My RWD solid axle front engine Escort MK2 build

Frederik

Supporting Member
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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Hahaha thank you Ron for the friendly poke, sometimes we do need a little kick. Thing is the body and cosmetic details was really never my focus on this build, but it picked up when I did my first sintra pieces. The tail lights and door handles stickers have to go at some point that?s for sure. Looks like the handles will not be very difficult! Thanks again my friend :)

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.

I looked them up, yep they are not too complicated! Thing is the clear on the paint not sticking, it will rip the clear off if I try to remove the stickers, so I?ll probably put the handles over the handles :laughing:

Thank you guys for looking!

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UpsidedownRC

Patience Tested!
Absolutely fantastic build Frederik. The build methods and materials are similar to what I am looking to achieve with my build. Some really nice details added. I think this sets me up for my next build having just bought the new Tamiya MK2 Escort.
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ppcsurfr

New member
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:

Not a problem really. If you check the dimensions of model kits, may they be 1/35, 1/48, 1/12, or so, the usual margin for error is ?3%. At this rate it would be hard to notice if it was a bit off.

A lot of RCs have a scaling error of as mush as 15%. That's why no matter how much effort you put in weathering them or dressing them up, they still end up looking like toys.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Absolutely fantastic build Frederik. The build methods and materials are similar to what I am looking to achieve with my build. Some really nice details added. I think this sets me up for my next build having just bought the new Tamiya MK2 Escort.

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Thanks UpsideDown! I'll be happy to see another custom Escort Build for sure!! I like seeing how differently or similarly others solve the issues with this type of builds. Are you about getting ready to start a build thread? I'll keep an eye for sure.


Not a problem really. If you check the dimensions of model kits, may they be 1/35, 1/48, 1/12, or so, the usual margin for error is ?3%. At this rate it would be hard to notice if it was a bit off.

A lot of RCs have a scaling error of as mush as 15%. That's why no matter how much effort you put in weathering them or dressing them up, they still end up looking like toys.

Yeah I guess no matter how off from the theoretical scale the model is, I always like to just do an actual measurement and then at least I know exactly how off I am with a given part, and can decide if I live with it. The wheels I made are about 14" scale, I would have liked 13" but it still make sense since lots of people run them with 14" anyway.

If a body is too far off to start with (the proportions I mean) then maybe it is not the best candidate for a scale build. But sometimes if the body manufacturer just slightly shorten or lengthen the wheelbase to fit regular sizes it is not too noticeable.

I do think the effort you put in these can make them reasonably not look like toys though. This is a scale forum after all, so having them not look like toys is the whole point :laughing: And I think quite a few chaps here do it on a regular basis. I guess how real it looks depends how many tradeoff you accept during the build, given the exact correct body or wheel or tire is not always available.
 

UpsidedownRC

Patience Tested!
Thanks UpsideDown! I'll be happy to see another custom Escort Build for sure!! I like seeing how differently or similarly others solve the issues with this type of builds. Are you about getting ready to start a build thread? I'll keep an eye for sure.

I currently have the Toyota Hilux - Lexan /3d print build in the off road build section. I fancy a Truck, Trailer and Rally car build so the MK 2 escort kit will be started soon and I like how you have designed the inside panels of the car (inner wings, bulkhead etc). I?m going to look to incorporate some of your ideas into the build if I can. Great work[emoji1303]


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Frederik

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I currently have the Toyota Hilux - Lexan /3d print build in the off road build section. I fancy a Truck, Trailer and Rally car build so the MK 2 escort kit will be started soon and I like how you have designed the inside panels of the car (inner wings, bulkhead etc). I?m going to look to incorporate some of your ideas into the build if I can. Great work[emoji1303]


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Sorry I had not replied to this last message! Thank buddy I appreciate the kind words, and you are welcome to reuse any ideas!

I have been away from this a bit and made some improvement to my indoor hobby place in the basement. Instead of a high bench I made a desk height surface and I can use a good office chair to do stuff.

Here are before and after pictures, I have not installed storage much yet but it is a big improvement in ergonomics!

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I will need to do like you did on your Hilux and cutout the tail lights out and make something up. I have some red reflector piece, but I don't have the while and yellow, I'll look if I can steal some from my sons bikes :)

Tonight what I did though is I listened to 2Beers advice and made some door handles and side mirrors. Actually I made only one mirror lol but please don't tell :laughing: Did these actually had mirrors on both sides from factory?


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Thanks for looking!

Fred
 

2Beers

It's me again.
::2thumbs:laughing:

Yes Sir....It's the little things.
Way better then stickers my friend.
Great Job.
I would say yes on two mirrors.

Work bench is a huge improvement too.::2thumbs
I like sitting up high and also desk level.
I still find my self working in a six inch space though no matter how much work bench room I have.:laughing:

Great job on those small details my friend. My eyes are happy. Second pic all win with the steering wheel,dash and cage peeking threw window with those two new little details added.
 

JunkGTZ

Supporting Member
I'll be interested to see how you work out the tail lights. I used pieces of bike reflectors on my Jag project to make something similar to an E Type Series 3, but didn't have a way to make round lenses for my Ferrari. I ended up using empty pill bubbles and putting a drop of food dye into clear 5 minute epoxy and putting it in the bubbles. The MK2 has those rectangular combination tail lights so I'm guessing you'll be set if you can source all of the same reflectors in the 3 different colors. I don't come across the amber/orange reflectors to often, but red and clear/white are usually easy to find. Maybe going to an auto parts store to see if they have reflectors for trailers? Looking great with the mirrors and handles. What did you use for the reflective mirror material?
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
::2thumbs:laughing:

Yes Sir....It's the little things.
Way better then stickers my friend.
Great Job.
I would say yes on two mirrors.

Work bench is a huge improvement too.::2thumbs
I like sitting up high and also desk level.
I still find my self working in a six inch space though no matter how much work bench room I have.:laughing:

Great job on those small details my friend. My eyes are happy. Second pic all win with the steering wheel,dash and cage peeking threw window with those two new little details added.

Thanks Ron for the words! And for the kicks and encouragements to make it better with these parts :) Much appreciated!!

I'll be interested to see how you work out the tail lights. I used pieces of bike reflectors on my Jag project to make something similar to an E Type Series 3, but didn't have a way to make round lenses for my Ferrari. I ended up using empty pill bubbles and putting a drop of food dye into clear 5 minute epoxy and putting it in the bubbles. The MK2 has those rectangular combination tail lights so I'm guessing you'll be set if you can source all of the same reflectors in the 3 different colors. I don't come across the amber/orange reflectors to often, but red and clear/white are usually easy to find. Maybe going to an auto parts store to see if they have reflectors for trailers? Looking great with the mirrors and handles. What did you use for the reflective mirror material?

Thank you JunkGTZ!! I had those yellow reflectors that were forever on the garage floor since they would fall off the kid's bikes pedals. I can't find them now, pretty sure I ended up throwing them in the bin... I did not know back then I would end up doing scale details like this. :laughing:

Red I already have it, saved it from an old 12V booster pack that had hazard lights on it. Missing the white and amber now.. Maybe if I find white I can just paint orange inside to make it them amber. Will be one less part to cut and glue, but will probablt not be as clear of a separation between the colors. One thing is the reflective prism pattern of full size reflectors is quite big, I am having doubts maybe I should try to just score clear plastic with a hobby knife and try to make a nice pattern, and paint with translucent paint from inside. The mirror reflective material is simply a piece of aluminum tape, it works nicely I think!

Thanks again guys for following!

Fred
 

JunkGTZ

Supporting Member
Round lenses are relatively easy. I found finding pill bubbles and mixing food coloring with clear epoxy was an easy solution. Your rectangular lenses with the little bit of wrap around is more of a challenge. I'll be interested to see what you come up with.
 

2Beers

It's me again.
Something you might look into for the lights....is the ultraviolet light and glue.
like a resin look.
Glue cures instantly and clear when you hit it with the light. Can build up layers too.

No clue on prices on getting the materials. But I think I'm heading in that direction too.
;)
A person I think could make what ever size light or lens with the stuff.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Round lenses are relatively easy. I found finding pill bubbles and mixing food coloring with clear epoxy was an easy solution. Your rectangular lenses with the little bit of wrap around is more of a challenge. I'll be interested to see what you come up with.

Yeah hahaha thank you for the ideas, sometimes stirring a few ideas together in the pot can trigger new ideas so thanks for your input. I'm still pondering options here, I'll let you know as things get clearer.

Something you might look into for the lights....is the ultraviolet light and glue.
like a resin look.
Glue cures instantly and clear when you hit it with the light. Can build up layers too.

No clue on prices on getting the materials. But I think I'm heading in that direction too.
;)
A person I think could make what ever size light or lens with the stuff.

I saw that recently, seems like there was a sudden burst of ads of this product. Looks like the kind of stuff dentist do for teeth repair with the UV gun. That's an interesting technology for sure, reminds me of how the resin 3D printer makes the special resin harden by shooting a certain type of light through. Thanks to you too for the ideas, I keep these simmering :) For now I'll work on that second mirror ha! :laugh:

Frederik
 

dagabba

Supporting Member
Looking great Fred!

Can you find someone nearby with a printer?

I've done some clear PLA printing recently and been quite impressed with the results- certainly good enough for tail lights which will be painted anyway...
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Thanks dagabba! Unfortunately I don't know anybody locally with a printer. Either I don't have enough friends in the hobby, or not enough friends at all :laughing: I'm still thinking, I don't want to make it look worse yet and poke holes through the body until I have a plan for the lights.. Maybe I could just scrape off the paint, score them with a knife from inside, and add a trim from the outside, make them look like separate piece from the boddy :) Sounds a bit sketchy though..
 

dagabba

Supporting Member
Hmm... you might be able to cut a shape from lexan, or see if you can find any lenses that could work- a full set of Tamiya hi-lift hilux lenses gives you quite a few options.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Hmm... you might be able to cut a shape from lexan, or see if you can find any lenses that could work- a full set of Tamiya hi-lift hilux lenses gives you quite a few options.

To start with the least destructive first I will probably try not cutting out the lights, see if I can scrape off the paint and work with the body plastic. If it does not work then cut out the lenses and find someting that fits nicely. OR maybe not cut it and instead find something thin and textured I can glue on top of the body. Thanks for the suggestions, they are always very welcome and can trigger new ideas!

I saw these wheels and was instantly thinking of your build Fredrik.
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These looks very similar to the ATS Classic wheels that were very popular on Fords in the 80s over here in Europe.
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I might buy some of those Boom Racing wheels myself in the future.

These ATS look very nice! The boom racing once are quite big in comparison with my build thoug, they would be more at home on a larger escort like 1:8 or 1:7 maybe (mine being 1:9.3 and the Tamiya mini wheels are still a bit big for 14s!)



I did a couple minor things, I made a second mirror :) And that second pics makes me think I need to put just a bit wider hex in the rear and make that wheel a bit closer to the outer edge of the fender. Easy tweak!


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And the other new thing, I just bought an RC helicopter project for cheap, and it came with a gyro. Decided to try it on the steering :) Seems like it will work nicely. I put it behind the dash. Also I tried to run the wires as hidden as possible.



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It looks like it reacts nicely, can't wait to try it outside :)



 

2Beers

It's me again.
Awesome fabulous update my friend.
Just all win.

All the little details are really bringing home.
The new gyro system in very intriguing............................::2thumbs

I super appreciate all the skills, ideas, Patience , time and craftsmanship into this build.
What a great lil car.
 

Frederik

Supporting Member
Awesome fabulous update my friend.
Just all win.

All the little details are really bringing home.
The new gyro system in very intriguing............................::2thumbs

I super appreciate all the skills, ideas, Patience , time and craftsmanship into this build.
What a great lil car.

Thanks a bunch buddy, I appreciate the kind words, participation and ideas! I tried the gyro a bit inside the house in limited space, looks like it does a bit too much of the driving for me hahaha It is very efficient in controlling the slides, but I don't want to be spoiled and not have to actually drive the car :laugh: But at the same time, having this rwd and sliding it around without feeling the G forces pulling you in the seat, it is a bit hard to sense the behaviour fast enough. I guess I'll try to adjust the gyro gain to minimum and see if it actually bypass the gyro effect, if so then I can just leave it there and turn it up when I want to make a very nicely controlled slide for a video hahaha

The tail lights are still bugging me a bit and that's what is preventing me from calling it done.. and maybe also some mud flaps, like the red ones I started to cut a few pages back. I was trying to find a way to attach the steel brackets of the flapts to the body, maybe just simply superglue would be the best solution :) I think the 2mm button head screws are a bit too big to look legit. Would scale up to like 3/4 inch bolts :laughing:
 

UpsidedownRC

Patience Tested!
You?re doing a great job here mate. I love the way the troubles and indecisions come over through the post because its exactly what I?m going through. Its coming along nicely and is pushing me to finish the Hilux so I can start a new build [emoji1303]


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