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1990 Daytona Nissan 300-ZX GTP Busby/BFG [FINISHED]

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    October 2020
1990 Daytona Nissan 300-ZX GTP Busby/BFG [FINISHED]
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, May 29, 2021 3:57 PM
The first 300-ZX GTP to be campaigned by a team other than Nissan.
1990 issue by Starter.  Resin/multi-media 1/43rd scale kit.
These are the "full instructions".  
The paint scheme is done entirely with decals.
First step was to clean up the casting lines and while most of them were relatively fine the ones in the inner front fenders were huge, about 0.060 on one side and 0.080 on the other.  Some of the panel lines were weak so they were rescribed, and then most of the others were done to match. Some of the scoop openings were filled in so they were carved out.
The PE brass rear fins didn't fit well so I made a tool out of the brass fret the parts came on and cut a couple grooves into the body.
It looks pretty ratty now, but a few light coats of primer should remedy that.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, May 29, 2021 8:21 PM

Coming along nicely! Keep up the good work. Will be interesting to see what can be done with a small model.

Jim Captain

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 3, 2021 3:14 PM
Some parts look like an easy fit, but actually can take a couple hours of trimming to fit properly.  Plus if I installed this brass rear panel in the groove as shown in the "instructions", it would have made the rear tires impossible to install.  A good amount of the rear inner body had to be carefully trimmed away.  All part of the fun of these old cottage industry kits.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, June 4, 2021 7:40 AM

Looking great!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, June 4, 2021 7:58 AM

That's 1/43?

 Oi!

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 4, 2021 3:16 PM
Thanks guys!
 
The side skirts are PE brass but oversized.  Instead of cutting the height down I channeled the body.  I also notched and reshaped the leading edges and shortened the rear.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, June 5, 2021 5:12 PM
The rear main wing was warped pretty badly.  I use a lighter to heat it up and straighten it out.  (I know, I should have taken a before shot.)  It's not perfect but it will do.  Since most of the warp was on one end I cut that end off to make the wing the correct width and moved the recessed center mounting point on the underside to compensate.
 
It doesn't look too bad once installed.   I also added the little flanges to the smaller wing element were it meets the fins; more for strength on the model, but it's on the real one too.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 5, 2021 5:33 PM

Oh this is so cool!

Thanks,

John

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, June 6, 2021 1:50 PM

Thanks John!

 

A few light coats of Tamiya Pure White were shot yesterday and it's time to start decaling.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 18, 2021 4:40 PM
T/A Radials?  Oh well, the letter style is off too…  At least the brass wheels build up nicely.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 18, 2021 8:54 PM
The interior is typical of these kits; simple one piece affair with a steering wheel.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:10 PM
I got a few of the decals on it.  Some are better to be cut into a few pieces to ward off potential cracking.  At least that way you can control the breaks.  I also installed the headlights and covers.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 24, 2021 3:10 PM
All of the decals have been applied…  Only needed a little bit of touching up.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, June 25, 2021 10:59 AM
A nice coat of clear evens everything out…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, June 25, 2021 12:23 PM

Love what You're doing!

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:26 PM
Finished:

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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