My RWD solid axle front engine Escort MK2 build

Frederik

Supporting Member
nothing which cant be solved with "moaarrrr powerrrrrr" :coolred:

With that brushless motor I'm not very worried lacking power :laughing:

In fact I need to throttle it down so much, I set the torque limit at 10% in the ESC, and it is just perfect, power delivery is very smooth and makes it easier to handle through slides.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
A few updated pics after I put some paint on the steering and seats (seats are not in the pic since they attach to the batteries, and they're in the Axial now)

And testing again the on road wheels, that I still feel a bit big, but still like them also :laughing: Also I made the black line at the bottom of the windscreen thicker (goes lower) because it previously looked a bit weird, like the window was starting too high.



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Frederik

Supporting Member
So since the overall tire diameter on the 4 spoke was bugging me (quite a lot) but I liked the wheels, I decided to try modding them to fit the smaller Tamiya M tires.

Hacked some Fiat Abarth wheels to keep only the ring, and cut another wheel of different model but same construction as the ones I am using, just in case things go bad, did not want to scrap the good wheels...

Spoiler alert, it worked :) so I switched to pics of the real wheels because the pics were better :)

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Placed the wheel center on a drill, using some Ikea kitchen cabinets angle thingy to check for 90 deg angle periodically. Stopped sanding when the insert was fitting just tight enough.


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Tried a drag racing setup with some bigger Tamiya M chassis truck tires :) just for fun. Meaty :drooler: Neat looks, maybe for another build.


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And a comparison of the too large tires before, and the modded wheels with Tamiya 60D M chassis slicks (60mm diameter)

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Pretty happy with the result! But the M chassis wheels scales up to 14", not 13" like I would have liked to, but I think I'll have to accept that lol 14" still makes sense for these Escorts, just a bit less classic I guess. 60mm tire diameter scales up to about 22" which also makes sense (it is the diameter Simon McKinley used in the rear on his White MK2, but on 13" wheels though).

Thanks for looking!

Fred
 

Lem

Member
the rims look fantastic, great hack with the rotary tool. I have the same "problem" with the Simca, which would use 13" rims too.
The Fitat Abarth rims i think i have to get too.
 

2Beers

It's me again.
X10. ^^^^^^^^^^^

That's getting it done my good friend.
They turned out fantastic.

Lots of different offsets a guy could do too while modifying them.
ALL WIN !
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
the rims look fantastic, great hack with the rotary tool. I have the same "problem" with the Simca, which would use 13" rims too.
The Fitat Abarth rims i think i have to get too.

Thanks Lem! What scale is the Simca exactly? Having access to a 3D printer would open a whole lot of possibilities, I do what I can with the more basic ways of doing things hahaha

Great work on the wheels!!

Looking great, that wheel to well relationship is so important!

Thank you Daggaba! Could'nt agree more, I feel the wheels and tires are one of the, if not the most important factor in the overall look. It's a good thing I like to mess around wheels and tires lol

X10. ^^^^^^^^^^^

That's getting it done my good friend.
They turned out fantastic.

Lots of different offsets a guy could do too while modifying them.
ALL WIN !

Thank you Beers! I think it was the first time I modded wheels, I'm pretty happy with the result and that bonus feature of adjustable offset!
 

Lem

Member
Thanks Lem! What scale is the Simca exactly? Having access to a 3D printer would open a whole lot of possibilities, I do what I can with the more basic ways of doing things hahaha!

You imlplanted an idea, why should i build a new center section for the m-02l, i could simply scale the Simca up to 239mm wheelbase, then the Alfa or Fiat rims would be exact, except the width. I will check the dimensions tomorrow. Currently its nearly exact 1:10, original had 223cm wheelbase.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
You imlplanted an idea, why should i build a new center section for the m-02l, i could simply scale the Simca up to 239mm wheelbase, then the Alfa or Fiat rims would be exact, except the width. I will check the dimensions tomorrow. Currently its nearly exact 1:10, original had 223cm wheelbase.

Cool! :D Happy I could help stir some ideas!

Not much new except I adjusted the wheel hexes for proper fender fitment (offset), and snapped better pictures. To me, the new wheels are night and day in final looks compared to either of the previous setups!


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And a small walkaround video showing the new wheels :) and the newly cracked grille, since I drove it this morning and ran into the kitchen island lol Engine brake is not very good, being only on the rear wheels. Will need to make the front disk project operational!






I will see if my son can take a good video of the car running in the living room and post a driving video. It is very nice seeing it run and drift now with the body detailed!
 

ppcsurfr

New member
This actually looks better than the Tamiya one.

What's the wheelbase, length, and width of this build?

Those wheels and tires look just right. They look like 13" wheels on the Escort. The way it was back in the day. What are they and what size are they? I'd like to do something similar but with a '66 Cortina body.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Love the vid,

It looks very pretty on the counter, good shots from underneath too!

Thanks dagabba! It gives a showroom kind of look I guess :laugh:

This actually looks better than the Tamiya one.

What's the wheelbase, length, and width of this build?

Those wheels and tires look just right. They look like 13" wheels on the Escort. The way it was back in the day. What are they and what size are they? I'd like to do something similar but with a '66 Cortina body.

Thank you ppcsurfr, it is a body from RetroRacing made to fit regular 1:10 bodies, but I am using Tamiya M-Chassis 60D slicks in this last post. The body is about 415mm long overall, about 255mm wheelbase and 194mm wide in the rear, 191mm wide in the front. Scale is about 9.3:1

I think the Tamiya one is on an M-Chassis, so the body being a smaller scale, the small M chassis wheels look kind of big for an Escort in that scale. Edit: the Tamiya is 414mm overall (probably counting the big lights) and 239mm wheelbase. So it looks like it is a stretched M chassis (probably their rally M chassis).

The wheels are a Frankenstein of two wheels, see the last page for pictures of the process. The outer ring part is Tamiya M chassis wheels (I used the Fiat Abarth ones but any M wheels should do). Those have approximately 40mm visible diameter. The inner part is a Street Jam drift wheel, they came in different models and offset back when I ordered them, not sure if they are still easily available. Those wheels have a fake plastic sidewall that work with regular touring car tires, but makes them look less low profile. But I just hacked them to get the center part (see last page).

Retroracing actually made an Mk1 Cortina body in that same scale, not sure if you can still find them as it's been a while since I got this body, like in 2012 :laughing:


https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=96939&id=28990

https://www.modellsport.gr/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4636&language=en

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ppcsurfr

New member
Thanks! That's really valuable info there. Perfect for a 1/9 scale build!

The 40mm visible rims equate to the 14-inch outer diameter of a 13-inch rim at the lip. Also the 60mm tires have the right diameter and size of a 205/55x13 on a wide rim.

I was able to get a 3D file of a '66 Cortina. I have 2 choices, use the printed body, or have it vacuum formed on ABS.

Thanks again!
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Thanks! That's really valuable info there. Perfect for a 1/9 scale build!

The 40mm visible rims equate to the 14-inch outer diameter of a 13-inch rim at the lip. Also the 60mm tires have the right diameter and size of a 205/55x13 on a wide rim.

I was able to get a 3D file of a '66 Cortina. I have 2 choices, use the printed body, or have it vacuum formed on ABS.

Thanks again!

I just measured again the tamiya M wheels because I thought my conversions did not result in the same as you, the diameter is more aroung 41.5mm than 40mm... (sorry for that mistake) That 1.5mm might change things a just a bit! :)

That makes them 14.7" (13.7) if 9th scale or 16.3" (15.3) if 10th scale. But if you are printing it anyways, you can choose your scale around the tires :biggthumpup:
 

2Beers

It's me again.
Get them stickers off that supposed to look like door handles and build some my friend....
This car is to fantastic to be cheating with stickers...
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That ....and why your at it....whip up some sport mirrors too.

Just a friendly poke in the ribs.

You can dooooooo it.

Seriously though. Make some door handles.;)
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ppcsurfr

New member
Oh talking about door handles... Doesn't the Mk 2 Escort use the same door handles as the Mk3 Cortina? Those are flat on the body and doesn't really protrude much.
 
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