Status: New built
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Commission number four for Hess is this Focus.
Having had bad luck with the previous Focus I did, the 2001 model where the paint wouldn’t stick properly, I was a bit apprehensive about doing this one. I followed the exact same process and after painting the blue I nervously peeled off the tape. This is the point doing the 2001 car that it took a large amount of paint with it but this time it worked fine.
Successful paint meant I was able to cut out the grille and vents this time, although as Tamiya didn’t update the mould, the vents are wrong for the year of the car. I used a combination of styrene and cut vinyl to replicate the co-driver side and centre vents. Not totally accurate but better than the stickers or doing them 2001 style.
For my previous Focus I used a vinyl cut ford logo on the intercooler but for this one I did the same as the real car by painting it onto the mesh. I worked out how to do this for the Michelin logo on my Xsara, so the same method of cutting a mask then spraying.
Totally absent from the Tamiya version is the cross brace and pipework behind the grille. I made this with styrene rod heated and bent to shape.
It’s a tiny thing but my favourite part of the car is the front towing eye. I normally use an electrical spade connector but this doesn’t look right for this car so I had a go at making one from styrene. It worked really well and I think it’s spot-on accurate to the real car.
With my previous build, the Evo VI, I had stickers printed so I made use of some spare room on the sheet to produce some driver suit logos as unlike the 2001, this doesn’t have an interior as standard. Colin and Nicky’s helmet stripes are vinyl, heat shrunk to fit.
The chassis is again the TT-02D Type-S and whereas with my own builds I tend to re-use the same one, with customer cars it’s a new chassis built each time. To get the body to sit absolutely perfect with the wheels centred in the arches I had to slightly space out the front shock tower to move the front body posts forward a few mm, then fine tune the spacers on the rear arms. Being able to do this makes this chassis absolutely perfect for these detailed builds.
• Front light buckets (Killerbody Corvette) painted semi gloss black
• Rear lights 3D texture (Wrap-up Next)
• Tyre logos
• Matte black door handles
• Door locks
• Matte black roof trims
• Matte black front rubber lip
• Correct matte and gloss window frames
• Rear window heater elements
• 2 minute interval sticker on roof
• Grille and bumper vents cut out and mesh fitted
• Ford logo painted on front bumper mesh
• Cross brace behind grille
• Pipes behind grille
• Styrene centre bonnet vent
• Towing eye made from styrene
• Wheels painted TS white
• MST black wheel nuts
• TT-02D Type-S wide track chassis
• 2mm rear wheel spacers
• Camber adjustment
• Rear toe-in removed
• Cockpit set
• Custom printed driver / co-driver sponsor logos
• Vinyl cut helmet stripes
• Missing Ford and O·Z logos added to wheels
• Pirelli and O·Z logos on spare wheel
• Printed co-driver pace notes
• Styrene roll cage with matte black front section
• Exhaust (ABC Hobby) painted silver
• Brembo brake discs and callipers
• Windscreen wipers
• Roof aerials
• 3D bonnet catches (Wrap-Up Next)
• Bonnet washer jets
• Headlight washer jets
• Tax disc
• Jacking points
• Body lines (Kyosho 0.4mm tape)