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Old 06-28-2020, 07:18 PM   #1
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Tamiya 1/24 Honda Today 1986

All of the Tamiya box-stockers I have been cranking out lately were done for online Tamiya box-stock contest on another site - but mostly because these are the models I have in my stash, I want to build them, but not interested in building a superdetailed, or even mildly-detailed versions - they are perfect as is from the box. The contest ends July 5th, and I still have a week to try to squeeze model #8 to the finish line. As such, I picked a very simple kit:



1986 Honda Today. Tiniest kit box I've see in 1/24th. Original 1986 issue, just like I like 'em!



There are probably total of 40 parts in this kit, but the most interesting thing is that it is a motorized kit - and I intent on making it fully motorized!





Since there are not a lot of parts, I expect a lot of detail-painting, but that's just the nature of the beast.



The color will be Honda Sunny Yellow!
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Honda Today 1986

Most parts (like there a lot, lol) were cleaned up, painted in base colors:

IMG_2106 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Body was cleaned, sanded, panel lines re-scribed, then 2 coats of grey and white primer:

IMG_2102 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Then Honda Sunny Yellow (Tamiya Lemon Yellow de-canted and sprayed through airbrush) and 2 coats of 2K clear:

IMG_2113 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Brilliant! I assume you have hidden another sprue somewhere, because I couldn't even see 40 parts in your photo! :-)
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Brilliant! I assume you have hidden another sprue somewhere, because I couldn't even see 40 parts in your photo! :-)
Ha! Its 29 plastic parts, 2 axles, 4 tires, and then half a dozen of motorization parts. So yeah...
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Honda Today 1986

Very nice tone of yellow!
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Very nice tone of yellow!
Yup, thanks - I like it a lot too!

Meanwhile, I have an update.
Assembled the engine, lol:

IMG_2130 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Put together.. erm...suspension:

IMG_2129 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Painted and assembled tiny wheels:

IMG_2131 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Completed chassis:

IMG_2133 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Painted the window frits - what a pain in such a small piece with so many of them!

DSC_0176 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Masked and painted all the black elements and trim on the body:

IMG_2117 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

IMG_2116 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Took of the masks, painted headlight buckets chrome:

DSC_0181 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

VERY carefully transferred old, brittle decal stripes. Was quite a job, but turned out great in the end.

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Interior next!
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Looking superb. Can I ask what you use for the chrome in the headlights?
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Looking superb. Can I ask what you use for the chrome in the headlights?
Thank you!
For the chrome, I used Molotow paint markers:
https://www.amazon.com/Molotow-Liqui...3661731&sr=8-3

They are superb. Its an alcohol based marker, so it shines very nice, but paint takes forever to dry. I try to use them only on parts that I don't plan on handling, which is a perfect use here.
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Honda Today 1986

I'm on a home stretch with this one, which is no surprise given the number of parts!
Interior parts were painted in their base colors, then detail painted and assembled.

IMG_2187 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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Completed interior:

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Married it with the chassis:

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Glued in the glass and joined the chassis with the body. Little stuff like lights, mirrors, and wipers left.

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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Honda Today 1986

Model is completed:

DSC_0199 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

DSC_0192 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Over the last 3 months of the "social distancing", I have reduced my stash of boxes by 8. Here they are:

IMG_2214 by Italian Horses, on Flickr

Here is the result of the last 12 weeks of model building:

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Cheers and Happy 4th!
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Re: Tamiya 1/24 Honda Today 1986

Never seen this one before, very clean built and lovely collection.


What was the idea behind those motorised models? To me it seems like they can only drive straight and without any control.
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What was the idea behind those motorised models? To me it seems like they can only drive straight and without any control.
Quite true indeed...

'Alex, what have you been building today ? A Honda Today !'
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