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  1. On 10/18/2021 at 11:50 AM, radiohd10 said:

    great looking car! love that color for it.

    Thank you!

    20 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

    Fantastic work Chang!

    I'd really like to get hold of one of these kits. Someone I knew had a 1:1 example back in the late '00s, very rare even then.

    1982 Hyundai Pony 1400 GLS

    It's still around now I believe, but seems to be out of use on a driveway and not looking as good as above.

    Interesting, I saw that picture somewhere on the web as I was researching reference photos! The kit just needs panel scribing and maybe cutting one-piece front & rear windshield part into separate pieces to adjust the gap.

  2. On 10/15/2021 at 9:17 AM, Classicgas said:

    That looks great. Curbside I assume? Is this kit available currently?

    Yes it is! I saw a few of these on local hobby store as well so I think they're widely available.

    On 10/15/2021 at 10:18 AM, cobraman said:

    Very well done !

    Thank you! 

    On 10/15/2021 at 11:40 AM, StanGlover said:

    Beautiful build! I just finished the same kit literally yesterday! You definitely took yours further than I did with the details, but I agree it was a fun easy build. I’ll post mine once I get some good pictures. 

    I just saw yours as well. Awesome color choice and it really suits your car! 

    On 10/15/2021 at 12:21 PM, carbuilder1950 said:

    What a fun little car, and so well done.

    So cleanly built with such great attention to detail and crisp finish work.


    Thank you. I'll probably build another one next year with better paint! 

    On 10/15/2021 at 6:37 PM, happy grumpy said:

    I remember back in the day I would not even look at these little cars that seemed to rust in no time. But now I have come to appreciate their weird beauty.

    over the years I find that I really like those unloved odd ball cars. Your rendition is a nice tribute to those not so exciting little cars from yesteryear.The car and the pictures really does it justice.

    keep it up

    Thank you. Pony was certainly loved in Korea as these sold like crazy back in the day! 

    On 10/15/2021 at 7:05 PM, Zippi said:

    Great looking little car.  That blue paint is so nice looking.  Great job.

    Thank you! 

    On 10/16/2021 at 6:51 AM, ChrisR said:



    On 10/16/2021 at 7:06 AM, David G. said:

    Great paint, detailing and assembly, everything looks spot-on!

    David G.

    Thank you very much! 

    On 10/16/2021 at 7:28 AM, FLHCAHZ said:

    Nice clean build!


    On 10/16/2021 at 6:11 PM, grodudulle77 said:

    Details and paint job are very awesome, outstanding work !!! 👍👍👍

    Thank you!

    5 hours ago, slusher said:

    Beautiful smooth paint and very clean..

    It could've been smoother if I could even out the paint before clear.. but the layer was too thin.

    25 minutes ago, ewetwo said:

    Excellent Chang.


  3. Here’s my latest build - 1/24 Hyundai Pony!

    It’s a brand new release from Academy, and I was pretty satisfied with the kit quality. All parts fit excellent and the body is also very accurate. Window clear parts that leave some gap and shallow panel lines were the only downside.

    My friend actually gave this kit as a gift so thought I’d build this for him completely box straight. Also to keep things simpler I built this using mostly rattle can, exception of window and side moldings.

    There’s the build detail:

    • Prepped the body with 600 grit + 1500 grit
    • Sprayed Tamiya surfacer and wet sanded with 1500 grit
    • Sprayed TS-15 blue (I could only apply one coat as the can only had little left over)
    • Sprayed two coats of TS-13 clear and let it sit for a few weeks (I'd like to lay at least 3 coats of clear when doing it in airbrush but with rattle can, more than 2 coats will appear too thick)
    • Once it was dried, I lightly wet sanded with 3000 grit sponge then polished with Tamiya three stage compounds
    • Used Tamiya flat black and gloss aluminum spray cans for underbody and interior
    • Flocked the carpet with dark grey flocking materials
    • Used Tamiya's panel line accent around panel lines and wheels
    • I added some brown and grey pastel to give mild weathering effect on tire treads
    • Painted headlamp surroundings and outer rim edges with silver sharpie
    • Masked the whole body and airbrushed flat black for rubber surrounding then I masked the same area on top of it and airbrushed silver to give some realistic effect.

    Not my best work but it was fun & quick build. Just like the old days!

    Thank you for looking!


    Here's a shot with Mk1 Golf I built a while ago. Both Giugiaro designed in the same era (but Pony 1 doesn't actually have a hatch)DSCF3707-2.jpg.c687ce04367d90d518cb8418ab7fe3d7.jpgDSCF3669-2.jpg.2e0600ecae251ac054ee806c6174cc57.jpgDSCF3667-2.jpg.51b01746a2c8b903f1c82accb9d5c882.jpgDSCF3668-2.jpg.5f1fc2f113855d9a45340e7f6a85e187.jpgDSCF3672-2.jpg.fe67e32fdd6e5b5219769eefaf0b2466.jpg


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  4. On 9/19/2021 at 4:33 PM, TransAmMike said:

    Great work as usual from you Chang!!!!!!   Beautiful color and paint work👍👍

    Thank you! 

    On 9/19/2021 at 5:59 PM, Zippi said:

    Pretty slick looking Honda.  That midnight purple looks great.

    Thanks a lot! 

    On 9/19/2021 at 6:47 PM, cobraman said:

    Nice model, nice photos.

    Thank you! 

    On 9/19/2021 at 10:02 PM, BVC500 said:

    Great color choice and your photography is spot on - really capturing the NSX nicely.


    On 9/20/2021 at 4:06 AM, Mattilacken said:

    Came out great! Good work looks super!

    Thank you! 

    On 9/20/2021 at 6:03 AM, Dodge Driver said:

    Your NSX is quite stunning.  Superior workmanship and attention to detail as well. 

    I think I'd keep the 2000 grit process in between the clear coat next time to reduce waviness on the body panels! 

    On 9/20/2021 at 7:01 AM, FLHCAHZ said:


    Thank you!

    On 9/20/2021 at 7:50 AM, PappyD340 said:

    Extremely nice, well done!


    On 9/20/2021 at 8:55 AM, Tommy124 said:

    Excellent build, the best of that NSX kit that I remember! Great photos and I really like all the details that you give about the colors and your procedures!

    Thank you! I have a thing in unusual colours and think that's what makes the model making fun! 

    On 9/20/2021 at 10:08 AM, DiscoRover007 said:


    I actually just thought about making one in this color the other day. Outstanding job.

    Highly recommend and I'd probably mix to darken the paint a bit! 

    On 9/20/2021 at 10:31 AM, Outlaw_Pitbull_0411 said:


    Thank you!

    On 9/20/2021 at 11:46 AM, Dennis Lacy said:

    I’m not into Japanese cars generally but I have always loved the NSX since I saw my first one around 12 years old. Honda got the lines right from every angle. The only thing I don’t like is the 1st Gen wheels so your switch to larger BBS looks AWESOME! Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship throughout and the color is killer.  

    Nice job!

    Thank you! NSX looks fantastic in real life, I think much better than in photos and magazines. I'm not into Hondas but I love driving 90 ~ 00s Honda cars. 

    On 9/20/2021 at 12:59 PM, Hi-Po said:

    Very nice!  Great finish on the paint.

    Not my best paint job but the colour hides the flaw pretty well! 

    On 9/21/2021 at 9:09 AM, Intmd8r said:


    Thank you! 

    On 9/21/2021 at 9:55 AM, Dragonhawk1066 said:

    Very nice! I love the color!

    Thanks a lot!

    On 9/21/2021 at 12:40 PM, Roger U said:

    Another beautiful model from your workshop.

    Thank you! Next one will be something unusual 

    On 9/21/2021 at 7:07 PM, stinkybritches said:

    Super clean build. I dig it.

    Thank you!

    On 9/21/2021 at 9:11 PM, Chuckyg1 said:



    On 9/21/2021 at 9:22 PM, AlbertD said:

    Gorgeous build.

    Thank you! 

    On 9/22/2021 at 9:57 AM, ChrisR said:

    Looks great!!

    Thanks a lot!

    On 9/22/2021 at 10:33 AM, iamsuperdan said:

    Looks fantastic!


    5 hours ago, ATHU said:

    Immaculate paint job as we are used to see from you Chang. Excellent work!!

    It's far from immaculate but it's getting better!

    On 9/22/2021 at 10:53 AM, Dominik said:



  5. Hi everyone,
    I finally finished my latest project. It’s an older kit from Tamiya and as usual was fantastic to build - everything fit perfectly and small parts number made the overall process easy.
    My goal for this kit was to do a clean JDM build with 18” staggered BBS LM, and I wanted to simulate one of NSX’s rare colours called Midnight Purple. To achieve that, I used Mr color’s Amethyst purple - it’s a clear pearl that addes different shade of assigned colour (it gets more vivid by applying on top of darker colour) - I picked this colour because it’s similar ot the actual midnight purple showing different hue depending on the lighting and the angle. It is though, touch brighter than the actual midnight purple and in retrospect I could’ve added bit of black and clear deep blue to get closer.
    Here’s my build process:
    • 600 grit wet sanding to remove mold lines
    • Sprayed Tamiya white surfacer
    • 600 > 1500 wet sanding to remove flashes and uneven surfaces
    • Airbrushed Mr color’s black as a base coat
    • Masked off the roof then airbrhsed 2 coats (one mist, one wet) Mr color’s Amethyst purple
    • Added 3 layers of Mr color’s super clear III and left it for a month to fully cure the lacquer
    • Wet sanded with 2000 grit > 3000 grit 
    • Polished with 3 stage Tamiya compound
    Chassis & interior
    • Used TS gloss aluminum, Mr color’s aluminum, stainless steel, and chrome silver in various suspension and underbody components
    • Painted the BBS LM wit Mr color’s aluminum and added enamel wash around lug nuts
    • Removed all the mold lines of the interior, sprayed grey surfacer
    • Airbrushed semi gloss black then airbrushed dark grey very lightly on the leather seats to bring out the texture
    • Used vallejo white for buttons
    • Added flocking for the carpet
    Lights, etc|
    Masked off reverse and turn lights on the taillight, airbrushed clear red, removed the masking and airbrushed clear red very lightly
    BMF’d all the light reflectors
    Masked the windows and airbrushed surroundings in flat black
    Here are the photos - thank you for looking!


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  6. 8 minutes ago, Zippi said:

    I originally had the body painted with Testors Red but after close inspection I noticed "X's" on the body and a "dot" on both sides of the body.  I striped the body,sanded, and repainted it again.  Still had the "dots" on both sides of the body.  I striped it again and this time painted it with Anita's acrylic paint.  I no longer see the "X's" or "dots" but the paint just looks funny to me.  I have two of these kits and had the same results with the second body as well.  I'm not stripping it again.  It is what it is.  The last two pics is the final paint job without clear.    






    It appears to be a very slight sink mark caused by injection pin - and because it's a dip on the surface, sanding might have not corrected it. I had good success with 3M Glazing putty or Tamiya yellow putty for fixing such issues, and if it's small I often brush liquid cement on those dips. Other than small mark you mentioned the color looks great! 

  7. On 9/15/2021 at 8:37 PM, stinkybritches said:

    Very nice. The body paint and components paint is very well done. Really clean.

    Thank you! 

    On 9/15/2021 at 8:45 PM, 4mula1fan said:

    Top notch job!

    Appreciate it!

    On 9/15/2021 at 8:46 PM, FLHCAHZ said:

    Very nice. The paint is incredible!

    Thanks a lot!

    On 9/16/2021 at 8:16 PM, chris chabre said:

    looks amazing!!!

    Thank you!

    On 9/16/2021 at 8:32 PM, Nacho Z said:

    She looks great!  I’m really looking forward to some glamour shots of this one!

    Thanks! Stay tuned! 

    On 9/17/2021 at 12:40 AM, xs650shawn said:

    Gorgeous build!

    Thank you!

    On 9/17/2021 at 2:21 AM, Beamerman said:

    So beautiful...love it


    On 9/17/2021 at 4:03 AM, Cool Hand said:

    Excellent work on all the detail painting and that paint job is very impressive. Well done

    Thank you!

    On 9/17/2021 at 5:34 AM, christian-w said:

    So beautiful!


    On 9/17/2021 at 7:06 AM, Zippi said:

    Like everyone else said.....nice detail work and the paint came out nice.  

    Not my best paint job (overcoating clear colour is always tricky) but at least I didn't make any major mistakes!

    On 9/17/2021 at 7:27 AM, David G. said:

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

    David G.

    Thank you!

    On 9/17/2021 at 1:10 PM, Mattilacken said:

    Looking very good! 

    Thanks a lot!

    On 9/17/2021 at 6:21 PM, Funkychiken said:

    Superb build, looks so easy in these steps, but I bet it was a lot of work, especially the shiny paint job! Cool colour too, one of my favourites.

    As with most of Tamiya kits it was very easy to put together which made the process lot simpler. Thank you!

    12 hours ago, Pierre_tec said:

    Although I like more the aoshima bbs lm with separate wheels lip, you did a fantastic job with the wheels. And the body, just wow and 6-10 hours for polishing the body, I take my hat for that. That’s why I use 2k clear, don’t have enough time and patience. Waiting for the photo shoot!

    Agreed. I also like wheels with separate lips which saves time cutting up masking tapes. The first round wet-sanding and polishing (image that has Tamiya compound right next to the body) which looks maybe 70% good, takes only about 2 hours, but it's always the last step that takes forever to get mirror finish on all body panels and remove all micro-scratches - NSX has many dips and sharp edges on the body which made the process really time consuming too. To me 2k clear feels too thick (e.g paint building up around the panel lines) but I had seen pro modelers laying a very thin 2k clear with Finisher's Urethane GP2 so I might try that in the future! 

  8. On 9/9/2021 at 10:28 AM, fumi said:

    As for the 117, they nailed the half polished/half burnished stainless window trims perfectly in their test builds.  I wonder if that will make it to the production kits as well, that would be tricky to produce.  I would expect the Bellett to follow down the road, the chassis is the same and there are a few notable racing liveries in addition to the numerous different grades that can be made.


    Based on the photo of bare body, that finish seems like a mask & paint job. Anything from Tamiya or Mr Color's aluminum/stainless steel/chrome would produce very similar result. 

  9. On 8/25/2021 at 2:41 PM, Dann Tier said:

    Absolutely Stunning!!!

    Thank you!

    On 8/25/2021 at 2:46 PM, Justin Porter said:

    That really is just exactly how that car is supposed to look. This is a truly stunning build. 

    It's now my favorite Tamiya kit I ever built! Highly recommended

    On 8/25/2021 at 2:51 PM, TransAmMike said:

    Goodness Chang, what an absolute beauty!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you!

    On 9/15/2021 at 12:27 AM, Dominik said:

    My thoughts. Amazing.

    Thanks a lot! 

    16 hours ago, Funkychiken said:

    Its an amazing piece of artwork, looks like a reall car - museum piece... love it.

    Appreciate the compliment! 

  10. Hi everyone, my latest build is Honda NSX from Tamiya. It's one of those Tamiya kits that never seem to go out of stock.


    The factory wheels look too pedestrian so I decided to use 18” BBS LM from Aoshima.


    Like many other Tamiya kits from the same era it's got the full suspension and engine detail.


    Gotta watch out super thin A-pillar.. and the wheels are fantastically detailed along with Bridgestone Potenza sidewalls. They're also staggered so perfect for NSX.


    First step was to clean up the body with 600 grit and 1200 grit sandpaper and added Tamiya surfacer. I don't have photo but I wet sanded the body with 1500 grit after spraying surfacer.


    I glued all the pieces that I’m going to paint in same colours and smoothed out the glue line.


    Wheels were painted in Mr Color’s aluminum and suspension parts were painted in chrome silver and stainless steel colours.


    I painted the valve cover with smoke clear over silver, then masked off the middle and painted semi gloss black.


    The underbody was painted in TS gloss aluminum, then I masked the inner fender and fuel tank to paint semi gloss black.


    Front suspension was also masked off to paint black & silver.


    On muffler and oil pan, I added a wash with panel line accent.


    All these different shades of silver becomes noticeable when I put them all together.


    NSX did come in variety of interesting interior colour options but as I’m planning to use some flashy exterior colur, I decided to keep it simple. I just added flocking and also airbrushed dark grey to bring out the shine on the texture of those leather seats.


    I wanted to make something similar to NSX’s midnight purple, so I coated Mr color’s XC04 Amethyst purple on top of black. The paint itself looks like pearl clear in a bottle, but the colour becomes more vivid based on the base colour below it. It’s a touch brigher than actual midnight purple, but I decided to keep it as is instead of making it darker. I added three layer of clear coats but it this colour eats up clear like nothing else, so the orange peel looks pretty bad in the photo.


    I dried the paint for about a month and started polishing process.


    I wet-sanded with 2000 grit and 3000 grit - my focus in this step is to make sure I completely eliminate all orange peels through every nook and cranny(such as creases on the hood, edges across side window sills, etc) without damaging the clear coat. I then proceeded with Tamiya’s 3 stage compounds. The polishing process takes about 6~10 hours by hand.


    Here’s the polished body. NSX has some complex shape so I didn’t polish too aggressively this time - just enough to get the even shine without orange peels!


    Then I moved onto window masking and taillight. I masked off the reverse light and turn signals, airbrushed clear red, removed masking then lightly airbrshed clear red to simulate the real car.


    I added the backing with BMF.


    Then I glued the glass. Not quite happy with Tamiya’s window stripe.. I’ll use the actual paint next time.


    I assembled the rest then put the brakes and wheels - just need to do a proper photoshoot now!

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  11. On 8/21/2021 at 1:29 AM, 89AKurt said:

    Suburb build!  Nice choice of colors too.  Just needs realistic license plates to complete the realism.

    I used model designation on a euro plate to get the auction block vibe, but yeah I agree - I would've been happier if they just molded euro plate rather than decal.

    On 8/21/2021 at 10:25 AM, tim boyd said:

    Chang....a superb build of this kit.  Very appreciative of your body/paint finishing techniques, too, others could take a real lesson by applying your approach here.  And thanks also for the in-process photos of the tubular chassis ... very much appreciated.  Best...TIM 

    Thank you! Tubular chassis - i mean the whole thing is super easy to put together with zero fiddling or correction, and it was joy to build. 

    On 8/21/2021 at 12:06 PM, Nacho Z said:

    A beautiful model of a beautiful car.  The photographs are just icing on the cake!

    Thank you!

    On 8/21/2021 at 5:51 PM, Phildaupho said:

    That's as good as it can get. Fabulous build.

    Thanks a lot!

    On 8/21/2021 at 6:48 PM, carrucha said:

    Excellent job, especially on the paint.  I thought I was looking at pictures of the 1/1 car.

    Thank you!

    On 8/21/2021 at 7:31 PM, PappyD340 said:

    Super nice!


    On 8/22/2021 at 6:57 AM, 58 Impala said:

    Wow, stunning build. Nice work.


    Thank you!

    On 8/23/2021 at 6:25 AM, Tommy124 said:

    Fantastic result & great photography... Keep them great models coming, Chang!

    A couple of projects are in the works - stay tuned! 

    On 8/23/2021 at 7:37 AM, Chuckyg1 said:

    Absolutely gourgeous! This is about as fine a build I've seen in quite some time. Very nice.

    Thank you!

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  12. On 8/17/2021 at 1:21 PM, RAMBENNA said:

    wow fabulous build , looks great very nice job

    Thanks a lot!

    On 8/17/2021 at 1:35 PM, carbuilder1950 said:

    I love the colors and the excellent attention to detail, and the clean execution.

    Beautifully done in all respects 👍.

    Thank you! 

    17 hours ago, slusher said:

    absolutely stunning!!!

    Appreciate it!

    14 hours ago, beeRS said:

    An absolutely stunning job!

    In my opinion this is Tamiya at its very best. And you’ve really done the kit justice. I thought your DS21 was beautiful, but this is even better.

    Thanks for sharing your building techniques and paint details - very helpful. 

    Thank you! This was much easier to build compared to DS21 kit. 

    12 hours ago, ATHU said:

    Looks absolutely phenomenal in that color. Superb work as always from you Chang!!

    Thanks a lot!

    7 hours ago, Mattilacken said:

    Epic. Without your hand in the pictures it can definitely be taken for a 1:1! A true inspiration!

    Thank you!

    5 hours ago, Beamerman said:

    Simply beautiful!


    1 hour ago, absmiami said:

    This is a lesson for me and otherz like me

    ive not yet tackled this kit but it’s sitting patiently on a shelf waiting - I tend to get lost in the details - so that when it is finally time to paint the body the project has worn me out and I’m tempted to cut some corners- I’d sure like to get a finish like this on mine - maybe I’ll try painting the body first ….

    I totally agree, and that's why I always start with the body - meaning I won't touch the engine, chassis or interior until I finish laying the final clear coat and shelve it for a month. That gives me more than enough time to slowly finish the rest, and when the body is completely cured, I'll be less likely to cut corners :)

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