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Looking very promising, love to see the end result.

 

Regarding spraying outside; I also have bad experiences with too cold, humid conditions outside. After a lot of research I decided not to buy a spray booth as they seemed fit only for airbrush and not rattle can. After I got very frustrated last autumn about bodies piling up and not able to progress the way I liked, I started looking again. I found one that I didn't see before, not sure if it is new, but it looks similar as the others I've seen besides that it has two fans. I bit the bullet to buy one and so far I'm very satisfied. It works great for indoor spraying with Tamiya rattle cans and I haven't seen any spray go outside the booth. You do have to regularly refresh the filters. Perhaps you are already familiar, but just in case, here is the link where I ordered mine.

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Finally managed to get back to the Escort today after a few busy weekends . Last weekend was mild enough to be able to gloss coat the body , which has enabled me to progress a bit further . 

  Onto glazing then and I was disappointed to find that , although the one piece windows fit very tightly , they are actually too low to fit the frames . Not so clear on this shot 

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But on this one I have put a knife through the gap to highlight the problem.... You will also notice I have painted the interior semi gloss black . 

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To rectify the window frame drama , I masked the glass up and cut the side windows off the frame so I can hopefully mount them in place separately , and in the correct position . 

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This is where I'm up to now . Side windows cleaned up and black edged with a Sharpie pen . The large front and rear window " rubber " is a combination of Sharpie , paint and a very steady hand and breath holding exercises ! Finally , while researching spotlights , I realised the grille should be aluminium , not chrome , so I popped it out and gave a coat of aluminium paint . 

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Thanks for looking 

Gary .

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That's a shame that the windows aren't working for you straight from the box. On the bright side though, it looks as though you have a solution which appears as though it will all work out in the end.

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What a nuisance to find the windows don't fit. You'd expect better. At least they look like something that wasn't a total scribing pain to remove.

 

It bothers me that both lower case "i"s in "Daily Mirror" both lack a dot above the i.   It is accurate however, so I blame that on the Daily Mirror's designers.

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Grrrrrrr, windows that don't fit, grrrrrrrrr!!!! 😡

 

Seems to be a common problem with my recent - & planned - builds. But you look to have found a good fix there Gary so thanks for the heads up on the problem and solution! :)

 

Everything is looking good though and good to see her underway again.

 

Keith

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19 hours ago, galaxyg said:

What a nuisance to find the windows don't fit. You'd expect better. At least they look like something that wasn't a total scribing pain to remove.

 

It bothers me that both lower case "i"s in "Daily Mirror" both lack a dot above the i.   It is accurate however, so I blame that on the Daily Mirror's designers.

I had not noticed the missing dot over the "i" . Now you've mentioned it I will forever notice it !!!

 

7 hours ago, keefr22 said:

Grrrrrrr, windows that don't fit, grrrrrrrrr!!!! 😡

 

Seems to be a common problem with my recent - & planned - builds. But you look to have found a good fix there Gary so thanks for the heads up on the problem and solution! :)

 

Everything is looking good though and good to see her underway again.

 

Keith

Thanks Keith . Hopefully my solution will work if I have enough area left to take glue .

Gary .

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Great progress Gary, the Escort has come a long way since I last looked in (you had just opened the box 😉)

Hope the window attachment goes well. The rear side windows seemed to be a fairly tight push into the shell when I did mine. I used Future floor polish to hold them in temporarily, after an hour, I went round the edges with thin Gator grip for a secure fix.

 

Have you tried the floor pan in the shell yet? It is very tight especially at the front. Some material can be removed from the front corners to make it a bit easier to get in.

 

Atb, Steve.

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11 hours ago, triumphfan said:

Great progress Gary, the Escort has come a long way since I last looked in (you had just opened the box 😉)

Hope the window attachment goes well. The rear side windows seemed to be a fairly tight push into the shell when I did mine. I used Future floor polish to hold them in temporarily, after an hour, I went round the edges with thin Gator grip for a secure fix.

 

Have you tried the floor pan in the shell yet? It is very tight especially at the front. Some material can be removed from the front corners to make it a bit easier to get in.

 

Atb, Steve.

I've tried a dry fit of the floorpan / body once and it was an extremely tight fit . Even worse to separate them .... so I will wait until the very end to join them together again.  

Gary . 

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I can wholeheartedly agree with the angst fitting the body over the chassis causes, having built two of these kits. For the last one I replaced the side windows with clear sheet and lowered the side windows. Build HERE but probably a bit late now?

You'll  have a very tidy model once it's done.

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I'm surprised this kit has a few fundamental challenges. Top marks for resolving the window issue because it will absolutely make a difference. 

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After preparing the ill fitting windows last weekend , this weekend it was time to fit them . By cutting them off separately it left little room around their lower edges to apply glue , and they tended to push out of their frames too . However , gentle persuasion and walking away to allow the glue to cure has given good results . No longer are they too low and the extra effort has been worthwhile . 

  The white gem tech glue can be seen below on the minimal glueing area . 

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Once the windows had set things moved on swiftly . Door handles and wipers were added . The wipers are painted with Green Stuff chrome paint- again brilliant stuff and the tiniest amount is needed as it does tend to run like mercury ! The actual blades I did with a black Sharpie .

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Two sets of tyres are in the box . No mention in the instructions as to which to use , but research tells me Roger Clark and the other team drivers used 13 inch wheels , Timo Makinen demanded 15 inch , much to the annoyance of the Ford team . So the larger tyres in this kit are obviously to be used on the Makinen version of the kit . Coaxing the tyres onto the rims took a lot of pressing and sore thumb ends !! The wheels fit very loosely onto the stub axles so glueing and leaving to dry in a hopefully correct position is the order of the day . Putting the body onto the chassis is , as previously discussed extremely nerve racking . At least it is a secure and solid fit . 

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The 4 spotlights have very little area to glue to and the I would have liked some covers for them , of at least have the option . The real car uses elasticated covers , but I can't really come up with a homemade solution . I've added some wire on the brackets for the lights . 

  Just a few small details to add now and the Escort will be finished .

Thanks for looking 

Gary. 

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Stunning looking Escort Gary you've certainly made this into a silk purse!

 

    Stay safe          Roger

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1 minute ago, Hamden said:

 

Stunning looking Escort Gary you've certainly made this into a silk purse!

 

    Stay safe          Roger

Thanks a lot , Roger . As usual for a Belkits there's a few unnecessary problems but with a bit of thought they can be overcome . 

Gary .

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Wow, that looks like a big leap forward!

IIRC, Timo Makinen preferred 15" wheels, but sometimes opted for 13" rims.  On one RAC rally, I can't remember which year, he was still undecided what to use when he was due to leave a service area, and consequently departed with 15" on one side and 13" on the other!

Trevor

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Wow Gary, lovely looking Escort.  Good you persevered with the windows as it makes an enormous difference to the overall 

look of the model.

Most impressive and a lovely looking model

Well done 👍👍

Chris

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35 minutes ago, klubman01 said:

Wow, that looks like a big leap forward!

IIRC, Timo Makinen preferred 15" wheels, but sometimes opted for 13" rims.  On one RAC rally, I can't remember which year, he was still undecided what to use when he was due to leave a service area, and consequently departed with 15" on one side and 13" on the other!

Trevor

Thanks Trevor . I read that too about the wheels getting mismatched ! 

8 minutes ago, ceeb555 said:

Wow Gary, lovely looking Escort.  Good you persevered with the windows as it makes an enormous difference to the overall 

look of the model.

Most impressive and a lovely looking model

Well done 👍👍

Chris

Thanks Chris. Did you have problems with window fitment on your Escorts ?

 

Gary .

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5 hours ago, Windy37 said:

Timo Makinen demanded 15 inch

 

Well I never knew that! Perceived wisdom back in the day was that fifteens needed significant work on the inner rear arches - wonder if that was true? I know Irish 'modified' class Mk1's run fifteens but they usually have rather different rear suspension set ups than 1970's works cars!

 

I also hadn't noticed the two sets of tyres in the kit were different sizes - I thought they just had different tread patterns.....!! :doh:

 

Your Mk1 is looking stunning Gary, really nice job!

 

Keith

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Hi Gary, don’t actually remember any issues with mine but it was a while ago and age destroys the memory of these things!!!

Cant imagine mine were any different to yours or others but I have looked at my builds and they are flush so either

good luck or I sorted at the time.

One thing I have learned from your WIP is the different sizes of wheels preferred and used. Had no idea of the different sizes

used and like Keefr thought the kit tyres were just different treads. DOH!!!
Chris

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1 hour ago, keefr22 said:

 

Well I never knew that! Perceived wisdom back in the day was that fifteens needed significant work on the inner rear arches - wonder if that was true? I know Irish 'modified' class Mk1's run fifteens but they usually have rather different rear suspension set ups than 1970's works cars!

 

I also hadn't noticed the two sets of tyres in the kit were different sizes - I thought they just had different tread patterns.....!! :doh:

 

Your Mk1 is looking stunning Gary, really nice job!

 

Keith

I think if I hadn't known about Makinen's liking for larger wheels I would probably have used the taller tyre as it is a  more chunky tread pattern . Glad to have helped out with future builds ! 

Thanks for the kind comments everyone 

Gary .

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Back in the day, every so often I'd drive past Roger Clarks' garage in Narborough, Leics, and see the rally cars parked on the forecourt. 

Great to see them though, I never did follow the rallies. Saw him and Gerry Marshall in a pub once. 

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