Metal Plated? Not quite.

07-20-2003, 04:06 PM
As you can see in the following pictures of my metal plated 350Z, I've had to do some sanding on various parts to remove mold lines. Luckily, I bought this kit on clearance, so to a point I didn't pay extra for the 'metal-plated part of it. It seems that the outside is done in a light coat of Silver leaf, while the inside feels like it is plated in a very thin aluminum. When I first examined the body of mine, I noticed some strange black/brown smudges, which turned out to be permanent. I've used enamel thinner, windex, soap+water, and the only method that has removed them is rubbing compound, which also took off the exterior paint. At first I decided to leave the body intact, with all the blemishes, for the sake of it being the "Metal Plated Version", but I might enjoy painting it in the long run.

Bottom Line: Don't spend your money on this version, unless you really want to..

07-20-2003, 04:29 PM
hehe, i fell in love with this car the first time i saw it. i love Nissan to death (Silvia S13 owner:tongue: ). so when Tamiya released it i bought 2 of them. then i saw the "metal-plate" version so i ordered it right away!!! and mine too was blemished and very dissapointing, especially considering i spent $10 more for the bastard. anyhow... i found that Alclad II High Polish Aluminum worked well for reproducing this color though as an after thought Light Aluminum might be a little better. so yeah, i agree... not worth the money unless you dont like painting bodies and need need to build this car. as a note: my blemishes were of the flash sort which are the same flash problems as the regular kit. why bother releasing a special edition painted version but not remove the flash??? and damn you Syndicate... now i proof-read all my replies to you :tongue: ; very time consuming.:biggrin:

07-20-2003, 04:40 PM
I bought the metal plated S2000 which is just as bad. All the mold lines are present, but I only bought it because it was the only S2000 available at the time. But I didn't have any stains on mine.

07-20-2003, 09:59 PM
Damn man, that sucks.... maybe thats why it was on clearance:tongue: nah just playing, but good luck with the kit.....

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