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  1. Heller 1/24 scale Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 rally represents the 1982 car of Jean Ragnotti and Jean-Marc Andre. Instructions say they won with treaded rain tires, but the kit comes with slicks, which is a pet peeve of mine. I'm spending my Christmas holiday building at a remote location (undocumented wife's house on the other side of town), picked this kit because it has few parts, and should be a good warm-up for doing the Audi Quattro. It's typical Heller quality, parts are well molded with little flash and mold lines to clean up, fit so far is very good, but detail is minimalistic. If one wanted to detail this, many missing details are begging, but I'm doing Box Stock. North windows are excellent daylight, view is nice. ? Swept tools off the bench into a cigar box, no paint, no Dremel, no specialized tools brought along, using only superglue. Engine is basic, don't think the turbo is accurate, moving on. Sink depressions and ejection pin marks got filled with superglue and baking soda (from wife's pantry ?). Exhaust tip is drilled with knife. I *had to* fill the void under the intake plenum, would really have to look for it after it's assembled. Cool feature of this kit, the round pins go in square holes, almost as good as snap-tight kits (better than AMT Batmissle), so I could mock up the complete assembly, then dismantle for painting. Found some sink marks on the doors, filled with superglue/baking soda. The mirrors needed the same treatment. Ready for paint: I went home, and painted all I could. Masked and sprayed the light grey, last color for the day. I skipped painting primer, started with gloss white on the body. Good thing I'm not at home to risk touching the body and screwing it up. ? The kit has almost no dash detail, just circles with no detail or decals! I added the aftermarket gauge decals, added a clock on the block that should be the rally chronometer that really needs something! The funny thing about this kit, the doors open, so you can see the seats are molded with the floor and have giant gaps that are toy-like, no dash detail, no pedals, no seatbelts, etc. ? The interior is assembled! Tried out Alclad 'white aluminum' for the engine, intake and wheels, the heat shield is chrome aluminum, exhaust is Testors flat aluminum and steel. Plan tomorrow is to mask and paint the yellow on the body. Don't think I should push it for painting black too. Have an idea for making tread on the tires, planned to rough up anyway, and am going to weather for end of race look. Race to New Years, 5 days. ?️
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