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Chuck Most

1968 Subaru 360

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This is a (mostly) box-stock buildup of the Hasegawa kit. I did deviate from box stock by converting the model to LHD, converting the muffler to an aftermarket-type left-side dual outlet (yes- you could actually get a dual-outlet muffler for one of these), and making up some filler panels for the front inner fenders so you can't see straight through the car when looking at it dead on from the side. I also added some junk to the interior. I tried something I'd always thought about on this one- laying on a thick coat of paint (Tamiya flat red in this case) to try and replicate rust that is bubbling up under the paint but hasn't quite broken through yet. It didn't quite come out the way I wanted, but I kept it. Glimpses of the original white paint poke out in random spots from the later "Resale Red" respray. 

I have to say that for all the praise Tamiya kits get, I tend to favor Hasegawa kits. If Hasegawa has ever produced an auto kit that's NOT pleasant to build, I have yet to encounter it.

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the rear license plate looks gigantic on this little put-put.  :lol:

very cool!

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Great looking build. The weathering looks very realistic, must be an old Michigan commuter car.  

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From what I'm told I think the few 360s that made it to Michigan had all rusted away by 1975 or therabouts. :P

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Great weathering job!  Typical of an early Japanese car imported into the rust belt.  I love this kit!  I have built several.....

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