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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 09:23 AM UTC
Nick,
Just a fantastic build. The engine for me is the highlight of the build, as you did an some outstanding detailing effort on it. But like you said it's really hard to see much of it past the top of the turbine and intake stacks and shrouds. But you sure made up for it with the front cover off. Plenty of added detail there for sure.

Looking forward to your Duel Tamiya builds.


Joel

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 05:52 AM UTC
HI Joel -

Glad it passes your eye test! Yes...that engine, buried within the chassis and body....oh well, at least with the AutoModeler blog the WIP pictures are available!

I'm really pleased with the paint this time. This is Vallejo Model Air with an Alclad Aqua Gloss II clear coat. So far I've had good luck with the combination. The counter-intuitive part is putting on a good "wet coat" of the gloss coat - essentially the opposite of what you should do with your base....all while avoiding puddling. It gets easier with some practice.

Yes, I'll post my dual build - the Nissan is already almost done even with a fair amount of added detail. The Tamiya kits go together very efficiently and provide a good foundation for whatever level of details the builder might choose.

take care

Nick

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 08:33 PM UTC
Another amazing build Nick. Man, you build them, as fast, as these cars could run.

I remember, an article, in a Danish car magazine, about a guy who had a 917 as a roadcar(Original racecar, not kitcar)
the authorities made him change part of the exaust system, due to noise problems. Cost him some horsepower, but I think he had plenty anyway. Imagine driving a 917 down a city street Fun, but not your daily driver.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 09:05 PM UTC
Beautiful build Nick, you certainly knocked this one out quickly and managed to get a great result!

The metal mesh screens and scratch details bring it to life!

Quick question, on the front view with the rear cover raised, there is a circle visible on the LHS of the rear cover. Is this a moulded on location for a number decal?

Really looking forward to progress shots on your Tamiya project.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 01:47 AM UTC
D,
My Martini version was a minor conversion of the Fujimi Team Piper car. And those circles were on both sides on the rear of the engine cover. I just sanded them off as there isn't any other decal placement guides on the rest of the body, so why just those? I'm betting that they were never intended to be for decal placement. Here's a picture of the Piper rear deck. You can just barely see them on both sides.



Honestly, they just might have been on the real car that was modeled. One possible reason is that the white circles are rather thick vinyl discs with a ton of adhesive to hold them in place especially over the hot engine headers. I'm thinking that whenever they pulled off these discs, that they left those outlines of residue. And when Fujimi went to measure and photograph the car they were still there. So perhaps during the kit design process they included them because they were actually on the real car at one time.

Joel



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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:24 AM UTC
Hi Jesper and D,

Thanks for leaving the notes - I think I have been doing my builds in the wrong order - a few months ago I worked on scratch built off-road racers, then did some heavy duty mods to GT 40s and now the 917 and new Tamiyas. The scratch built trucks were very challenging and time consumptive, like the GT 40, so in relative terms, this is straight forward! And the Tamiyas, are a breeze! Its been fun to crank through the Nissan and soon enough into the Toyota....after that though....back into some rougher country.

About the rear deck rings on the 917 - they are simply so pronounced that I supposed they must have intentionally been placed. There is no need for them for decal placement - the doors don't have the outline, and the decals were much more challenging to get placed correctly. As I'm not a 917 expert I cant say whether they belong there or not? Joel's idea seems reasonable, so I'll stick with it!

Happy model building!

Cheers,

Nick
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 06:20 PM UTC
I missed the final photos of this. Too much travelling. The 917 looks fantastic and I can only envy your build skills for the detailing on the interior. I think I am going to have build one of these, I wonder if they do them in 1/12 scale somewhere.

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Michael
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 08:23 AM UTC
Hi Michael, thanks for the note!

This was a fun build - it turned out better than I could have hoped for. Yes, a 1/12 version would be nice. I致e only seen one at this scale, the MFH versions....wow, what a kit!! I have an MFH kit or two at 1/24 in my stash - I知 trying to work up the nerve to dive into one. I知 getting anxious about this, so think I値l start one sooner than later.

The MFH 1/12 917 looks like a remarkable kit - maybe someday, just not now. If you find a plastic 1/12 or 1/20 version let us know -

Happy model building
Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 09:01 AM UTC

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Hi Michael, thanks for the note!

This was a fun build - it turned out better than I could have hoped for. Yes, a 1/12 version would be nice. I致e only seen one at this scale, the MFH versions....wow, what a kit!! I have an MFH kit or two at 1/24 in my stash - I知 trying to work up the nerve to dive into one. I知 getting anxious about this, so think I値l start one sooner than later.

The MFH 1/12 917 looks like a remarkable kit - maybe someday, just not now. If you find a plastic 1/12 or 1/20 version let us know -

Happy model building
Cheers
Nick



Nick,
the 1/12 scale MFH kits can go for as much as $650 or so. My wife would kill me as soon as the charge bill arrived. Still, I can think of worse ways to go.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:48 PM UTC
Hi Joel - yes, and no....the MFH 917 at 1/12 scale kit is currently for sale at just over $800 usd - ouch! I like model building, but I won稚 try one of those until I知 REALLY sure I know what I知 doing!!! A streak in the paint of a $30 kit is a bummer....on a kit like that, a major disaster!!! Lol - as I mentioned above, I知 working up my nerve to try a 1/24 kit or two first. Among those I have is a 1/24 conversion for a Tamiya Ferrari - while not cheap, it seems like a good way to start and nowhere near the commitment required for the 1/12 kits. Who knows though? Maybe I値l try one someday.

Take care
Nick