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Post by CDM » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:01 am

1992 1000 Lakes Rally Subaru Legacy Colin McRae & Derek Ringer

Another rally crash special (see 1984 RAC Rally Rover SD1), I feel a collecting theme coming on…

This is a more recent effort of turning a car into scrap, by one of the best - Colin McRae.
Colin was taking in a few rallies on his first year on the WRC in 1992 and his first look at the 1000 Lakes.

There are plenty of film clips if you are not aware of the story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYFWf_thxUY

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He crashed the car on three separate attempts rolling the car about 12 times. Between each of the crashes the Prodrive mechanics spent time straightening it all out. Only for him to come back to service with yet more damage. I was told very recently by one of the mechanics about how he was called back from a remote service to jump up and down on the roof in an attempt to flatten some of it out. Looking at photos of the car it’s difficult to work out in which part of the whole performance you are coming in at!!

Colin’s effort in keeping his shed going, dragging it to the finish line earned him the nickname of Sisu from the Finnish rally fans. Sisu a Finnish word for Gutsy. For the record he actually finished 6th overall. I recall a story by navigator Derek Ringer that after each roll and even before the dust had settled a finger appeared from the left hand side of the car just like ET to press the start button to carry on as if nothing had happened.

So the model is basically a caricature of what it looked like. The model I used was a Provence Moulage resin kit as it would be easier to rough up the resin than a diecast. The boot was removed completely and replaced with one made from some thin metal bent to shape. The decals came from a spare kit. The roll cage also had to be added. Below the before and after photos of Colin’s Legacy. The nice one is from IXO.

So you think Colin only drove for Subaru, Ford and Citroen….I will post a lot more one off Colin McRae models on this thread. Chris

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Post by Jager » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:08 am

Excellent, I love the before and after effect.

I have a Red Line Ferrari 550 driven by Colin McRae, but unusually he managed not to roll that one.
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Post by Galaxy Gaz » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:25 am

Yep , he certainly did a good job on that RS , and youve done a good job on yours too Chris :D

I have a few of Colins cars too , what a legend he was.
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Post by The Maltings » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:40 am

Not sure which of the rolls was the most spectacular but the one that felled the tree was a good effort!

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Post by LUW » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:51 am

Smashing! And the both of them together look even better!
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Post by reeft1 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:06 am

Clever conversion

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Post by Tom » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:29 pm

Very cool, great stuff!

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Post by Serafa » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:10 pm

I love those cars that Subaru entered in the WRC. I have 3 of them but not this model.
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Post by Alfaholic » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:04 am

Great theme and brilliant work.
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Post by CDM » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:08 am

As I am snowed in for the second time in a fortnight time to add some more into the CDM Colin McRae Collection.

These are ALL one off conversion based on widely available diecasts

1985 Hillman Avenger – Kames Sprint?

Few photo exists of this one except for of the restored example. Interesting to note the DKV registration is a Coventry number, KV appearing on many works cars in the past.

The model is based upon a Corgi 4 door Avenger. The rally car was a 2 door so remove the rear quarter light and fill in the shut lines and door handle. Strictly speaking the B post should move slightly to the back, but it’s not a big issue. The wheels came from an Oxford Diecast Vauxhall Firenza conversion (one for another day!!). The decals on the front & rear wings need to be made to fully complete

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1986 Ford Escort Mk2 – Kames Sprint

I found this on YouTube a very early clip of Colin thrashing a white Mk2 Escort around the Kames track. If you listen carefully to the commentator you will hear him mention Colin McRae.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFc3ghU11Bs

This model is based on a very old Solido diecast as a base to represent an old style car without arches and I dipped into the spares box for some red stripes. I might redo this one day using a better Trofeu base model.

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1988 Nissan 240RS – Autofit & Tweedies Stage Rally

This is about just one car that Colin used just twice and at that point the most powerful car he had competed in. It was a borrowed Nissan 240RS reg no FXI 2376. The real car is still around, but photos of the car in Colin’s hands are very thin on the ground.

First was the 1988 Autofit Stages navigated by Derek Ringer (2nd overall) and later in the year the Tweedies Daihatsu Stages (1st overall) where he was navigated by his future wife Alison Hamilton.

There is a perfect base model made by IXO in plain white model or use the ready to race version which will need respraying white. To complete these models the front spotlights were removed and add a new set of wheels added from a Partwork Mitsubishi Gallant. The most difficult bit has been researching the decals. There are only a couple of photos from each rally to work from. But I think we have done the best we can.

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2005 FIAT Grande Punto S2000 – San Martino test

I found also this on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0-HCxp1xtM

You don’t see McRae but how do you just know quite quickly it’s Colin? This was a test session in Sardinia in October 2005 of the new FIAT Punto S2000 a car run by Andrea Andreucci.

The car is all black and a very easy conversion on a Partwork Punto model.

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So that’s 5 models into the Colin McRae Collection ALL of which are one offs and none of which are a Subaru, Focus or Citroen!! More on those laterrrr.

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Post by Tom » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:13 am

Nice work, the Punto looks especially good.

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Post by Jager » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:10 am

Chris, I not only admire your modelling skills, but I like the way you've researched all these one off racers. Looking forward to seeing what else you've done.
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Post by dbonser » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:19 am

Jager wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:10 am
Chris, I not only admire your modelling skills, but I like the way you've researched all these one off racers. Looking forward to seeing what else you've done.
I could not have said it better myself. I cant wait to see to the others!

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Post by LUW » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:21 pm

I really admire a focused collection like this, and to have so many unique models (that you made/moded!) is just fantastic!
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Post by CDM » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:40 pm

Thanks for all the comments. I was going to wait a bit longer to put these up, but as you have asked….

Along with others on this forum LM24HRS, Zeus & Cowley we have put on many varied model displays at Race Retro for years.

For me a display or collection is not just about throwing a whole load of models together. When they are on display at an exhibition I think all of us would know everything about every model in their display. After all you never know what sort of question you are going to be asked. You really do put yourself out in the open. You would be pretty foolish if you had no idea what it was??! Most people would look at any display as just that, but what I am looking for is someone who spots something special on a model. I know then he is a proper rally enthusiast and we can share our stories. You never stop learning, you never know who you might be talking too and what door might just be opening…

In all the years of exhibiting I have only been challenged once over a colour of a model and that was 30 odd years ago. I didn’t know who the person was, BUT it led me onto the most extraordinary journey of a life time that still continues and only last week I was still in touch with this very same person. He now collects model rally cars.

The Colin McRae collection really started after the terrible accident in 2007. At the next Race Retro exhibition in 2008 I put on a tribute display to Colin McRae.

So for Race Retro 2008 I only had a short time to muster a Tribute display, including a few one offs. I got Nicky Grist to come over and have a look and it was a comment he made that really got me thinking.

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I had 10 years until an appropriate time to do an update Tribute display. During that time a lot more diecasts became available. Would it be possible to do EVERY car Colin had driven??? It might be possible, but what became more apparent was the variety of cars that Colin had driven, almost like a driver from decades beforehand. It was this that really fired me up, all I needed was the link or the evidence and then make it happen.

Below is the Colin McRae Collection as it stood in February 2017 at around 130 models. They are in date order and by year going from left to right in the first twq boxes. I will highlight a few others over the next few weeks. In the meantime please ask about any particular one you can see.

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Hopefully I have given someone a spark of inspiration to go and collect….please come back and share it with us

Chris

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:shock: :shock:

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Post by LUW » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:30 pm

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Post by Alfaholic » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:35 pm

And here I am complaining about having to a few cigarette decals to a model.....

Absolutely brilliant work Chris, I admire your dedication.
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Post by dbonser » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:03 pm

Very impressive collection and focus!

I know the Vivio was small but that must be the CM's 1:64 model, yes?

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Post by Jager » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:58 pm

That's an excellent collection Chris and highlights 10 years of your passion.

I'm curious about the burnt out wreck in the last photo....is that one of the cars you'll be featuring soon ?
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Post by Jager » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:33 am

Chris, here's one I found for you to consider.....the 2006 Porsche Supercup races from the Nurburgring and Monaco.

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Minichamps have made the job easier for you by producing the Team Morellato #17 sister car :

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Minichamps-P ... SwgmJXxJbS
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Post by CDM » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:51 am

Fantastic…exactly what this or any forum is about…you never stop learning!!

Sorry I don’t know all of your names so I will reply in blocks below…

I have never seen these two Porsche Supercup Race photos before. There are two entries on his list of events in the McRae book, but I hadn’t twigged what they were.

So straight onto Ebay two at £65 each or one at £32…its on its way here now!!! Looks like it needs some stars on the roof, a few decals removing and the McRae bits put back on.

So thanks for the info and I as I said above you never stop learning.

As for the Subaru Vivio Safari Rally car – yes it is a CM model, it’s the only one ever made of this car in this livery. However, I have a 1:43 Trofeu Safari spec Vivio all painted up in the correct Scooby colour and I have on order only last week from Carlo Rovatti in Italy some McRae Safari Vivio decals from his mega decal list to complete this model too. Photos in a few weeks on this one.

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The burnt out Citroen Xsara is from the 2003 Argentine Rally. They had damaged the exhaust on a bridge and the heat built up and caught an oil line on fire. They coasted to a halt and bailed out and car was totally burnt out along with a few acres of pampas grass. Little did they know that over the next crest 400m away was a marshal’s point with extinguishers. The model is a Vitesse open bonnet version. I had an idea how to do this, first strip out all the plastic parts leaving just the body and bonnet. Warp it all in newspaper and drop into a bonfire, just like a baked potato!! Leave to cook and carefully find the remnants in the ashes of your bonfire. Then replace the floor, dashboard and roll bar parts and there you have it. I have not added or embellished what it looked like when it came out of the pile of ashes, it could do with a bit of white extinguisher powder to make it a bit better, but I am OK with how it turned out. All a bit of fun, something different and a talking point. Chris

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Post by LUW » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:40 am

The Xsara looks good. For a burnt car :D
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Post by Tom » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:51 am

Brillian job, looks really convincing!

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