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!

USAF Sandy A-1H
 

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