Status: New built
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This is my first on road car. I bought it on a whim last December while visiting my family in Italy, though I've had my eyes on the kit for a while.
It was going to be a Christmas build, and my intention was to complete it in time to be able to run it in the Alps, in the exact same locations where I would watch the real 1:1 Deltas blasting through when I was a kid.
The car's steroid-shaped silhouette, the timeless Martini livery and the iconic Lancia front grid are etched upon my memory since those early days, when I would dream of driving and maybe even owning one of those someday as a grown up... ahah.
While so far I couldn't make that dream come true, I was able to at least finish the car in time for a few Alpine runs before heading back overseas.
It was quite an ambitious project, as I didn't take into account all the time spent with friends and family, which of course had the priority over the build, but most of all I underestimated how lengthy it was going to be to figure out all those stickers! That sure was a challenge, but I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it.
Even without the driver cockpit and with the body posts still to be trimmed, I was able to make the best out of my Lancia-in-the-Alps short driving experience. A real treat visually even with the car not fully finished, and a lot of fun to drive. The chassis, by the way, is stock exept for the usual: mini CVAs, ball bearings and ceramic grease throughout. Haven't driven it that much yet, but so far so good! Nice drifting attitude, too.
Next thing, I had to put the car in the suitcase to bring it back with me. Part of me wanted to leave it 'where it belonged' as it somehow made sense, but the rest of me knew better :) no way I wasn't going to leave a new built model behind...
Fortunately it arrived in immaculate conditions, so I kept working on more details in the following months. I added panel lines, grids/vents lines, sorted out the missing Michelin decals, added rear tow ring, front and rear windshield wipers and sprinklers, and of course the drivers.
About that, a big shout-out to the TC member Victorious Secrets for the inspiration: one look at his works showed me the incredible level of detail that it is possible to achieve with those cockpit sets. His skills are out of the ordinary, and while having my first crack at one of these I went back several times to his Lancia drivers, to learn and admire in awe. My result is not comparable to his work, but I'm still very happy with it and I know I wouldn't have pushed this far hadn't I seen his sets first, so thank you Victorious!
As of now, the car is still missing a few details like mud flaps, exhaust, antenna and roll cage, but I'm calling it done for the moment. I want to run it and enjoy it, so will take care of those parts sometime in the future when I feel like it.
Here are the pictures, including some action shots from those precious runs in the Alps.
Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking!