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Another kit I've pulled out of the deep dark recesses of obscurity. Purchased years ago and brought back into the light. Ted asked me to show of the little work I was doing with the tiny Tuners I had lying about and that got me wondering just where I had stashed the Skyline kit. Fortunately I had purchased some aftermarket wheels when I bought this kit all those years ago. YAY! [smile] 
So I found and dug out this R32 and got back to work on it. I had started scratch building a body kit for it and that's about it (Front and sides are 99% finished). I had worked minimally on the engine, but had not done any research into the proper workings of the R32 motor. Consequently I had added a distributor to the back of the engine and wired it into the side of the block above the intakes. A mistake I had to rectify after watching Tokyo Drift the other night and realized after seeing them drop an R32 into a Mustang Fastback. "D'oh!"

Also the twin turbos had no intake plumbing at all. Just an air cleaner that hung in mid air by the side of the turbos. It didn't connect to anything at all. Same with the main intake. It just didn't go anywhere. This, you must understand, is just not acceptable to me. So as you will see in the following pictures, I fix these issues.

Let us begin...



^ Here is the motor before I figured out what needed to be changed to make it more accurate to a modified R32. I changed the Throttle Control Module (I think that's what it is on this kit.) and pulled the bogus distributor off the back of the motor.



^ 1. I used a part from my spares box to replicate a solenoid control for the main intake and I made an intake pipe the comes out of the bottom and bends around under the battery to one of the openings in the front of the car. Later I will be making a filter box for this that will combine the the main intake and the Turbo exhaust from the Intercooler I have yet to make.

2. This is the output pipe from the Turbos. Yet again another part that just dead-ends and goes nowhere. I will be routing this to the Intercooler later.

3. This is the modified Turbo intake, that even after I tried to make it convincing, it just didn't look right. It still just hung in mid-air over one Turbo intake and looked stupid. So I started over.



^ So I dug out some sprue, as usual, and started banding "Pipes".



^ This is closer to what these types of intakes are supposed to look like. I could have gone with two separate intakes and been all fancy about it, But then I would have to make two identical filters from scratch. I'm not that happy about having to make one, so...



^ This is the car with the "hanging" air filter and the dead-end Turbo and Main intakes. This almost looked cool. But for anyone who knows this car it would be preposterous.



^ Here is where I was at last night. I have the new Cold Air intakes for the Turbos all ready and the Turbo exhaust pinned and ready for a pipe to go to the intercooler. At the back of the engine you'll notice I have a wire bent to replicate the cam oilers that are also missing from the kit. This is kind of an important detail for this motor. They are very prominent on all R32 engines and I can't believe Tamiya overlooked such details on a Japanese car of such renown.



^ Ah! I almost forgot that I built a cross brace as well. Can't forget to mention that!



^ And this is where I left off today. Cam oilers are a bit large and out of scale but I lack the proper tools to do better for now (I suppose we can just say this is an over-sized aftermarket system to carry more oil to the cams?) You can also see that I have begun building a filter for the Turbo intake. A task I do not relish at all. Lots of tiny fins need to be installed (Bleh!)

Well that's it for now. I still have tons of work to do before this one is complete. I need to finish the body work (the back of the body kit is incomplete and I'm still trying to puzzle out how to finish it), engine modifications (still a lot of scratch building to do), and all the tiny details I haven't even thought of yet.

As per Ted's request; Miny Tuners





^ Not much work went into these. Mostly just dressing up the engines. The black one mostly came as is, I just repainted the details. The Green CRX actually came as a kit with some minor Tuner parts. Both are Die cast.

But those two little teases got me thinking about the Skyline and here I am. Building a Tuner.

I will update with progress when I can. Thanks for looking, as always. [smile]

"If you can dream it, you can build it." - Walt Disney
 


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thanks for giving us a look at the tuners. all that detail on the motor just fly's right by my head [I'm ignorant about most engines except for the basic concepts of ICE workings], but thanks for explinaing all the work you have done on the engine so far. looks like some fun to be able to pick the kit up and run with it. the diecast cars look well done also.
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Thanks for the kudos Ted.  [smile]

I've been working on cars since I was a little kid. I spent a lot of time with both sides of my family working on repairs or Hot Rods and summers going to Good Guys car shows. My father and I even had a show winning '70 AMC Rebel SST two door hardtop that as far as we know to this day, it was only one of two that still existed on the West Coast. We racked up a lot of trophies with that car.

So for this project I am still unsure of going all the way with all the electrical that should be under the hood. I have no idea how this car should be wired. If it were a North American car I would know where most of it goes, but I have never, even once, been anywhere near a real Nissan Skyline or an R32 motor. So this project may end up halting and sputtering to completion over a long period of time. I know this is going to be a long project either way I look at it.

But when it comes to car models, they always look better with some of the wiring in them. Otherwise they just look to much like toys. lol


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I agree Mike, car models definitely benefit from a bit of extra detail in the engine bay, I do have a soft spot for American muscle cars though, I guess it's because I don't see too many over here, I used to build kits of those type of cars when I was a kid monogram if I remember. Your skyline is looking good so far though mate, very Tokyo drift !

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Thank you VERY much Pete. Historically I have never finished a car. I always get lost in overly ambitious plans. I still have my wife's 68 Mustang Fastback to finish as well. I have that one set up as a drag/stock setup. I should post pictures. There is a lot of room for details in that one and I believe it's a Revell Kit, so it has solid axels running through the engine block. But I snagged the wheels and tires from an older Ford GT90 kit I did years ago and found destroyed in a box packed with junk. I have done little to no mods on it and the body work needs to be completed as well, but all the major running gear components are assembled.

All of that on top of a Star Wars Jedi Starfighter I'm repainting and upgrading (late in the Clone Wars saga so I'm going for the well used and repaired look to make it more interesting).... Sometimes I feel I'm stretching myself out a bit far.

But I will push forward on finishing the Kubel and get more painting done on the Skyline soon. 
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Starting to look a lot like pictures of that engine that I've seen online. Some of those cars it seems like people put more money than sense under the hood in those things. But that has got to make them really fast. Few hoses and wires would definitely help bring it to life. Got quite a few projects going on there. Hopefully we can help with that little extra support to break the trend of not finishing cars.

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I dug out two more Tamiya kits last night. Both are RX-7's. A Savannah and an Effini. I have a few pics of how far along the Savannah was.  [smile]



I got this one 75% done. Once again however, I was looking closely and this kit has the same dumb oddities with dead-end pipes and plumbing to nowhere. The Turbo in this kit draws fresh unfiltered air like the R32 was doing.

Plus I left off the spoilers and the rear view mirrors. Both cars a slightly squished from being packed in other boxes so the windshields need a little stretching and convincing back into shape.  [tongue]





I believe I was in love with the Rotary Engines Mazda makes when I was buying these kits. lol

If you look closely you can even see the funny little pulley wheel that floats in air and does absolutely nothing it seems, but keep the pulley belt snug... with it's own relative gravity well.  ':/

I think I'm not going to fix a lot of these issues except to finish the bodywork and repaint the Savannah. I will do something with the Effini later.

Anyone notice the lovely 18" Mercedes wheels?  lol.
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those are some nice kits from the pictures I am seeing.
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Thanks Ted.

I decided to try this really neat trick using Gold Foil and actual car paint and at first I was really happy with it.



Then there was this odd bubbling of the paint in the cracks. You can see where I tried to fix it by the spoiler.





But that wasn't the worst of it at all.



Because I had brushed on a thin layer of black acrylic as a base coat for the red metallic and had not let it dry over 24 hours before spraying.... well, I'm not happy.



The paint did not stick to any of the depressed surfaces. I tried removing the paint but that didn't completely work either. Any recommendations??!

If nothing else it looks like all the wanna-be tuner cars from Tacoma I have seen. I may just paint the window frames to look as if the paint has chipped from those as well and put a used car price tag on it for laughs.
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That's a really nasty paint reaction there Mike ! was the original paint enamel or acrylic ? Something has definitely not played nice with the car paint, I've had paint crack and craze on me before but not flake off like that, can you strip it with some lacquer thinners and shoot a bit of primer over it ? You still might be able to salvage this mate

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I'd rather just strip it and start over Pete. That would make it easier. The original green metallic is actually Plasticote car paint. That stuff is hard to screw it up as long as you have made the preparations correctly.  For instance, that green was sprayed directly onto the plastic with no primer at all ( just a wash) and it has taken a beating over the years being in a box packed away for so long. I should have stripped it off before painting the car black in preparation for the red I wanted to lay down instead.

I was going to make a gift of it for my wife. Her Birthday is on the 11th this month. I had planned on having the body finished by then, but in my haste I messed up. I didn't let the acrylic dry long enough and then I am pretty sure I sprayed the red on too thick as I wanted a one shot complete coverage to move on to the detailing as quickly as possible.

But the trick with the foil worked out brilliantly! I will be doing that trick again.  [smile]  ( I applied a gold foil heart to the back of the car and sprayed to red metallic over it. I have chrome as well and I have some cool ideas of how to utilize it on the Skyline)
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you will recover it and make a hit! no doubt.
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