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Fujimi Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII

Paints: 

  • Kapci 2K primer, ZP Mitsubishi Y01 Dandelion Yellow and Kapci 2K clear


Extras:
  • Hobby Design HD02-0251 photo-etch set
  • Modified under body and suspensions to lower the Evo by almost 4mm
  • One-piece differential and drive shaft cut out and replaced with more realistic parts
  • New exhaust muffler, scratch-built from 2 different thickness of aluminium rods
  • Crazy Modeler Brembo decals on all 4 calipers and Enkei decals on quarter windows
  • Back of front seats filled with putty and styrene and harness holes opened
  • New b-pillars added to the interior tub for the front seat belts mounting points
  • Interior floor and parcel shelf covered with charcoal grey flocking
  • Scratch-built front, side and rear lips made from different thickness of styrene
  • Hobby Design HD04-0008 carbon fiber decal used on hood vent, lips and spoilers
  • Custom 0.4mm air valve attached to each Enkei rim
Offers inside
Fujimi Box. Kit no: 18721
Pieces provided inside the box
This is the Hobby Design (HD02-0251) photo-etch set I'm going to use 
The body has a big amount of mold marks and requires lots of sanding. Pictured are also the wheels included with this kit, a nice set of 18" Enkei NT-03s
Inside the kit was also a nice suprise.. a 2002 Tein Suspension Catalogue! 
First thing I did was sand down the mold lines and deepen the panel lines. Then I assembled the chassis to see what the standard ride height looked like and was shocked to find it looked higher than a Pajero!! 
This meant that the Evo needed serious lowering, so I began by sanding down all the inner arches of the body and chassis. Then I worked on the rear set-up where I separated the disc brakes from the shock absorbers and later attached the disc brakes directly to the arms at a higher position
This gave me the required height but now the wheels touched with the shock absorbers. So I cut out the top part where the absorbers slide into the chassis and moved them further to the inner side, as can be seen above
Once both top mounts were glue in place, the inner arches were filled with putty and smoothed down
Then it was off for the front set-up. First thing to do was to cut 3mm off the shock absorbers
This 3mm difference gave my the required drop, however the steering rod connecting both wheels was now touching with the chassis. So I opened the slot seen above to make way for it
Then I added 2 styrene spacers beneath the front arms to compensate for the smaller shock absorbers
Finally, all arches were re-inforced with styrene and a box was added to cover the steering rod opening
It was then time to test fit the body once again which revealed the exact ride height I was aiming for! 
Next job was to detail the ugly chassis. Here is a look at how the original Fujimi underbody looked
First thing to do was to cut out the poorly detailed differential and drive shaft. Then the open hole was covered with styrene from the back side and filled with several layers of putty and sanded
The underbody was then airbrushed with a layer of primer to reveal any defects in the putty. Above are the new differential and drive shaft I shall be using. Both items come from the spares box!
The new parts were cut and re-arranged to make them the exact lenght required for the Evo. The tiny blue pieces are also from the spares box and will be used as bellow covers behind the rear disc brakes.
Last thing to do was to assemble the new set-up, which looks way better than Fujimi's version!

Finally, a new exhaust muffler was scratch built by a local friend from 2 different aluminium rods

With the underbody completed, it was time to start working on the interior. First thing to do was to fill the ugly front seat backs with putty and then cover this with styrene. The seat belt holes were then drilled out
Then I added two new b-pillars from styrene so that I'll attach the front seat belts to later on
With the interior done, I then airbrushed all the interior and undercarriage pieces with 2K grey primer
The chassis was then airbrushed in the final colour: The original Mitsubishi Y01, Dandelion Yellow
After that the chassis was masked for the next colours, while all other parts were also airbrushed
After long hours of masking and airbrushing, all the chassis parts were finally ready for assembly.  The chassis and all the parts were slightly weathered too

Here's the undercarriage fully assembled and completed

Brembo decals on both front and rear brake calipers are from Hobby Design 
Intercooler was detailed to be more realistic with blue hoses and new pipes made from aluminium rod
With the chassis finished, I continued working on the interior where all parts were airbrushed in colour
The interior floor and parcel shelf were covered with grey flocking while front and rear seat belts were added
Finally, everything was assembled in place and here's the all finished interior
Next, I made a front lip, 2 side lips and 2 rear side lips from different thickness of styrene. These can be seen above attached beneath the masking tape, which is there to protect the body while sanding
Then, the body and all the remaining parts were airbrushed in 2K primer and later smoothed down. The parts that will be covered in carbon fiber decal were also airbrushed in semi-gloss black 
The body, rear spoiler and side mirrors were then airbrushed in Zero Paints Y01 Mitsubishi Yellow colour
The lips and rear spoiler were covered in HD carbon decal and then airbrushed in 2K clear with the wheels
The body was then wet sanded using 2000 and 2500-grit paper to remove all the orange peel
Then, it was polished using Tamiya's 3-part polishing compounds applied using a rotary tool

Here's a closer look at all the parts that were covered in HD carbon fiber decal and then 2K cleared

The body was fully masked and then the front and back lights were airbrushed in Alclad chrome while the window trims, hood vents and roof strips were airbrushed in semi-gloss black
And here's the result once all the masking tape was removed!

Then I airbrushed Tamiya TS-71 smoke onto the rear windows and light clusters to make them tinted

And here's the finished wheels. These were airbrushed in a custom mix of gun metal grey and silver and finished with a layer of 2K clear. Then I added a custom 0.4mm air valve to each Enkei NT-03!
Then, after attaching the wheels to the chassis, I couldn't resist temporarily attaching the body to the chassis to see the final ride height my Evo 7 will have; something which I was very happy with!
Finally, all the remaining pieces were assembled to the body and the Evolution was finished!
For the complete set of finished pictures, head over to the Gallery section, or click here to be directed!
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