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Hello Chaps! It’s been a bit later than originally promised but here it is! My finished Lancia 037 Evo 2. I’ve talked a lot bodywise about this car in my other posts, so just a little update on the body: I have installed lights and used a Pilot 0.1mm pen to draw in all the shut-lines. You’ll notice the rear window has a black strip down it, to represent the strengthening member that was used on all Evo 2’s. By cutting off the rear bumper the rear of the body is significantly weaker and contorts a lot more. To cut off the bumper I used the help of my trusty friend Dr.Emel ;) before using sandpaper to produce a smooth finish. Quite a scary process let me tell you, one slip and the body would be ruined! This is actually the second body I’ve given an Evo 2 treatment to, the first was my 1985 Totip sponsored 037, which I began last May and is a halted project for now, but I’ll post pics of that before too long. I’m most proud of the exhaust though- the styrene tubes were just right to snuggly fit into the R clip without glue! What’s more, it just so happens that the location is perfect, the exhausts cleared the mud guards in a scale way, and even after a few runs, they’ve stayed put, which is great. The rear number-plate light is made from balsa wood sanded down to the correct shape, before being painted black and stuck onto the rear wing using superglue.
The chassis is a TA03RS without front gearbox, front drive-shafts and drive belt. To prevent the rear countershaft’s exposed ballrace being contaminated with dirt, a pulley gear washer was used and held on with a small tight elastic band. Works a treat. As this chassis has been built up from parts bought on “the bay” over the course of three years, I’ve installed close to every Tamiya option part to make this chassis not only look good but perform better as well. Only two of the hop ups are made by GPM (the diff spur gear and lower suspension arms). I decided against the Carbon Chassis option as there are more gaps for the dirt and grass to get in! The rear gearbox houses a ball diff with an aluminium pressure plate set and tungsten carbide balls, secured to a GPM aluminium diff spur gear (from asiatees.com). It looks great and performs better than it looks! I love the idea of having an all aluminium differential that is hard wearing too.
There are always small things to add to a model like this, (like a rollcage, rear mudguard metal support brackets, etc) but seeing as it’s runner – I’m not going to go mad making it look like an exact replica as it’s going to be (carefully) thrashed!
Rear window with vinyl tape
Perfect fit for the styrene tube!
Thankyou for looking, hope you guys like it, and any comments good/bad or indifferent are very much appreciated.
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