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  1. Tamiya Nissan Skyline R34

    Hi all. First post here and thought I'd share something I just finished up, which also happens to be my first time making a kit like this so theres a few things I could have done better but overall i'm happy with the result and cant wait to make more! (I already have 3 more Skyline kits on the go lol) I have experience restoring and painting real cars so I sprayed this with automotive paints and lacquers, detailed with Tamiya acrylics by hand. The paint isn't Bayside Blue of course, and is infact a Ford colour I had left over, but I think it's pretty close and I'm happy with how it turned out. I decided to go with the Japanese plates for that full on JDM look 😉🤣 The interior was flocked but you can't really see that in the photos. I had never done flocking before though so that was a fun experience. Anyway let me know what you all think and thanks for looking. X
  2. Tamiya R33 Skyline

    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. 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.
  4. Tamiya Skyline 2000-GTR

    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!
  5. 72 Olds Cutlass Camino..aka El Suprimo

    This is phenomenal. Wouldn't mind one of these in real life lol.
  6. Tamiya R34 Z-tune

    This one is really kicking my butt. Everything that can go wrong seemingly has, especially as far as paint is concerned. This is my first time working with Zero Paints and i know everybody raves about these people but honestly ive had much better experiences just using rattle cans. Still, this paint is expensive so im not going to let it beat me, but for now this is where i am so far: The kit: The body and getting rid of the mould seams: Body prepped and primed: Everything was going smoothly as normal until... My nemesis: Looks ok right? Well not really... For some reason you can still see an issue with the moulding of the body itself...im not sure how these swirls are visible through the primer and paint layer: But thats not the only problem....look at the weird texture i have from the paint itself: Hard to see in the photos but there are these circular spirals in the paint, most visible where the door meets the front wing: I think this was my fault, as I think I must have put the paint on too thick too quickly, so time to strip and start again I guess... Re-primed and prepped for round two: But thats not where the story ends. I attempted to do the paint a second time, making sure to take things slower with thinner coats (compressor at the recommended PSI, airbrush was set up correctly etc), but once again the paint looked like BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH and showed up every last minor imperfection in my primer layer, which usually isn't a problem as I usually put my paint on nice and thick (without sacrificing detail) which usually fills in all the tiny imperfections, but because you have to put this stuff on in such thin coats that wasn't happening...you'd think the primer wasn't prepped properly, however I did everything I normally do (primer, guide coat, wet sand to a smooth finish etc) but it still looked like BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH. I dont have pictures of this as I was too upset and annoyed so I forgot to take any. So I stripped it down for a second time and I'm currently trying to figure out what I should do next. I have a plan, but whether it will work remains to be seen.
  7. Tamiya Skyline 2000-GTR

    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.
  8. Tamiya R34 Z-tune

    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.
  9. Tamiya Skyline 2000-GTR

    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.
  10. Tamiya Skyline 2000-GTR

    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.
  11. 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 - Bayside Blue Godzilla

    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.
  12. Tamiya Skyline 2000-GTR

    Got everything primed and guide coated, next up paint!
  13. 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 - Bayside Blue Godzilla

    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!
  14. 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 - Bayside Blue Godzilla

    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.
  15. Tamiya Skyline 2000-GTR

    Thank you. It's going well so far, just got everything in primer, no nasty surprises.
  16. Tamiya R34 Z-tune

    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...
  17. "Gojira" Tamiya Nissan Skyline R32 Nismo

    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!
  18. Tamiya R33 Skyline

    I think I might be a little obsessed with Skylines....lol Heres my R33. As usual, getting rid of the mould seam lines and worked on the panel lines: Then on to primer, but i forgot to take a photo of this, so on to paint.....which is where the trouble starts :banghead: At first it looked good, Ford Diamond white: Looked pretty good, right? Then this happened: Despite leaving the paint to cure for a couple of days, it was still soft and had left this impression on the bumper where it was leaning on something. I later found out that i forgot to add hardener to the 2k paint i used, so it was time to strip and start again. :banghead: I wasn't very happy with the finish anyway, as i had lost some fine details because i went too heavy with the spray gun. I'm not working with an optimum set up at the moment so im blaming that on my mistakes :oops: One bottle of isopropyl alcohol and Amazon Prime later: Thankfully as far as strip downs go, it went without a hitch and turned out quite well, despite technically not having enough alcohol to fully submerge the body and chassis. Some scrubbing later and i was back to square one: So....take two: This time i used a different paint, from an aerosol and its actually a Nissan color so....accuracy? lol Whats most important is the paint actually cured solid, as did the lacquer so I wet sanded it and buffed it to a shine: So with crisis averted I moved onto detailing the chassis: Thats all for now! x
  19. "Gojira" Tamiya Nissan Skyline R32 Nismo

    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
  20. Tamiya R33 Skyline

    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.
  21. Tamiya R32 Nismo Custom

    Finished thread:
  22. Tamiya R32 Nismo Custom

    On to my next project, i decided to tackle the R32 next. The kit: As always i started out by inspecting the body and looking for all the seam lines to be sanded down. Once that was done i cut the holes out of the bumper for the vents, this was not explained very well in the instructions lol And then primed the body: Next i moved on to paint. Decided to go with a black metallic. Lacquer: I wasnt too happy with the finish so i decided to wet sand it down with 1500 grit sandpaper ready for buffing. Then i broke out my rotary tool and the polishing compounds and had at it: Pretty happy with it now: Next i started building and detailing the engine and uprights: Painted the wheels and added the decals: Then got everything mounted to the chassis: Then started on the interior, went with a similar color as my R34:
  23. Tamiya R33 Skyline

    More work done on the interior.
  24. AMT 70 Chevelle

    Beautiful work
  25. Tamiya R32 Nismo Custom

    Body mounted to the chassis, almost done!