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  1. Sorry for the lack of updates... I've spent the bulk of the last two weeks modelling time, and more than a can of tamiya TS-45, getting the pearl white coat on the car. the paint's so thin that it's taken over 20 coats to cover the grey primer. going back, I realise I should have painted over the primer with white, then the pearl over the top of that, but it didn;t occur to me at the time that a paint could cover so poorly..
  2. thing is, I don;t need something that looks like a legit UK plate. I need a UK-sized and shaped plate, but the actual "GT86" lettering on it is toyota's own font.
  3. looking at sites, the RRP seems to be £45. should be out in a couple of weeks. mine was 29.99 inc shipping. Aoshima are also doing one, and the Subaru version, which, based on the parts breakdown, Tamiya are planning to do as well. the only exteror changes are the front bumper and small trim parts, and they're all seperated onto two small sprues - one white, one chromed.
  4. I've been keenly following the (long) gestation of toyota's new small sports car for some time and back in June I was lucky enough to win the chance to drive one up the hill at the goodwood festival of speed. Seeing as my only hope of owning one in the next few years is as a model, I thought it would be cool to build a model of the specific car I drove- this one: The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 by Toyota UK, on Flickr Tamiya's kit isn't out in the uk just yet so I grabbed one from eBay. It looks like a good kit, but the part breakdown looks a little awkward. The engine block and inner wheelarches are moulded in one part. And I'm nervous about painting the wheels, as theyve got some spindly detail. But anyway, They plan is to somehow sort out the right UK-style plates, and get as close as I can to the car I drove.
  5. very nice - love the engine detail.
  6. Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE86) Initial D 4th stage spec (Project D vs Todou Jouku race) Kit: Aoshima Extras: none Paints: exterior is rattle cans. Engine bay/ interior is citadel
  7. Oops double posted
  8. Yeah I think it's supposed to just be a flat black, with the box art just looking that way as it's hand drawn in black and white pencil then coloured over the top. In the manga, the black bonnet is said to be carbon fibre, but none of the reference I have shows any sign of weave, so I figured just leave it plain black.
  9. It's finally done. There's quite a bit I'm not happy with, but overall I'd say this is the best I've done with 1/24 car kits. The chrome edging around the upper window frame is the part that was broken in the box. Getting it on was nerve-wracking as it was gluing directly on to the "glass" with very small parts. Pop up headlights popped up. The kit didn't come with anime-accurate number plates (just the initial d logo), so I've left these blank. Might try home-printing some plate transfers in the future if I'm feeling brave. Back end of the car, with those nice coloured lights that I didn't have to paint. Engine bay. The 20v installation with the webers makes it a little more bare than the "stock" version which has a few more parts in there. I'm tempted to get another kit to make this version of the car as well, which would have a white bonnet too. Peek inside. The white thing is the paper cup of water the lead character's dad has been using to surreptitiously teach his son about smooth driving and the concept of the friction circle. You can also make out the 80s-tastic brown and orange interior colours. Alongside the Nissan s13 silvia, also an aoshima kit, that I did 2 years ago. It's been a fun build. Not without challenge (many of my own making), but not too taxing overall. Keeping the paint job neat was the main issue and mostly it's come out OK. My main problem is that the line of the colour change, especially on the wheel arches, wasn't on a body crease so I had to freehand cutting the line of the mask. It's a well-engineered kit, and the fit is superb. The sprung suspension is a bit of an annoying gimmick, though with some creative use would be cool to use to make a car cornering at speed with some body roll for a diorama. I'm now trying to decide whether, for my next project, to do the "early series" car with the standard 4a-geu engine, or get Tamiya or aoshima's version of the car's spiritual successor, the GT86.
  10. So, with the extended deadline... this was where I was about a week beforfe the deadline struck - masked and painted the black window borders: I then spent the next week building this with my Son: after we got the extension, I went back to work, and started to get the bottom half of the car together This is a bit tricky on Aosima cars as they come with sprung suspension so there's a goo deal of holding the thing together waiting for it to dry while the springs on the suspension struts try and pop the lower wishbones off. got it all together and popped the body back on to check I'd got the wheels in place right: the engine's in there, It's just hard to see. There's not much left to do - the engine bay needs filling with minor ancillaries, the (Hideous - got to love the 80's) interior needs assembling and installing, then it's pretty much done bar the decals. I've done, but not photographed, one of the harder bits, which is installing the pop-up headlights at the front end. they're posable up or down but it's quite a tricky tolerance to get them in the right place.
  11. oops. missed the deadline. for some dumb reason I thought this was going to the end of june and I spent the last week's evening assembling a Tamiya Hornet R/C car for my son...
  12. It depends on your definition. spruce goose has biggest wingspan, the more modern jets are longer. from: http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/design/q0188.shtml
  13. More progress (and challenges). I noticed on friday night that there was some overstray on the bootlid. after re-masking, repainting the affected area, when I removed the tape, some of the paint lifted. after much retouching with a brush, and then sanding back, I got it back to somewhere near presentable. Then, I proceeded to make a total mess of the bumpers by going too fast with the black, which meant sanding back and repriming. anyway, last night, to give myself a break from endless bodywork work. I moved to on the motive power. after taking this, I noticed the gold blob on the intake trumpet (from trying to pick out the detail on the top of the webers with gold). I've fixed this, and given the whole engine a wash of citadel "badab black". It's now mounted in the engine bay. the kit's a little inaccurate as the new "head" (a 20v unit from a later generation of corolla) should have the distributor at the "rear" end of the head, and not the side, but that installation requires a firewall mod. Finally, I put the tail-lights in to the shell: They're a nice tight press fit, so each is secured with a tiny blob of glue.
  14. Progress! After a few coats of spray white, 2 hours masking, and patient buildiong up of thing layers of gloss black spray, the "panda" bodyshell is painted. Much neater than the "practice" car. I took a photo this morning, but it;s come out really poorly - I'll take another when I get home.
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