Box Stock Hasegawa '72 Toyota Celica Road Racer

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After finishing a long-term project, I wanted to build something that won't take quite so long. I always liked this era of road racers and this little Celica looked like a pretty neat kit. So I thought it would be a fun choice for a box stock build that wouldn't take too long.

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But... as soon as I started on it, it became apparent that it may not be as quick as I had thought. This is likely a version of a stock Celica kit, so it turns out there is a lot of hole-filling and a few other mods needed to the body on this one.

I got started anyway...

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Thanks for looking!

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Neat! Are you going to paint it the same as it shows on the box?

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That looks really cool..

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Man, those are some large flares on that car. Very cool.

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I have another version of the same kit, and I built it stock. All the stock pieces are there except for treaded tires. I'm using the slicks, but it's not really noticeable.

Enjoy the build. It's a fun kit.

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I have one similar to that. Will be intently watching.

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I'm tuned in for sure. Love these celicas and the hasegawa versions are the best.

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That is way too cool. Can't wait to see it done

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Art.... looking good brother!! I am looking forward to seeing this project come to life I know you will kill it just like the rest of your builds.

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Neat! Are you going to paint it the same as it shows on the box?

Yep!

Thanks for the comments, guys. I appreciate you all looking in.

I got just a little more bodywork in this weekend. the instructions provided a full scale template to locate it, so I made a masking tape template I could transfer to the body to mark the hole.

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Since there are absolutely no references on the internet for this car, I am mostly following the color coding on the instruction sheet. I'll make a few exceptions here and there. The instructions called out body color in a few spots, like under the wheel wells. Not sure i agree with that, but I'm going with it anyway.

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never saw this version before. Did the other version not so long ago. Not a bad kit. the finish product turned out pretty good. You look like you are heading to a very great build. here is a picture of the one I did, turn it into a street car version.

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Nice version there, Mitchell! Thanks for sharing.

-Art

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It's looking good bro.

As for the chassis, they are color matched to the body. They spray some undercoating and then the color on top.

Here's my take on the chassis

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I used the street version kit and made my own flares and front spoiler.

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Neat subject,I remember a friend of the family driving something similar when I was a kid.

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hey Art...

looks like fun

the one plus of not finding reference photos of a subject is you have control of the build...nobody else has it either, but there will be someone out there who knows everything there is to know about the dang car :wacko:

the minus is it gives you choices instead of just duplicating a model of the real thing

be keepin' an eye on it

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Cool! Love the early little Japanese racers!

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Art.......you got another sweet project on the table.......nice mods........can`t wait to see what you do with this :)

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Art... this project is looking great Brother!! Loving the progress and I know it will be another Killer build by you!!

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I need to build the Gray one next and get my hands on the large flare version! That thing is cool!

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Luis, thanks for the reference. I'm pretty sure I've seen your build at a show here in So Cal before. Great car.

Thanks for looking, Curt! You're right, I have some artistic license, and I'll take it. Hopefully no one will criticize! ;)

John, Chris, glad to have more of my friends following along. It will motivate me to keep going!

Nice builds, Jesse. I like this version, but I like the one you have there too. It's a little more like you would find in SCCA.

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Art... You should know I love your work Brother!!

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LOOKS GREAT ART!!!

Real Nice Styling... B)

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love your chassis work. Especially the texture of the undercoat.

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Thanks, Ira!

Mitchell, I can't take credit for that chassis. That was Luis' fine build. I'll probably go a different direction because I want to experiment a little.

I'm still making some progress. The bumpers came with plugs to fill where the plates would go, so I put those in and smoothed them out.

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Started on the chassis painting...

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