres. As is common for Airfix automobiles, the tyres are styrene, rather than vinyl or rubber and they are moulded integrally with the O.Z. Rally rims. Of course, one advantage to this, is the fact that you can file flat spots on the bottom of the tyres, to give the car a more convincing sit. The inside sidewall of the tyres have to be added, as they are separate pieces. The tyres themselves, have no tread pattern, being more akin to racing slicks. Not a problem for a dry tarmac stage. If you require something a bit groovy, though, then some replacements will need to be sourced (from the Scalextric range, perhaps). A grooved disc, complete with caliper detail, is added to the inside of each wheel and then they can be fixed to the chassis. We return to the interior for the next few stages. One thing to note here, is that Airfix suggest gloss white for the majority of the interior, where I believe it should in fact be a painted glossy aluminium colour. Once the various parts have been painted, construction can continue. The spare wheel drops into its recess, in the rear of the cabin. The drivers compartment is then kitted out with a good amount of equipment, which includes the drivers foot pedals, co-drivers footrest, fire extinguisher, electronic timing screen, handbrake and sequential gear levers and some electrical cabling. From studying pictures of the real car, about the only thing I can see missing is the mobile phone, which in this scale would be tiny, anyway. The steering column has the digital display added, before fitting the Sparco steering wheel. This assembly is then cemented to the underside of the dashboard. The completed dash has a long tab on the underneath, which fits into a location slot in the tub. The Recaro bucket seats are a little over simplified, detail wise, but Airfix have captured the basic shape, quite well. If you really wanted too, you could build the bolsters up using plastic card or something like Milliput. With the small scale however, I suspect you wont see too much when the model is closed up, anyway. One nice addition, is the inclusion of moulded 5 point harnesses. Once youve painted them blue and picked out the buckles in silver, they simply drop into place in the seat. Very neat. Once that is done, the seats can be fixed in position and then the roll cage can be built up. Airfix have moulded this in 5 parts; an upper, a rear, a single cross brace section and then the 2 sides. To their credit, it is quite finely done, so once again, take care when removing the pieces from the sprue. The instructions correctly point out that the forward A-pillar braces of the cage, should be painted black. Note here though, that the rest of the cage should be the same aluminium shade as the rest of the interior (not white, as Airfix suggest). With the cage in position, you can add the other parts of the harnesses. There are 2 pieces representing the shoulder straps, from their mounting points on the rear cage, going up to the slots in the back of the seats. They have a realistic sag moulded into them and they should look very good, once painted and added. This is a lovely little addition, which I like, very much. With the interior completed, the last job to do on the chassis is the addition of 2 mud/stone guards, which locate at the rear underside and cover the openings for the rear suspension. These can be seen hanging down on the underside of the real thing, when the car is airborne. These parts are a little on the thick side and could be thinned down along their edges, for a more realistic appearance, if so desired. Once they have been fixed in position, we can turn our attention to the body shell. As mentioned previously, Airfix have moulded the shell in one piece and a very nice job they have done of it, too. Theyve really captured the lines of this little beastie, very well. Surface detail is nicely restrained, with finely engraved panel gaps and joins, plus some perfectly acceptable raised bonnet and boot locking pins. Of course, with a one piece body, you have to expect some mould separation lines, but here they are so fine that only the minimal amount of clean up will be required. I have seen far worse on larger kits, with much bigger price tags. One area that is a little lacking, is the paint guide for the body. Airfix do supply those lovely digital images of the car, but they are geared more towards the decal application. You are left to work out yourself, exactly what needs painting. As far as I can work out, the body should be painted in the blue shade first (Airfix suggest Humbrol no14, but that seems maybe a tad too light, to me). Then it should be masked up and the black areas on the roof, running down the A-pillars and onto the bonnet, should be painted. Everything else (save for the smaller details) appears to be supplied on the decal sheet. With the paint applied, the body shell has a number of items to finish it off. There are inserts for the bonnet vents and the front grilles. A pair of door pull handles are added to the interior of the shell, along with the glass panels. Airfix have separated these into 4 sections, for an easier fit (windscreen, 2 lots of side windows and rear screen). The headlight and tail light lenses are also supplied on the clear sprue. The headlamps have their bezels moulded onto the reverse side of the lens. Another thoughtful little touch. You can paint the bezels with silver, on the back side, which should give a nice look to the lenses, when viewed from the front. The rear lenses need tinting with clear red, not forgetting to leave the reversing lamp lens clear, of course. This would seem a good point to fit the shell onto the chassis. The body is quite sturdy with not a lot of give in it. That combined with the complex shape and the bulky interior, makes me think that it could be quite tricky to persuade the shell into place. Once fixed, the smaller, more fragile items can be attached. The roof has 2 vents to be added. At the rear, the 2 piece spoiler needs painting black and then fixing to the tailgate. The final items are the wipers, the door mirrors and the various antenna on the roof. The aerials are a little thick, here and would be well replaced with some fine metal wire or stretched sprue. The decal sheet is a lovely item. Airfix have employed the services of Cartograf, once more, so the quality is assured. The images are pin sharp, with all the sponsor logos and markings, perfectly legible. Colours are bold and appear accurate and the carrier film has been kept to a minimum around the edges of each decal. Markings are supplied for either the No3 car of Jari-Matti Latvala or the No4 machine of Petter Solberg, from the 2012 Monte Carlo Rally. Conclusion This is a super little kit and represents excellent value for money. It is simple enough to be enjoyed as a quick, weekend build, yet it possesses enough detail to produce a very nice model straight out of the box. With some extra detailing and refinements, you could end up with a stunning little replica of a modern piece of WRC machinery. Im looking forward to getting stuck into this one. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Fiesta S2000 M.Prokop Deutschalnd Rally 2011 1:24 scale Reji Model Czech driver Martin Prokop, made his WRC debut at the age of 23, in the 2005 Monte Carlo Rally, competing in the Junior category and piloting a Suzuki Ignis S1600. He would finish in 9th place in the JWRC championship, come years end. The following year he switched to a Citroen C2 S1600 and gained his maiden JWRC rally victory, at the Spanish Rally Catalunya. Still competing in the Junior class, Prokop would win Rally Deutschland and the Tour De Corse, in 2007 and finished 3rd in the championship standings. In 2008 he began contesting both the JWRC and PWRC (Production World Rally Championship). The following year, he secured the Junior championship and finished 2nd in the Production class. 2010 would see Prokop switch to the new Super 2000 WRC championship, driving a Fiesta S2000 for the Czech Ford National Team. He became the first S2000 driver to win a special stage of a WRC event, on SS16 of Rally Sweden. He continued in the S2000 class, until finally making the switch to the senior WRC category in November 2011, when he entered Rally GB, using a Fiesta RS WRC. His first full WRC season (2012) would end with 9th place in the championship standings. This year, he is still in a Fiesta RS WRC, driving for the Jipocar Czech National Team and is currently sitting in 9th spot in the championship. Decal set No 195 from Reji Model features the Fiesta S2000, in which Martin Prokop took 6th place at the 2011 Rally Deutschland. The sheet is designed to be used in conjunction with Belkits Fiesta S2000 model (BEL002). The paint finish required for this car is going to be quite labour intensive, requiring some very careful masking to ensure everything lines up straight and symmetrical. The base colour is gloss white and then on top of this, there are large blocks of red down the flanks, on the roof and the centre of the bonnet. The rear of the car is largely blue, along with the lower edge of the front spoiler. Finally, we also have strips of gold running from the edge of the bonnet, up the “A-Pillars” and along the roofs edge, as well as additional gold bands which angle up the sides, onto the doors. Once that task is completed, your attention can turn to applying the decals. Reji supply everything needed, on one sheet, with a small correction sheet for 2 sponsor badges which go on the roof. Once again, the quality of the decals is excellent. The images are sharp and clear, with bold colours. The registry is spot on and the sponsorship logos all appear very authentic to the originals. Everything is printed on very fine and glossy carrier film. Conclusion Due to the complexity of the paint job required, perhaps this is one for the more advanced Rally modellers among us. On the other hand, we only advance ourselves through experience, so if you feel confident enough to try it out, I’d say go for it. Take your time and with some careful masking and painting, you’ll end up with a very colourful car to add to the collection. I can’t speak well enough of the decals themselves. They are simply another very high quality product from Reji Model. Review sample from
  18. Citroen C4 WRC, P.Solberg & P.Mills, Catalunya Rally 2009 1:24 scale Reji Models Like his older brother Henning, Petter Solberg began his motorsport career by competing in Rallycross. The day after he passed his driving test in 1992 (which was 3 days past his 18th birthday), he entered his first event. He would go on to become the Norwegian champion in both Rallycross and Hillclimbing, in 1995, winning an impressive 19 out of 21 events. He repeated this success the following year, being victorious in 15 from 19 events. He made his stage rally debut in the 1995 Norwegian Rally Bjørkelangen, piloting a Volvo 240. He would go on to become Norwegian Rally champion in 1998, bringing himself to the attention of several World Rally Championship (WRC) teams. He signed as a junior driver for Ford, in 1999, but was unexpectedly thrust into the limelight when Fords No2 driver, Thomas Radstrom, was unable to compete in the Safari Rally due to injury. Solberg was entered into the event in his place, as a nominated points scorer for Ford. Despite being one of the most challenging rallies on the calendar, Solberg not only completed the event, but finished in an impressive 5th place. Of course, he is best known for his association with Subaru. He joined the Prodrive Subaru World Rally Team (WRT) in 2000 and became the first Norwegian WRC champion, when he took the drivers title in 2003. He would also finish as runner up in 2002, 2004 and 2005. When Subaru withdrew from the WRC in December 2008, Solberg was left without a drive for the 2009 season. After weighing up his options, he decided to enter the championship as a privateer and acquired a 2006 spec Citroen Xsara WRC and formed the Petter Solberg WRT. Along with regular co-driver, Phil Mills, the team made their debut at the Norwegian rally, finishing in 6th place. The following round, in Cyprus, Solberg and Mills would finish in 3rd place, the first time since 1993 that a privateer team had finished in a podium position. He would continue to battle for 3rd and 4th spots for every rally that followed, up until Rally Finland, where he was forced to retire. Feeling that he had taken the Xsara as far as he could, he began the search for a more competitive car. After sitting out the Australian Rally, he returned for the final 2 rounds of the season, with a Citroen C4 WRC, which had been upgraded to something near the spec of the Citroen factory cars. Piloting the C4, he would finish in 4th spot at both the Catalunya Rally and Rally GB, securing 5th spot in the drivers championship, come years end. He would better that result a year later, by finishing 3rd in the drivers championship, once again piloting a privately entered Citroen C4. He would switch to the Citroen DS3 WRC for the 2011 championship (finishing 5th in the title), while 2012 would see him return to the Ford factory team, driving a Fiesta RS WRC (once again finishing 5th). Unfortunately, with Fords withdrawal from the WRC, he once again found himself without a seat for the 2013 championship, but he can now be seen in the European Rallycross Championship. One of the latest decal releases from Reji Model, set No 199 features the privateer Citroen C4 WRC, which Petter and co-driver Phil Mills drove to 4th spot in the 2009 Spanish Catalunya Rally. The clear Zip-Lock bag contains 2 sheets of decals and one colour, 4-view paint and decal guide. The decals are designed for use with the Heller 1:24 Citroen C4 WRC (kit no 80756). After applying a gloss white basecoat, some careful masking is going to be required in order to paint the curvy black markings on the body shell and to get them looking symmetrical. The rear spoiler is finished in black, as is the front edge of the bonnet. A yellow band is required around the lower edge of the front valance, which extends around and behind the wheel arches, on to the forward end of the doors. This should be quite a simple task, as it is all straight edges. Once painted up, your attention can turn to applying the multitude of sponsor decals and placards, etc. As with previous releases, Reji have done their research very thoroughly. The markings all appear very accurate and authentic. The decal sheets are fantastic quality, featuring pin-sharp images, printed on extremely thin and glossy carrier film. The colours (and the blacks and whites, for that matter) are nice and bold. I cant forsee any issue with their use at all. Conclusion Another fantastic quality product from our friends at Reji Model. I have no hesitation in recommending them to fellow Rally fans, as they offer a welcome alternative scheme for the Heller C4 model. Review sample from
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