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This is my fifth resin project and one that I've wanted to do for a long time.
A lovely shape and a Rally icon, especially for someone who was a young boy in Sweden at the time when Eric Carlsson won his many victories in the SAAB 96.



My model is based on the red '62 Monte Carlo winner but the livery is pure fantasy, so I have switched a digit in the start number.
The 2-stroke SAABs are sometimes referred to as "jungle drums" so I thought the green livery was appropriate and it looks nice.

The body shell is from Ocar, I believe the original was done by Hobby Classic. It is quite well made. They have captured the shape very well (I won't whine about the discrepancies) and the details are nice. Window frames and chrome strips are nice & thin which is great.
The clear parts are awful - the windows are just temporarily attached to look OK for the photos. I have a few more of these body shells and will try to form new window parts that fit properly.




I have used a chassis from a Revell VW "Fun cup" Beetle - the wheels look right and the size of the base plate is fairly close. It has been shortened a bit and reduced all around the perimeter. The repair to the guide holder has nothing to do with the conversion as such.

I spent a lot of time tweaking the mounts & axles to get the wheels correctly positioned in their wells - that can really make or break a car model, especially this one.
The body is quite loose on its mounts, so that it rolls as it should. The SAAB is a narrow car and it needs to lean outwards quite a bit in the curves to look convincing.



 

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Martin De Ath
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Balsa... Very Nice Build, Well done


All the best.. Martin De'Ath.
 

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Brad Korando / Brad Korando
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Very nice work, thanks for sharing this project with us! I really like the shape of the SABB 96. I think it would also look great painted as if it had just completed the race. The shape of the body panels would look terrific covered in dirt/dust.

Regards,
Brad
 

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Having rallied in one of these many moons ago and owned a V4 this car is very close to my heart. I didn't know the 2-stroke was called Jungle Drums but that is very appropriate.

Absolutely class job you've done there. Who said scratch-building was dying out?
 

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Gregory Petrolati
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QUOTE I didn't know the 2-stroke was called Jungle Drums but that is very appropriate.

Over here Saab and 2 stroke powered cars were known as "corn poppers"... excellent build. I can almost smell the Castrol.

Greenman62
 

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Jan Groosmuller
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I happen to have a 43rd scale static model of that light green V4... love it, even in the "wrong" scale!
Also have a couple of the Hobby Clasic (yes, one s please) Saab's, but I'd also love to see a "proper" V4 in rally trim
 

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Thanks guys, for your kind remarks - much appreciated and very encouraging!

QUOTE (Brad Korando @ 12 Aug 2011, 02:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>---
I think it would also look great painted as if it had just completed the race. The shape of the body panels would look terrific covered in dirt/dust.

Regards,
Brad

Good idea, when I get the windows sorted I might just do that. I'll also remove the the head light lenses and add some silver behind them.

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Tomas
 

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Hi balsaworks,

You have done a wonderful job. I your way to do it is beautiful.
By the way: i could not seen windscreen wipers?

Best regards

claus
 

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No wipers claus. The windscreen is only temporarily in place because the one supplied in the kit doesn't fit properly. The plan is to make new windows all around, and then I'll add wipers.
I've added a bit of road dust - can't decide which version is better. With dust I think.

 
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