View Full Version : Mk1 Ford Escort

09-21-2012, 08:15 AM
I managed to source a 1/10th scale Retro Racing Ford Mk1 Escort Mexico shell as a starting point. I also have a RC4WD Bruiserupter edition yota rear axle, which will be getting modified with a ball diff.


This will be getting rear leafs and will be attempting to make Macpherson struts for the front and a custom chassis from 12mm steel box section. i can't decide how detailed i want to go with this, so may or may not try for an interior.
The body is supplied with a set of 1.9 wheels but I don't think the look of the low profile tyres when using these wheels suits the shell. So this will be getting a set of HPI vintage wheels and tyres, but I will be narrowing both the wheels and tyres for a more scale look.
I saw this car at a local race meeting and will be using it as a reference for the paint for this model.






These are the wheels and tyres,



I have started cutting the shell and decided to make a new grill as I would like a little more detail than the moulded one gives.



09-21-2012, 08:16 AM
Sounds awesome, you've got an image issue... would love to see what you're doing!

09-21-2012, 08:31 AM
Images in the first post should be fixed now, that'll learn me to preview a post before I submit it :huh:

New wheels and tyres came today.

These will give the old school look i am looking for.


Low profile v old school


Couple of comparison shots in the front arch.



The low profile combo does look very nice but is not what I am after .
Started to modify the wheels, I cut all 4 wheels removing about 8mm from the overall width and then glued them back together, I also cut and glued one tyre to see how the finished items will look.



My leaf springs arrived from Neil (Dready) so now I can start making the chassis .

More soon,


09-21-2012, 08:35 AM
great man!:biggthumpup:
awesome wheel,tyres and vintage body!
one question,you use a rear rc4wd axle....how the frame what you will use?

09-21-2012, 08:41 AM
great man!:biggthumpup:
awesome wheel,tyres and vintage body!
one question,you use a rear rc4wd axle....how the frame what you will use?

I am going to make my own frame from 4mm square steel (the 12mm box I had intended to use is to large) and make a floor pan from 0.5mm steel sheet, I hope to make it a reasonable likeness of a 1:1 vehicle. The body will ultimately get bonded to the floor pan (after I have installed the roll cage and interior detail.)


09-21-2012, 10:56 AM
Very cool!:popcorn:

09-21-2012, 11:19 AM
Wicked cool build... I'd give up loads to get my hands on one of those bodies!!!

09-21-2012, 11:31 AM
Wicked cool build... I'd give up loads to get my hands on one of those bodies!!!

Here you go:-Escort Shell (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RC-body-shell-Ford-Escort-mk1-1-10-scale-/170902936486?pt=UK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN&hash=item27ca9bdba6#ht_500wt_1156) devil

Only odd thing is they are not Lexan but PET-G (essential what plastic drink bottles are made from) so you have to be careful about the type of paint used as the shell can go brittle if solvent based paints are used.


09-24-2012, 08:16 AM
Thanks for the link.
That's a shame, pet-g will shatter on impact.
Would be fine for a full scale project like yours but I wanted one for racing. Nice to see some of the older models being recreated.

09-24-2012, 01:51 PM
No problem,

I was a little disappointed when I found out about the shell material, but as I am not racing it I agree it probably won't matter.