#5 Audi Quattro WRC 1981
The Italeri kit seemed a nice fit for my entry because, whilst I think Quattros are great, I’ve never been wild about the '81 Audi works livery. This was a good opportunity to ditch the decals, put my box stock builds aside, and dip my toes into the world of scratch-building.
Rally cars are road legal by definition, so the exterior didn’t require that much thought to blend it into the highway. Instead, I concentrated on accentuating the racing credentials of the interior by customising and updating what is a fairly unelaborate stock kit. (I had originally intended to tint the glass to keep prying eyes out, but then I decided it would also be hiding hard work!)
- Stock gravel wheels replaced with Ronal tarmac alloys.
- CB antenna made from guitar string & micro spring.
- Photo-etch grill badge & door locks.
- Re-sized front indicators & altered surrounding bodywork to improve accuracy.
- Smoked rear lights… just because it looked cool!
- Removed moulded exhaust system & replaced with scratch-built upgrade featuring steel exhaust tips.
- Carbon-fibre prop shaft & Kevlar sump guard.
- Rear roll cage (not featured in kit) built to match original rally car dimensions; ribbon/photo-etched harnesses.
- Custom centre console under dashboard featuring CB radio and police scanner; tablet & GPS screens added to the dashboard; photo-etched dash toggle switches.
- Re-shaped foot-wells for improved accuracy; SB pedal arms plus PE pedals and passenger footplate.
- Also scratch-built: gear shifter & linkage; wiring loom & junction box; custom door levers & rally-style door pulls.
- More carbon-fibre/Kevlar for a weight-saving.
Thanks to Anthony for organising another great Cannonball! 👏