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#1 Chuck Most

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:53 AM

It has been a while since I've so much as looked at a project, much less finished one. So I thought I'd try something (relatively) simple.
So far not much done...
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The car is the Aoshima kit, and the wheels are 17" Street 17S from XS Tuning. Right now the body is sitting on the molded-in mud guards- those will be removed later on, once the ride height and wheels are dialed in. I'd planned to try this with an Aoshima Lexus LS 400, but I've built two of those already, and wanted something just a bit more esoteric. I don't think I've ever seen the Aoshima Q45 built up.

I'm not sure if I like how the wheels look on it or not yet- they look a bit small, even for 17s. This car is pretty big- about the size of an LS 400 or a Crown Vic. I might stick with these rollers, but as always, I'm open to suggestions for or against.

For paint I'm thinking of a red/white/blue motif as seen on Datsun race cars of the '70's, and there will be a few very MILD Bosozoku touches here and there (I'm planning some slightly longer than necessary exhaust tips, for one thing). The interior is RHD only, I'm thinking of leaving it mostly stock, just color-keyed with the exterior.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:42 AM

Sweet B)

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:54 AM

So nice to see an Infiniti being built ... I should get back to mine.

I'm curious if this kit has and PH logos in it ... ?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:10 AM

I'm curious if this kit has and PH logos in it ... ?

Mine doesn't.
And yes, you do need to get back to that Infiniti. :D

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:21 AM

Well, decided to forge onward with the XS wheels and tires, which are now permanently installed with the included rotor/caliper castings.
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This is as low as the car can possibly get with these wheels and tires, without carving up the inner fenders like a Thanksgiving turkey. I've also removed the mud guards at this point, but there's still a bit of bodywork before it's close to paint ready. I'm still considering shaving the door handles and the front plate frame.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:28 AM

A totally shocking suggestion about a car model that almost no one has ever done: How about a stock build?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

... those ARE pretty ugly door handles.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:32 PM

A totally shocking suggestion about a car model that almost no one has ever done: How about a stock build?

Nah- not this one. Now, if one of Infiniti's later (and MUCH prettier) models were produced in kit form- such as the G35 or G37, THEN I'd most certainly do a factory stock version.
And at least one tuner version.
Of each.
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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:35 PM

Chuck, I was wrong on FB with my question on what this was, not even close, I said Chaser

I bought four sets of the XS tunning wheels/tires, they are nice, but I agree, they do seem a bit small, I have not found anything to use them on yet

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

Nah- not this one. Now, if one of Infiniti's later (and MUCH prettier) models were produced in kit form- such as the G35 or G37, THEN I'd most certainly do a factory stock version.
And at least one tuner version.
Of each.
:D


This is the kit by Fujami I'm making my G35 from. It's a Japan only kit and is the hometown Nissan Skyline 350GT coupe. It needs Infiniti logos and a left hand dash.
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I also have an Infiniti J30t by Aoshima. It's a Japan market kit also. It had PE Infiniti logos which I got the kit for. It's a pretty good looking car for a pre-G35 Infiniti! I've been tempted to patch the back end to a '49 Merc!
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I know the G37 hasn't been kitted as that's my current 1:1.

Edited by Foxer, 29 October 2012 - 04:06 PM.


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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:43 PM

I have 01 Maxima, and there are some very close kits out there of the Japanese verison, but it would take a lot of work to make the nose and tail into a Maxima

The G35 is based of the 350Z platform

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:36 AM

The G35 is based of the 350Z platform


Yes ... It was the 2nd car off the 350 platform. They lengthened it 8" and tuned the suspension for a little better ride. There's much goodness in that new platform and they definitely got their money out of it. The G35 did very well replacing the 5 Porsches I had before it! :)

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:40 AM

And the J30t shared a lot it's chassis with the z33!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:41 AM

That should be an awsume model..

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:18 AM

Yes ... It was the 2nd car off the 350 platform. They lengthened it 8" and tuned the suspension for a little better ride. There's much goodness in that new platform and they definitely got their money out of it. The G35 did very well replacing the 5 Porsches I had before it! :)


I agree. I had 2 G35 coupes and now a G35 sedan, all of which were much better than my 944.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:23 AM

Was the J30 the car they unveiled with that weird ad campaign, remembered best for not showing an image of the car itself?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:43 AM

I agree. I had 2 G35 coupes and now a G35 sedan, all of which were much better than my 944.


Ah, wow! ... we could be twins! ehheh Two 924 turbos and 3 944's here. I thought they were made just for me. I have to give the 944's their suspension .. one of the best ever! But the G35's horsepower and interior shamed the Porsches. And the Brembo's were a fair match for the Porsche brakes.

Now, with all this discussion going on here, are you going to give us a shot of the Q's front and rear ends, Chuck? :D

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:01 AM

Now, with all this discussion going on here, are you going to give us a shot of the Q's front and rear ends, Chuck? :D

Gimme a day- or two. The car is in the middle of a bodywork session at this moment.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:06 AM

cool build! shaving the handles and front plate bracket would be a nice added touch.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:32 AM

If you are planning to build this kit, a couple of tidbits...

1. Just go ahead and deepen the hood, door, and trunk cut lines- they are extremely shallow, and will get lost under a few coats of paint.

2. If you plan to cut open the moonroof, you will find it has been scribed from underneath. This panel comes out with almost frightening ease- I barely dragged the back of a #11 blade over the scribed lines three times and it was out.

3. The body on this kit is THIN- watch it when sanding/working along the roof pillars. I haven't broken any of them. Yet.

Anyway- the door handles are now gone- I'm still dragging my feet on the front plate bracket, though. Entire body is now coated with primer sealer- hopefully it won't be too long now before paint, though I might take a short detour and work on the interior first.

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