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PostSubject: Crystal Escort MK2   Sat 07 May 2016, 7:14 pm

It's the rally RS 1800, but molded in clear.
Has anyone actually seen one, the shell is supposed to be a soft-ish clear, not the normal brittle stuff'

Esci kit, also re-released by ROG in standard blue bodyshell.
Any info gratefully appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 12:51 am

I haven't seen the RS1800, but I do have their Lancia Beta Martini kit.  The clear plastic is the same as any kit's clear plastic, probably a little more brittle than the colored plastic parts.  The clear isn't a big attraction IMHO, since it has a lot of injection marks.  This one came in the red/white ESCI box.





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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 1:41 pm

ESCI "crystal" kits were pretty rare. Decades ago I saw the BMW M-1 (?) at a model show. They are rare. I have to think the clear parts are of the regular clear styrene, the most brittle of kit plastics. As we've seen with repairing flaws in windshields, the ejection marks could be carefully sanded away, but it would be work.
As to the Ford Escort kit, like the other ESCIs, it's an okay kit. Not as detailed as the Tamiyas, not as costly either. When I fell in luv with the Euro-rally cars, I got some of the ESCI kits.
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 3:22 pm

Thanks guys, it's not really the fact that it's the crystal kit that interests me, the pin marks are even worse on the Escort, it would be painted anyway, I just have an offer of one at a good price.
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 4:22 pm

JUst get it mate, you can always save it for many moons and the get rid at a decent price?
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 6:19 pm

I have to do a bit of virtual arm wrestling over the price yet Ash!
You are right of course! LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 7:50 pm

I have the Lancia Beta crystal version but the decals are naffed, that's the reason I got me some decal paper so I could try and make some for it.

Not had a go yet though
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 8:11 pm

How flexible is the bodyshell Ash?

Sometimes they have to be stretched to get them on a chassis, I'd be afraid of the clear plastic cracking, or worse.
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PostSubject: Re: Crystal Escort MK2   Sun 08 May 2016, 9:01 pm

Not looked tbh though I recall it being quite hard plastic when I looked in the box.

Could always shave a little off to aid in fotting I suppose
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