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This is the Tamiya 1/24 scale kit of the Nissan R390 GT1 Le Mans car, and the body shell was spray-painted with Tamiya Metallic Blue over a base of Silver Leaf. Paint was polished up with MicroMesh 3200 grit thru 12000 grit, then rubbed up with Meguiar's Scratch-X. Mesh was added for vents and grills, and kit decals were used, as well as a few sponsor decals from Scale Motorsport.

A lot of stuff added to the engine bay - thermostats were added to the radiators and exhaust system,  hand-made shielded cable, fuel line,  transmission fluid box, and tail light wiring from Model Factory Hiro,  & spark plug wires from Detail Master. Exhausts were given a bit of Tamiya burnt metal powder pigments for added realism.

Driver electronics are fully wired from comm. boxes, to temp gauges, to front lights. Front brake air ducts were scratch-built with parts-box leftovers.

The P/E rivets and fast-release hood pins are from Scale Motorsport.

R390 Front View.JPG

Engine Details.JPG

Electronics.JPG

R390 from Above.JPG

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Impressive build there Bob, very nice details, well done mate ;)

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Thank you Ray!  just landed here and still learning my way around..

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Thank you Ray!  just landed here and still learning my way around..

No worries and welcome to the forum Bob!

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Very nice! Those engines sure had a lot of hard plumbing ... all the wiring you added really livens up the engine bay.

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Bob!!! Such great work with the wiring and plumbing and figuring out what goes where!!

Do you mind a tiny wee bit of constructive criticism?

All that work is so nice...why not opt to do a more realistic racing harness in there? It'd bump up the realism factor ridiculously. That's all...everything else is amazingly done :)

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Exceptional model, Bob. Very well built and great attention to detail.

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Nice work.  Excellent detail!

I remember the REAL cars being the ones to beat in their class at LeMans back in the day.

Don't remember where they finished tho....

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Thank you everyone for the comments!

And Grego - I intend to take your advice and remove the seatbelt decal...you're absolutely right. I will make a new harness by cutting some masking tape, spray-painting the color, and adding P/E buckles and fasteners to "bump up" the realism as you say. I have some harness decals from Studio 27 -- I can cut those out on their backing with sharp curved scissors, brush-touch the paper edges, and apply to the finished harness with clear glue. That's what I'm gonna do.  thank you for seeing that!  I'll post before & after pictures here to show the difference.

By chance Grego, are you active in the Wounded Warriors Project?

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Thank you everyone for the comments!

And Grego - I intend to take your advice and remove the seatbelt decal...you're absolutely right. I will make a new harness by cutting some masking tape, spray-painting the color, and adding P/E buckles and fasteners to "bump up" the realism as you say. I have some harness decals from Studio 27 -- I can cut those out on their backing with sharp curved scissors, brush-touch the paper edges, and apply to the finished harness with clear glue. That's what I'm gonna do.  thank you for seeing that!  I'll post before & after pictures here to show the difference.

By chance Grego, are you active in the Wounded Warriors Project?

That's an awesome idea Bob!! Glad you took my opinion/advice. I think it'll make it a lot more badass.

No, not active in WWP yet

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OH YEAH!! LOOK FANTASIC!!!! I LOVE ALL LEMAN CARS!!!:wub::wub:

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Thank you Nie!  I too am fascinated by the Le Mans cars...I'm a brand new forum member - I plan to post more of my builds here.

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Outstanding!  That engine bay is very convincing.  Welcome to the forum, looking forward to more from your bench.

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Impressive build there Bob, very nice details, well done mate ;)

I agree! -Very nicely done!

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Thanks everyone - I intend to post a picture of a better-detailed harness as soon as it's complete.

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Holy smokes, tons of intricate details in this one... Looks life likecin the engine compartment...well done!

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On the advice of fellow member Gergo, I removed the seatbelt decal I had originally used, and made my own out of painted masking tape. I added manufacturer decals from Slixx,

and P/E harness hardware from Detail Master. I think it looks a bit more realistic, thanks to Gergo for the suggestion!

Harness.JPG

Harness 2.JPG

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