The Lancia Delta HF Integrale bodyshell

What is specific to this body, apart from being beautiful, is to feature a complete cockpit set. This is the original body that can be found on the kit 58117 based on the TA-01 chassis but also on the kit 58342 (TT-01 chassis) and kit 58446 (DF-03Ra chassis). Given the complexity of this body decoration, I chose to get the painted set. Well, the cockpit set still has to be painted: I planned long hours holding a thin brush.


The beautiful Lancia Delta HF Integrale painted body

Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Bodyshell 

The cockpit set to be painted, driver and co-driver's heads and stickers

Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Cockpit set 

Many hours later...

Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Cockpit 

Once installed in the body

Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Bodyshell 


The result brings even more realism to the whole bodyset but it doesn't resist to a close inspection due to my very low-level skills in painting. After all, my models are not meant to be shelf decorations laughing.


First runs

I had already driven with this bodyshell fitted onto the TT-01 chassis of my Xsara WRC and on the TB-01 chassis of my Focus WRC. This time, I drove it with its original TA-01 chassis on the track.

This bodyshell is still very beautiful even if it now shows use even after reinforcing and repairing it from the inside with scotch. About the chassis, I discovered its handling in a pure on-road configuration which is pretty different from the off-road version of my Ford F-150 (which chassis is not a true TA-01).

The TA-01 is great to drive as it is very well balanced and very similar to my Xsara WRC. But there is a real difference: whereas the TT-01 remains silent, the TA-01 sings a pure vintage sound worth the best Hollywood FX. The main driveshaft makes this sweet sound that definitely reminds our grand-ma's coffee mill laughing. Of course, you can upgrade it with a reinforced main driveshaft to shut this mechanical opera, but I think this would drastically cut the TA-01 from one of its utmost remarkable feature (this option is highly recommended when using a more powerful motor though).


Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 

Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 

Tamiya 58117 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 


And now the video with pure sound from the famous central shaft:




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