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This is my entry for the MCM forum Cannonball Run group build thread. The theme this year is “race cars in disguise”, so here is the Italeri 1/24 Audi Quattro Rally turned into a street racer designed to fly under the police radar(s!). I used the brief as an opportunity to experiment with customising a kit for the first time and to learn a little about scratch building. It's been fun to let imagination rule over the usual constraints of replica building and the result is less about being “faithful” to anything & more about fun.

Details are on my WIP thread, but here’s a list of alterations/additions to the box stock kit:

Front indicators reduced in size & bodywork/bumper filled to make the front end more accurate; side repeaters removed out of preference.

Scratch built: replacement exhaust system; CB antenna; roll cage rear section; gear shifter & linkage; pedal arms; centre console, including CB radio & police scanner; GPS & tablet screens; wiring loom & junction box; door card levers, winders & pulls.

Photo-etched parts: grill badge; door locks; pedals; co-driver footplate; belt buckles; dash toggle switches.

Other add-ons: Ronal 15” tarmac alloys (Reji resin); steering wheel (spares box); 2mm ribbon belts; all carbon fibre/Kevlar decals.

Colour is Tamiya light gunmetal. Questions/comments welcome. Thanks for looking!

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7 hours ago, ChrisR said:

Looks great!

 

7 hours ago, afx said:

Turned out great Pete.

 

2 hours ago, grodudulle77 said:

Awesome details, nice work !!🤙😀

 

1 hour ago, thatz4u said:

nice build, well done..

Thank you all guys - appreciate it! 😀

1 hour ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Looks really good Pete! The extra detailing and scratchbuilding really makes it. Do like the deeper dished alloys too.

Cheers Nigel! I found the photo of your Tamiya build really useful for reference 👍

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Beautiful looking paint and all the trim looks nice and clean. The interior details are well done and I like how you detailed the chassis. 

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14 hours ago, espo said:

Beautiful looking paint and all the trim looks nice and clean. The interior details are well done and I like how you detailed the chassis. 

Thanks for checking out the detail! 😃

12 hours ago, ATHU said:

Very very sharp build, just fantastic!!

Cheers Anders, you're very kind 👍

7 hours ago, PappyD340 said:

Very nice, well done!

Appreciate it - thanks! 👍

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5 hours ago, doorsovdoon said:

Looks great. My dad had one in white in the early 90's, that thing was an animal!

Thanks Gareth! Wow, you guys were lucky - and white was definitiely a great colour choice. I think I read they only ever made 11,000, so I guess it's unsurprising you don't see many today. 👍

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2 hours ago, Pete75 said:

Thanks Gareth! Wow, you guys were lucky - and white was definitiely a great colour choice. I think I read they only ever made 11,000, so I guess it's unsurprising you don't see many today. 👍

It was beautiful. He didn't have it for long though, cost a fortune to run! I think it was a mid life crises because shortly after he bought a Renault 21 Turbo, equally as costly and just as killer on the road! Before that chapter in his life he was always a "sensible car" person, Lol.

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3 hours ago, Hi-Po said:

Nicely done!

Thanks Terry!

55 minutes ago, doorsovdoon said:

It was beautiful. He didn't have it for long though, cost a fortune to run! I think it was a mid life crises because shortly after he bought a Renault 21 Turbo, equally as costly and just as killer on the road! Before that chapter in his life he was always a "sensible car" person, Lol.

I think I know how he felt! 😆

After some caveman-esque wrestling with my DSLR the other night I thought I'd add this. More experimentation needed, but ok as a first effort:

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wow, now that's cool! I honestly thought for a second you photoshopped your model next to the real thing, turns out it's both the same model! It looks real in those shots, I'll have to try this myself!

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On 4/3/2021 at 11:21 PM, doorsovdoon said:

wow, now that's cool! I honestly thought for a second you photoshopped your model next to the real thing, turns out it's both the same model! It looks real in those shots, I'll have to try this myself!

The ultimate scale modelling compliment - thanks!😃

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15 hours ago, Funkychiken said:

Pete, that's a fantastic build! Great concept too, a street car conversion of a race car. Super sharp interior. 

Thanks very much, Atin! How's the Testarossa progressing? (I've become a bit of a devotee of this particular prancing horse recently)

3 hours ago, Dann Tier said:

I've seen this Masterpiece somewhere before!.....Hmmmmm -i could look at it ALL DAY!!!!

😆 Thanks, Dann - you're too kind!

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