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Hello TC! I’ve seen so many great creations on here that I’m aiming for the benchmark set by some members. I thought I’d give it a try and introduce my models starting with my most recent project, a replica of the Lancia 037 Evolution 2, driven frantically to second place in the 1984 Portuguese Rally, (just 27 seconds behind the winning 4wd Quattro of Hannu Mikkola) by the legendary Markku “Maximum Attack” Alen (who still holds the record for most stage wins) and his career-long co-driver Ilkka Kivimaki. By typing “WRC'84....Rally Portugal” into YouTube you get wonderful insight into rallying’s greatest bygone era.
Whilst I’ve not started painted or decaling the body yet, I thought I’d share the ‘almost’ completed cockpit set, painted so expertly by my wonderful girlfriend who is a self employed illustrator. Don’t worry, she was paid handsomely - in nail varnishes – so painting models to paint nails! I hope you’ll agree she’s done a fantastic job, even if she wants Mr. Kivimaki to read from letter-headed paper! :)
Researching into the helmets and patterns was a tough job, finding images of both helmets proved very difficult and took quite a while, however as far as I’m concerned they are as accurate as I can realistically make them.
The Abarth wheel centre as used in the real car was printed out from a vector image I made (as seen on my user image) and then cut and Pritt stuck to the steering wheel. The dayglow Marlboro decals are from modelworks.co.uk – motorsport decal heaven! I’m still awaiting for some standard red ones to put on the arms, a larger dayglow to put on Mr.Kivimaki’s helmet and then I’ll call the cockpit set pretty much finished. Pactra “Royal Blue” decal tape was used for the helmet stripes – quite fiddly and requiring a hairdryer to set in place, but ultimately much more accurate and rewarding than masking and painting!
I hope to mate the cockpit set to the finished car in a few weeks time all being well :)
Helmet Research Pic1
Helmet Research Pic2
Hope you like the pictures and any comments good/bad or indifferent are much appreciated!