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  1. Tamiya R34 Z-tune

    I feel your pain. Literally the same thing happened to me with the exact same kit. I wonder perhaps (could be a coincidence) but it could be an actual bad batch of PS plastic from Tamiya that reacts badly to hotter automotive paints. I was using Automotive primer and topcoat colour and had the exact same thing happen. the paint forms a ring-like pattern from one point and spreads. It was really annoying, cause even after clear coat and wet sanding and polishing it didn't come out, even though the clear coat was perfectly level. here are a couple pics of mine.
  2. RX7 3 kit combo

    Hi All, I finished this kit over the weekend, after several weeks, of slow progress. I am really pleased with how it came out. The body is from the Aoshima RX7 Spirit R kit, engine and chassis are from the tamiya kit, and the aero bits are from a fujimi kit. I discovered along the way that even though they are all the same car, and scale, each brand has modeled the car slightly differently, and so not all the parts played together all that nicely. A lot of filling and sanding had to happen to the bonnet, and chassis to make it work with the aoshima body. I didnt get around to doing a WIP on this build, Thanks for looking Nathan
  3. Sauber-Mercedes C9 # 61 1989 Le Mans

    yes, certainly the engine bay and interior are very detailed.
  4. Hi All, 2 weeks ago, I was at a local Hobby swap meet. I came across this little beauty and swooped on it. The kit was 30AUD which is about the asking price for a basic Brand new tamiya kit. I was stoked to get such a rare, complete kit for such a price. This, and the Mazda 787B, are my all time favorite race cars. There is something about the boxy late 80's - 90's styling that i really love. When i got home i went online and bought the Hobby Design PE kit too. The kit is complete, with all parts still inside their plastic bags. Looking at the instructions, you can tell the age of this kit, as the white paper has gone yellow, as have the decals unfortunately. I am hoping that they can still be used. The carrier film has a slight yellow tone to it too. I havent had much luck in finding this livery online, the only one i have found is 50USD. I have some Microscale Liquid decal film, which is meant to restore old decals, so ill give that a shot first, before i go and buy some new decals. I am planning on detailing this kit as much as possible, and will be building it to the #61 car which finished 2nd in the 1989 race (I prefer the bright orange accents, over the yellow which was on the winning #63 car). Thanks for looking, I'll hopefully have some build updates soon Nathan
  5. Outlaw Porsche 964 build

    Im not aware of them being available in 5 lug. I have found 15" superlites (look pretty much the same as watanbes) by scale productions with 5 lugs https://www.scaleproduction.de/product_info.php?info=p1951_15--minilite--p-------.html
  6. Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune

    Thanks all for the comments. Yeah its one of my favourites. I also love the Milenium jade that the standard R34 GTR comes in. Minght have to do that at some point too...
  7. Outlaw Porsche 964 build

    Nice build so far. I like the colour What wheels are you planing on using? I did a similar build last year and used these wheels https://www.scaleproduction.de/product_info.php?info=p2201_16--fifteen52-outlaw001.html
  8. Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune

    Hi All, I just completed my latest build, of the Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune by Tamiya. I first attempted this kit about 8 years ago and stiffed it up completely, so i really wanted to do it again properly. you can check out my WIP here: Now for the pretty pictures Thanks for looking Nathan
  9. Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune

    Hi All, This is my final update on this kit. I kinda got in the swing of things, and just smashed out the rest of the kit and didnt really take any photos. (not that there was a great deal of the kit left to do) The clear windows we masked up using the supplied window masking stickers Then I Masked off and painted the window frames of the body, as well as the front lip spoiler/splitter. the only other bits to go were the lights, and other small pieces on the body. Behold, the completed model. Thanks for looking Nathan
  10. Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune

    Hi All, I have just completed the interior. The real car has a black leather, and red alcantara inserts. Personally im not a huge fan of this colour break up, but i will do it anyway. To acheive the red alcantara, i first primed the plastic with tamiya White primer, then hit it with tamiya bright red, then finally with some flat clear (i dont have any flat red paint...) once this had dried, i masked off those sections and went over the rest of the pieces with semi gloss black. included in the PE set for this kit, are some carpet floor mats. ive never seen this in a kit before, its a nice touch. Becasue of this, i only had to flock the rear parcel shelf. A few decals were applied for the gauges, centre screen, seats and the steering wheel. Thanks for looking Nathan
  11. Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune

    Thanks, yeah i thought it might have been too. I had it on the slowest possible setting and used very light pressure. I wasnt using the dremel brand polishing bits because they are far to hard. I bought some soft woollen generic bits off ebay.
  12. Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune

    Hi All, Thanks for the nice comments. I finally got around to polishing the body last night, had to wait for some polishing bits for my dremel... This was the first time I had tried using the dremel to polish. It made a bit of a mess, flicking polish everywhere, but i am very pleased with the result. Unfortunately when i was wet sanding the model before polish, i sanded a few tiny areas a bit thin, and went through to the primer. I think i should be able to touch up these areas so that it isnt as noticeable. Anyway, here are some images. Before Polish After first stage of polish (Meguiar's Ultimate compound) removes the fine sanding scratches After final polish was Wax Next up will be the interior. Thanks
  13. Nissan skyline GTR R34 Z-Tune

    Thanks. The suspension control arms & Engine were hand brushed with tamiya XF-16 Flat aluminium, and the exhaust was painted with tamiya TS-17 Gloss aluminium spray paint.
  14. Tamiya DTM D2. x2?

    I feel your pain with the AMG GT, I had issues with the bumpers too. Looking forward to these two builds too
  15. Hi All, I recently started my next project which is the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR Z-tune by Tamiya. Along with the kit, i bougt the tamiya detail up set for a bit more detail and realism. The Z-tune is my favourite version of the R34 skyline, and also the most rare, with only 19 produced worldwide. 18 of the 19 were produced in silver, but one was built in Midnight Purple. This is one of my all time favourite car colours. It apprears black in shadows, and purple in the light. In order to get this colour, I had to go to the autostore, and get them to mix me a can of touch up spray paint to the correct paint paint code (Nissan LP2) I know that zero paints make their own version of this colour, but its not available in Australia (and i dont have an airbrush...) so spray can it had to be. Unfortunately, the spray nozzle didn't allow the paint to lay very flat. There was a fair bit of orange peel in the body & chassis. The body can be fixed with a sanding and then polish, but that will have to wait until it is properly cured. While the body cured, i got working on the chassis. Most of this had to be the same as the body colour. Again, because of the spray nozzle being too blotchy, the finish didn't come out great, but it looks ok. A few areas were masked off and semi gloss black was applied. The orange peel in the purple actually helped with the black, to make it look like a textured black finish that is often found on the underside of a car. The moulded in engine and gearbox were hand painted in flat aluminium paint. Next up was the front and rear suspension sub assemblies. These parts were very accurately detailed and went together perfectly. (like all tamiya kits) From some research i did, i found that some of the paint insrtuctions were a bit off, and i found that the drive shafts are actually made from carbon fibre. so i made those changes, and added some carbon decals. Im really happy with how the brakes came out. the PE disk rotors look really realistic. I added some black paint to the slots, and sanded back the face to look like they had been used. Final Chassis assembly. Thanks for looking, Nathan