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Completed Build: Triumph TR-3

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  • Member since
    January, 2018
Completed Build: Triumph TR-3
Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 8:57 PM

Anorther horrible kit (I don't know why i do it to myself!), but I really wanted to build this little Triumph TR-3.

Here is the kit - not great, not much detail and to add insult to injury, the windscreen frame was snapped off into 3 pieces...

The whole build was 30 parts - so again, not exactly a lot of detail. British Racing Green looks amazing, I always use Splashpaints for my exteriors, their product is absolutely top notch (primers and clearcoat as well). 

I think I made the most of a tough kit....Hope you like it as much as I do!

I've included some comparison pics to the original (which I found online) at the bottom. 

... and compared to the original. I sent these pictures to the dealer (who is based in Holland) - they were pretty blown away (probably more that someone would bother doing this than anything, but still!)

Tags: Auto , car , cars , TR-3 , Triumph
  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 4:02 AM

Very cool.

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  • Member since
    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:14 AM

You did a magnificient job building that kit!

This is probably the worst TR3 kit there is, the Gunze Sangyo and MinicraftTR3's being a bit better. I used both to build (still building) an Air-Trax TR4A that I owned and they arn't bad kits. Congrats an making the Hubley look so good!


  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Davenport Iowa USA
Posted by Chuckyboy on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:33 PM

Your build looks pure awesome. Sounds like the kit is just as cantankerous as I've heaSighrd the real car can be. 

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful."

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:09 PM

Your little TR-3 looks really good, clean detailing, shiny paint, a neat dashboard and interior; I think your build is a real Triumph (awful pun intended).  I like your comparison photos with the full size car, that's a clever idea, but jeez, don't they show how dreadful the kit wheels are!  Cheers


  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, November 15, 2018 4:00 AM
very nice build.

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  • Member since
    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Friday, November 16, 2018 1:43 PM

The wheels from the  Gunze Sangyo High-Tech TR2 La Mans kit would make this build indistinguishable from the 1:1. Here's my TR4A in a stance mockup with them on.

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  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: Oklahoma City
Posted by curbside57 on Friday, November 16, 2018 5:46 PM

Always liked those old Triumph's. About as troublesome in the real world as how the kit was, but you definitely nailed it!

Nice jobBow

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, December 27, 2018 9:16 AM


 Now at least , you understand ,why I still enjoy building the old " Gowland and Gowland/Revell ,Highway Pioneers " kits . It's fun making a silk purse out of a sows ear ! You certainly did it here .

  • Member since
    June, 2015
Posted by dimaxion on Thursday, December 27, 2018 1:49 PM

Woa and wow . Impressive builds . Green , well my favorire color :) . I am admiring these .. "Where's the keys ?"    Thnx .. 


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