Resto & Custom

  • Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart
  • The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a relatively new car (2008), widening Mitsubishi Lancer´s range with a 5-door hatchback that Europeans prefer over 4-door sedans. It´s also a competition to the new Subaru Impreza, which in its current generation comes as a 5 doors hatchback. The decision to make a custom model of this vehicle using the Hot Wheels 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X resulted in an unlucky buy of one of those Hot Wheels castings.
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    Here´s what I´ve done:

    Upon closer inspection it turned ot that the front wheel had a severe damage. It seems like before being sealed in its blisterpack, the mdoel must have suffered a fall or similar. usually i would replace the wheel and get over it, but with the model being already the second version of this casting, i decided to get another grey one and do something more to the model than just replacing the wheel.

    The rear part needed the most work: Rear wing removed, reshaped rear lights, modeled the trunk door. I also reshaped the fenders to be closer to the Ralliart look, as i wanted to make a Ralliart, not an EVO X. The roof wing rounds up the customization.
    The finished model received a tone of grey-ish blue, which suits it fine, the damaged wheel has been replaced and the details added to intentionally match the ones that Hot Wheels put on their Lancer EVO models. The rear window is the re-used rear window of the original Hot Wheels EVO casting. The result makes me happy, as i am aware that the result doesn´t 100% match the 1:1 car, but it fits well into the Hot Wheels interpretation of the Lancer.
    I hope you enjoyed this story just as much as I enjoyed making the model.
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