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Since I finished with Miata, time to pick another quick box stock to keep the ball rolling. I have a few kits that I do want to build and put on the shelf, but I don't want to superdetail or spend way too much time on them - so these Tamiya box-stockers are perfect way to do just that. 

This is another Nissan that I have built close to 20 years ago when I just started getting hooked on these Tamiya kits, and it also did suffer at the hands of my nephews long time ago and was blown to bits probably at some point. Time to build another one.

49898139281_c4495deb16_b.jpgIMG_1601 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

When I buy kits that were re-issued at some point, I always try to get an original release - for the history of it first, and the fact that molds are usually much better than subsequent re-releases. The only case where that might not be the best way to go is with older race cars, where original decals might be a problem - they usually do deteriorate over time. This one doesn't have many decals, thank fully. Just like I like it - original Tamiya release of 1989 in a grey bottom box with original catalogs, crinkly tamiya plastic, yellowed instruction sheet and that unforgettable smell of a 90-s kit!

49898139176_e633abf308_b.jpgIMG_1602 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

The kit is curbside, rather simple, but that is not the point here. S13 is a legend, and look at that shape! 80-s minimalism at its finest!

49897623698_e4c47fb5b8_b.jpgIMG_1604 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Will be painted factory Bluish Silver with gun-metal skirts. Wish me luck!

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On 5/17/2020 at 5:30 PM, Funkychiken said:

Good luck! It's going to be another killer!

Thanks. Hope so!

Cleaned up all the parts and washed them to prep for primer and paint:

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Painted the body. Bluish Silver metallic with gunmetal skirts. Not polished yet. Love the color!

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Very nice. Is that an standard automotive laquer paint you've used or one you mixed yourself? Gloss looks pretty good. Did you use a clear coat?

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10 hours ago, beeRS said:

Very nice. Is that an standard automotive laquer paint you've used or one you mixed yourself? Gloss looks pretty good. Did you use a clear coat?

Thanks! This is actually decanted Tamiya TS58 light pearl blue mixed with TS30 silver leaf 2:1. Model Master gunmetal for the skirts. 2K clear, yes. Its not polished yet, so got a bit of a texture.

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If my 2k came out like that, I wouldnt touch it again, great paint finish!

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On 5/21/2020 at 5:42 PM, Funkychiken said:

If my 2k came out like that, I wouldnt touch it again, great paint finish!

Thank you!

Another update on this project. Masked off the trim:

49928347281_8856e4aabc_b.jpgIMG_1697 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Sprayed matt black:

49928347161_0b4693381e_b.jpgIMG_1698 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Also painted inside the body shell:

49928347091_8c3278dc2e_b.jpgIMG_1699 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Took off the masks, polished the body - almost done!

49928372316_ea18c0a865_b.jpgDSC_0006 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49927853843_ff8a049b0f_b.jpgDSC_0004 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Painted suspension bits:

49927852258_4b2436e21b_b.jpgIMG_1670 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Chassis plate painted and weathered a bit:

49928672707_ec92a93aea_b.jpgIMG_1671 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Ready for assembly:

49928672987_1fb202433b_b.jpgIMG_1669 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Front suspension:

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Rear:

49928371311_349a19b109_b.jpgDSC_0027 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Completed chassis:

49927853073_2d3fb2a275_b.jpgDSC_0024 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Painted, washed, and assembled the wheels:

49928673437_b0e96264f9_b.jpgDSC_0032 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Mocked up to check the stance. A bit higher than I want - will fiddle with it a bit once I will know the clearance for the interior tub:

49928674232_b3e84951c3_b.jpgDSC_0015 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49928674372_eeb4a3d951_b.jpgDSC_0013 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49927853673_66bb4cb80e_b.jpgDSC_0009 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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49928673997_22c6276d5e_b.jpgDSC_0020 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49928674157_00124bb023_b.jpgDSC_0018 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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That moulded in exhaust, engine and trans didn't look great at first, but after your detail painting, you wouldn't know it was moulded as one piece! Underside looks perfect now.

 

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10 hours ago, beeRS said:

That moulded in exhaust, engine and trans didn't look great at first, but after your detail painting, you wouldn't know it was moulded as one piece! Underside looks perfect now.

 

That's the beauty of Tamiya injection moulding. Even simple kits have excellent molded detail.

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11 hours ago, MeatMan said:

Well done!

Thank you!

Moving on to the interior. 

Picking the color for S13 was easy - seemingly it was offered in gray, or... dark gray. Was probably easy to keep clean :)

Painted everything in base colors:

49928370376_23c3211557_b.jpgIMG_1677 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Detail-painted all the bits and pieces:

49928672517_b7ac420724_b.jpgIMG_1680 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Finished dashboard:

49928370161_58366d385e_b.jpgIMG_1689 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Completed interior:

49927852643_c04cace19a_b.jpgDSC_0037 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49928370871_eeb392c0ce_b.jpgDSC_0039 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

I'm on a home stretch with this one now!

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Wow!  Perfection again (as usual).  I hope I can build this great someday.  What is your secret for laying down smooth decanted Tamiya paint on the body?

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Nice work so fare.. great job on the paint. the masking. ect 

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On 5/27/2020 at 2:52 AM, matthijsgrit said:

Your way of building seems very clean. I like it!!

Thank you!

On 5/27/2020 at 6:54 AM, jchrisf said:

Wow!  Perfection again (as usual).  I hope I can build this great someday.  What is your secret for laying down smooth decanted Tamiya paint on the body?

No secret really... its just like any other paint. Technically, its just lacquer, so it would be no different from Zero, etc

On 5/27/2020 at 7:12 AM, Scalper said:

Nice work so fare.. great job on the paint. the masking. ect 

Thank you. Time to finish this one.

S13 has a pretty complex optics, but Tamiya gave it all as a simple one-piece, had to sweat a bit to paint that "silvia" logo. Turned out fine in the end.

49939474498_f069c50c1a_b.jpgIMG_1750 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Assembled taillights, put on wing, badges. Can't really see silver Silvia decal on a light color:

49940289567_a66724e7ee_b.jpgDSC_0057 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Lights, wipers, mirrors up front:

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Its DONE!

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49939989011_d77bbefac9_b.jpgDSC_0052 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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49939989131_8d60d78eff_b.jpgDSC_0048 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

More pics in the completed section soon!

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Very Nice Alex...another winnner from your stable.  What do you use to spray the black trim. My "go to" is Tamiya X-18 aribrushed. Water base on lacquer makes mistakes clean easily.  I wholeheartedly agree that doing a quick project like this keeps the modeling mojo going. Tamiya is my "go to" as well.  

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Unbelievable build... It looks real.. great job!

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Of course, another perfect build!  Great job on the light lenses.  I've masked for window trim on some projects, makes a huge difference.  I'm trying to remember what US market had for headlights, not that.

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On 5/28/2020 at 10:05 AM, Rich Chernosky said:

Very Nice Alex...another winnner from your stable.  What do you use to spray the black trim. My "go to" is Tamiya X-18 aribrushed. Water base on lacquer makes mistakes clean easily.  I wholeheartedly agree that doing a quick project like this keeps the modeling mojo going. Tamiya is my "go to" as well.  

Thank you! I use XF-1 for the trim, the flatter the better IMO. 

On 5/28/2020 at 10:24 AM, jchrisf said:

Unbelievable build... It looks real.. great job!

Thanks!

On 5/28/2020 at 10:59 AM, 89AKurt said:

Of course, another perfect build!  Great job on the light lenses.  I've masked for window trim on some projects, makes a huge difference.  I'm trying to remember what US market had for headlights, not that.

Masking off the trim and airbrushing it makes a huge difference, agree.

US Market had 180SX, then 240SX - we never had Silvia. Slightly different body style, and front/rear fascias.

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Well done Alex. This looks superb - as I have now come to expect from you!

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On 5/30/2020 at 1:31 AM, beeRS said:

Well done Alex. This looks superb - as I have now come to expect from you!

Thank you! I'll post some nicer pictures of completed model in the gallery soon.

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