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Belkits 1/24 Ford Escort Mk.1 London-Mexico Anniversary Rally

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Nurse, screwdriver please! Well it was a disturbing case of deja vu as I attempted to install the chassis/interior into the bodyshell. Fearing all sorts of cracks appearing, the clear parts popping out and many a choice word mumbled under my breath the job was finaly completed with only the loss of one lamp bracket, but then I should have left those off. Those keen of eye will spot the high level brake lamps through the rear window, placed a little low but this was purely guesswork and it ain't coming apart now. The side windows have also been lopped off to be replaced with clear card, notwithstanding the fit issue on the C pillar due to adding the internal detail - I don't know why I bother some times. Some touching up of the window rubbers will be needed and now I can attack the bumpers, bull bar and a myriad of other small bits and bobs. Oh I nearly forgot the replacement exhaust tailpipe added since the last installment, this car had a rectangular one.

 

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Some more detail parts added. Chrome strips to the window rubbers + metal plates to the windscreen, washer pipes and rails to the wipers, spotlamp braces and wiring, lights, rear bumper, front bull bar and a few small decals. More detail parts to add yet but some are on the way from Japan.

 

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Someone was asking about upload issues using postimages. No problem adding the above.

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Looking extremely good, love the attention to the smallest detail!

 

     Roger

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Oh yes thats right, looks extremely good and your love and knowledge for details are unbeatable.

Marco F

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Thanks for the kind comments, but, Marco, I don't consider my builds are any way near as deatailed as those of other members on the forum.

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Hi, nice build of the Escort.  Those big-arched rally Escorts always looked the business, although I was weaned on Minis as a driver!

 

May I ask how you achieved the thin chrome / aluminium accent strip on the window rubbers?  I see so many models where its either all black or all chrome, but either just isn’t right for most classic British cars.  I’ve got both this kit and some Minis to build and haven’t worked out an obvious way to do the insert.

 

Cheers

Will

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Hi Will, for the chromme strip I used 0.4mm Aizu tape, lightly stuck a piece to a metal rule and went over it with a 1mm Molotow marker and left to dry overnight. It is slightly overscale but to manually cut a parallel line any thinner is too much for my eyesight. Some others use Bare Metal Foil.

 

Thanks

Mark

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The bonnet pins have arrived, and after getting some missing decals re-printed the missing ones appeared from under a pile of papers, as they do! Great service direct from Mr. Model. At least it will keep me entertained far more than the dross and repeats on TV.

 

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