BMW 2002 tii 1:24 – The Devil Is In The Remarkable Detail

BMW 2002 tii
BMW 2002 tii 1:24 scale model

The level of skill and attention to detail seen on this 1:24 scale classic BMW 2002 tii is so incredible you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the real deal…

BMW’s snazzy 2002 tii celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021 and while the Bavarian company’s seminal ‘injected international’ looks a tad dated, it did transform the German marque’s fortunes and laid solid foundations for its now-famous sporty saloon credentials.

Packing a new fuel-injected 2-litre engine, chunky tyres, uprated brakes, and beefed-up rear-wheel-drive chassis, the tii offered an intoxicating mix of fine handling, could reach 0-60 in under 10 seconds and boasted an impressive top speed of 118mph – All this at a time when BL’s Marina TC was marketed as the sport version of the ‘ship at sea’.

BMW 2002 tii 1:24 model

Hasegawa BMW 2002 tii 1:24

The modelling genius behind the BMW 2002 tii 1:24 build is a guy called, Rahmi who, in case you didn’t know already, is the name and face behind the camera for his YouTube channel ‘Scale-a-Ton’.

BMW 2002 tii 1:24 model

This is a man who takes modelling to the next level and beyond with a passion for creating anything from a post-apocalyptic Camper Van to a perfectly scaled AEC Dorchester Armored Command Vehicle and just about anything in between.

BMW 2002 tii 1:24 model

Rahmi begins the incredibly detailed project by purchasing a standard Hasegawa BMW 2002 tii 1:24 kit which can be bought for as little as £20-£30 but you’ll need a few extras to achieve maximum kudos. Next to join the party is the USCP ‘super detail engine bay set’ costing around £40, a set of rather nice 14″ Alpina wheels with tyres, some early BMW 2002 type door cards and finally, the all-important MOMO steering wheel.

BMW 2002 tii 1:24 model

It goes without saying, all those annoying little fiddly bits and pieces need carefully assembling now, and that’s pretty much where my skills come to an abrupt end.

Not so for Rahmi, who negotiates his way around the shell, chassis and engine assembly with a neurosurgeon’s peacefulness while paying meticulous attention to detail.

BMW 2002 tii 1:24 model

As the build continues, Rahmi ‘manufactures’ his own ignition leads, exhaust manifold and even chassis additions as the 1:24 evolves. Painting and four coats of gloss varnish bring an almost instant reality to the Gulf yellow tii.

No stone is left unturned as the engine bay receives it’s washer bottle, brake fluid reservoir, air intake, hoses/clips, chrome work, strut-tops, obligatory chassis number and all-important ‘patina’ wash along with other vital components.

The complete process is quite mesmerising as you can see in the video below…

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