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  1. Coming together nicely. Any issues? This is definitely a kit I want to do someday given the interest I have in 1:1 Datsuns - maybe a retirement project.
  2. That certainly has plenty of character! This is a reference that might not translate to the other side of the Atlantic very well, but do you drive around pretending to be The Gaffer?!
  3. Look forward to seeing what you can do with them Gareth, good luck! Must be quite a rarity in the UK, but given what they were like getting them built is definitely the right thing to do.
  4. Great to see some progress being made on other builds. Wouldn't say I've started mine, but have done some useful planning this morning...... Working out how best to convert the Accord Wagon to take the NSX's mid-engine set-up. Helpfully I have the standard Tamiya NSX that I built back in the '90s to work things out, so I don't have to mock-up the new floorpan too much. Grey one is from NSX, black the Accord's. Online sources suggest a difference of 7.3" (185mm) between the two, which equates to just under 8mm at 1:24. Using the assembled car I measured similar. I had been looking to graft the Accord's front floorpan onto the NSX's rear end, but it looks simpler to stretch the NSX. I'll make the cut where marked above, which should be easy to recreate with a bit of sheet styrene. I also need to trim off the sides, then the width is just right to slot under the Accord. The floorpan stretch as I propose will bring the interior and dashboard forwards to the right place relative to the windshield: The gap between seat backs and engine will open up a bit, but that's no problem and it will give room for me to create some sort of enclosure. I think I'll use the NSX interior base, plus the LHD dashboard option which Tamiya helpfully include, but with the sides removed and replaced by those from the Accord (on the front doors at least). I have a rollcage from a Tamiya R32 Skyline racer which I'll use, the width and windshield rake are about right. That might donate some appropriate seats too. If it fits like this with no work then I think I should be fine. I really don't want to get into bodywork modifications, and the NSX suspension is giving it a suitably low ride height so I don't have to hack around the delicately detailed components. The most I might do is cut some small vents into the rear doors, below the rubbing strip. The NSX is fairly modest in that regard with a front-mounted radiator, so it doesn't need big vents. My version of the Accord doesn't have any bodykit options, but with it sitting so low I don't think it needs them and I prefer the low-key standard look, I might just add some form of splitter under the front bumper. Haven't yet worked out colour or wheel choices. Perhaps a dark metallic blue or green, something quite subtle. Wheel choice will be down to whatever suits the NSX brakes and suspension without too much modification. I suppose I could keep the standard NSX rims for an easy life, but I usually like to swap them. I've got one more current WIP to finish before I fully launch into this, but it's good to have something to start thinking about when I'm away from the bench.
  5. Excellent job! The weathering looks very effective. I enjoyed building one of these a few years ago, and I still have another one in the stash.
  6. Very nice. I saw it coming together on your WIP thread, the finished result looks excellent. I've built the simpler Fujimi kit but not yet started the Tamiya version, I need to be in the right frame of mind to do it justice.
  7. Finished this simple snap-fix kit today, not quite a year after starting it. WIP thread here: It's based on a rare surviving UK example seen in this article here: https://mag.toyota.co.uk/toyota-people-guy-nicholls/ I usually take a stock kit and modify it a little, this time I've spent time and effort taking it back to as close to standard as I can. The kit went together really nicely, I could have easily built it OOB but in removing/smoothing-out a few elements I gave myself some work to do. The wheels were from an Italeri Land Cruiser kit, with tyres from a later Aoshima Hilux. They are perhaps a little chunkier than the originals, but I think that can be got away with on a 4x4. The plain steel wheels are such an integral part of its look I had to fit them (and I now get some nice spares to use on another project). Paint was an automotive can of Fiat Red Orange, which seems to replicate the original pretty well. I had one or two issues along the way, requiring a partial repaint of the finished bodyshell. Rear bumper cut off the chassis and roll bar, etc removed. Removing the bullbar off the front end made a big difference to its appearance. I was going to reconstruct the remnants of the original bumper but then I had an Aoshima Nissan Terrano kit arrive with a spare front bumper which was close to the original Hilux item, so I narrowed and filled that. Indicator lenses are thin sheet styrene covered with BMF then painted with Humbrol clear orange. I made up UK-style plates with the original LAL 45V registration by printing a CAD image onto normal paper then laminating it by sticking selloptape both sides. It might eventually yellow, but will be easy enough to replace as and when necessary. Brightwork was by a mix of Gundam marker and BMF, 'black' trim my favourite Revell #9 enamel all done by brush. Lots of black vinyl and plastic inside, I didn't spend a lot of time on this. I trimmed out the quarterlight frames, as the 1:1 didn't have them. Being LHD this is where my build deviates most from the original. I don't think I'd be capable of neatly swapping the dashboard and steering column over, in hindsight the easiest way would have been to scan the original, mirror the file and then 3D print it in RHD format. Not a lot to say about the underside, other than painting the exhaust I kept my detailing very basic. The body fitted onto it in a very positive way, unlike some of the multi-piece trucks I have to build someday (Datsun 620, Ford Courier and the like). Just noticed one or two paint chips - the can is almost empty and I don't want to use the rest of it for touch-ups until a 1:24 tractor build my son is doing in the same colour is ready to put together. This was an enjoyable kit to build, with my early example being well-moulded and fitting together nicely. Any difficulties were of my own making with the conversion back to standard. Thanks for looking.
  8. Another of the recent Hasegawa Toyotas, this one probably the nicest so far: A very well engineered kit, with solid and moon roof options and crisp detailing, and including the top half at least of an engine. I compared it to the rather older Fujimi MR2 kit I also have, the latter wasn't quite as clunky as I remembered but it does have a somewhat longer wheelbase and larger arch openings. I suspect the Hasegawa kit is the more accurate of the two. Hasegawa for a stock(ish) build, and Fujimi for something a bit more modified I reckon.
  9. Thanks for the info. I've started to scribble down little notes when I get advice like this and pop it into the box, as it could be months or even years before I get around to building them.... On Friday I received a mixture of new and secondhand items from an online retailer: I suspect the Malibu will end up with a few leftover parts from the 3-in-1 '70 Chevelle kit that I also have. I like that era of Monogram box art, evocative of the days when I first started visiting model shops, and it has extra appeal to me as a birth year build. Ditto the Galaxie, don't know yet whether that will be a stock daily driver, or maybe kept fairly subtle but with upgraded running gear and sat low (imagining it's on airbags). S&H Torino was cheap, I don't have enough slotmags in stock and one day it'll look good sat on a shelf of stock-ish/day 2 builds. It certainly won't be red with white stripes but maybe those decals will be good to recreate one of the terrible replicas that I would occasionally see, based on something entirely inappropriate. The Brat will look good with the AMT Hilux I'm finishing off at the moment.
  10. Thanks for the advice Steve, I'll watch out for that. I don't have any immediate plans for it, apart from maybe pilfering some of the extra parts for other builds. It was fairly cheap (by UK standards) with minimal shipping cost when purchased with the Caprice and Shelby Charger.
  11. Post-Christmas arrivals: Seen one or two nice builds of the Charger on here, would be difficult to make it look any worse than the box art.... Caprice is one I've been after for a while - do love a land yacht, and I'm sure the trailer will come in handy someday. Airfix rebox of the MPC kit, surely the perfect companion build to that Charger? It's been brush-painted a rather bright green but is otherwise pretty much unstarted. These should all suit larger Japanese cars pretty well, or perhaps even something American with a pro-touring slant?
  12. I've always done it afterwards. Never tried it the other way around, it just seemed to me that the slightly different texture and sheen of BMF compared to the clearcoat on the surrounding paintwork would better replicate the 1:1 appearance of chrome and brightwork.
  13. Inspirational! So clean and subtle, but purposeful - excellent work Roger!
  14. Hope all is now OK for you Gareth, good to see you back at it although a shame you've had to strip the paintwork. I reckon a metallic would really bring out the curvey shape, like that green 1:1 I saw.
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