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  1. You may be closer than you think. It's gravity colors' 2-part colour and I'm still not sure how it should have been applied. I didn't find much in way of instructions as how many layers, what thickness etc. And the final shade darkened slightly after clear coating. Studio setting also looks quite a bit different than in natural sunlight for example. It's also just as annoying to take photos, it seems to change colour depending of light, temperature of said light and angle. Great colour nevertheless but if goal is to get exact shade of Mazda's soul red I'd choose someone else's paint.
  2. This is finished: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/383-ready-for-inspection-vehicles/
  3. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235107780-mazda-rx-7-fd/ WIP-link above, contains all the (few) pictures from interior, engine assembly etc. This was finished about two weeks ago and last week I managed to get proper pictures. For the final assembly there is not much to say actually, most of the time was just waiting a glue to dry before attaching next part and generally fiddling with few details here and there. Couple of aftermarket pieces added or original parts replaced, wipers for example. Original idea was to build factory-original version but it was bit carried away during the build. Mainly due to this reason I decided to change the wheels and to also lower the car as much as the wheel wells let me. In general I personally don't like lowered cars but I think something like this is how they usually are in real life. I mean there's not much completely original RX-7's in real life anymore I guess.
  4. Peugeot 307 WRC also has one. Apparently for "more realistic weighted feel"... Never understood what's the point in static model. Must not have been much of a hit because it hasn't cought on.
  5. Oh boy! This winged monster has always been my favourite from Group B era. The soundtrack of the 5-pot just below the rev limiter was (and is) among the best noises of any racing engine I think. Once had a pleasure to see Hannu while he was still alive, this definately brings in some memories. Model looks very neat, sad that those tobacco decals have to be censored even in models. More pictures please if you can! Also I would like to see your photo booth for these or do you use much editing to get these dark studio-type pictures?
  6. If you want a quick, relatively simple kit to put together I really, really, can't recommend this for the aforementioned reason. I had one also and very quickly realised that I'd never build it. Engine needs to be painted and built first before putting it inside the frame but for some reason they decided to mold fuel tank and rear cowlings as part of the frame which means there will be at least a line between the parts when put together. And this is if you can mask everything off well enough to paint the frame and tank/cowling after putting the engine in. Of course it can all be separated and painted/assembled individually but this will very likely require at least some scratchbuilding to make it clean. Sad to say as it looked like somewhat well detailed so it probably would build into a nice bike if it had been given a little more thought when engineering it. Or still would build into a nice one if treated with enough skill and time.
  7. If somewhere, in the interior this kit shows its age. Lack of parts and details is pretty obvious when assembling it. The details that are there are quite well done but overall this really isn't up to bar by todays standards. There are no armrest or doorhandles in the door cards for example. Despite this I tried to detail existing parts as much as possible. Majority of the real RX-7:s came with black leather/plastic interior so I decided to go with this option also. Painted with few different shades of black despite none of will be visible when ready. Pedals are PE parts eventhough those are visible to absolutely nowhere. Seatbelts and buckles are from my own stash. Floor and parcel shelf are covered with grey flocking.
  8. Engine was painted and assembled relatively quickly for me I think. Bit less than two weeks or so. Although this being "old" Tamiya from 90's meaning there wasn't so many parts to begin with. Some details had to be added due to this very reason. All the wiring and piping is sourced from my own stash as this kit didn't come with any eventhough real RX-7's engine bay is full with vacuum hoses and wires. Brake servo pipes are made from 0,1mm brass tube and their connectors from 0,2mm and 0,4mm aluminium tubes. Alternator is so visible with wankel engine it had to be replaced as the original "alternator" looked more like tennis ball than anything else. I mean I didn't even realise what I was looking at when I was preparing the parts for painting. I decided to put CF on the front splitter as bare semigloss black didn't look very attractive. I'm not happy how it turned out but I was defeated by the decal itself. In the end I just had to admit that the surface is too complex to be covered with decal evenly. Luckily most of the creases will be covered by the main body. On left is the original alternator provided by Tamiya. "Log" they are leaning up against is toothpick.
  9. Underbody is pretty much completed also, few details will come after the engine is complete. I decided to try some drybrushing into this and as much as I love completely spotless models I must admit that it looks more realistic with this. Painted with four or five different alclad metals and few tamiya colours, mainly through airbrush.
  10. After #6000 sandpaper I used Meguiar's ultimate compound as coarse polishing compound to remove biggest scratches. After that final polishing was made with Tamiya's finish compound to bring the shine back. Depending what you require from the final result, you can achieve good result with only Meguiar's compound but as it is intended for 1:1 cars if you look close enough there are some microscratches left behind. Only to remove these I used Tamiya's compound.
  11. Could you open up a bit more what you mean? I have posted here also pretty much every build from recent years that I've made. I'm not entirely sure anymore, I don't have the package and there isn't any logo or text in the model itself but I'm 90% sure it was IXO who made this one.
  12. Apparently this is my first WIP on this forum (yay?). After the DTM BMW finished I realised that my last civilian road car I have made was more than 5 years ago. It was time fix this so I grabbed Tamiya's RX-7 that has been sitting in the shelf for a "few" years. It was supposed to be original factory-like but I have never been much of a fan of the original rims so I might change them. Even though the paint is Mazda's Soul red you never could get it into RX-7 from the factory so I guess this already is a mild street tune anyway. As said earlier the paint is Gravity colour's two-part Mazda Soul red with 2K clear. Polished with #4000 & #6000 sand papers and machine polished after. Wax comes before the final assembly. Before polishing... ...and after. Polishing started with #4000 paper only to smoothen out all the dust and other uneven bits. After this the whole bonnet was sanded with #6000 paper to get rid of the orange peel. After the sandpaper it was machine polished to bring the glossiness back. Extremely hard colour to take photos, feels like the shade differs depending of the light, angle, shades, position of the moon and last weeks weather forecast.
  13. A supposedly "quick" project that took a bit more than half a year to complete. Fourth try was the finishing run. Made from 1:43 scale die-cast. Mostly just re-painting everything, few added details mainly on the interior. Painted with Tamiya X- and LP-series paints and lacquered with Zero 2K which is machine polished afterwards.
  14. Cab Coatings Finland's fishing lure perch green. Same green I used in Ducati 888.
  15. After the 155 Alfa I wanted the project to also be DTM racer so I took Beemax's fairly new M3 with S27's additional decals to the building table. Being a modern kit, fitment is spot on albeit a bit snug in certain places where painted parts didn't fit their correct places anymore. Curbside kit so no engine but still separate bonnet for some reason. Nothing major done above normal building: as said before decals are from S27's set, seatbelts are made from fabric tape with scale production's seat buckles and painted with tamiya, alclad and zero colours.
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