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PatW

Italeri Ford Escort MK 2 WRC 1977

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I bought this........................

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But resurrected the decals from a ESCI 1992 Ford Escort 'Clear' bodied kit....................

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And so far............................

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That's a great start you can't have to many Escorts (Mk1/2). I'll follow along if you don't mind?

Nice work on those decals

 

   Roger

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Cheers Hamden.

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That's a fantastic start!! I have the same sheet of decals, and my kit is the old Esci crystal version too. I will get around to building it one day. But for now I'll follow along with your build for inspiration 😀

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Thanks Steve Noble. I used the 'Clear' body to build Ken Blocks Hoonigan Escort recently and had the decals left over, so two coats of clear gloss to be sure as they were from 1992, used on the white body of this kit.

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Hi Pat . Decals look good . Years ago I built the clear Escort , but painted one half white and then applied the BA  decals , leaving the other half see through . There’s a local rally driver to me who has a Mark 2 painted in the British Airways colour scheme . He’s Graham Haig and competes in the Northern Historic Rally Championship. It’s a Pinto engined car and I saw him on the Malton Stages last Sunday competing against local legends Steve Bannister and Mathew Robinson , also Mark 2 pedlars . This years British Champion Matt Edwards was also taking part in a Fiat 131 Abarth .  

  Gary . 

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Thanks Gary. Yes I know of Steve Bannister and watch on Sky as many rally programmes that they cover, British Historic, Irish stages with lots of MK2's plus a few MK1's as well. I buy a few kits from an ebay shop run by one of the Millington family that do the Ford engines for historic rallying.

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Pleased to see the original kit being made as what it represents - a normal works Mk2 (although from 1977 onwards they were no longer "RS1800" as on the kit box but "RS" - an homologated car that was never seen on a production line).

The 1979 Monte Carlo car the kit purports to be was not the usual spec works car but one of the "Alan Wilkinson tarmac specials". These were visibly different from all other works Mk2s. Most obviously, the arches and front spoiler were very different. The car was also rear biased by having the wheelbase moved forwards relative to the body shell. These changes are well know and were pushing the boundaries of what was allowed (beyond the limits in the view of many - but allegedly main rival Fiat were in no position to protest....).

A fairly fundamental error by the kit manufacturer, quite apart from the underside depicting the two link rear suspension of the standard car rather than the works 5 or 6 link rear end. 

However, the rear arches of the photo of the actual kit in Brit Airways colours of the 77 RAC rally actually looks far more like the 79 Monte car, unlike the box art !

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Thanks FAL. for the info.

A little progress, the engine complete adding fine tubing as plug leads and 'bluing' the exhaust manifold to show heat from engine. Also added engine to floorpan and small interior items, seats, seatbelt decals (used my own as kit ones are black and wouldn't be seen ) plus handbrake, gear stick fire extinguishers and pedals. Instructions suggest these are to be fitted after the rollcage which is the wrong way round.

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Here's today's work.... rollcage fitted, then shave a bit off each side of the dash, so it slides in between the door cards........

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Test fit in bodyshell................

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