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Old 05-22-2019, 07:44 AM   #16
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Re: Tamiya Toyota TS050



Front and rear end as well as the airbox are simply put in place, but the engine cover is fitting a lot better now. I've also placed the mirrors on the car, which are a bit of a mess because of the fragility of the mirror mounts (the one on the right side is just plastic sprue) and how they dried in place. I also had to reglue on the left side number plate as that decided to become dislodged whilst putting the mirror on too.

The decal on the chrome piece actually came out pretty well despite there being a ton of film on the decal too, as its just one decal. Placing the engine fin was pretty easy, although you can see the one area I messed up a bit and need to touch up on the black



This was where I spent most of the night, with getting the lights all fixed up, the decals on the front end and the flip ups. The flip ups are way too thick and the decals don't look great on them, so next time it will definitely be thinned and painted after being on the body. I'll be making sure to polish up the transfers before putting the headlights on later this week.

Next step will be finishing up the front lights, getting the light cover on and filling in the plastic around the front end with the gaps.
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Ignore the dog hair in this pic or the next one. The front headlights are pretty complicated obviously, and this shows it with the metal transfers in place.



The kit is pretty complicated and this was part of a screw up I made early on. The kit asks you to paint the outside of the headlight part in semigloss black and leave the center clear. What I didn't realize with everything else was that the metal transfer was supposed to be seen through the headlight. I tried to polish out the paint but never got it 100% clear again. I'm sure it will look better if you follow the actual directions.



I had this problem with the car and was trying to think of a way to fix it. The fix was pretty obvious.



Use putty! Yes, it doesn't look great here (this is before I cleaned it up a bit) but it will be covered by a red decal shortly.



Another test fit of the front end. I put the headlights on with simple clear paint so am giving it a ton of time to fully dry. As can be seen I still have a bit to fix with the left side headlight. The front nose is all together though which looks pretty nice. It was my first time getting CF decals to lay down perfectly.



And a much better view of the rest of the car. I fixed the rear engine cover by removing some extra plastic on the chassis. The airbox is on now as well as the exhaust and body reinforcements near the number board. Super annoyingly, I had to do some touchup painting with semigloss black on the interior of the engine cover where I didn't cover very well...right where the decals got stuck to the tape. So that was just some salt in that wound.

I'll be wrapping up the wheels next and mounting them to the car before gluing the front and rear end on the car as well as the rear wing. Then its the final step of decals and I'll be done. This will likely be the last update as my micro steps don't seem to be too interesting to most.
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