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#1 OFFLINE   oyetis

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:21 AM

Dear All;

Starting to a new long term project. and I think this project will be more diffucult and detailed then my previous one, BMW M3 Rally.

the model I will try to replicate is belonging to Belgian rally pilot Patrick Snijers who had driven this Ford Escort Cosworth in European Rally championship in 1994.

I am planning to share more photos and maybe some videos about the rally (94 Ypres Rally) and the original car after I finish the model.

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As base, I am using Ford Escort Cosworth road car made by UT models in 1/18 scale. Many of you may know that UT made nice models but not much detailed.
therefore, I had to make a lot of modifications on the chasis and floorpan. also, for the interior I have to built from scratch since the model was a road car. It's a bit challenging because I have to scratch built many parts and try to fit them into the car.

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*photo taken from internet, credits to unknown owner. this is the original UT models 1/18 scale model.

another diffuculty is to find the correct spare parts such as wheels, tires, front lights etc. which is time consuming, therefore, I am expecting this project to be a long term one.

anyway, let the photos talk and introducing you guys what I have done so far in 2 months.

UT models missing many of the details and many parts are closed with the mold/cast. therefore, I had to cut and trim many areas on the model.
the first part was the engine bay. the engine they used was only as look, and underside is the mold itself.

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I would like to have a more detailed and accurate engine. therefore, I will be using Minichamps Sierra Cosworth engine.

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the engine will be sitting like this and sure there will be some water pumps, tanks etc to be added.

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secondly, I cut wholes for air intakes on the front bumper.  also did cut the side signals in order to have more air flow to the brakes.

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later on I did draw and cut the air ventiles at the roof.

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I have used Stryene sheet to make the roof air scoop

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I have also drilled a small whole for the aerial.

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did drill the boot for the pins.

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The air ventiles on the trunk were sealed, so I cut them for a better look. also did drill wholes for the hood pin.

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I have drilled the side skirts for the jack.

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then, I have prepared part of the roll cage inside the engine area.

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the original floorpan of the UT models is not so detailed. one of the most important missing was the top of the rear wheels were open. so I decided to cover with a stryene

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especially the drive train was not so detailed. so I decided to merge the Minichamps Sierra Cosworth floor pan with the UT one in order to give more details, differential, gear box etc.

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this is the latest look after merging two floorpans. still lot of detail to fix and finally will be painted into white.

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once again I used Sierra Cosworth parts to prepare the inside floorpan. the front floorpan is from Sierra. now need to prepare the back side which probably has to be custom made by stryene sheets.

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these days I am busy and try to continue this project when I could. and another difficulty is to find the correct spare parts and to get them. therefore I believe this project will take long time. but I can say I am enjoying it so much.
above took me 2 months to get it into this situation.

after the body and the floorpans are as I wish, I will continue with interior details such as roll cage, bucket seats, oil tank etc.

as usual I am looking forward to your critics, suggestions and comments.

thank you for your attention.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:34 AM

You're a legend! This is one seriously cool project, and you're spot on with it so far, love the use of the Sierra floor pan, exact to the 1:1 cars!!

Wheel wise, they look like some sort of Compomotives to me, no idea where you could get some from though :(
As you say, the headlights look to be hard to replicate as the UT WRC Escorts only have flat 'morette' style headlights on them. The Silver WRC car has better looking ones though, so that might be a starting point.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:05 PM

Great work and details!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:13 PM

I am continually amazed at the great work our members do on custom jobs.   :rolleyes:

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 03:41 AM

First of all, thanks and I am so glad to hear about your beautiful words. I will try my best to make this project happen in the best way possible.

Craig;

you catch good points!

A mate from UK has already resin made those front twin lights. I am awaiting for him to send them over ;)

reg the rims, I am thinking of using Uli Nowak Compomotive wheels. but these are 5 bolts. the original ones should be 4 bolts. so I am thinking if I can modify them to four since the middle part of the rims are made by cast/metal.

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otherwise, I am going to use another rims for this project which they have also used in other rallies during the season. we'll see how it goes ;)

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 01:55 AM

That looks really good so far. Looking forward to see more of your mods. Posted Image

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:14 AM

last night I worked on the model a bit and finished the front axles and suspensions.
once again I used Minichamps Sierra Cosworth parts merged with AUTOart 206 WRC parts.

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and here this is with the Minichamps differential and gear box;

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tonight I was planning to do some work on the engine. then I decided to use the spare AUTOart Sierra Cosworth parts to see how they will look. then started with the AUTOart engine.
need to a abit cutting and fitting.

here in this photo inside engine is from AUTOart while the one at the side is Minichamps.

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I should work on AUTOart engine and fit into correct position.

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I have also realized that I can use AUTOart Sierra Cosworth rear Differential in this project. need to do more cutting and fitting though :)
I think I started to make this project more complicated and difficult :)

Let me know your ideas and suggestions on using AUTOart or Minichamps engine?

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 01:01 PM

Impressive job so far, eager to see the next steps, but why didn't you use a better base model, like a tarmac rally escort?

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 03:54 PM

I think that due to the amonut of modding he's doing it wouldn't matter that much which base car he started with, also that one is worth about double the base car.


Engine wise, I always favoured the Minichamps one, but looking at them both the AUTOart one looks better - although I can't make out of the Minichamps one is from a road Sierra Cosworth or not, I thought the rally car ones had the actuator on them, like the AUTOart one has.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 05:17 PM

Omar, This project looks very challenging ,but you did AWESOME work so far!!!
Can't wait for next round of work.

I like the crispness of AUTOart engine ,but I do like the detailing of the PMA. How about mixing the two?
I would keep the block and the head of the engine from AUTOart and swap out the intake manifold and the turbo from PMA.
I really like the fuel injector lines from PMA... but is Rally version like that also?

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:45 PM

thanks guys for your quick responds and suggestions.

@ Emmanouil
I would prefer to keep that model in my collection if I have one ;)

@Craig & Cris
The AUTOart has more accurate details and their molds are better and cleaner then Minichamps. so I decided to go with AUTOart. but cost me a lot of trouble :)
anyways, will share some photos soon.

@Craig
It's from road car.

@Cris
I think I should send both of the engines to you for engine tuning :)
I already had enough trouble with this project so I think I will keep it as it is, no fine tunings at the moment :(

let me have more of your suggestion guys!

thanks
Omer
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 11:41 PM

I think AUTOart's mold and engine details/colors are better than the Minichamps one. therefore I decided to go with AUTOart engine.
It gives me a bit hard time fitting it but worked well I guess.

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this probably will be the final look of the engine besides some small details..

looking forward to your suggestions and comments ;)
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:07 PM

last night I worked on the model and after the engine fitting I have done the body strengthening part next to the strut bars  

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after this, I started to built up the interior floor pan. the front piece is coming from Minichamps Sierra while I dont have any part that can fit to the back side. so I had to scratch built it.
I used stryene sheet to cover and fit the back floor pan.
there are still some small touch ups needed but will work on it at a later stage.

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this is how it is going to look a like in one piece

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at the end I worked a bit under the car. and try to fit the rear differential and suspensions on to position. the rear diff and arms are coming from AUTOart Sierra Cosworth.

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that's it for the time being.

this weekend the WRC Germany is running... any of you guys following it up? It's live on air at www.wrc.com

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 06:49 AM

It's coming along well!!

- yep I was wondering about the minichamps engine, the race car ones differed slightly. I think you're right to use the AUTOart one.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:13 AM

started working on the wheel arches and suspension mountings last sunday and just finished, would like to share some photos with you guys.

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I think I can now start to work on the roll cage and then some paint for the interior.

looking forward to your suggestions and comments.
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Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:06 AM

since we are done with the inside floor pan we can continue with the roll cage!

here comes the work in progress...

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these are the final look photos

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and a photo from inside the car

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I am also adding some photos from Ford Ex works rally car driven by Francois Delecour in 1993

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look forward to your comments and suggestions...
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Posted 27 August 2011 - 02:57 PM

This is not my type of car but I sure do appreciate the skill going into it. Awesome model building.

It's great you are explaining what you did to the model, helps us guys that are unfamiliar with cars outside our collecting preference enjoy them more.



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Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:48 PM

That roll cage is awesome!! it must have taken you a fair while to construct etc?

What are the pics of the Delecour car for, are they reference pics ?

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:51 PM

Glad you like my project AzTom!

Craig,

Delecour photos are for reference since I couldnt find too many detail photos of the Snijers '94 car. I am trying to replicate as much as I can from those photos so that the model is more accurate and detailed.
Eventhough, Delecour's car is '93, as far my knowledge there isn't too much difference between '94.
Till '93 all cars were run by Ford Rally Team itself but then they hand over the Works cars to the Belgium rally team RAS Sport. RAS Sport then run the cars in European Rally Championship (ERC) on behalf of FORD.
and in their first year, '94, RAS and the Belgium pilot Patrick Snijers became the Champion of ERC.
this is the car won the championship I am trying to replicate.

will see how close I can do

let me know any of you have the detailed interior and photos of the Snijer's '94 car, especially the 24 hours Ypres rally in 1994.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 03:42 PM

Yep I don't think there will be any major differences between the '93 car & the '94 car - I have a lot of Ford Escort Cosworth WRC pics, but none really of Snijers car :(
I'd do like you have & use the ones of Delecours car :)

Snijers car might have been a car used previously & it was de-liveried etc, then sold on to this team, but who had it beforehand I don't know.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:25 AM

I had a busy week therefore didnt have chance to spare time for the model. eventhough couldnt post the photos of the progress I made last week.
so here they go...

due to the roll cage, the door cards were too thick to close the door. so, I decided to built up scratch door cards.
also adjust the rear side cards to fit with the roll cage.

I will later paint these cards into mat black.

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the second job was on the dashboard. I fit the new rev meter  as well as add a mid panel with switches. also add the co-pilot trip master.

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I will later paint the dashboard into matt black to match the door cards.

and as final work of the last weekend was detailing the floor panel to have more accurate look.
also did put some strength parts to the corner of the roll cage.

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I will try to have more progress this weekend.

as usual, your suggestions and comments all welcome
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 03:44 AM

earlier I have used Sierra door handles on the new door panels. but later I changed my mind and prefer to use the original Escort door handles.
fit and fix them to their new home

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last friday, I have also received a set of  Twin head lights made by resin. these were made by a mate from UK forums. they are resin copy of Escort WRC head lights.
I had to work a bit on them to fit and fix them into their new position.
here is a reference photo

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so far these are the latest...
I am now working on the drive train positioning and the underneath the car. later I will also post some photos.
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 11:23 AM

Great stuff, this is going to be epic!!!

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:53 PM

Have a good one guys!

this weekend, I worked to detail the interior as well as the bottom of the car. I have also painted and would like to share the latest situation...

here below is the original UT floor pan...

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and this is my conversion fitting the minichamps Sierra coswroth's underneath parts & partly floor pan..

the UT floor pan end had the oil tank. since this is a rally car and the tank is inside the car, so this part had to be modified. so I cut off the oil tank and create the chassis part made by stryene square beams.

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these photos are as a trial to see how the cage and the interior looks inside the models

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there are still some work have to do inside and under the model. some parts need some small adjustments and maybe another coat of white paint to be applied.

as you guys may follow up above, this is going to be the replica of '94 Ypres rally winner Patrick Snijers car. therefore, I am trying to replicate the car at most possible. unfortunately, I think I will be replacing the the original Star shape wheels with the below ones...
the reason is that I couldnt find the correct matching wheels with 4 holes. the Uli nowak has the compomotive star shape replicas in 5 holes.

my wheels were also 5 holes but made of plastic/resin. therefore it was easier to modify them to 4 holes.

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these are the latest updates on the model I have done recently.
looking forward to your suggestions and comments

thanks.

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