Model: (Click to see more) 58278: Lancia 037 Rally (Ltd. Ed.)
Status: Project
Date: 14-Apr-2010
Comments: 32
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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 :)



Hope you like the pictures and any comments good/bad or indifferent are much appreciated!

Helmet Research Pic1 Helmet Research Pic2

Comments

scorcher-tec

14-Apr-2010

hi

beautiful job

would she do a painting service? and whats the cost in cosmetics :/

pininy

14-Apr-2010

great details!

mr alan

14-Apr-2010

Wow. Just WOW!

keven64

14-Apr-2010

...blimey Alex - Fantastic !


[Click here] (youtube video)

I remember watching those programs...

Alex_037

14-Apr-2010

Thankyou so much for the kind words guys! I really appreciate them. @scorcher-tec: she could do a painting service I guess! Email me your requirements if you'd like and I'll see what she can do!

Jorisschulte

14-Apr-2010

Wow!
Great Job there!!
That was a lot of work I guess...I know so.
Compliments!

casethejoint

14-Apr-2010

Wow! Absolutely stunning and love the attention to the 1:1 details!

Alex_037

14-Apr-2010

@keven64: How fortunate you were to see those! I was born the year that Group B died so I missed out on that great period in time for motorsport

Victorious Secret

14-Apr-2010

Awesome job brother Alex!! They look fantastic!! Beautiful!!

Alex_037

14-Apr-2010

@casethejoint: thankyou so much, I tried to make it as realistic as I could, I love scale looking models. @VS - as I said before - you set the benchmark with your models! I'm doing my best to emulate that! Thankyou again guys

bfst24

14-Apr-2010

very well painted.stunning

SRB Bloke

14-Apr-2010

Amazing, well done to your Misses. She's a star painter, I reckon there are many on the site who'd like to discuss hourly rates, thats for painting before anyone starts... !!! Again great job, checkout beetlelover's heads for even more detail.

slimmy

14-Apr-2010

Absolutely the nicest cockpit i have seen on tc. IMO. Congradulations on setting the bar I love it

Dam 10

14-Apr-2010

Outstanding... i can even see the dirt under the co drivers finger nails...
Can i borrow your girlfriend to paint mine....

pcw 064

14-Apr-2010

Brilliant job,I can't imagine how many hours she spend on this.

Alex_037

14-Apr-2010

@SRB Bloke: LOL I like that! Thankyou for the kind words, the gf will be touched to see all the nice comments She has been shown Beetlelover's driver heads, but they're on another level altogether I'm afriad!

Fernado Alonso

14-Apr-2010

What can I say?
I guess build with a lot of patience and love for the hobby
I sure like what you are doing
It is definitely away-some so far.
Please keep us updated it is sure going to be stunning.
Cheers Alex

CASE1

14-Apr-2010

absolutely top work! So beautifull !!

Alex_037

14-Apr-2010

Thankyou guys! I really appreciate all of your kind comments, makes the time spent making this all the more worthwhile

Trevan

14-Apr-2010

Wow - top notch!!

Wyoming

14-Apr-2010

Beautiful interior detailing.

def4x4

14-Apr-2010

Amezing interior work!

scoobysport

14-Apr-2010

absolute stunning interior. well done to GF detail is amazing. your one lucky guy. if your into your group b cars check out the build im doing, rs200. i think the GF would charge an arm and a leg to do my interior although it would be worth it to look like that cant wait to see more updates

Alex_037

15-Apr-2010

Cheers guys@scoobysport: just checked out your RS200 build! Wow! You've even gone into scratch-built engine detail!! Looks fantastic! I bet that took quite a few moons to get where you are now! Even the role cage is spot on to the real thing! Look forward to seeing how it progresses!

TIMECMDR

15-Apr-2010

Absolutely S.t.u.n.n.i.n.g!! On of the best on TC

kiong23

15-Apr-2010

Look so real! I particularly like the safety belts and the wordings. You must have very steady hands!

Henk4Focus

15-Apr-2010

That my friend is a work of art.

RallyeBaz

15-Apr-2010

WOW - Some of you guys are another level of detail. Stunning

thebicyclejungle

16-Apr-2010

Unbelieveable! Great work..

CortoMaltese

18-Apr-2010

These driver's are just incredible! The paintwork is so accurate, very impressive!!

scoobysport

21-May-2010

yep your right alex you do need to do some more. but i know what its like ... its hard to find the time. wish my interior looked this good

slimmy

30-Jul-2010

Wow. this is outstanding! Fantasic and incredable all mixed into one. well done Alex


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