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Tamiya 1/24 Nissan 350Z

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Tamiya 1/24 Nissan 350Z
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 14, 2003 12:03 AM
I have just recently recieved this kit for christmas (one of those early pre-gift sweetners). The car is suppose to be in satin silver, but the model already comes with a pre-silver paint job. After reviewing the paint instructions, it doesn't seem to nomiate a paint type? Do I paint the body or would I just go ahead a wax it?

I must admitt I build ships & a/c and have done only one car about 11yrs ago - so I'm new to this car thing! Is there a review of this kit? What special things would I need to do to finish the pain job on the body (eg wax, gloss techs; those chrome/metal-plated parts, etc)?

Any help would be great - I've just signed up here & it's the first time I've scoped out this website (it ain't bad)!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 14, 2003 12:14 AM
well, this is the great thing about our hobby........ especially painting???? do what you feelmost comfortable doing!!!!

Silver is a tough color topaint,especially if you are going to clear it...

you can try polishing the body as is, but if it were me i would prime it and shoot the color...

Are ther any impurities in the bidy??? pin marks, casting marks, etc?????
if there are, you would have to fix them and repaint the car anyways!!!!

How much work do you want to do to it, and how much time do you want to spend on it???

what kind of paints do you use???

hope this helps a little...
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 14, 2003 6:01 AM
thanks littlemoe - I checked out the body, and it's typical of Tamiya, very smooth with no flash or impections. The silver on the body is very shallow (is this the right word? - not deep) but more like blushed aluminium. When I do my other models, I use Tamiya acrylics, but would acrylics be suitable for waxing and how do I make the paint to have a deep metallic finish. I'll try to check out the tips & techniques forum for some clues to this. I don't mind how much work or time I put into models cos I usually build ships with all those PE parts.
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  • From: Dayton, OH
Posted by mach12003 on Sunday, December 14, 2003 9:55 PM
Hi Luke,
From your description it sounds like you picked up the tamiya version with what they call the metal plated body. I have not seen this in person but from the pictures I've seen on some websites it looks as though it's what I would call "satin chrome" plated. kind of like aliminum foil looking..... is this a correct assumption? If so read on, if not then the rest really doesn't matter much...... Big Smile

If I'm right then I would suggest re-painting the car, for a couple of reasons. One: the plating on the car is not really realistic when it comes to silver paint like what you would normally see on a car. Second: If it is the satin aluminum finish I don't think polishing it would work either, especially if the paint/plating is thin (what you mentioned as "not deep" if I understood you correctly) so polishing it would probably go through to the plastic anyway.

However, when it really comes down to it..... it's all about what you want it to look likeSmile. Just like your ships, you can make the car as real as possible or just a fun build. Either way do what makes you happy with it. Approve

Eric Cole More Pics Here: http://photobucket.com/albums/y197/justdande/
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 15, 2003 5:35 AM
mach12003, you were right on the money regarding the light/fake pre-paint job on the body. On the box cover it states it is painted in 'aluminum'. So I've decided to paint the body anyway. I'll take some 'before' and 'after' photo's for future reference, and may even post them for others who may have the same problems/ideas.

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 6:55 AM
Thanks for sharin this with us!!!

I leanrned something new too!!

Thanks Mach!!!
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  • From: Dayton, OH
Posted by mach12003 on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 10:56 AM
No problem guys..........
I help when I can, hopefully I don't lead anyone in the wrong direction.
Eric Cole More Pics Here: http://photobucket.com/albums/y197/justdande/
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 2:28 PM
if the direction you are intending is to buying more kits to play with, then you have succeded!!!!!!


LOL
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  • From: Dayton, OH
Posted by mach12003 on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 3:24 PM
Oh... deffinately don't follow my direction when it comes to buying more kits..... LOL
I'm SOOOO guilty of this. I was supposed to be conservative for a couple of months before Christmas....... so I only bought 8 kits.. LOL. But they were ONLY 6 AMT and 2 tamiya and the tamiya were on sale as well as 2 of the AMT's..... so, isn't that considered being conservative????

I never thought I would be the one saying "but Hunny, it WAS on sale".... LOL.

Just don't blame it on me if you go astray!!!!
Eric Cole More Pics Here: http://photobucket.com/albums/y197/justdande/

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