Skip to main content

Citroën Xsara WRC - Francois Duval, ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2007 (part 6)

Welcome to the next part of this build report.

I left you last time (or should I say long, long ago...) with the images of the primed body, floor and roll cage, showing that there was some work to do to get everything ready for some color.
In this update I will show you how far I got with these parts. I'll start with the body and floor.

Sanding everything back turned out to be quite a bit of work. And of course there were several areas still in need of attention. Especially around the wheel arches there was a lot of additional work left.
Luckily, with the car in tarmac setup, there's not much room left to see the remaining rough spots that have survived the clean up process...
Which leads me to the conclusion that I could have cut some corners in this particular area by only cleaning up the most visible sections. It's a good lesson to check beforehand what is actually visible when the car is built together. I'll definitely be cutting some corners for the other two Xsara's in my stash...
This is how the body and floor look now, ready for the next coat of primer.

After the next round of priming and sanding everything will hopefully be a nice and smooth (enough) so I can hit the body and interior floor with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer White, in readiness for the white gloss coat for this car.
To ease decal application, I'm planning to use Tamiya X-2 (or decanted TS-26) gloss white for this.

The roll cage luckily needed only minimal cleanup as most of it won't be visible once the car is complete. So I only concentrated my efforts on the visible sections.
Before signing the roll cage off I needed to add an additional tube to the roll cage. I noticed on one of the on-board screenshots I have from Duval's car, that the roll cage was missing one more piece.

Next up more work has been done on the interior of the car as there was still more than enough left to sink my teeth in...
The kit dashboard and center console aren't really representative of the dashboard and center console in Duval's car.
So I removed most of the switches/knobs on the molded part with a chisel and rebuilt it according the reference images I have.

As mentioned in a previous update, I wasn't going to use the kit seats. For this particular build I'll use 2 resin seats from Renaissance.
Strangely enough the casting quality is quite diverse among the 2 (otherwise identical) seats. As can be seen in the image below, one seat has (apart from the slightly different color) several defects which needed to be taken care of.
Apart from that there were some air bubbles in both seats along the headrests. So I used some light curing putty from Tamiya to fill these holes.

Another tidbit I took care of was the spare wheel...
I drilled out all the wheel nuts for the spare wheel. I'm a sucker for these tiny details.

A lot of small bits this update. Getting closer to some color.

Previous part - Next part


  1. Great to see you're back building this WRC Xzara again.
    I must send you photos of where mine is stalled. Great improvement on the switches.

    1. Thanks!
      I'd love to see your version of the Xsara. Feel free to send me some pictures.

      I hope to be back shortly with another update (fingers crossed)...


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Citroën Xsara WRC - Francois Duval, ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2007 (part 2)

As promised, only a few days since the first part, here's the second part of this build. Once in a while I tend to keep a promise... As mentioned in the previous part I have been studying the manual to figure out what needs to be modified for this build. A few things were already shown in the previous part. Here I will discuss the other modifications I'm planning. This will be a nice exercise for when I'm going to build Gigi Galli's slightly beaten Xsara WRC from rally Portugal 2007... Renaissance transkit 24/96 contains a PE sheet with mesh sections for the vents in the hood and the main grille in the front bumper. Renaissance tells you to glue the mesh over the appropriate sections of the body. But I'm intending to remove the plastic and create some sort of box under/behind the openings to suggest depth. The body needs some parts removed and filled. The molded quick-release bonnet and boot pins need to be removed as they will be replaced with PE items. The holes

Citroën Xsara WRC - Francois Duval, ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2007 (part 1)

And off we go on another project. When modelling WRC subjects, you cannot ignore the Citroën Xsara WRC as it is some kind of legend. Especially in the hands of a certain French driver. That's why I have 3 Xsara kits in my stash. None of said driver, that is. But rest assured, he is also present in my WRC collection. With this particular build I'm going to build the car that Francois Duval drove so expertly to the runner-up spot in the 2007 ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Sadly, where the Citroën Xsara WRC is a bit of a legend, the same thing can not be said of the only injection moulded kit if the same car... As said, there's not much choice, as Heller is the only kit manufacturer for this car (although the same kit has also been released by Airfix and Italeri). For this build I'll be using Heller kit no. 80769. Let's just say,it's not a Tamiya kit... By far. For several reasons I chose this particular car because I like the livery and I like Francois Duval too beca

Euro Model Expo 2015

Last weekend I went to the Euro Model Expo event in Heiden, Germany. The event was spread over 2 days. I visited on the first day, Saturday March 28th. Just like last year the location was packed with stands occupied by a good mix of vendors and modelling clubs. The quality of the models on show, it being on the club stands or the competition area, was once again very high. During the day members of the Belgian modelling club KMK-Scaleworld were giving demonstrations of several modelling techniques. I decided to visit the demonstration of Jeroen Veen who showed the public several aircraft painting and weathering techniques. For me, as a n00b on aircraft, it was a very interesting and entertaining demonstration and I hope to apply some of the techniques I saw to my coming build of the 1/48 Tamiya Lancaster I got waiting. It was also a nice occassion to talk to some fellow modellers. Amongst others I had a nice chat with Sascha Müller who had a stunning diorama of a Le M