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  1. First off, I'm sorry for the totally ridiculous number of photos and for the WIP images in there. I had a hard time paring it down from over a hundred, so this is progress for me. I was really experimenting with the taking of the pictures in addition to the build. And my work progress wasn't too interesting or anything you hadn't seen before so I didn't think it really deserved its own thread. Sorry, again - I'll try to be more selective next time. A link to some kind of album is probably better. But it's my first kit in 20-odd years so let me have this one. Here it is, the godawful boring Toyota Crown Turbo Super Saloon of 1980. Thought it might be fun to build something I would never look at twice. Like a blank canvas for my screwups. Also, I spent some time in Japan in my 20's and have a soft spot for their car culture over there. I think it did something to me, the day a friend took me to see a Toyota 2000GT parked outside at a dealer just on the side of the road next to a BMW Glas 1300, an Isuzu 117, a Delta Integrale, and a line of vintage Skylines. You don't just park stuff like that on the sidewalk. But they do there. Because there is nowhere else. WasabiCars and Speedhunters are also great sources of inspiration. Reference car and inspiration. Note the custom panel between the taillights on the red car and the relocated plate. Just to be extra low. Checking the stance, trying out colors. Leaving the stock kit wheels on the sedan. For now. This was a big deal for me - cutting out a sunroof and getting the 'glass' to sort of fit. Headlight cups (made for real bulbs) looked terrible behind the lenses...something was needed. Also tried to do the thin chrome side trim with masking and a Molotow pen...didn't quite work. BMF better. Flashcube innards make great headlight reflector cups. Thanks 1970's! The results: Intro to Scratchbuilding. Seatbelt buckles, speaker bodies and JDM-style seat covers made from dollhouse curtains. Wildly out of scale unfortunately but this model is all about experimentation. I actually found an old white handkerchief with the perfect in-scale material. I may change it one day. I thought I was done with the interior... Until I saw this car for sale in Japan with my seat covers and a Nardi wheel. Kind of silly on this car but it looked so good I had to try and make one. The spokes and hub you can buy... But man, that black stripe is thin in 1/24 scale. 1st attempt with Tamiya yellow tape, 2nd attempt on the right with Tamiya white tape. And a center hub made from a snippet of blue window tint and several drops of clearcoat built up. Ok, finally, the car out in the open...a little dusty and polleny outside. Left the sunroof removable after I couldn't decide what position to glue it in. The only other piece of 'scratchbuilding' on the car, if you can call it that: rain visors made from 3mm nickel plated battery connector strips. I have a sack of like 100 if anyone needs some! In all her brownness. Custom Toyota City license plate I had printed. 3150 means "Best" in phonetic numbers. Custom vintage TOSCO Racing Equipment decal. For +5hp! In front of a little wall I made from a clipboard and crimped aluminum sheets. Sprayed bleach on them and left them in the sun for weathering. Actually corroded little holes! Tsurikawa (subway strap handle) and one of the hardest parts of the build - tiny strips of BMF along the edges of the fenders. Window tint is actual brown automotive tint film but very thin. One of my goals of this build was to be able to read "TURBO" on the grille. For obvious reasons. Because TURBO! The Crown badge was tougher. The black is Ceramcote acrylic. Too flat maybe. Look at that sweet digital display. Need something better for door gaps but I really need to get good at scribing deeper panel gaps. I tried, almost ruined everything, afraid to try again. I don't care. I like my chicken-wire-sized lace seat covers. Could not figure out how to glue the mirrors on the wings. Ended up drilling the posts and the fender and inserting thin paper clip clippings. Now they're adjustable, too. Experimenting with different focal lengths on my old digital camera. Used the smallest aperture to reduce blurring (increase depth of field) to make it look less a miniature. This one's wide-angle for bigness. And I know it's getting excessive but I had to play around with studio-style shots. If you've made it this far - here's a side view! Tried to make it look heavy on its wheels - not slammed with the rims tucked up under the fenders like on the box. Cold light from one side, warm from the other. Funky reflections... Mmm, those rain visors. I couldn't figure out how to make or attach them. I don't even know what they're glued to, maybe the window? Final detail. Fujimi's standard one-piece underside for a bunch of their sedans. Did a little weathering, a little masking. Could've done fender liners or painted the inner body black. My little photo setup, if anyone's curious. 3 crappy desk lamps, two gooseneck clips, lots of paper and a couple glass vases because they were within reach. And that's my brown car. Sorry again.
  2. Grachan/bosozoku S13 Sileighty I've been working on
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