1967 BRE Hino Samurai

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This is a Q-Model kit. Mostly (soft) resin with some white metal parts (high tin content too, which makes it crisper and harder than average, a good thing).

The body was cast pretty well, but it still needed a few hours of clean up. Here it is after the first coat of primer was used as a guide coat to smooth out most of the body. Still more to address and the rear wing needs to be added and blended in.

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The interior base is one chunk of resin that includes “the engine” and chassis. Lots of mold release on this part, it repeatedly shed the primer even after multiple washes and scrubbings prior to working on it and after cleaning it up. Oven cleaner finally seemed to do the trick and I was able to get a solid coat of primer and black paint to stick, (at least for now…)

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This'll be fun ... ;)

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Interesting build for an interesting car. It sounds like you have some challenges ahead of you with this one. Keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing more pics & progress!

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Interesting project.

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This is going to be a cool build.

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thats a neat look car!

lookin forward to more of this.

bryan

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Different; I like different. B)

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Very cool.

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The wheels are nicely rendered in white metal, but the tires had gone south and disintegrated. Fortunately I was provided with a set of “grown” resin tires to replace them. The rear tires in the top of the frame are still “in the raw”.

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This will be interesting.

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Here it is with the wing installed and the base primer for the bright red-orange paint.

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Nice progress. Seeing the side profile of this car, it reminds me of "SLICER" from Gone in 60 Seconds 2: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_47208-Made-for-Movie-Slicer.html

BTW it is by no means a dig on the builder, I now see why Shelby didn't give full design control of the Cobra Daytona Coupe to Pete Brock.

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Once I got the base black paint to stick to the resin, I hand painted the frame, interior and engine details.

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I think I liked it better without the wing but we'll see as you get more done.

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It is not really an option to leave the wing off, the one and only car has it, and it was operational like a Chaparral.

Here is the completed chassis/interior/engine.

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Nice progress. The side drafts really make the engine compartment stand out.

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Thanks. Yeah, those intake horns are a huge contrast to the simple crude rest of the "engine compartment".

Wheels & tires are done…

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The body has color, mixed to match the kit provided paint chip from old Testors enamels.

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NICE PROGRESS!!!

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The headlights and headlight covers have been installed and the decals have been applied… Groovy…

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This is fantastic, reminds me of speed racer!

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These are cool kits and you are doing a great job!!!!

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Clear coat is on, time to let it sit for a while…

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It looks like things are coming to gether nicely now. The clear looks good too.

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Thanks! But... Well, looks can be deceiving. The same issue that manifested itself with the chassis (mold release permeated resin rejecting paint) reared its ugly head on the body too. After the decals were applied. I had to repair and blend what little I had of the custom mixed color (around the decals no less). The clear is hopefully serving as a sealer and trap to hold the paint on now. Oh the joys of these old cottage industry kits...

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I'm with you on that process Jacen. I guess I didn't post it here, but the oven cleaner trick worked on the chassis (after a soapy bath) so I also used it on the other parts. I think that since I let the body bake in the sun it may have allowed the mold release to leach out whereas the chassis was not "baked". So far it appears the clear is working as sealing agent.

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