The Lancia Stratos is a legendary machine. For me it is the first vehicle that comes to my mind when I think about rally racing. The Hasegawa kit I have shows the model at the 1977 Monte Carlo rally. I plan on creating a little diorama showing the Stratos mid corrner, coverd in dirt and grime.
Construction starts with the chassis. Everything is painted flat black except for a bulkhead behind the seats, the bottom of the engine/transmission, and a few other mechanical bits. I dry brushed some Mr Metal Stainless steel on every surface, highlighting the edges and giving everything a slightly metallic look.
The two exhausts were painted with MRP Exhaust, dry brushed with Mr Metal Stainless, then glued to the chassis.
The rear suspension parts were painted then assembled. I used Mr Metal Chrome Silver, Stainless, and Tamiya Flat Black for most of the parts. Again, I dry brushed all of the pieces to make them look a little worn.
Next I moved onto the interior. I used more of the same colors here, excep the seats were painted light grey.
Most of these parts were hand painted. The seats were airbrushed though.
I glued in the interior parts and dry brushed them to unify the look.
The rim of the spare wheel needed to be painted yellow. I used a compass cutter to cut out a mask, then airbrushed the rim yellow.
The front suspension went together much like the rear. Again, most pieces were hand painted with the Mr Metal colors. I did have some larger areas that needed to be painted flat black, so I used the airbrush for those.
At this point I decided to turn to the body of the Stratos. The massive (for a 1/24 car) decal sheet was calling to me, and I couldnt really go any further until it was painted.
I painted the body with Tamiya X-2 Gloss White. The Tamiya Gloss White cures rock hard, so I had zero issues applying the decals straight onto the paint without a gloss coat. It is lieterally the only white paint that I enjoy using.
The decal sheet, seen below, is big and beautiful. It was printed by Cartograf so you know the decals will be good.
The went on wonderfully. I had very few issues with misaligned decals, or decals being wither too small or too large. A coat of decal softener - I used either Micro Sol or Solvaset - and they sank own into every crevice and perfectly molded themselves to every curve.
I stopped here to wait for my resin driver and co-driver to arrive. Those will be painted next then the body of the ca will be mounted to the chassis and the remaining odds and ends will be added to the body.