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1960 Nissan Bluebird 1/32

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  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
1960 Nissan Bluebird 1/32
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 9:08 PM

 Here are some shots of my current project.  The kit is Arii's 1:32 scale Nissan Bluebird.  The kit is a curbside so I cut the bonnet out and have been in the process of scratch building the engine, transmission, and engine bay.  Here is where it is now.  Don't expect regular update, I work Slloww.....

 

 

 

 

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 9:11 PM

 More shots...

 

Engine is part Mini Cooper.  Block was cut down bottom and back.  Oil pan is shaped styrene, valve cover is modified from the Mini Cooper kit, Transmission will be scratched in wax and cast in resin - my first attempt at this process so we'll see what happens...

 

 

 

 

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 9:16 PM

 The transmission...

Roughed in 

 

 

 

 

Getting closer to shape...

 

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 12:22 PM

Opened up the grill and hood vents with moto tool and lots of sanding - 1/32 scale is thin.

 I went through one spot on the grill but was able to repair with some thin glue and mr. surfacer 500 - see the primer spot on grill

 

 

 

 

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Monday, January 17, 2011 12:14 AM

I have been working on the body and doing little things - transmission progression pictures.

 

I carved a piece out of wax, cast that in resin, then added some wire and styrene to add details

 

 

Above is the wax in background, resin copy temporarily stuck to engine

 

 

Here is the copper wire and styrene before primer

 

 

...and after.  Close enough for me - reference photos on this car are thin and scattered, so it's as good as it's going to get.

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Monday, January 17, 2011 12:18 AM

Also worked on the wheels - there will be chrome hub caps on the steel wheels

Dash and radiator - column shifters are insect pins with a drop of epoxy on the end for knobs - radiator was cut from a larger piece with styrene parts attached

Air cleaner - airplane wheel with a small length of styrene tube and some epoxy to blend

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Monday, January 17, 2011 12:23 AM

and one more small, boring piece...

Carved the exhaust manifold from a styrene bar.  I tried to find a suitable piece to modify but thought I would try carving and it turned out okay.  Styrene tube for the down pipe...

Primered and sprayed with Model Master Steel metalizer

Engine and transmission received first coat of paint today, body is primered and being sanded - will get some more exciting photos...........

 

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Monday, January 17, 2011 12:31 AM

Scale reference photos -

Here is the Bluebird with a 1/25 AMT 1949 Ford for an idea of the size difference...

You can also see the painted engine in the Nissan engine bay...

Thanks for looking!

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Spokane Washington
Posted by Coyotehybrids on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 2:20 PM

Engine is getting closer.   I have finished and mounted the exhaust and intake manifolds.  I am making a carburetor too.

 

 

Erik Smith

  • Member since
    December, 2010
Posted by PLASTICJ on Thursday, March 17, 2011 9:17 PM

amazing work. i will keep watching. thanks for the detail pics

  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: Australia
Posted by warra48 on Thursday, March 17, 2011 11:34 PM

Fantastic work. Love the scratch building.

This car brings back memories for me. A friend of ours had one, and I got my driver's licence in his in Gisborne, New Zealand in 1967.

  • Member since
    August, 2010
  • From: Ct.
Posted by cadillac on Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:07 AM

Very cool. I wish they made these kits in 1/24 or 1/25 scale.

Where can I buy similar hood hinges for the aforementioned Scales?

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