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Old 04-11-2015, 01:46 PM   #1
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Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Y'all may remember me as someone who builds models. Well, occasionally I finish some! Frank got me building again by challenging me to a weekend build of the BRZ, which ended up taking two weeks but that's a lot less time than usual! That got me fired up and I finished the Rocket Bunny 86 which has been on the bench for a long, long time.





Both are in Tamiya spray. The 86 is TS-85 Bright Mica Red, and the BRZ is AS-something. I don't remember. 86 has Tamiya clear, while I tried Mr. Clear for the first time on the BRZ, and was very happy with it!







I used the Rocket Bunny v2 rear spoiler, Craft Square mirrors and CCW classic wheels from Eightyone. I added small pieces of plastic between the back of the wheel face and the wheel hoop on the front wheels to make their offset more positive than the rear, to give them a staggered look. I used SMS carbon fiber decals on the front valance and rear, as well as on the interior and the spoiler. I also swapped the seat for some old Supra seats because they look a lot better. I left the engine stock.















This is the Tamiya kit with the Eightyone transkit. The casting was tremendous on their fender flares and everything else. It went on very easily and looks great. Had I known that Aoshima would make it all injection molded I may have waited, since it took me so long to built anyway. But I really did enjoy putting the transkit on - it's a pretty new experience for me. The wheels are from 81 as well, and I used their Photoetch for the wing endplates. I forgot what resin seats I used - probably hobby design - and the brakes are old C1 models brakes (I got quite a lot of mileage out of those by using one brake face and cutting the calipers in half). I am bummed that Tamiya's hood doesn't open more, in hindsight and if I hadn't built them concurrently, I would have built it so that the hood comes off rather than opens. Or at least cut the prongs that hold it in place off so that I could remove it if I felt like it.

Thanks for looking, I am glad to be back!
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Both look excellent Will!!!!
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Both look nice and clean!
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Both are sweet! Keep building.
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Both looks great!

May I ask where did the black pieces above the fenders on the red car come from?
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

awesome work on the two!
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:59 PM   #7
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

turbos86 - I made those. I filled the hole for the chrome badge on the Tamiya part with putty, and sanded smooth. Then I added the little winglet piece. It's a piece of thin styrene strip that I kind of bent with my fingers before glueing it in place with that curve. Then I just sanded it tapered while I cleaned the piece up before paint. Very simple little thing. Thanks.
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

^ Thanks for the detailed information, that's brilliant!
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Great pair. I particularly like the Toyota. That makes me want to build...

The finish on the Suby looks flawless- but I'm having trouble warming to it. I fear that it looks rather a bit like unpainted plastic (or maybe glossy primer?). Still, very nice work.
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Terrific work as always, Will!!!
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

I agree with MPWR, having trouble with the grey one, although surely very well executed. The red one on the other hand is a real gem, love it!
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:36 PM   #12
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Sorry y'all don't like the gray, haha. I have been in love with the chalky aviation colors, like this (which is actually green) and blue and the many shades of actually gray. Its ok, such a color is a risk. I am doing the C1 models S2000 in... no-hue gray. Don't be mad.... Thanks for the compliments, I really enjoyed getting these done. Its weird how finished kits really get the motivation and creativity pumping.

Thanks again, y'all!
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

Excellent , love both of them

I like the photo back drop, can you shed more light on it as well?
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

that is just outstanding quality right there. Great builds
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Re: Bolt-on Beauties: Rocket Bunny 86 and BRZ

nice BRz. Long time no see, Will
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