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Tamiya Honda NSX

Paints:

  • Kapci 2K automotive primer, PPG A54 solid red with Alclad gloss black roof & Kapci 2K automotive clear

Extras:
  • Tamiya R34 side-skirts, modified with styrene and putty to fit the NSX side lines
  • Bottom fog lamps in front bumper removed and smoothed
  • New front lip made from styrene and putty
  • Original rear lip spoiler (diffuser) cut out and replaced with an NSX NA2 resin lip
  • Scratch-built NSX-R NA2-inspired rear boot spoiler, made from styrene and putty
  • Brake light cut out from the tail lamps clear part to adhere with the new boot spoiler shape
  • 0.6mm wire pieces added to the back of the side mirrors for better adhesion to body
  • Original fixed side indicators on front fenders sanded down and replaced by clear pieces
  • Custom engine dipstick made from 2 different thickness of wire strands
  • ZoomOn Recaro SR3 resin seats
  • Fujimi Honda steering wheel and Tamiya gear knob
  • Red flocking applied to interior floor
  • T2M black seat belt material and HD seat belt accessories
  • Hobby Design RECARO decals on front seats
  • Hobby Design HD03-0136 18" Work Meister S1R, modified for Tamiya fitment
  • Hobby Design HD03-0333 18" Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 Tires
  • New Rear tires widened according to Tamiya original tires
  • ZoomOn resin & photo-etch disc brakes all round
  • Custom pair of stainless-steel polished exhaust tips
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Tamiya Box. Kit No.100
Pieces provided inside the box

First thing I started working on were the side-skirts. I always believed that the original side-skirts of the NSX NA1 needed some beefing up! A quick look at my parts box revealed a set of Tamiya R34 skirts, which needed heavy modifications to fit the NSX. But after putting in some styrene, putty, sanding & lots of patience, the first one was fitted on top of the original NSX skirt

The side-skirt was then lightly airbrushed with primer to highlight any defects that were still present after the sanding process

Once happy, I had to repeat the whole process to modify and fit the right hand side-skirt, using the same procedure as before

While putty was drying, I began working on the front. First thing done was to cut off the lower fog lights and sand them smooth

Then I decided to make the original front bumper lip bigger. So first thing I did was to cut a piece of styrene to size

Then the styrene was glued beneath the bumper. The lower part of the bumper was masked in preparation for the putty

Styrene piece was then sanded to the desired size and area filled with putty

Finally, putty was sanded down and panel line scribed accordingly. Above is the new front lip, finished and ready for primer

With the front ready, I began working on the rear! First, I decided to replace the original lip spoiler with a resin NSX NA2 item

Here's a comparison between the original lip spoiler and the new resin NSX NA2 resin spoiler

The original lip spoiler was therefore cut out and then putty was added to the middle section of the rear bumper to achieve a flat edge and ready for the new resin spoiler to be installed

Next step was to fit the new resin spoiler lip in place. After installation, a new panel line was scribed between the bumper and lip

Finally, I carefully opened the fixed meshes of the new lip so that later on they would be replaced with more realistic Tamiya mesh. Then, I attached the original rear boot spoiler and tail lamps to start planning a new scratch-built boot spoiler 

For the boot spoiler, I decided to build my own NSX-R NA2-inspired item using styrene and putty. First thing I did were the side supports. These were then held in place using toothpicks cut to size so that I could build the center piece. The tail lamps brakes section was also cut out from the rest of the clear part to adhere with the new bigger spoiler shape

The flat part of the new spoiler was then built. This took a lot of time & patience to get to the desired shape, but now I'm more than happy with the result. Front part was sanded round while back was shaped the opposite, using putty and narrower styrene pieces

All that remained at this stage was to attach the middle part to the sides and imagine it covered in carbon fibre decal later on!

Then, I realized the side mirrors might be a bit tricky to attach once the body is airbrushed. So I drilled 0.6mm holes in both the body and on the back of the side mirrors and then inserted a piece of 0.6mm wire to the mirrors to serve as guides

Finally, before applying primer to the body, I found a pair of clear side indicators in my parts box, left over from a previous project! So I drilled the original fixed indicators to mark their exact place, then slowly cut them out and smoothed the area flat. This will make polishing the front fenders easier and the side indicators more realistic in the end

With all the body modifications done, it was time to coat the whole body in primer. This highlighted some defects that needed correction. So all the necessary corrections were carried out and the body was once again ready for the next coat of primer

So the second coat of 2K primer was airbrushed and showed the body was now ready from preparations and ready for colour

This meant that I could start following the instructions manual, and first thing to do was the engine. Every part was airbrushed in primer, then in the first colour. Reddish on exhausts is a primer and top covers were airbrushed in Spoon Sports yellow!

More colours and details were added to the engine pieces until it was ready for assembly

Once the engine was assembled, I added a custom dipstick to the V6. This was done from 2 different thickness of wire strands

All that remained, was to attach the new dipstick to the engine and add some weathering for a more realistic look

Next job was the interior. I decided to replace the standard seats with a set of ZoomOn Recaro SR3 resin seats. The kit's steering and gear knob will also be replaced with a Fujimi Honda steering and a Tamiya gear knob I found in my parts box
As for the gear knob, I wanted it to look similar to an NSX-R item. So I cut the original in half, and joined it with the new knob

Every interior part was then sanded free from mold marks and everything airbrushed in automotive 2K grey primer

Every part was then airbrushed in its necessary colour while dash and console were masked for the second colour too

Interior floor was covered with red flocking and everything was done from airbrushing, ready for final assembly

Finally, I shall be adding a set of black seat belts from the T2M cloth and also using a pair of Hobby design photo-etched clips together with resin seat belt buckles

All that remained was to assemble all the pieces together and call the interior done!

These are the rims and tires I shall be using: Hobby Design Work Meister S1R rims & Yokohama Advan AD08 tires

First thing I did was to modify the back side of the rims to achieve a Tamiya fitment using a rotary tool with the tool seen above

Then it was time to compare the new tires with the original Tamiya ones since the rear ones are wider. The HD tires were exactly the same width as the front original ones, but were too narrow compared with the back ones... so something had to be done!

So the chopping began! First thing I did was to cut 2 of the new tires from half using a new blade, as seen above

Then it was time to steal some black loom bands from my wife's storage bag! First I began by installing and gluing 2 bands on top of each other, then glued the third band to achieve the same height as the tires. This will fill the gap between the cut tire threads

And above is the result of this creation! As one can see, the gap filled with the black loom bands is still not in line with the HD tire height, but this will be compensated with masking tape. A 4th loom band was too much and sit higher than the tires

Finally, all 4 rims were cut in-line with the tire width using a rotary tool and above picture shows the new finished rims/tires set up

Then it was time to upgrade the brakes, so I chose the ZoomOn set C dedicated for 18-20" rims

With all the parts cleaned, I then airbrushed primer to all the chassis and remaining body parts

Next, all the parts started receiving the required colour. Several parts were also masked and airbrushed with more colours

Chassis was again masked so that the aluminium colour could be airbrushed. Suspensions were also finished in Tein colours

With the chassis parts airbrushed, it was time to continue working on the body. This was first airbrushed in PPG A54 solid red, then masked accordingly so that the roof could be airbrushed in Alclad gloss black, as seen above.

Then I airbrushed the body and all of its parts with automotive 2K clear

The body was then put aside to properly dry, so I continued working on the brakes. These were painted in blue and Spoon decals attached. Then I use the procedure shown by ZoomOn where I attached the PE part on the rotary tool and lightly sanded it

The sanding gave the PE parts a more realistic and shinier finish. Here are the finished disc brakes

Next job were the rims, where these were first airbrushed in solid black, followed by 2K clear. After, the lug nuts were painted red and Honda Type-R decals attached on the caps. Finally, custom 0.4mm air valves were attached

Then, I continued working on the chassis where all parts were airbrushed in the required colours and ready for final assembly

So the chassis was fully assembled, weathered and finished

Instead of the standard exhaust tips, I added a custom set of polished stainless steel items

The interior and radiator were also added to the finished undercarriage

All remaining engine / engine bay pieces were also assembled to the undercarriage

It was then time to continue working on the body, and the next job was polishing. I've used the same procedure as explained in the Polishing Body Tutorial found in the Tutorials page

And after several hours of sanding and polishing, this is the final result

Next job is to mask the body to airbrush the black accents, so keep following this page for more updates on the NSX!

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