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Peugeot 307 WRC "Pirelli", Tour de Corse 2006 (part 6)

Work continues (finally)
After I've been working for several weeks on the Ferrari, it was about time that I took up working on this car again.
But that actually happened sooner than I expected (because of the paint problems I encountered with the Ferrari).

First thing I wanted to do was change the footrest of the driver.
I glued a piece of styrene inside the opening that separated the front and rear part of the footrest. I'm not 100% sure that the footrest in Gigi Galli's car was like this as I have no picture of this part from Gigi's car. And in my picture archive I've found pictures both with and without the opening.
But the pictures of the most recently run Peugeot 307's show the opening to be closed, so I assume that it was this way in Gigi's car too.

Another part I needed to change was the shift ring on the steering wheel.
On the left picture below, the original shift ring can be seen. It is obvious that it differs from the one in the left picture above.
So I made a new piece of ring from styrene sheet and glued it to the old shift ring. The gaps that were left were filled with Tamiya putty. The part still needs to be sanded smooth but overall I'm happy with the result.

Next up was a part I had to change, but actually hadn't planned to change.
When I compared the original spare wheel with the new spare wheel I noticed that recessed part where the wheel bolts should go was a bit more narrow on the new part.
So what you might wonder. But to fix the shell of the car to the bottom I need to mount a part into the recessed part of the spare wheel (see pictures below). And with the new wheel I found out that it wouldn't fit.
So out came the file and I filed the offending part to size.

The final part I've been working on recently is the fuel cell.
I must admit that Tamiya has been cutting corners with this kit. The chassis of the car is not very detailed, being a cast iron part. But that is not where they have stopped. Also the interior lacks detail.
I do admit that the fuel cell won't be very visible, but I think it would have been easy to include it in the moulds. But as Tamiya didn't do that, I'll be scratchbuilding it from styrene sheet and strip.
This is how far I've gotten up till now:

The cut-out in the middle was necessary because of the mounting pin that is underneath the spare wheel.

End of this update.

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My suspicion that the aggressive solvent-based clearcoat triggered some sort of reaction with either the water-based clearcoat and or the material of the tires appears to be true.
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The clearcoat I used was my own Revell Aqua Color mix as used previously. But this time thinned with it's dedicated thinner and applied by airbrush.
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