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Andy Renshaw

The 1:24 Italeri Lancia Stratos continues

So I am continuing this at a very leisurely pace.  I have settled on the overall feel and look of the finished scene, pulling from images from the 1977 Rallye Monte Carlo.  More on that later, but the first challenge to deal with is adding some driver figures!  At first I thought I could just use some of the Tamiya figures however it was apparent that the bodies do not quite fit in the car the same way, and it was actually going to be more of a challenge to cut and reposition the parts.  So I am now at a place where I am forced to take my modeling skills to a whole new level.

As you can see, the only commercial parts used will be the heads, upper body, and most likely some hands.  The rest of the figures will be sculpted from scratch in order to best fit the positions and interior, which is actually quite cramped!  So far, a wire armature has been made to get the overall pose, and next will be the application of putty for the major body masses, then further refinement for the clothing.

Also what you see for the interior is basically all the kit provides!  There is going to have to be some work to block in the front wheel wells and some other details.   Stay tuned!

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Andy Renshaw

Genre Jump! 1:24 Italeri Lancia Stratos Rally Car

Italeri 3654 1:24 Lancia Stratos boxSo after many years of building military and railroad subjects, I found myself looking over a surprise review item from Hobbico tossed in the usual subjects. Before me was a Italeri 1:24 Lancia Stratos.  I liked the lines, and the look of the car and a little research turned up that the design had quite a history.  Plus photos of the rugged, unforgiving world of Rally Car racing and a diorama idea started forming up.  The kit is very simple, based on the old Esci offering from many decades ago.  Never the less, it could be a fun diversion from my usual fare of super detailed builds plus give me a opportunity to try some new skills and techniques. 

 Overall the kit isnt bad, just old and shows how far scale models have come over the last several decades.  There is no engine, other than a "impression" cover plate that is under the rear hatch, which is ample if you keep the hatch closed.  Beneath that is all the space needed for the original motorization components! (no, they are not included this time).  I dove in with several evenings worth of body work, filling in many sink marks from the molding process and smoothing out the mold lines.  So lets slather on the putty!

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Andy Renshaw

USAF Sandy A-1H

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In the midst of everything else I've been working on, progress has been made on the duo of AD skyraider models I am building for my upcoming book covering the AD Skyraider.   Lately I have been focusing most of my energy on the USAF "Sandy" A-1H model, pushing it to painting stage.  Here she is poised for a few glamour shots before the painting starts.  As of this writing, the lower surfaces are already light grey, and the tan will go on this weekend, followed by the two greens to complete the SEA (South East Asia) scheme. 

The model is the Tamyia kit, in 1/48 scale with a few additions to bring it up to USAF specs.  I used an Eduard PE instrument panel and added a Yankee extraction seat, along with a scratch-built rocket motor behind the pilots head rest.  The wheels are leftover KMC items from their old Monogram update set, but look really nice.  The weapons are a mix of kit items, KMC (now available via True Details), and some scratch-built AN M47 WP bombs. All the stores are pinned with brass rod so they can be removed, but also will stay attached on the finished model.  Sway braces were added to each pylon as a finishing touch. 

I'm really looking forward to getting this bird finished, as it is going to be one mean looking machine! 

 

 

 

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