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SelineManson

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  1. This is phenomenal. Wouldn't mind one of these in real life lol.
  2. This has been 99% finished for a while now, around the same time my R32 was done, I just procrastinated on adding the finishing touches. Overall i'm happy with how it turned out, all things considered (had to strip it to re-do the paint, issues like that etc), some things I wish I could have done better, but these are only micro scale issues so I'm willing to let it slide. I didn't like the wheels that came with the kit, they seemed too small. I tried using some wheels off of an R32 kit but they also looked too small, so I went with some spare R34 wheels as thats all I had, but I think they suit it quite well. Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by.
  3. True, also it will look different once it's tied together with all the other bits, which are going to be black so hopefully it will all work out in the end. And yeah you're right, having a solid no thrills colour like this definitely suits the antiquity of the car.
  4. Hmm....not too happy. I have attempted to airbrush some heat staining on the exhaust, but it looks kinda lame. It looks more like bruised flesh than anything lol. I'll be repainting this in just plain old silver for now, obviously my airbrushing skills need some serious work.
  5. Paint and lacquer time! I'm not 100% sold on the shade of red, but theres not much I can do about it now. I tried to darken it with some candy in the lacquer, but it all went wrong and I had to strip and repaint it all over again. Not happy about that, just a waste of time and resources so I wont go into it now, but I've got it back to the way it was so I'm sticking with it. Hopefully the shade will grow on me the more I complete it. The red looks better in lacquer: Obviously this is not the final finish as i'll be wet sanding it down and buffing it next, but the shade is growing on me so hopefully it'll all tie itself together once its finished.
  6. You spray a light misty coat of black over your primer, and then wet sand it down until all the black is gone. The idea is that the black will get trapped inside tiny scratches and imperfections that you might miss by eye, so they'll stick out and you can see them more easily so that you can fix any imperfections before you spray your colour coats instead of spotting something after when it's too late. It's a trick most body shops use before they spray cars or repairs, I do it all the time. Doesn't really scale down so well but it still has the intended effect.
  7. I cant help you with the website stuff but your pictures really helped me with my first kit. They were perfectly big enough for my phone screen lol.
  8. Got everything primed and guide coated, next up paint!
  9. OMG that was yours?! I used that page for photo reference when I was building my first ever kit! I feel like I've met a celebrity!
  10. Loving it! I'm a bit obsessed with skylines and have just completed two and have another 3 on the go. Despite this I haven't done one in Bayside blue yet so I might just have to make one more! XD Can't wait to see it finished.
  11. Thank you. It's going well so far, just got everything in primer, no nasty surprises.
  12. Another day another Skyline This time I'm going old skool! I love all the extras this kit comes with! I've never worked with anything photo etched before so I'm very excited to start putting everything together! Not sure i'll paint the little man up, but we'll see. Thinking of going with black and red two-tone on this one. The kit: As usual work starts with finding and removing all the mold seams: That's all for now!
  13. Some more work done on this. Painted and built up the majority of the chassis, once I add the front struts and drive shafts i'll mount the poly caps and brake discs then move on to the interior tub, i'll probably start polishing the bodywork soon too. Im really happy with the rear coil-overs, fronts look the same too just having taken photos of them yet. Its the little things...
  14. Thank you! The paint is black with very fine silver metallic flakes which don't show up well in the pictures. The purple you're seeing is indeed a reflection. Thank you all for the very nice feedback!
  15. Thank you! I was quite happy with the bonnet as I had to do it all by hand and I wasn't sure if I could pull it off and I was worried I'd ruin the bonnet so I was quite relieved when it turned out half decent XD
  16. So i'm getting ready to finish this one up, and I joined the chassis to the body and discovered the wheels I wanted to use didn't really look right. They are stock wheels from an R32 which I painted white to go with the theme of this car, but they look way too small in the arches. So I tried the stock R33 wheels that came with the kit, and they too had the same problem. They just look tiny in the arches, even with the tyres. There are the R32 wheels I was going to use: They look even worse when you cant really see the tyres like in the pics.....so I experimented with a set of spare R34 wheels from my Z-tune kit (it has its own Nismo wheels which i'll be using for that project, so these are literally spares), and i'm liking the result. The R33 tyres dont really fit, they're slightly too narrow and are really stretched over the rim, but I'm liking the way they look, and if I paint the rims black they should look even better. As you can see it fills the arch way better, as its a slightly bigger rim. I think with a gloss black paint job (or maybe white like the original plan?) these should look pretty sick. Ideally i'd just buy a set of rims but I only know of Hiroboy that sells them and they never actually seem to have any stock of anything, plus my budget doesn't really stretch that far as a set of wheels can cost just as much as a whole kit so you just gotta make the best of what you got.
  17. More work done on the interior.
  18. Another one finished. I'm a bit "meh" with how this one turned out. I dunno something about it just doesn't sit right with me, and I'm not 100% happy with it. But no point dwelling on it, just gotta move onto the next one. I did have fun painting the inside of the bonnet though I might revisit this kit at a later date and try to see if I can do better.
  19. Body mounted to the chassis, almost done!
  20. Not much progress to speak of but I have finished the chassis and got the wheels mounted. Moving on to the interior next and then it will almost be complete.
  21. We have success! First the silver, took three coats and I waited with bated breath after each one to see if it would react again After I was certain nothing was going to react again I went for the final push and lacquered it. I was afraid this might cause further issues, since the paint has been so unpredictable so far I was expecting it to also react with whatever lacquer I put over it...thankfully that wasn't the case: Its been an hour and so far nothing has reacted so I think I have solved the issue. What I did was after I had stripped the body after the last failure I primed the body 3 times, wet sanding between each layer to get everything as smooth as possible. I then sprayed everything in gloss black, as black shows up every last imperfection and makes it easy to spot any issues. I found a few scratch marks left over from sanding down the seam lines that I didn't spot during the priming phase (the gloss black trick was great for this), so I sanded them down with 1500 grit wet and dry sand paper and then added another coat of black. Eventually after 3 coats I had a flawless, glass like black finish which I then wet sanded down to a matt finish with 1500 and 2500 grit wet and dry sand paper. I then added the silver in very very fine, light but consistent coats. It took around three coats in the end. I dusted the paint on so I didn't go in lines from side to side like you would normally paint something. This process is exactly the same way I used to apply Alclad chrome lacquers and it worked perfectly. The only difference being that the black base was matt instead of gloss which you need with Alclad chrome to get that shiny chrome finish. So long story short, base your model up in gloss black after priming, fix all the flaws until you have a perfectly smooth finish, wet sand everything with fine grit sandpaper then apply the silver in light dusty coats and then wait around 20 minutes before spraying your lacquer. Thankfully despite all these various stages and coats of primer and paint and lacquer detail still remains pretty sharp so I'm very happy with the result. Not sure i'll be using zero paints again anytime soon, but its good to know I can avoid any potential future issues with their products if I do.
  22. Wow so it's not just me then?! Dude that's exactly the same issue! Kinda freaky that it was on the same kit though lol. But yeah, commiserations I totally understand your pain. Honestly it could definitely be the kit because these z-tune skylines are moulded in that grey plastic and tamiya kits are usually moulded in white plastic so there could be something there. However in my experience if you seal something with primer and basecoats it shouldn't effect the top coat at all, as it doesn't penetrate through the other layers, that's the point in sealing things afterall. So yeah I reckon it's the paint itself. It doesn't react well to heavy wet coats, which is why I've reprimed and added a thick smooth black base to mine which will highlight any imperfections that I can fix before applying a new layer of the zero z-tune paint, giving me a glass smooth surface to apply very light coats to which will hopefully avoid this reaction issue and give me a good finish that I can actually live with lol
  23. Volkswagen golf right? Lol
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