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PostSubject: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Fri 06 Apr 2018, 5:07 pm

Once again, another body has been assembled, smoothed and made ready for paint. I just wish the weather would get a move on so I can get started.


An excellent fit all round. I'll be doing it Chrome Yellow with Pearl Clear.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 07 Apr 2018, 2:29 pm

popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sun 08 Apr 2018, 5:02 pm

Very nice! The body styling is so sleek - it will look ridiculously good with just about any colour/combo.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 28 Apr 2018, 12:59 pm

I put on two coats of Chrome Yellow and it sat down so flat and perfectly that I almost hesitated to put on the Pear Clear. I went ahead anyway and you can barely see the pearl unless in direct sun and it's added a tiny bit of texture to the finish. Anybody able to send me back in time? I mean, It's more than an acceptable finish but I actually achieved THE most flawless finish I had ever managed and I went and spoiled it a little.

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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 28 Apr 2018, 1:39 pm

that colour will work very nicely
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 28 Apr 2018, 8:11 pm

I read your post and peered at the photo and still can't see the texture, it must be truly minimal. I suppose you could let it 'long cure' for a few weeks then go back and wet sand with some insane grit sheets - but really I don't see that there's a need. Beautiful!
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 28 Apr 2018, 9:51 pm

KatsZenJammer wrote:
I read your post and peered at the photo and still can't see the texture, it must be truly minimal.  I suppose you could let it 'long cure' for a few weeks then go back and wet sand with some insane grit sheets - but really I don't see that there's a need.  Beautiful!

I suppose I can thank the 800x600 resolution limit on this forum for hiding such things.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Mon 30 Apr 2018, 1:39 pm

You can just about make out the pearl in the sun.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Mon 30 Apr 2018, 10:57 pm

Looks fine Dave, you can polish out the clear pearl?

A coat of normal clear couldn't hurt if you think it's dulled down a tad.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Tue 01 May 2018, 12:01 am

Looks good Dave.

As per Shays comment. I usually lay down a few coats of clear Tamiya as a top coat. That stuff really polishes out soooo nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Tue 01 May 2018, 10:34 am

The pearl effect is excellent.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Tue 01 May 2018, 9:39 pm

Thats looking great
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Tue 15 May 2018, 3:46 pm

I've used smoke for the alloys. First time i've found a good use for the colour.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Wed 16 May 2018, 2:22 pm

Awesome wheel color. What type/brand paint is that?
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Wed 16 May 2018, 7:50 pm

Thanks Mike. It's Tamiya rattle can TS-71 Smoke. I have used it for tinting glass in the past but it doesn't seem to lie very well. I put about three layers straight onto the alloys and it looks quite good.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Thu 17 May 2018, 11:34 am

Those wheels will contrast nicely with the pearled chrome yellow ! Nice choices !

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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Thu 17 May 2018, 5:25 pm

The pearl on the yellow is subtle and beautiful and the wheels looks fantastic, love that 'smoke' colour.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Fri 04 Jan 2019, 11:10 am

Well, new year and back on with this one. I was unhappy with the finish so I've gone down the colour sanding process. I used 3000, 5000, 7000, and Novus No2. I think the paint is good now though I always find it hard to capture it in a photo (I think I managed it here). This should be a quick build as there's no engine to work on.

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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Fri 04 Jan 2019, 4:31 pm

Superb finish David, the polishing process has really paid off.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 05 Jan 2019, 4:19 am

did you use the tamiya ts 65 pearl clear? i have a few in the works using the same clear it is a bit disconcerting with the finish i agree but i havent shot any ts13 over top of mine. As always you have impeccable tastes in color schemes and superb build quality looking forward to seeing how this one turns out
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 05 Jan 2019, 6:57 am

Yes it was TS-65 Pearl Clear I used. Funny thing is, is that I used it on the Kawasaki ZX-14 I did a while back and it went on top of the pure white perfectly. A fickle thing is paint.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Sat 05 Jan 2019, 8:33 am

Great paintwork.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Mon 07 Jan 2019, 3:35 am

Excellent result with the paint! One of the reasons I tend to go for 'dirty' finishes is because of how fickle and finicky getting that 'still wet' look can be. Hope you don't mind if I hit you up for some tips should the need arise.
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Mon 07 Jan 2019, 3:36 pm

Beautiful color and finish. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan 370Z (Tamiya)   Wed 16 Jan 2019, 9:12 am

Hi all. The underside is not that well detailled as It's nearly all one piece. I'll weather it to distract from some of It's shortcomings.

I've put down a base coat of chrome yellow over white primer.


I've painted some metal parts with a base of aluminium.


I've painted in the black areas and done the fuel tanks in anthracite.


I've given the metals a black wash and in some selected areas.


I've brought back some highlights to the metals by drybrushing.


I've edged the black with some greys and picked out some more details and put a touch colour to the exhausts.


I've done the whole thing with weathering powders to try for the used look.

This has been great for practicing paint brushing.
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