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  1. Finally finished one in 2020! Tamiya kit of a 1996 Japanese Touring Car Championship beast. Built pretty much stock & sprayed with Tamiya rattle cans. Nice kit to build. WIP thread here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/156325-calsonic-skyline-gt-r-r33-tamiya-124/ Thanks for looking 👍
  2. I haven't been around much due to finishing this bad boy up to get it entered in the 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders.... virtually... (stupid Covid) This has been around a 12 year project for my dad and I. I took ownership in 2017 from my dads friend, who had commissioned us to build the car. At that time the car was running and driving with the LS, but in primer to shake it out. Upon me buying the car, we stripped it down completely and put it on a rotisserie for a full paint and rebuild. Just finished up the last parts last Sunday, and had a professional photo/video shoot last Wednesday. The detail shots below show the danger of Model Car guys building 1:1 scale cars..🤣😂 Some of the Highlights: Full custom rollcage and chassis reinforcements 2006 Pontiac GTO LS2 and Tremec T56 99 Camaro Fuel Tank Davies Craig electric waterpump and controller FAST intake and fuel rails Sanderson Headers Custom air box and intake wrapped in DEi reflect-a-gold ATi super damper Griffin Radiator Braille Battery Fidanza Flywheel with LS7 clutch Infinity Q45 Limited Slip Differential Techno Toy Tuning Suspension front and rear - custom powder coated Bilstein strut inserts with QA1 springs Ground Control Camber plates Wilwood brake 12.2 brakes with HAWK performance Competition DTC Rotors Tucked brake lines and harnesses Evo8 Recaro Seats Custom Fabricated Aluminum dash and center console wrapped in Suede Real carbon fiber accents/inserts and tube protectors Fabricated aluminum floor panels painted with Steel-It stainless steel paint Rota RB wheels Carbon fiber bumpers, door handles and taillight panel here is the video:
  3. I recently was going through a boneyard of old cars and seen this car. All I know is that it said Datsun on the glove box and Nissan on the seat belt. Sorry for the bad picture but it was all I had taken of the car.
  4. The kit used. Trans kit. Engine kit. The wheels The paint.
  5. Finally took some pictures of the finished Z. Great Tamiya kit. Its a testament to great engineering, when 20+ years after you built it as your FIRST EVER Tamiya kit you build it again, and you are as impressed and happy. Box stock, custom mix of White Pearl for the body, and Tamiya acrylics for interior.
  6. Since I finished with Miata, time to pick another quick box stock to keep the ball rolling. I have a few kits that I do want to build and put on the shelf, but I don't want to superdetail or spend way too much time on them - so these Tamiya box-stockers are perfect way to do just that. This is another Nissan that I have built close to 20 years ago when I just started getting hooked on these Tamiya kits, and it also did suffer at the hands of my nephews long time ago and was blown to bits probably at some point. Time to build another one. IMG_1601 by Italian Horses, on Flickr When I buy kits that were re-issued at some point, I always try to get an original release - for the history of it first, and the fact that molds are usually much better than subsequent re-releases. The only case where that might not be the best way to go is with older race cars, where original decals might be a problem - they usually do deteriorate over time. This one doesn't have many decals, thank fully. Just like I like it - original Tamiya release of 1989 in a grey bottom box with original catalogs, crinkly tamiya plastic, yellowed instruction sheet and that unforgettable smell of a 90-s kit! IMG_1602 by Italian Horses, on Flickr The kit is curbside, rather simple, but that is not the point here. S13 is a legend, and look at that shape! 80-s minimalism at its finest! IMG_1604 by Italian Horses, on Flickr Will be painted factory Bluish Silver with gun-metal skirts. Wish me luck!
  7. First build of 2019 complete. Tamiya candy lime green paint, Aoshima Hart 5 wheels and low yes! I also cut the exhaust tips off and use some tube n Motolow pen. Most of what I build is Shaktan which is Japanese for low. this is how they build them in 1:1 and on this model the exhaust does not touch the ground
  8. Here's my 4th build of 2018. A OBB stock C210 Nissan Skyline. Looking back on this I really wished I polished it but another time. Tamiya paint n clear coat. Not much else to say. Hopefully ill have my first build of 2019 finish next week. Another Nissan with a fixed up exhaust too
  9. Here’s my little Kenmary Skyline that I slammed for the NOCO scale auto Instagram build for April 2018, Japanese cars, all kerbsides. It is modeled after a 1:1 car too. I love how the tail lights turned out. Just need clear orange for the next one
  10. Continuing with the 50 years of GT-R theme here is my 2 gen GT-R I build from the LB Works kit. It’s all OOB stock. Here’s a little info from Japanese Nostalgic Cars website. “At the 1972 Tokyo Motor Show the most anticipated race car in Japan was unveiled at the Nissan stand. The Hakosuka Skyline GT-R was the most beloved touring car in the country, but its time was coming to an end. Nissan was unveiling the next generation of Skyline GT-R, the Kenmeri, and was so confident of its ability to continue the legacy that it debuted the car in race guise and gold Kobe Seiko 8-spoke wheels. Except, it never raced. The “73” on the side indicated the year the Kenmeri GT-R was supposed to storm the track. Before it could, though, the 1973 oil crisis happened and Nissan canceled plans to race it.”
  11. Better late then never. For the 50th anniversary of the GT-R here’s my first gen Nissan GT-R build. The 21st of February 1969 was the release of the first Nissan GT-R and it was a very successful racing car. Here’s my street version. Aoshima kit with Aoshima Hayashi wheels, painted Tamiya pearl blue TS-58.
  12. my first build its going okay. Its fun but I'm a little sloppy. Any input is fine by me. im still working the body and will get pics of that up with a proper camera my fire talks louse photos. Yup just kinda freestyle. Tan\black interior flat black exterior gloss bed liner. might try to put mud on it. Working some panel lines now. Thanks for looking.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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:
  17. 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
  18. I started this project about 8 years ago... 8 years... In 2010 huh and now its done.. Its Tamiya model kit of Nissan Skyline GT-R 2000, also known as Hakosuka. It came far from perfect, but its still pretty nice, and after all im happy i can call it done now..
  19. This model was completed relatively recently, it's probably the cleanest model I've created. It helps that there was no paint job on the body to screw up, since the white plastic it came in was the color I wanted. It could've used some small details like the black inside the grille and more interior detail. But at least I was able to paint the brake calipers red like a true Japanese car enthusiast (which aren't very easy to see, unfortunately). The worst part about this build is the reverse lights, which are very difficult to make neat if you're not great at painting, like I am. And like a lot of these Japanese kits, the hood isn't removable and there's not a complete engine, which is a shame. And yes, I put the Autech decal on the back even though I used the standard body kit, I didn't realize at the time what that sticker meant. Anyway, thanks for looking and tell me what you think.
  20. Here is my new finished build.. Its Tamiya Nissan Skyline, with Hobby design Nismo LMGT2 wheels, some decals from differend manifactures. color is airbrushed Model master Grape pearl, with Tamiya spray clear coat. First time i used Tamiya polishing compound, and i like results. This JDM tuner is far from perfect, but i like it a lot. For some reason i couldnt upload photos from my photo bank on here, so i upload them directly to forum.. Enjoy
  21. 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
  22. Hi guys! Here is my newest finished build.. Its Aoshima Nissan Gloria 4 door hardtop 280E Brougham. Had some serious fitting issues with chassis, dash and door panels but i won that battle.. My first experiement with hairspray and salt techniques in weathering. Also i used some oilcolors for first time.. I think it turned out pretty good.. There is some scratch build parts like that foxtail in antenna, side exhaust pipes and printed japanese Car magazines.. Decals are from here and there from my decal collection.. Gulf livery has always been one of my favourites and this is my first "Gulf car" added on my collection.. Now i will let pictures speak.. Enjoy There is not any photos of chassis, since its battery type curbside chassis just painted in black.. Cheers!
  23. 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
  24. Hello boys, and especially to you Skyline / tuner experts.....I have recently been working on a couple of Japanese sports car kits, a bit of a departure for me, and have come across a puzzling question ..... Aoshima kit no.46, 1971 Skyline GT GC10 that was recently reissued some months back is just loaded with lots of goodies and extra parts galore, and one of the white parts trees indicates the 'GT section' for the suggested kit build , plus a 'GT-R' parts section nicely included as well,,,, but in between all those parts is a very nice mesh style grill with angled lenses, and a neat tail light rear panel sporting 3 clear lenses per side.....question is, in searching photos and details about the actual cars, I have yet to see that tail panel on any 1-1 car...the grill mentioned, of course seems fairly common for race car use and street tuner use as well....but ,can anybody fill me in on that tri-lamp tail panel I mention.... just unsure if it was used on a certain year of similar Skylines of that era, or its a custom option....oh, sorry but I can't post photos of the parts as I presently have no camera......thanks in advance, gents.....the Ace...
  25. Hi, I am new here and have to say that there are amazing models in the forum. Although I rarely do cars I do enjoy it very much. This video is somewhat experimental for me and I will be thankful to see your feedback! Best regards M.
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