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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:17 pm 

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^^^I'd love to see more of that black Leopard!


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:01 am 
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It's been a while since I've got back to the modelling desk. The last thing I finished up was my (scratchbuilt OS Giken TC16) powered Fairlady roadster:

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I decided that I'm going to finish up a project that I started almost 6 years ago when I fabricated up my Toyota 2T-G, and 2T-C engine's:

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I'm going to finish off a model of every major Toyota "T" block engine...starting off with the 3T-GTE. I'm using my original 2T block master, and then make up the rest. Here's the progress so far:

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Still a lot more to go...

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:06 pm 

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how do you go about creating these? the residue on some of the pics makes me think you are pouring molds.

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:22 pm 
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Derek, I do it the old skool way...From scratch!

I start off every one of my engines from plans, pictures, and the real thing. I take measurements, and scale them down to the size I need. Then I get sheet, rod and bar stock styrene, and fabricate the parts...starting off with the block, moving on to the head, and then you get the rest. I do not use existing kit engines for my builds. I can find fault with almost every one that I see (not that mine are any better) but after I spend the time correcting them, I could have built my own from scratch to begin with.

I do cast copies of my engines and sell them, but right now my molds are all worn out. For this series, I'll be re-using my block master...that's why it has a yellow sheen on it due to the mold rubber staining it. The timing cover is a cast copy that I was using to get my head proportions/alignment correct. I'll be making a new one soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:00 pm 
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Jimmy, your engines are the shizzle, don't sell yourself short. I have been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a project worthy of the 22RE I picked up from you a while back. The 2T-G will go into the corolla if I ever get around to starting it :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:45 am 

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if you ever decide to produce the 13b/20b rotaries, id buy them. all my models would get swaps. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:20 pm 
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^agreed, especially an N/A 13B.

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:45 pm 
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OkieRA29 wrote:
Jimmy, your engines are the shizzle, don't sell yourself short. I have been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a project worthy of the 22RE I picked up from you a while back. The 2T-G will go into the corolla if I ever get around to starting it :lol:



Thanks!

Got a bit more done to the 3T...the timing cover and CT20 turbo!!

Here's a bit more of the big...I mean small picture:

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:01 pm 
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How am I supposed to build what appeared to be a factory-sealed 240z kit when it does not include the distinctive nose?? Learn to mold plastic? Trash it? I'll probably save it for parts. :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:46 pm 

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I always wanted to build a model car. Just got my hands on some. So this is my first attempt at this. The white 72 skyline is put together like the directions say other than I left some things off cause I wanted it to have a shaved look. The Black honda city vert, has been modified and has Aoshima wheels. The rear axel holes have been slotted with a drill to sit almost on top of the wheels. And the front steering knuckles were drilled out so that the axels I made out of the thick size paper clips would work with the aoshima wheels, usually this kit has pins that the front wheels spin on that goes through the wheels and into the knuckles. There are also some pics of my small datsun hotwheels collection and a chevy lowrider truck I painted to look like a rat rod

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:32 am 
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Not bad Oleskewl...get a few more under your belt and you'll be building like a pro :wink:

It's been a while since I've got a chance to work on the G-TE, so I dug it out this weekend. I made up a set of prototype molds. I use these prototype molds to decide where I make my mold lines for the parts I cast up. Here's a few shots of the first test casting of the engine:

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Sorry for the dark pictures...but it seems like I use all of my daylight fabricating :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: I do have to tweek up my master a bit That's it for this one...stay tuned for the next engine in the series :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: ...

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:18 pm 

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Awesome builds! Are there any modelling forums you guys frequent? I have a very poor quality old 1969 Corolla kit but I want to do a very detailed build, scratchbuild the engine/engine bay etc and would love to find a place with regular sources of inspiration and knowhow :)

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:08 pm 
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Dangnabbit Jimmy, now you are working on something else I will have to weasel out of ya!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:36 pm 

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haha, i know the feeling okie.. :lol: i have just about every engine kit he has came out with. so far the OS-MA16 is the one i have put together. ill be getting these as well.. :D

as of lately i haven't been on the bench much, iv'e been buying more, but not building more :lol: now that i have moved to another home, its time to get back on track.
these are pics from a couple months ago and it pretty much looks the same.. :D
i hope to get this done before the end of the year, so ill be back on this tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:34 pm 

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CrewDawg15 wrote:
Not bad Oleskewl...get a few more under your belt and you'll be building like a pro :wink:

Thanks homie now I have done my second kit that just came in the mail a snap together tamiya honda city with arii wheels. I also included the city vert with aoshima wheels in the shots
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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:53 am 

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got some more work done to the hako over the weekend.

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should take more pics. im a little upset though. all of the waterslides are so old that they crumble as soon as i try to position them.

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:59 pm 

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the hako looks nice derek. for the decal problem, get some microscale liquid decal film. its to save or restore decals, along with coating custom decals that you make.
brush it on the decal you want to use, let it dry. once dry procede like you would any decal. chances are that it will help hold it together for you to use it.

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:49 am 
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rollin80's wrote:
...for the decal problem, get some microscale liquid decal film. its to save or restore decals, along with coating custom decals that you make.
brush it on the decal you want to use, let it dry. once dry procede like you would any decal. chances are that it will help hold it together for you to use it.


Yep..that's the best thing to do for old, cracked decals Derek.

Just dropped in to show you my next engine project...a Red Top SR20DET:

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There are a lot more details to add, but I got a little burnt out from the head and valve cover :oops: ...off for the intake and exhaust before finishing the rest of the details up.

Thanks for looking!

Jimmy


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:11 am 
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The 3T-GTE looks fantastic Jimmy, as always. So, let me know when I can start buying copies. :D :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Nostalgic Car Plastic Model Kits
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:12 pm 
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Need to know about the 3T and the SR when available as well....

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