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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:54 pm 
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Spottedlaurel wrote:
If/when the C210/211 Skyline comes out with round headlights on the coupe might be when I place my first order with HLJ :wink:


Why not buy the round-eye 4dr and the square-eye 2dr and put them together? :P

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seventhskyline wrote:
I had the same chrome issues with a C130 Laurel and C110 Skyline from the 'chiki chiki racing' series - very much the same as the gra-chan series - so I think its a quality control issue on the limited run mouldings.


Well have you guys tried removing the chrome by using EZ-off oven cleaner or something like that?

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Well have you guys tried removing the chrome by using EZ-off oven cleaner or something like that?


I have heard of that, but it's too much fumes for me. :oops:

I use either brake fluid or a product called "Westley's Bleach-White". It's a whitewall tire cleaner, but if you soak chrome plated parts in it the chrome comes right off.

Another cleaner called "Simple Green" also works a treat, albeit a bit slower.

Simple Green is also good for stripping off a botched paint job without damaging the plastic. :tu:


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Oh, the problem isn't with the plating...The problem is that they seem to 'forget' to actually plate them for some limited run kits and there is NO chrome at all.

Generally I've been able to order the chrome sprue through HLJ later to complete the kits.

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I suppose they're just trying to keep costs down and make as much as they can out of these re-issued kits. Having said that, I'd have thought the tooling must have paid for itself a long time ago with some of them!

This Imai Galant Lambda (Sapporo/Scorpion/Challenger etc) arrived today. Obviously been around a bit, but all in good order. Shame it's got the massive bumpers, we got a neater arrangement on European versions.

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I'm sure there's a more recent release of this kit isn't there? Maybe not by Imai though?

Whatever, I'm looking forward to building it - go well with stuff like the Mark II, C211 Skyline etc.


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seventhskyline wrote:
Oh, the problem isn't with the plating...The problem is that they seem to 'forget' to actually plate them for some limited run kits and there is NO chrome at all.

Generally I've been able to order the chrome sprue through HLJ later to complete the kits.

oh ok but hey there is a suggestion if you do want to dechrome something

but there is also a alternative from AlClad and that is using actual metal foil to do it. I forget the name of the brand but there is one that is adhesive backed and all you need to do is cut and apply and then burnish it to get rid of wrinkles and make it smooth.

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I have seen chrome spray paint. Would that werk?

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bajasoobnut wrote:
but there is also a alternative from AlClad and that is using actual metal foil to do it. I forget the name of the brand but there is one that is adhesive backed and all you need to do is cut and apply and then burnish it to get rid of wrinkles and make it smooth.


the adhesive backed stuff I use is called "Bare Metal Foil". Also had good luck with a product from a company named Ken's Hobbies, it's called "Kustom Krome".

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I have seen chrome spray paint. Would that werk?


It's not often very realisitic, but it can't hurt to try. :tu:

FWIW, DuPont makes a paint called Chromalusion (IIRC) that looks EXACTLY like chrome. But it ain't cheap.

Also, I know here in the US there are small companies that do chrome plating of model car parts. You just box it up, send it to them, and get it back in a few weeks all shiny new chrome. :mrgreen:


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The best product to use is called Alclad chrome. It is a two part process. You make sure what you want chrome is smooth. Then you spray a base coat of high gloss black, then you airbrush the Alclad on. You should come up with a pretty good chrome effect.

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kingtoy wrote:
The best product to use is called Alclad chrome. You should come up with a pretty good chrome effect.


Any photos of stuff done with this process?


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One of my hobbies is building model cars. I have well over 150 to 200 unbuilt model cars, about 80% are Toyotas. At this point there are not many Toyotas models I don't have. I am slowly building them, but I seem to buy more than I build. It always seems to be that way with model builders. Anyway here are A few of the classic japanese models I have built.

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Yeah Alclad is all well and good if you have an airbrush rig.

Chrome foil looks like @ss and aerosol pack chrome paints are crap.

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Here's a small part of my collection, unsure if these count as nostalgic, but definitely a modern classic.
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One day I'll get a cabinet to display them all in.

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That is one sexy collection of R32's. I have to admit it is still one of my favorite cars!

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Spottedlaurel wrote:

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I'm sure there's a more recent release of this kit isn't there? Maybe not by Imai though?

Whatever, I'm looking forward to building it - go well with stuff like the Mark II, C211 Skyline etc.


There is, actually on the market right now, I have one at home I will have to check but I think its a Aoshima release.

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That'd be interesting, thanks. I suspect it will be a reissue of this kit, Aoshima and Fujimi do seem to have picked up a few by other makers.

In mine, while it has a full-depth interior for the front seats in the rear the seat is raised to allow for the battery case. Badge mouldings look a bit haphazard, think I'll shave them off and also the side rubbing strip. Just wish there was an easy way of ditching those huge bumpers...


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I found this while I was on ebay looking for something to use for fender flares on my 1:24 AW11 project. This isn't a JNC but the person that made it did a damn fine job, take a look:

http://cgi.ebay.com/95-Ford-Pickup-Junk ... 286.c0.m14

edit: forgive me, I have no idea how to use the URL thingie...

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Spottedlaurel wrote:
I'm sure there's a more recent release of this kit isn't there? Maybe not by Imai though?


There is, actually on the market right now, I have one at home I will have to check but I think its a Aoshima release.


By chance, just found this confirming that the current-ish Galant Lambda release is by Aoshima. Looking at the instructions it’s definitely the old Imai kit, everything’s the same as the one I bought.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10051113


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Spottedlaurel wrote:
By chance, just found this confirming that the current-ish Galant Lambda release is by Aoshima. Looking at the instructions it’s definitely the old Imai kit, everything’s the same as the one I bought.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10051113


Funny thing is I just signed back in to post the same link, haha! Seems that www.1999.co.jp is the only shop that has it in stock too. Thats where I got mine from.

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http://www.impossiblemodelfactory.jp/imf/pm_cedric230sedan.html

nissan cedric paper models :-)

and a few more (mixed)

http://www.d1.dion.ne.jp/~hamanaga/ThumbLink/Thumb301.html

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