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When you are on the roll, you can accomplish a lot of things. I'm on a roll right now (mostly because I'm bored) and this would be my 4th model this month. Building box stock.

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I have built this kit before - in fact, this was my first Tamiya kit I have ever bought and built back in 1999. Back then I thought it was a nice and well engineered kit, just too complicated for my skill level. Hopefully I'm up to the task now!

49800256496_0b80ef87f6_b.jpgIMG_1223 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

The kit is old stock - original issue of 1989, with old catalogs, etc. Yellowed instructions sheet and decals. Just how I like it, lol.

49799710908_021078cdac_b.jpgIMG_1224 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Previous one I painted in red, this one will be White Pearl!
49800565677_6f1e8e754d_b.jpgIMG_1221 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Some progress on this one. 

I cut the panel lines a bit deeper, which proved to be a chore, since there are a lot of them! Initially I wanted to leave the hood clear, but it had a molding defect on it, so it also got primer and ready for paint.

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Chassis was primed with some addition of gray primer to make a bit darker than the body:

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The first Tamiya kit I ever bought!,still have it even though it turned out pretty  lousy:mellow:.I since have bought a couple more of the coupes and convertibles.Few months ago I built Fujimi's version,because it had removable T-Tops and could be built as a non turbo car.IMG_1749.thumb.JPG.81eda536a859449ab339717bf85d39c6.JPG

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Have always liked this car, and this kit is on the list.

Watching for sure!

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11 hours ago, kelson said:

The first Tamiya kit I ever bought!,still have it even though it turned out pretty  lousy:mellow:.I since have bought a couple more of the coupes and convertibles.Few months ago I built Fujimi's version,because it had removable T-Tops and could be built as a non turbo car.IMG_1749.thumb.JPG.81eda536a859449ab339717bf85d39c6.JPG

Very nice!

10 hours ago, iamsuperdan said:

Have always liked this car, and this kit is on the list.

Watching for sure!

Its a great kit!

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I have painted the body. Paiting model cars white is a very special skill set, which I totally lost. Last time I painted a model white was 18-20 years ago, and now I remember why I didn't do it for such a long time - you can't see the color going on the surface! So easy to overdo it or not put enough paint!

Pearl turned out magnificent, though. Can't really see on the pictures as the grain is too fine, but I mixed Tamiya White Pearl with flat white, and that made the grain just perfect for the scale.

Clear turned out just ok - I think i mixed in a bit more thinner than I usually do - got a couple of spots that need to be polished out.

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49809502341_d50409a0db_b.jpgDSC_0525 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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49809502426_fa71f9f283_b.jpgDSC_0516 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Looks great so far. You really are on a roll Alex!

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20 hours ago, beeRS said:

Looks great so far. You really are on a roll Alex!

Thanks man, appreciate it!

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Chassis was not very complex to mask, so I did that and painted the front arches and belly pans black:

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Where it got a bit tough was masking the body and all those little pieces, but in the end, it turned out fantastic:

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Really like the contrast of pearl white and black!

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Beautiful!  I like that white color - way cool!

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Looks real sharp!!

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Masterful masking again! Specially impressive here because black on white will usually show the tiniest flaws.

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12 hours ago, CabDriver said:

Beautiful!  I like that white color - way cool!

Yes, white looks really good on this car!

11 hours ago, kelson said:

Looks real sharp!!

Thank you!

3 minutes ago, peekay said:

Masterful masking again! Specially impressive here because black on white will usually show the tiniest flaws.

Yes - thank you, I should have taken a picture of when it was all masked up! Took hours - but then again - nothing compares to the satisfaction of peeling all those masks and seeing a nice clean trim job under it!

A it more progress. Cleaned up small bits, painted in base colors:

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Detail painted engine parts:

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And assembled the engine. Even OOB it looks great, Tamiya did a good job on this.

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Engine looks great! I love these type of Tamiya kits - just the right level of complexity.

How are you achiving the detail after the base colours are painted? For example on the transmission. Are you using washes, or powders? Just curious, as the detail looks so good.

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8 hours ago, beeRS said:

Engine looks great! I love these type of Tamiya kits - just the right level of complexity.

How are you achiving the detail after the base colours are painted? For example on the transmission. Are you using washes, or powders? Just curious, as the detail looks so good.

Thank you!

I mostly use dark acrylic washes and then after they are dry, go over it with dry-brush and some buffing Model Master metalizers. Once metalizers are dry, you can buff them highlighting high areas and making them look polished.

 

Another update - engine is in place:

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Painted all suspension bits:

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Front suspension assembled:

49832418436_38de9b96f0_b.jpgDSC_0583 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Rear as well:

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Completed chassis:

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Wheels are also done:

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Wheels are a bit wobbly, but overall look fine:

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Assembled top part of the engine:

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And then the mock up to check the stance and overall fit of everything:

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Thanks for sharing your detailing techniques Alex. The results are so amazing.

The mock up is looking great. No adjustment to that stance required - Tamiya got this just right.

I'm intrigued to see the interior come togethet now.

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6 hours ago, beeRS said:

Thanks for sharing your detailing techniques Alex. The results are so amazing.

The mock up is looking great. No adjustment to that stance required - Tamiya got this just right.

I'm intrigued to see the interior come togethet now.

Thank you. I'm almost done with the interior, will post some pix probably later today when I'm done.

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3 hours ago, Mattilacken said:

Looking great, love the contrast! 

Thank you!

I'm on a home stretch - painted the windows. Lots of time was spent on creating masks - and with the T-tops its almost twice the work!

49837338251_47bec344af_b.jpgIMG_1353 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49837338216_b7dcfb6e92_b.jpgIMG_1356 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

All interior pieces were cleaned up, filled, sanded, primed, and painted in base color:

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Then masked off and painted black:

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Finished dashboard:

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And finished interior:

49837639022_76bbbd9caa_b.jpgDSC_0613 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49836797273_74f0cdc2aa_b.jpgDSC_0610 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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That interior blows me away!!😎

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Your masking skills are quite impressive Alex.  Of all modeling tasks the masking effort is my least favorite.  Maybe that is why I am so bad at it.  If you ever get time post a tutorial on any secrets you have for such perfect masking.  Many of us I am sure would be very interested.  Thanks for sharing this build.

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On 5/8/2020 at 10:10 AM, fredo84 said:

It's a Gemestone 🤩!!

 

 

20 hours ago, kelson said:

That interior blows me away!!😎

Thank you!

16 hours ago, Funkychiken said:

Really sharp masking and painting! Great subject too!

Yup, wanted to build this one again for a long time. Thanks!

54 minutes ago, Slimguy said:

Your masking skills are quite impressive Alex.  Of all modeling tasks the masking effort is my least favorite.  Maybe that is why I am so bad at it.  If you ever get time post a tutorial on any secrets you have for such perfect masking.  Many of us I am sure would be very interested.  Thanks for sharing this build.

Appreciate it! I don't really do anything in particular - just use good quality masking tape, and work slowly, take your time, burnish everything real good. That body took me almost 4 hours to mask, so definitely not a quick process - but that is what model building os all about!

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