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All right, let's keep the ball rolling. Pandemic build #7 will be RX-7. Coincidence? Umm, yes. :)

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Last iteration of the "rotary rocket" and most beautiful of the RXs (in my opinion). Will be building JDM version of the car (FD3S) and as such I got this re-issue of the 24110 kit from Tamiya. 

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Many of you are familiar with the kit - its a simple curbside vs their R1 kit that has full engine detail.

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The color will be Innocent Blue Mica.

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I'm following with great interest!.

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On 5/29/2020 at 3:50 PM, jchrisf said:

Following this cool build!

 

On 5/29/2020 at 5:47 PM, kelson said:

I'm following with great interest!.

Thank you gentlemen! Small update - I have painted the body.

Must say, I have never seen a Tamiya plastic that was THIS soft. Was quite a job to re-scribe these panel lines - the blade kept slipping out or digging into the line. Don't know if its the problem with the re-issue of the kit. In any case - body was cleaned, re-scribed, and primered:

49956758772_2b20d2511e_b.jpgIMG_1829 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

I had glued the hood shut, and it also took some work to make sure the panel is aligned properly on the sides and shut lines are even - Tamiya didnt' do a good job there.

49955972258_7a4a5a7c59_b.jpgIMG_1830 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

All body color parts in primer ready for paint:

49955972223_cd1f95c8b8_b.jpgIMG_1833 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Innocent Blue Mica is a two stage paint, so first coat was done and left to cure:

49956758627_30b1a50422_b.jpgIMG_1834 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Then second color coat was sprayed for this deep, vibrant blue:

49956758557_291c55328d_b.jpgIMG_1838 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49956758907_742a62ea58_b.jpgIMG_1837 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

And then clearcoated with 2K clear - the paint turned out fantastic, if I say so myself :)

49956472376_bbee3cd3db_b.jpgIMG_1856 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49955971918_575c2eae39_b.jpgIMG_1854 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49956758342_a9e388bb1f_b.jpgIMG_1859 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

49956758447_fabce05af9_b.jpgIMG_1850 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

 

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Great job so far on what is, IMHO, the most beautiful Japanese car ever made. Can't wait to see how this turns out. 

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That paintwork looks truly amazing. Is that Innocent Mica from Zero paints?

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On 5/31/2020 at 4:58 PM, DiscoRover007 said:

Looks awesome

Thank you!

9 hours ago, tmathew1us said:

Great job so far on what is, IMHO, the most beautiful Japanese car ever made. Can't wait to see how this turns out. 

I like it a lot too, reminiscent of same era Vettes, especially in the front. 

6 hours ago, beeRS said:

That paintwork looks truly amazing. Is that Innocent Mica from Zero paints?

Thank you. Yes, the paint is Zero that is about 10 years old! Don't even know if they still make that.

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Looks fantastic... I love the way those Zero colours are completely transformed by the clearcoat!

best,

M.

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On 6/2/2020 at 8:27 AM, Matt Bacon said:

Looks fantastic... I love the way those Zero colours are completely transformed by the clearcoat!

best,

M.

Thanks! Yep, clear makes them shine! :)

On 6/2/2020 at 1:36 PM, Jonathan said:

These cars look great in blue. :)

 

Agreed!

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All right, continuing with this one after a short break. Painted chassis parts into base colors:

49997095971_c6f00c2343_b.jpgIMG_1919 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Then I detail painted the chassis and suspension bits:

49997349262_0df58c55a6_b.jpgIMG_1933 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Front suspension completed:

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Rear too:

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Finished chassis: 

49996576228_0e42fbc01b_b.jpgDSC_0096 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Painted, decaled and assembled the wheels:

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Mocked up overall to check the stance and fit. I think the front track is a bit too wide, I'll see what I can do about that later.

49997349382_514888ce57_b.jpgDSC_0120 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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49997349517_24b1a39a05_b.jpgDSC_0115 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Pleeeease don't finish yours before I finish mine! Looking good so far! It's a nice little kit...

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You weren't kidding about that paint poppin'.  This is going to be neat when done.

Would you mind a question from someone who doesn't know a thing about these cars?  There are two kinda triangular parts near the trailing arms at the rear.  Why is one black and one silver?  

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Looking forward to seeing this one done, looks great so far.

Didn't realise they offered a version without the engine. I have the R1 which does have it, I was thinking it could be transplanted into something else but it uses the same moulded-in sump and gearbox that you have on yours, so that won't be so easy.....

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20 hours ago, jchrisf said:

I'm always so impressed with your work.

Thank you!

17 hours ago, Funkychiken said:

Pleeeease don't finish yours before I finish mine! Looking good so far! It's a nice little kit...

Umm, well - I honestly thought you finished yours! This will likely be done this weekend. :)

16 hours ago, Monty said:

You weren't kidding about that paint poppin'.  This is going to be neat when done.

Would you mind a question from someone who doesn't know a thing about these cars?  There are two kinda triangular parts near the trailing arms at the rear.  Why is one black and one silver?  

Thanks! Different material on chassis pans - one that is closer to the hot exhaust is made from aluminum, other one is plastic.

9 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Looking forward to seeing this one done, looks great so far.

Didn't realise they offered a version without the engine. I have the R1 which does have it, I was thinking it could be transplanted into something else but it uses the same moulded-in sump and gearbox that you have on yours, so that won't be so easy.....

Thank you. You can still cut off the sump and transplant the engine if you want, you just need to find a different gearbox for it.

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OK, I have finished the interior. Long time ago, I saw an RX-7 with a bright red interior. Decided this one will have that! Painted all parts in their base colors:

50013976853_45b44476c7_b.jpgIMG_1923 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Then detail painted all the little bits, masked and painted interior tub black, and assembled the dash:

50014769427_82868daedc_b.jpgIMG_1987 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

50014769167_3e95b90b58_b.jpgIMG_2896 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

50014507016_e4c09df685_b.jpgIMG_1995 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Aaaand the interior is done:

50014769362_8c8e587c71_b.jpgIMG_2006 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

50013976703_5d50a632a5_b.jpgIMG_2007 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

50014769307_c51262ece1_b.jpgIMG_2009 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

50013976598_a79ca0c540_b.jpgIMG_2011 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

50013976543_743cda02a6_b.jpgIMG_2012 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

I feel I'm slowing down, but I'm on a home stretch!

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On 6/2/2020 at 8:31 PM, Italianhorses said:

I like it a lot too, reminiscent of same era Vettes, especially in the front. 

Of course it does, afterall the C5 copied it.

Love the red seats.  Those will really pop with the blue exterior.

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I continue to be amazed by your quality and speed. The colors you have selected are outstanding.  

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Wow.. Perfection as always.  I hope to achieve your level of building someday.  How do you keep the dust off the parts for the photo shoot?  Great photography skills as well.

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Beautiful looking paint and interior. I like the way the dash is done also. 

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On 6/16/2020 at 10:03 PM, fumi said:

Of course it does, afterall the C5 copied it.

Love the red seats.  Those will really pop with the blue exterior.

Yup, should look nice together! Thanks!

On 6/16/2020 at 11:56 PM, Spottedlaurel said:

Excellent progress, looks great.

Just detail work on the body, lights etc to do now?

Not much left, correct. Thanks!

18 hours ago, Eric Macleod said:

I continue to be amazed by your quality and speed. The colors you have selected are outstanding.  

Appreciate it!

17 hours ago, jchrisf said:

Wow.. Perfection as always.  I hope to achieve your level of building someday.  How do you keep the dust off the parts for the photo shoot?  Great photography skills as well.

Thanks. I use anti-static brush and brush the pieces before taking pictures. Works great.

15 hours ago, espo said:

Beautiful looking paint and interior. I like the way the dash is done also. 

Thank you!

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Love the quality of this build so far.  Interior color is great, and the paint job looks great on the body.

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