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Here is my all time favourite car the iconic Ford Escort MK11 RS1800 , having owned one in about 1980 it was possibly the best car I have ever had, and being in the car game believe me I have had some serious motors, Westfields Lotus Alfa Romeos Mercedes Nissan GTR and now a Racing DS3 Citroen.
Anyhow I have always really been into Rallying not so much the current rubbish that calls itself WRC , but the good ol days when Rallies were over 4/5 days covering hundreds of miles the RAC rally out in the forests of Wales and Kielder hearing the roar of the mighty group B cars the works Escorts of Brooks Clark Wilson the flying Finns Vatenan Arikkala Blomqvist and Waldegard. This 43rd scale kit is from K&R replicas a small British manufacturer who specialise in 43rd scale white metal kits of iconic British cars both competition and road going, they also do a superb Jaguar C type and D type in 1/24th scale, and a jaguar XK120 the Monthlery race car. The kit here is the Andrews Heat for Hire RS 1800 as driven by the British driver Russell Brooks, shown here as it competed in the 1979 Circuit of Ireland Rally, First job with white metal kits is to get rid of all the excess metal flash open up the window apertures, and generally give all the parts a thorough clean up, I use a degreasing panel wash used in car body repair shops, this gets rid of all the impurities on the metal. Primed with an etch primer, which is a 2 part system of a primer and hardener, this is usually used by the railway modelling fraternity on white metal and photo etch Locomotive kits.Leaving this to harden for a few days it was then airbrushed with Ford Diamond White I use car paint chip repair paint sticks and thin them with Cellulose they go on beautifully and dry very quickly, and are very tough.Next was the Yellow, this is a corporate colour specific to Andrews heat for Hire and is listed as pantone 198289, which the guys in my works bodyshop kindly mixed for me.Final mask then the Ford Gentian blue was sprayed again using a touch up stick as per the white.The window surrounds were hand painted using Tamiya XF85 Rubber Bkack. next will be the interior assembly seat dash and roll cage, the decals I re sourced from a Danish Company called DMC as the ones in the kit were too far gone to use having crazed and cracked, being over 35 years old I suppose it's to be expected. Here is where it's at for now Thanks for looking sorry if I bored anyone with the pre-amble about Rallying. Gary __________________
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I liked the text you wrote. I don't know much about the rallies and I found that very interesting.Besides, it gives us insight into what your build is about and what it means to you personally--that is a very important aspect of this hobby--what is the passion that drives it [no pun intended]?? the build/paint is looking great! HEAT FOR HIRE--love it. __________________ Ted pinterest pg. of scale models/dioramas: http://www.pinterest.com/intrstinpintrst/awesome-scale-models/
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Nice build of a classic car well done.
__________________ Best Wishes. Simon.(srp71)