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Old 05-29-2020, 02:44 PM   #1
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Tamiya 1/24 Mazda RX-7 FD-3S

All right, let's keep the ball rolling. Pandemic build #7 will be RX-7. Coincidence? Umm, yes.



Last iteration of the "rotary rocket" and most beautiful of the RXs (in my opinion). Will be building JDM version of the car (FD3S) and as such I got this re-issue of the*24110 kit from Tamiya.*





Many of you are familiar with the kit - its a simple curbside vs their R1 kit that has full engine detail.



The color will be Innocent Blue Mica.

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Old 05-31-2020, 12:01 PM   #2
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Mazda RX-7 FD-3S

Painted the body. Must say, I have never seen a Tamiya plastic that was THIS soft. Was quite a job to re-scribe these panel lines - the blade kept slipping out or digging into the line. Don't know if its the problem with the re-issue of the kit. In any case - body was cleaned, re-scribed, and primered:

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I had glued the hood shut, and it also took some work to make sure the panel is aligned properly on the sides and shut lines are even - Tamiya didnt' do a good job there.

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All body color parts in primer ready for paint:

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Innocent Blue Mica is a two stage paint, so first coat was done and left to cure:

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Then second color coat was sprayed for this deep, vibrant blue:

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And then clearcoated with 2K clear - the paint turned out fantastic, if I say so myself

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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Mazda RX-7 FD-3S

Can't argue; the paint looks sensational! Another box-stock Tamiya?
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Can't argue; the paint looks sensational! Another box-stock Tamiya?
Thank you! Yes, another box-stocker - all these builds are for box-stock contest on another website - I just got carried away cause they are so fun to do, and these are the kits that I don't really want to spend time detailing anyway.
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Mazda RX-7 FD-3S

Agreed, that paintwork and also the colour choice came out awesome!
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the paint turned out fantastic, if I say so myself
It did indeed!
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Mazda RX-7 FD-3S

Thanks guys!

All right, continuing with this one after a short break. Painted chassis parts in base colors:

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Then I detail painted the chassis and suspension bits:

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Front suspension completed:

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Rear too:

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Finished chassis:*

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Painted, decaled and assembled the wheels:

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Mocked up overall to check the stance and fit. I think the front track is a bit too wide, I'll see what I can do about that later.

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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Mazda RX-7 FD-3S

Beautiful. I like subtle weathering and highlighting of fine details of chassis
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OK, I have finished the interior. Long time ago, I saw an RX-7 with a bright red interior.*Decided this one will have that! Painted all parts in their base colors:

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Then detail painted all the little bits, masked and painted interior tub black, and assembled the dash:

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Aaaand the interior is done:

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I feel I'm slowing down, but I'm on a home stretch!
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Mazda RX-7 FD-3S

Time to finish up this one as well.

Most tedious work was to paint the taillights - Tamiya gives very vague outline of the lights and it was nightmare of masking, color separation, and making sure the colors don't bleed over each other. Turned out ok in the end, but what a cluster..k!

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Painted reflectors with chrome marker:

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Tail end all assembled:

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Windows, wipers, wing:

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Chassis glued to the body:

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Done!

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