Subaru Impreza WRC 1998 'Monte-Carlo'
by Ralph Lugten
1998 was another excellent year for rally fans all over the world. As before the intense battle was on between Colin McRae and Tomi Makkinen.
Tomi Makkinen driving the White Ralli//Art Mitsubishi Galant Evo III and Colin McRae the Sonic Blue Prodrive Impreza WRC.
This kit will be build into the McRae / Grist version and straight out of the box with no additional detailing, only some dusting for that 'race-look' instead off an all shiny showroom look. And without the 'night-stage' extra driving light!
As a avid modelbuilder I can not start without getting a feel for the subject which is about to be build. So the first thing I do is acquire photo's via the Internet / Dealership's / Autoshow's / Magazine's etc.
The Building process
As always with Tamiya they do know how to make modelkits!. With that off course I mean; precise fitment, little moldmarks, crisp details. Although I very much miss a loose engine since it's molded in-situ with the underside of the car & an opening bonnet.
The build-up consists of painting the various parts in the right color & tidy masking for some parts which are molded-in situ like the fueltank.
Although most of the undercarriage details will be hidden by the protector plates (these are clear molded by the way), I still like to give them the full treatment just in case friends or other modelers see 'it'!
Decaling is pretty straightforward, although the 'quarter moons' representing the '555's'; since tobacco markings are in some countries forbidden, will have to set around the door opening handles.
Some stretched sprue is also needed for the communication antennas. (not added in the photo's!)
And i used some self-adhesive chrome-foil for the rearview mirrors.
After snapping the chassis to the body I sit back and enjoy this marvelous machine in Sonic Blue…
NOT that long though; since the Silver Clarion Peugeot 206 WRC is waiting for a build-up!!!
Editor Note: Ralph live Breda - Netherlands, he is a good friend and modeler and J.Alesi's fanatic!. Also he loves Ferraris F1, I hope to see more works from Ralph soon.