December 19, 2015

ARO 243 | how it was made

Hello all,
Long time no see… well, no writing in fact, but….
I found in my photo stuck a set of photos made when I scratch built the 243 ARO.
The base I used was an DeAgostini 1|43rd scale model of ARO 240.
But what ARO brand is?
Well, it is a Romanian brand of all-terrain vehicles. Its history begin back in 1957. The first vehicle produced was IMS 57, a car made under license and having as base the GAZ 69. In 1972, the IMS was replaced by the modern ARO24 range. A modern car having 4x4 transmission. The front axle has independent suspension with helicoidally spring. The rear one is rigid and has lamellar resorts. Due to this configuration the performances in off road were very good for its time.
After more than 380 000 units produced, 2003 the story of this Romanian brand stops when the Romanian State decided to sell 68.7% of ARO to a company owned by a Cuban born American business man. 
But let's talk about this conversion.
The base model body shell:
First schetch putting all in scale:
First mock-up with the plastic parts in final position:
Along with the base model we can see how the aditional part of the body is made:
The colour I choose for the final model is white. Very popular colour among the owners of this kind of cars in the era.


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