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1991 Honda NSX in Midnight Purple with BBS LM (Tamiya 1/24)


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Hi everyone,
I finally finished my latest project. It’s an older kit from Tamiya and as usual was fantastic to build - everything fit perfectly and small parts number made the overall process easy.
My goal for this kit was to do a clean JDM build with 18” staggered BBS LM, and I wanted to simulate one of NSX’s rare colours called Midnight Purple. To achieve that, I used Mr color’s Amethyst purple - it’s a clear pearl that addes different shade of assigned colour (it gets more vivid by applying on top of darker colour) - I picked this colour because it’s similar ot the actual midnight purple showing different hue depending on the lighting and the angle. It is though, touch brighter than the actual midnight purple and in retrospect I could’ve added bit of black and clear deep blue to get closer.
Here’s my build process:
  • 600 grit wet sanding to remove mold lines
  • Sprayed Tamiya white surfacer
  • 600 > 1500 wet sanding to remove flashes and uneven surfaces
  • Airbrushed Mr color’s black as a base coat
  • Masked off the roof then airbrhsed 2 coats (one mist, one wet) Mr color’s Amethyst purple
  • Added 3 layers of Mr color’s super clear III and left it for a month to fully cure the lacquer
  • Wet sanded with 2000 grit > 3000 grit 
  • Polished with 3 stage Tamiya compound
Chassis & interior
  • Used TS gloss aluminum, Mr color’s aluminum, stainless steel, and chrome silver in various suspension and underbody components
  • Painted the BBS LM wit Mr color’s aluminum and added enamel wash around lug nuts
  • Removed all the mold lines of the interior, sprayed grey surfacer
  • Airbrushed semi gloss black then airbrushed dark grey very lightly on the leather seats to bring out the texture
  • Used vallejo white for buttons
  • Added flocking for the carpet
Lights, etc|
Masked off reverse and turn lights on the taillight, airbrushed clear red, removed the masking and airbrushed clear red very lightly
BMF’d all the light reflectors
Masked the windows and airbrushed surroundings in flat black
Here are the photos - thank you for looking!


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I’m not into Japanese cars generally but I have always loved the NSX since I saw my first one around 12 years old. Honda got the lines right from every angle. The only thing I don’t like is the 1st Gen wheels so your switch to larger BBS looks AWESOME! Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship throughout and the color is killer.  

Nice job!

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On 9/19/2021 at 4:33 PM, TransAmMike said:

Great work as usual from you Chang!!!!!!   Beautiful color and paint work👍👍

Thank you! 

On 9/19/2021 at 5:59 PM, Zippi said:

Pretty slick looking Honda.  That midnight purple looks great.

Thanks a lot! 

On 9/19/2021 at 6:47 PM, cobraman said:

Nice model, nice photos.

Thank you! 

On 9/19/2021 at 10:02 PM, BVC500 said:

Great color choice and your photography is spot on - really capturing the NSX nicely.


On 9/20/2021 at 4:06 AM, Mattilacken said:

Came out great! Good work looks super!

Thank you! 

On 9/20/2021 at 6:03 AM, Dodge Driver said:

Your NSX is quite stunning.  Superior workmanship and attention to detail as well. 

I think I'd keep the 2000 grit process in between the clear coat next time to reduce waviness on the body panels! 

On 9/20/2021 at 7:01 AM, FLHCAHZ said:


Thank you!

On 9/20/2021 at 7:50 AM, PappyD340 said:

Extremely nice, well done!


On 9/20/2021 at 8:55 AM, Tommy124 said:

Excellent build, the best of that NSX kit that I remember! Great photos and I really like all the details that you give about the colors and your procedures!

Thank you! I have a thing in unusual colours and think that's what makes the model making fun! 

On 9/20/2021 at 10:08 AM, DiscoRover007 said:


I actually just thought about making one in this color the other day. Outstanding job.

Highly recommend and I'd probably mix to darken the paint a bit! 

On 9/20/2021 at 10:31 AM, Outlaw_Pitbull_0411 said:


Thank you!

On 9/20/2021 at 11:46 AM, Dennis Lacy said:

I’m not into Japanese cars generally but I have always loved the NSX since I saw my first one around 12 years old. Honda got the lines right from every angle. The only thing I don’t like is the 1st Gen wheels so your switch to larger BBS looks AWESOME! Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship throughout and the color is killer.  

Nice job!

Thank you! NSX looks fantastic in real life, I think much better than in photos and magazines. I'm not into Hondas but I love driving 90 ~ 00s Honda cars. 

On 9/20/2021 at 12:59 PM, Hi-Po said:

Very nice!  Great finish on the paint.

Not my best paint job but the colour hides the flaw pretty well! 

On 9/21/2021 at 9:09 AM, Intmd8r said:


Thank you! 

On 9/21/2021 at 9:55 AM, Dragonhawk1066 said:

Very nice! I love the color!

Thanks a lot!

On 9/21/2021 at 12:40 PM, Roger U said:

Another beautiful model from your workshop.

Thank you! Next one will be something unusual 

On 9/21/2021 at 7:07 PM, stinkybritches said:

Super clean build. I dig it.

Thank you!

On 9/21/2021 at 9:11 PM, Chuckyg1 said:



On 9/21/2021 at 9:22 PM, AlbertD said:

Gorgeous build.

Thank you! 

On 9/22/2021 at 9:57 AM, ChrisR said:

Looks great!!

Thanks a lot!

On 9/22/2021 at 10:33 AM, iamsuperdan said:

Looks fantastic!


5 hours ago, ATHU said:

Immaculate paint job as we are used to see from you Chang. Excellent work!!

It's far from immaculate but it's getting better!

On 9/22/2021 at 10:53 AM, Dominik said:



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