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Next was the interior - and this is where I wanted to make some changes to the old kit.

Interior tub was cleaned and ejector holes filled:

49761925637_d51b594180_b.jpgIMG_0911 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

A quick coat of primer to check:

49761923842_b441c93953_b.jpgIMG_0913 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Back to sanding! 

Kit sets had no backs, so they were filled with some putty and sanded smooth.

49785102633_b7b6a6e6c9_b.jpgIMG_0909 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

The rest of the seats was cleaned up:

49785102408_8d320bdaa5_b.jpgIMG_0910 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

The rear jump seat folds down in the real car to make the flat cargo area, so I wanted to replicate the on the model. I drilled holes in the bottom of the interior tub, and inserted small pins to serve as pivots:

49785959647_51ca50fbd2_b.jpgIMG_0922 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

I also drilled holes in the seat:

49785959722_e69f6914c5_b.jpgIMG_0921 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

After painting, I would just mount the seat, slide in the pins, and secure them with the glue.

49785637586_08659afd3f_b.jpgIMG_0920 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

But the seat worked fine and stayed in the position:

49785101983_cfca795e42_b.jpgIMG_0917 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49785960307_832c44dc4f_b.jpgIMG_0916 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49785637661_75363fb10d_b.jpgIMG_0919 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Rear cargo area is really open and can be easily seen through the rear window, so I wanted some nice carpet there. But first I needed to make a template:

49785960462_7d3b69bf42_b.jpgIMG_0915 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

I had this nice blue MFH self-adhesive carpet that I decided to use for the job:

49785101468_5d75ffbacb_b.jpgIMG_0923 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Using my template, I cut the carpet:

49785637131_fc6c938f80_b.jpgIMG_0924 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Then everything was painted in a custom mix of blues of XF18:XF8 in 3:1 proportion.

49761563158_bdbcf789d5_b.jpgUntitled by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49761065568_04d99fe250_b.jpgIMG_0926 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Made templates for the seats, and cut the decals out. The tiny sheet I used was meant to do nails, so it was barely enough!

49761065503_fa1ac59184_b.jpgIMG_0929 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Decals applied to the seats:

49761064988_177d0bba4a_b.jpgIMG_0936 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

With lots of Microsol they conformed fine, but were too shiny. Gave it a good coat of flat clear to dull it up a bit:

49761921867_bc81d208a5_b.jpgIMG_0955 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Then I detail painted the dashboard and all other small interior pieces:

49761063643_9555107be3_b.jpgIMG_0959 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49761063758_deb576f0db_b.jpgIMG_0958 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49761594711_ff110275de_b.jpgIMG_0960 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

And mocked-up the interior:

49761063223_903c4b71ac_b.jpgIMG_0966 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49761063173_b610632b38_b.jpgIMG_0967 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49761921372_a2aec21200_b.jpgIMG_0964 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49761594641_314375654b_b.jpgIMG_0961 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Now it was time to apply the carpet:

49785101168_2784381280_b.jpgIMG_0925 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49785959027_17fe3e4693_b.jpgIMG_0969 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49785636726_e897c731bb_b.jpgIMG_0973 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Unfortunately, my template was not precise, and it wouldn't let the seat fully fold when the back piece of the carpet was glued to the seat back. I have re-done it later, but didn't take the pix!

49785636571_96ba36aeaf_b.jpgIMG_0975 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

The rest of the interior was assembled together, also made some carpets for the front to cover the holes in the interior tub:

49785959147_2b7a24223a_b.jpgIMG_0986 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49785636176_7352a00453_b.jpgIMG_0981 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49785100403_7aa9785bc0_b.jpgIMG_0980 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

It is ready to go into the car!

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The wheels were treated to some black wash, and assembled:

49761062898_44147a4bde_b.jpgIMG_1009 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Test fitting chassis and interior together:

49761785211_5786a5c83d_b.jpgIMG_1003 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49761254998_1670971521_b.jpgIMG_1002 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49762114237_578c8de9a6_b.jpgIMG_1001 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49762114272_115f5b4541_b.jpgIMG_0999 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Looks good!

Rear lights and front blinkers were painted:

49764418268_fb5a374cf0_b.jpgIMG_1007 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

And rear end assembled:

49764403208_08c2e0506e_b.jpgIMG_1031 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Front assembled as well:

49765259607_fe8c7cd32e_b.jpgIMG_1030 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

And its DONE!

49764403358_d66748e357_b.jpgIMG_1017 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49765259667_120097192d_b.jpgIMG_1020 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49764403403_ba23c8ba4f_b.jpgIMG_1014 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49764934626_571ed28492_b.jpgIMG_1012 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49794062016_944e7ca1d1_b.jpgIMG_1021 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49794061931_fbc5089e9b_b.jpgIMG_1027 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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22 hours ago, CabDriver said:

Your work is such a joy to watch - it’s looking great!

Thank you!

19 hours ago, peekay said:

Thanks for an inspiring WIP and the finished model is just beautiful! (And that's quite a pace you keep up!)

Yeah, surprising myself with this pace here... :)

4 hours ago, Funkychiken said:

Ths CR-X is a great pocket rocket, and your build is fantastic, that paint finish is amazing!

thanks!

4 hours ago, ChrisR said:

Looks great!

Appreciate it!

1 hour ago, markbt73 said:

Wow, you really nailed that mid-80s Honda blue interior color... looks great!

Yeah, looked at some pictures, tried to get close. Thanks!

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  • 9 months later...

This is fantastic! Thanks so much for taking the time to post all the pics. Just found one online for a "reasonable" price but wasn't sure what I would be able to do with it. Now I know it can be awesome.

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