Tamiya 1/24 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI San Remo Rally 2001 w/Studio27
The San Remo rally of 2001 marked the fourth appearance for the updated
Mitsubishi Evo VI. The major external differences being a revised front
spoiler, doing away with the circular spot light locations. This car driven
by Tommi Makinen finished 3rd overall in the rally behind the two factory
Studio 27, an aftermarket company from Japan, have released a new transkit
to produce the Lancer as it appeared in the San Remo rally or the Australian
rally (ST27-TK2414). Parts included are a new resin front spoiler, a white
metal navigator's console and decals. The resin bumper has no flaws apart
from a large piece of flash on the size that was easily removed.
The donor kit required is the Lancer Evo VI kit from Tamiya (24220).
Be warned that the San Remo rally car is a tarmac racer and not a gravel
car. For the San Remo, you need to use the lower suspension and wheels.
Also using the instruction sheet so that you do not get confused. Luckily
the VI is a re-boxed Evo V and all the tarmac parts are still included.
Only thing you will need to find is a set of tarmac wheels. I stole mine
from my Evo V kit. The kit is perfect for the Australian version.
At first I thought that there would need to be some surgery to attach
the new spoiler. It is actually a replacement part and no converting is
necessary. The lights are also molded into the bumper, which removed having
to attach the Tamiya separate light parts. The only surgery required is
for installing the new navigator's console on the dash. No real problem
just cut out the old one and glue in the new. The decals are perfect and
are a complete replacement for the kit decals.
The body, resin bumper and other small parts were prepared for painting.
Due to the bumper being red and the top of the hood being white, I decided
to paint this and the body separate to avoid having to mask. The body
was first primed with Tamiya Flat white and later was given a few coats
of gloss white. While drying, the bumper, wings and mirrors were painted
with Tamiya Bright Red.
While they were drying, work on the chassis commenced. Using the Evo
V instructions as a guide, the lower suspension parts were painted and
attached. Everything went according to plan and no problems were encountered.
I used a spare set of photo-etched brake discs to add a bit more realism
to that area. To save time, I used the seat belt decals then used some
old seat material to continue the belts through the seat and onto the
rear roll cage assembly.
When the main body has dried, I masked off the white areas and sprayed
the whole body with Bright Red. When dry, the new resin bumper was attached
with CA glue. I didn't use a lot to avoid fogging. Though looking back,
I should have really used a fair bit of glue. Then the decals were attached.
There were no problems and luckily the long black stripes were spilt into
a few sections which avoided breakage. Where these lines spread out and
finish on the hood, this needed to be softened to fit onto it. When these
had dried, a few light coats of Testors gloss coat were given. When this
had dried, fine detailing of the body commenced. This included attaching
Photo-etched grills from an old PE set. The windows were attached to the
body with white glue. The wings and mirrors were attached.
Then the body was mated to the chassis. The new bumper has locating
holes for the chassis pins. Due to me not gluing this enough, it moved
forward. I didn't notice this until the glue had dried. So I suggest that
you should use a fair amount of glue and to cut off the locating pins.
Finally, PE pins, Sakatsu Aerials and GPS antenna were attached with
small amounts of CA glue. The window decals were put on and finally the
wheels were attached. The Marlboro scheme of this rally is very striking
and is one of the best looking Lancer's I have seen. No major problems
were encountered with the Tamiya kit or S27's Transkit. Just remember
if you want to make the San Remo rally version, use the smaller suspension
parts and the 5 spoke wheels.
Some big thanks:
To Arnaud Taibi at Studio 27 for
the review sample of the transkit and Tamiya donor kit. Please check out
the S27 website. it is Japanese
at the moment with English coming soon. You can use a translation service
like the one at Altavista
and just enter the URL into that.
Thanks to Stephen Loft and Philip Curtis for their background information
and various picks.
Finally, if you are interested in Rally cars, the modeling thereof and
would like to talk to like minded people, there is a yahoo
group just for you. It is open to anyone and the members (like myself)
are friendly and are always willing to help. Nenad Mitrovic created it
and his personal rally site is
where more of my rally work can be found.