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Bought this little gem at an excellent price for the short time they were available.
For some strange reason AUTOart chose to model the car as either a modern historic racer or a period hillclimb variant.
Amazingly, hillclimbs were part of the ETCC until 1972, dropped because there were specialists who took points away and didn't compete on the proper circuits.
I wanted to produce a correct exhaust system used on any circuit racers that I can find images of, from 1970.
AUTOart included a hole in the engine bay where this kind of exhaust would pass down to the exit piece as I have it,
I can only assume there were originally going to be models as I have modified mine, but AUTOart gave up on the idea when switching to 'composite'.
Mine will also be equipped with 1970 race correct decals when they arrive.
And of course I have to produce the scaffolding that held the bonnet in place....

 

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Added side windows to my Maisto Mustang. Instantly looking better






 
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Thanks, Rob


I use plastic covers for binding that I got from Office 1 years ago. They are transparent, already tinted and came in a pack of 10 sheets A4.
 

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This is the interior of my recently arrived Otto 1/12th scale Fiat 131 rally car.
When I saw the ride height I knew it would need to be lowered.
Having removed the chassis I had a look at the interior and decided on some simple upgrades.
First was the missing roll cage tubing that runs between the A pillar sections (I assume Otto left this off to clear the interior rear view mirror).
This is the grey coloured piece, shaped to clear the mirror (which was not always fitted to competition cars).
Of course this will be painted to match the rest of the cage.
And while I'm at it, there are several obvious glue marks on the cage, where it had been repaired.
Since this is inside and difficult to see, it would not be a reason for me to return the model.
I also added some details to the fire extinguishers, and added a foot rest for the navigator.

 

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That looks really cool slarti, I like it a lot
Thanks - I added a rear mounted adjustable spotlight on the tyre rack - from the days when rally servicing might be carried out on the side of a dark road in the middle of winter.
I also added a 'CB' roof aerial for communications.
That brings back nightmares about dimwits running around in clapped out crocks using the language from the film 'Convoy'.
 

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A very subtle, but effective touch-up of the Bburago Chiron's wheels.

Originally, they were chromed.



They were a bit too chromed for my liking, especially since I have them the same on my blue Chiron, so I dechromed them:



But something was feeling off. After quite some time it finally hit me. Add some black on the inside walls of the spokes as some 1:1s have:



They need some fine touch-ups here and there to fix the edges, but first they have to dry well. It's not much of an obvious change, but it does highlight the weels rather well in person.
 
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The upgraded interior of my recently bought 1967 Mini Cooper - rally Monte Carlo winner.
I added seat belts because the originals were nothing more than grey paint!
Since I didn't have a suitable colour material I had go and order some (found in the UK).
Also added a fire extinguisher and a foot rest for the co-driver.
As a matter of information, the regular type seat for the co-driver was to allow the driver swap positions on the long events.
The Monte in those days was a great deal longer and more arduous than any such event today (not counting Dakar events).
There was also the starting points for the event, from various countries that the teams drove on public roads to get to the start proper.

 

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If anyone is looking at this image of the Mini Cooper rally, you can probably make out that the two parts of the rear seat are lying against the rear bulkhead.
Not only was this a very clever way of complying with the regulations of the time, in that all seats had to be in place to qualify as a production vehicle, but a way of allowing two spare wheels to be carried inside.
Add this to the two on the roof, it means all four wheels could be replaced on the car during the event.
Not much in the way of the support as would be commonplace today.
Racing seats were permitted to be used as a replacement to the regular seats, so long as they were fitted to the original location.
In the image below, the internal spares can be seen.

 
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