New Project: Hasegawa Jaguar XJ-S H.E. TWR

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well while the season is working its way around to good painting weather to shoot the Wild Dream, I decided to move on to something thats been in my "to do" pile for quite awhile now: a kind of obscure Hasagawa kit of a Jaguar XJ-S HE works car. This model is really very nice looking and I was impressed from the first i opened the box: photo etch details, piping for brake ducting, excellent looking body and parts castings, what turned out to be very excellent fit and finish of the body kit and the parts count in general. oh yeah did I mention this comes with full motor detail? Pretty cool!

All I've done so far beyond fondle the plastic is to prep the chassis for paint, which also included some filling and drilling of holes per instruction sheet, and do some test fitting of body parts etc.

The detail level of this kit appears pretty impressive as well: the interior is a tub stripped of luxuries with recarro seat and fuel cell and full cage roll bar. The chassis depicts detail of unknown accuracy but with some very busy looking race suspension going on. should come up nice with some paint and care.

anyway heres some photos and be sure to follow along as I progress (or not, as the case may be)...the paint is going to be the challenge for me with the two tone bit but I am praying to the gods of tamiya for help on the way!

Has anyone here ever built this model? Any hints or tips or photos?

the box top:

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the body from front, note how well the panel lines line up on the separate front clip/ground effects:

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and from the rear, sorry about the less than pro quality photos:

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heres the photoetch fret, pretty darn complete for not having to "inch up" (read: "bucks up")

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heres one of the engine sprues, note the hairy exhaust system:

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some hop up parts included:

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some assorted cool stuff: orange ducting hose, wheels, decal sheet and photo etch

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close up of really nice slotted Jaguar works rims:

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finally chassis and parts prepped and ready for DP-40 simulation color:

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Great looking car and kit.

I'll follow along.

I'm not much help tho :o

Love to have that on my pile.

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I look forward to seeing this built; not many have ever been finished.

I have the street version, to build someday...

I built the stock XJS when it came out...I don't remember it being particularly problematical, but that was many years ago.

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I have never seen this kit before. Interesting choice of build topics. I like the fact it comes with the details as well. Is this a current release or is it discontinued? Will be watching with interest.

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The street versions weren't too bad they didn't have too many problems but the racing ones were pretty cool. I like this one. This ought to turn out good, after you fondle all the plastic. ;)

I forget which one Jeremy Clarkson hates, that they filled it with water ;)

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thanks for looking folks; i will post more as the slow but not so sure progress, well, progresses.

>Is this a current release or is it discontinued?

its certainly not a current release but i am not sure how available it is these days. i dont recall where i got this kit but it was a good few years ago, if memory serves i may have picked it up at the NNL West swap meet 10 years or so ago. I have not seen another since that i know of. i do believe ive seen a stock version but as noted that aint much to write home about; this racing variant is the one that got my attention.

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can't go wrong with a Jagoowar :lol:

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chassis and other parts painted and drying...

Jaguar V12 motor parts separated and partially cleaned up. this is at least a 24 part engine assembly!

motorparts.jpg

dig those chrome plated wiring and fuel harnesses! look closely at the small one and you will see some substantial cleanup to do!

:lol:

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wiring and fuel harnesses' are amazing in themselves to be in a kit. This is gonna look good.. I'm paying attention! :unsure:

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a little progress to report: been cleaning up suspension and motor parts and doing some preliminary metalizing of various components, getting ready to detail paint suspension parts and assemble then tackle the interior and start in on the paint...

probably not much interesting in the photos at this stage but they should get better from here on out as the individual assemblies come together:

chassispan.jpg

suspensionpieces.jpg

bigpieces.jpg

motorbits.jpg

theres the bad jaguar v12 in the background with its ignition wires sticking out of the distributor:

motorandsuspensionbits.jpg

again, many thanks for looking!

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Nice job! Keep it up.

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I can't wait to see this one come together, Bill!!

I had that kit a long time ago, (and may even still have it somewhere... :D ).

Keep us posted on your progress!!

Later,

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just bumping this back to the top so its easy to find to update in the next couple of days. chassis is done, wheels and tyres done, and the motor in the final stages (ignition wiring currently). stay tuned for updated pics and thanks for looking!

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I can't wait to see this one come together, Bill!!

I had that kit a long time ago, (and may even still have it somewhere... :rolleyes: ).

Keep us posted on your progress!!

Later,

You probably sold this very kit to Bill at an NNL West 10 or so years ago... ;)

Looking great so far Bill, I too have been intriged by this kit...but never picked one up

c'ya

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you know i may very well have bought this kit at NNL a number of years ago; i cant remember exactly where i got it but its the only one i had seen. in that case, thanks, raul!

im going to try to finish up the motor and take some pics tonite.

i do have to say you have to pay *real* close attention to the instrux, especially the sort of hidden directions to fill or open up holes in the body. and on the chassis even though i tried my best, one hole got left open, it was probably to hold the stock exhaust system. went back and looked at instrux again, its not noted at all. you have to remove 5 or 6 objects that are molded into the body and some other modifications like two big holes in the trunk lid, to fit what appear to be fuel cell filler caps.

anyway pics soon!

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ok heres some photos of the motor, just got the wiring done and the injection harness on, still has a few more parts to be added, in the next photo:

engine, i built the distributor with aluminum tubing and epoxy, everything else is out of box:

nicecamcover.jpg

nicefromaboveright.jpg

nicerightside.jpg

some bits ready to put on the block:

finishedbits.jpg

wheels and tyres, yeah i think the decals are on upside down :(

wheelsandtires.jpg

heres a shot of the rear suspension:

rearsuspensionfromabove.jpg

and heres the notorious ejector pin marks coming back to haunt me! :angry:

ejectormarkscloseup.jpg

thats about it for now, im also getting the body prepped for the two tone body (a big deal for me I am afraid) and the interior is ready to get put together and detailed, more pics to come!

thanks for looking!

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and heres the notorious ejector pin marks coming back to haunt me! :(

ejectormarkscloseup.jpg

thanks for looking!

Looks like dents caused by somebody who didn't know where the jack goes.

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hey! i like the way you think!

thats what they are!

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Bill,

If the rest of this build turns out as nice as the engine, this will be one first class cat!! :(

Keep up the GREAT work and the posts!!

Later,

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Hey, great work , mi amigo!...Keep it up!

Simón P. Rivera Torres

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thanks for looking folks!

heres a quick update set of photos of the motor completed, save for positioning the exhaust pipes. i think i will have more luck doing it in situ than as the instrux indicate beforehand.

niceallgearfromleftfron.jpg

niceallgearfromtopback.jpg

niceallgearfromtopright.jpg

oilpanandbottomdetail.jpg

that slot in the bottom plate engages into a tab on the top of the front suspension crossbeam.

couple immediate problems: one being the seam in the radiator pipe that i neglected to see until i took the photo a few minutes ago ;) once again, and also that stupid piece coming out of the front plate of the engine was supposed to hold a pulley with the stock belt arrangement. well guess what, with all the telling you to fill this and drill that, the instrux neglected to mention removing it so now its there. when i was assembling it i figured something fit on there. wrong again.

its gonna be a bear to get a razor saw in there now. maybe a dremel with the circular buzz saw blade will get it. or of course there always the sprue cutters and dealing with the cleanup afterwards.

or i could paint it flat black and pretend it is not there. dunno. ;)

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That's a beautiful looking engine! ;)

Not sure exactly what part on front of engine you mean, but a buzz saw that close would make me nervous. I'd bet the sprue cutters and some paint will camouflage it from everyone ... especially once it's in the car. Would have to be one of those deep dark recesses it's in.

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That engine looks so good, I wouldn't temp fate by messing around and trying to remove whatever it is that shouldn't be there.

Paint it flat black and ignore it. As said, once the model is finished and the engine is in place, you'll never notice that anything isn't as it should be. Great work so far... ;)

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thanks for the encouragement folks, thats exactly what i did, just snipped it off and did the tip in silver from a silver sharpie. dont even notice it! now trying to make that top pulley look better!

thats the problem with macro lenses!

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WOW SUCH DETAIL !!! :D

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