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Old 04-29-2020, 04:13 PM   #1
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Tamiya 1/24 NISSAN 300ZX Fairlady Turbo (Z32)

When you are on the roll, you can accomplish a lot of things. I'm on a roll right now (mostly because I'm bored) and this would be my 4th model this month. Building box stock.

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I have built this kit before - in fact, this was my first Tamiya kit I have ever bought and built back in 1999. Back then I thought it was a nice and well engineered kit, just too complicated for my skill level. Hopefully I'm up to the task now!

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The kit is old stock - original issue of 1989, with old catalogs, etc. Yellowed instructions sheet and decals. Just how I like it, lol.

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Previous one I painted in red, this one will be White Pearl!
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Old 04-29-2020, 08:39 PM   #2
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Nice choice. I love the old catalogs; I dreamed about and lusted after the Porsche 959 RC so much as a kid!
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Nice choice. I love the old catalogs; I dreamed about and lusted after the Porsche 959 RC so much as a kid!
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Some progress on this one.

I cut the panel lines a bit deeper, which proved to be a chore, since there are a lot of them! Initially I wanted to leave the hood clear, but it had a molding defect on it, so it also got primer and ready for paint.

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Chassis was primed with some addition of gray primer to make a bit darker than the body:

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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Nissan 300ZX Fairlady Turbo (Z32)

Not much interest in this one it seems, but the show must go on!

I ave painted the body. Paiting model cars white is a very special skill set, which I totally lost. Last time I painted a model white was 18-20 years ago, and now I remember why I didn't do it for such a long time - you can't see the color going on the surface! So easy to overdo it or not put enough paint!

Pearl turned out magnificent, though. Can't really see on the pictures as the grain is too fine, but I mixed Tamiya White Pearl with flat white, and that made the grain just perfect for the scale.

Clear turned out just ok - I think i mixed in a bit more thinner than I usually do - got a couple of spots that need to be polished out.

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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Nissan 300ZX Fairlady Turbo (Z32)

Do not worry, Alex, many forum readers follow your builds. I am very happy you are back and show us your amazing skills.
You are right, white is difficult to put on model. In my case I rather use black primer, it helps me to see if my white top color covers well or I need more coats.
You mentioned you mixed matt and pearl white. Does it mean you decanted the paints from cans, mixed them and use your airbrush?
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Do not worry, Alex, many forum readers follow your builds. I am very happy you are back and show us your amazing skills.
You are right, white is difficult to put on model. In my case I rather use black primer, it helps me to see if my white top color covers well or I need more coats.
You mentioned you mixed matt and pearl white. Does it mean you decanted the paints from cans, mixed them and use your airbrush?
Yes, decanted, mixed, airbrushed. I have not used a paint can for forever, I don't think I would be good at painting straight from the can!

Does white color covers darker primers though? I always felt that if you want to paint lighter color, you need to use white primer.
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You need white/light primer when your top color is yellow, orange, red or other color which does not cover well. However, regular white covers very well and when black primer is used, you can clearly see if you need more white layers or not. But I am not sure if this apply to pearl white as well
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Nissan 300ZX Fairlady Turbo (Z32)

Ooooo, love it!!

Definitely a favourite of mine. And I don't know that I've ever seen this kit built up. I have one also, of course. I've just never managed to pick a colour for it. I'd been thinking pearl yellow, perhaps...? Dunno- and unfortunately I don't have any pearl yellow paint in my stash.

Looking forward to seeing how it comes out in pearl white. When I've done white bodies before, I've had good experiences spraying white over normal grey primer. But I'd fear that trying white over black would require a great big thick coat to make it opaque enough to avoid the otherwise inevitable grey tint.

Good to see that you're doing well, my friend- or at least well enough to build. I've been waiting a month for the weather here to warm up enough to do some painting. Still not there yet, but getting closer. I have Hasegawa's Lamborghini Miura Teed up soon as it gets there. Figure the WX in TX would have you painting sooner.

Meanwhile, it's saturday night in Tokyo. According to the Asahi Shinbun, the empty freeways are attracting the street racer crowd, attempting timed power laps of the city. Ever see Wangan Midnight? Yeah, it's happening. And somehow I find that inspiring. Where did I put that Skyline?
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Ooooo, love it!!

Definitely a favourite of mine. And I don't know that I've ever seen this kit built up. I have one also, of course. I've just never managed to pick a colour for it. I'd been thinking pearl yellow, perhaps...? Dunno- and unfortunately I don't have any pearl yellow paint in my stash.

Looking forward to seeing how it comes out in pearl white. When I've done white bodies before, I've had good experiences spraying white over normal grey primer. But I'd fear that trying white over black would require a great big thick coat to make it opaque enough to avoid the otherwise inevitable grey tint.

Good to see that you're doing well, my friend- or at least well enough to build. I've been waiting a month for the weather here to warm up enough to do some painting. Still not there yet, but getting closer. I have Hasegawa's Lamborghini Miura Teed up soon as it gets there. Figure the WX in TX would have you painting sooner.

Meanwhile, it's saturday night in Tokyo. According to the Asahi Shinbun, the empty freeways are attracting the street racer crowd, attempting timed power laps of the city. Ever see Wangan Midnight? Yeah, it's happening. And somehow I find that inspiring. Where did I put that Skyline?
Haha, Andy waxing poetic...yes my friend, the weather in Texas is a balmy 91 today, and I have no problem painting - except for that stupid wind!

But hey, this is my 4th model I'm building since April 1st, and let me tell ya - its great to be back and I'm on a roll!
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Nissan 300ZX Fairlady Turbo (Z32)

Chassis was not very complex to mask, so I did that and painted the front arches and belly pans black:





Where it got a bit tough was masking the body and all those little pieces, but in the end, it turned out fantastic:





Really like the contrast of pearl white and black!





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Cleaned up small bits, painted in base colors:





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And assembled the engine. Even OOB it looks great, Tamiya did a good job on this.



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nice and clean, good work!
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Another update - engine is in place:

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Painted all suspension bits:

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Front suspension assembled:

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Rear as well:

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Completed chassis:

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Wheels are also done:

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Wheels are a bit wobbly, but overall look fine:

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Assembled top part of the engine:

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And then the mock up to check the stance and overall fit of everything:

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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Nissan 300ZX Fairlady Turbo (Z32)

Finally some good old classic stuff.

I love this model, I hoped you'll change the wheels, as I feel that this model deserves some great rims.

Following, as I have one also to build and your builds are always so clean.
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Finally some good old classic stuff.

I love this model, I hoped you'll change the wheels, as I feel that this model deserves some great rims.

Following, as I have one also to build and your builds are always so clean.
Thank you! I can change the rims later - but this is a build for another website box-stock competition, so has to be using all stock parts. AS with all tamiya kits, wheel swap is super easy after the model is done.
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