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NAC Ghost in the shell ARISE DR Porsche (Porsche 911 GT3R)

NAC Ghost in the shell ARISE DR Porsche (Porsche 911 GT3R)

5  Tuesday 08 March, 2016
by whoami  Canada  

The actual Porsche 911 GT3R with about 500 bhp, a top speed of 195 mph, 3.3 seconds 0-60 mph acceleration & 6-speed transmission was in the 24-hour 2013 Asian Le Mans Series in Fuji.

Fujimi Mokei released the display scale model version in 2013/2014 with clear, clear yellow, white & chrome-plated part trees separately bagged, Japanese & English instructions, a large quality decal sheet, decal instructions & rubber tires in a stylish package.

Likes: The anime. Part trees in individual bags so no scratching. Headlights, rear lights, brake rotors/discs, mirrors & spoiler (wing) pillars in chrome while 4 rims (wheels) in brushed aluminum. Clear yellow headlight covers. Good fit. Easy build. Rotating front wheels. Authentic detail. Curbside (underside) engine. Roll cage. Dashboard. Duplicate hood & door character decals in case you screw up. White No. plate decals.

Dislikes: Bodywork with a faint raised mold line & a recessed mold line. Putty & sanding time. Missing left & right front wing flaps but the actual race car had them. No window masking. No side skirt color separation. No seatbelt decal. Painting instructions not 100% accurate. Google for colors. Separate circular marking decals instead of one pieces.

The kit requires assembly, glue & paints. You'd need basic hobby tools & glue, red (body), white (interior) & black (spoiler, seat, chassis & underside) spray cans, clear red, red, green silver, white & black paints & paint brushes & a decal softener.

Instead of painting the front wing, window frames & side skirts, I applied carbon fiber decals on them. Instead of the 4 chrome-plated hood pins, brake roters & windshield wiper, I used photo-etched ones (ebay). Also, I added a 6-point PE seatbelt + matching decals.

plamoya, arigatou.


Yamaha YZF750 Tech21 Racing Team 1987 Suzuka 8-hours Endurance Race (Model Car)

Yamaha YZF750 Tech21 Racing Team 1987 Suzuka 8-hours Endurance Race (Model Car)

5  Saturday 20 February, 2016
by whoami  Canada  

In 2012, Fujimi Mokei released this exhilarating kit of the actual 6-speed 749cc superbike that Martin Wimmer & Kevin Magee rode to the podium in the 1987 Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.

Out of the box, the kit is meticulously detailed to the point that even the brake discs holes were factory-drilled. Parts in medium gray, white, black & clear. Black & clear pipings. Some parts too fragile. Some holes needed drilling. Minor mold lines. Tension spring for rear suspension. No screws, nuts & bolts, but a few brass rods for the wheel axises & swing arm (rear fork). Waterslide decals too easy to break. Multi-lingual instructions. Good packaging. No part trees scratching against each other.

Must-haves: side cutter, wet sand papers, tweezers, plastic cement, decal softener, spray cans of a very light blue for the chassis, medium blue for the wheels & front wheel well, & silver for the frame & engine. Paint brushes & bottles of acrylic black, white & metallic black.

Nice-to-haves: putty, airbrush, compressor, respirator, spray booth with filter & fan, instant glue, magnifier, paints (black, white, silver, gold, metallic blue, clear red & yellow, matt, glossy & semi-glossy varnishes or bases to mix with paints), gray & black primers, thinner, a glossy top coat, a cutting mat, silver Baremetal foil for the upper front fork, & a sheet of photo-etched hood pins.

Flaws: Some parts were too fragile. Decals broke apart too easily (Fujimi's new car decals are much hardier). No pegs for the pipings in the brake calipers & fuel tank. Fuel tank & seat are too loose. Wheel axis rods can fall out. Tamiya got it right with screws. Inconsistent color schemes in the stock photo & box art. The actual superbike had lighter blue on the body & lighter purple or blue on the wheels. The 2 specialist paints may only be available in Japan. Google "YZF750 Tech21" for the color references.

plamoya, domo.


Evangelion RT No.01 Apple MP4-12C (MP4-12C GT3) (Plastic model)

Evangelion RT No.01 Apple MP4-12C (MP4-12C GT3) (Plastic model)

5  Thursday 24 December, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

Fujimi Mokei is setting the trends: licensed race cars kits & half exposed engines. The actual 6-speed 493 bhp MP4-12C GT3 race car was in 2013 SUPER GT in the GT300 class.

The kit was competently engineered. Japanese & English instructions. English color chart. The last color #92 is semi glossy black. Parts molded in clear, white & black. Quality waterslide decals. Photo etched parts. No cloth seatbelts. Metal antennas. Turning front wheels.

The hardest part was the photo etched parts that came with separate instructions which must be cut away & painted matte black & red first. Holes must be cut out of the bodywork: 3 front grills, top-rear engine grill & 1 rear grill. Use hand drills, side cutter, hobby knife & sand papers. Prepare (sand, wash & dry) & paint (prime grey/black, paint metallic purple & seal with glossy clear) the bodywork. Finally, use plastic glue to bond PE parts. No 5-point seatbelt cloths. I ordered them separately.

The simple interior is mostly satin black. Grey dash. Silver, glossy & matte black engine. I did metallic black rims (wheels), flat black tire sides & sanded tires. I don't like the bundled rub-on tire stickers.

You can get away with a glossy purple & black spray paints + some hobby tools. The kit is really aimed at experienced builders.

Plamoya, domo arigatou gozaimashita.


1/12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR

1/12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR

5  Thursday 19 November, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

Tamiya Incorporated, founded in 1946, has been manufacturing lines of products from radio-controlled vehicles, track racing cars to display scale models. One such line is motorcycles.

The 2006 MotoGP kit is a stunner. The engineering was incredible. Parts were molded in clear, light green, black & gun metal. Each tree or spruce in a bag. Coil spring, screws, screwdriver, nut & bolt, wrench, quality waterslide decals, rubber tires & poly caps. Multilingual instructions. Only downside is the "overstretched" black tubing with bad kinking.

I always build & paint the body of a vehicle first because it takes time to dry & cure. Like Tamiya's other race bikes, this bike has detachable body parts to show off the innards. I puttied the fuel tank, under cowl & tail cowl, primed the body parts gray & metallic parts black, then airbrushed them light green, black & metallic colors respectively. Priming will make the top color "pop". 2 clear coats. Decals & touch-up (handbrushing). 1 final clear coat. 24-hour drying between coats & final 48-hour curing. Using Tamiya colors will eliminate guesswork & mismatches. Even if you don't paint, the race bike will look nicer & more detailed than a die-cast or chogokin.

Assembly was straightforward. Pay attention to the suspension, wheels, tubing/piping & body. The four-stroke engine was easy. Best scratch the paints off the bond before gluing for stronger bonding. Unfortunately, the body assembly will scratch the paints off a bit.

I am giving this kit a 5 out of 5, taking into consideration of the price, quality, engineering, detail & packaging.


Super Robot Wars: Original Generation DCAM-006VT Garlion Toronbe Plastic Model

Super Robot Wars: Original Generation DCAM-006VT Garlion Toronbe Plastic Model

4  Saturday 19 September, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

Kotobukiya first released Guarlion Trombe of Super Robot Wars Original Generation in 2010. Artistic & spacey box art. Clear Japanese instructions. Factory painting (green eyes, gold stakes & red wings). Parts in red, white, medium gray, black & purple. Water slide decals. Derived from fighter jets & mass-produced for Divine Crusaders and the United Colony Corps, the Armored Module is packed with Burst Railgun (rifle), Assault Blade (chainsaw) & Divine Blade (sword). 10 hands. Exclusive action base. Snap fitting. No glue & putty required. A side cutter & sand papers are needed. A clear top coat is optional. The assembled mecha is about 15 cm tall. Polycap joints. Adequate articulation. The shoulders can rotate into flight mode. Plamoya, domo arigatoo.


Super Robot Wars: Compatible Kaiser Model Kit

Super Robot Wars: Compatible Kaiser Model Kit

5  Thursday 10 September, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

Kotobukiya bought their A team to create the Super Robot Wars Original Generations franchise. Fitting box art. Gigantic box. Snap-fitting. Parts in red, yellow, light gray, dark gray, black, white, clear blue & clear green. Factory painting (the eyes & light blue strips & markings). Polycap joints. Color instructions. Average articulation. 3 pairs of hands. No stand. The machine, designed by Masami Obari for pilot (figure included) Kohta Azuma, is equipped with Kaiser Boomerang (axe) & Over Kaiser Sword. The yellow is supposed to be gold. The finished mecha measures about 20 cm tall, bigger than any HG & some MG gunplas. You'll need a side cutter & sanding sticks or sand papers. A clear spray paint is recommended. Plamoya, arigatoo.


Miku Hatsune / GSR ProjectMirai BMW 2012 Rd.2 Fuji (BMW Z4 GT3)

Miku Hatsune / GSR ProjectMirai BMW 2012 Rd.2 Fuji (BMW Z4 GT3)

5  Saturday 05 September, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

Fujimi Mokei, manufacturing plastic model kits since 1961, released this 2012 Super GT (Gran Turismo/grand touring) race car scale model in 2013. Simple box art. Monochrome Japanese & English instructions & color chart. Huge decal sheet & application instructions. Parts in clear, white, black & chrome-plated colors. Minor mold lines. The white body's surface was exceptionally smooth & glossy white. The white panels with the car number behind the front wheels are separate. Minimal masking. No opening bonnet or engine. Bonnect & door vents are supposed to be black. No window masking decals. At the minimal, you should have a decal softener, a masking tape & 3 spray cans: matt/flat black for the dash, seat & tires; satin/semi-glossy black for the bonnet (hood), spoiler (wing), rims (wheels) & chassis; a glossy white for the interior & body. Watch youtube on how to spray paint scale models.


Macross VF-1S Valkyrie Roy Focker custom 1/100

Macross VF-1S Valkyrie Roy Focker custom 1/100

5  Saturday 15 August, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

A variable fighter kit from Wave. It wouldn't surprise me if they burned the midnight oil time and again for bringing out a product comparable to if not better than those of the big guys Hasegawa & Bandai. Talk about dedication. They all have Macross licensed kits. Proportion: check. Anime accuracy: check. Details: check. Water decals: check. Transformation into Gerwalk at extra cost (get the Wave Battroid kit): check. Action base: check. The last image shows VF-1D & VF-1S getting ready to take off. The usual: prime, shade, touch up, panel line, seal, decals, decal solution, seal again.


Alteisen 1/144 PTX-003C KP-04

Alteisen 1/144 PTX-003C KP-04

4  Friday 07 August, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

Developed by Mao Industries for Earth Federation Army, Kyosuke Nanbu's Personal Trooper is equipped with head-mounted Heat Horn, right arm Revolving Stake, left arm Autocannon, shoulder-mounted Heavy Claymore & thrusters, jetpack & lower leg thrusters. Pros: Kotobukiya modern engineering, factory painting (even the eyes), snap fitting, pair of fists & palms, good articulation. Cons: whole leg can pop off when posing too much, upper shoulder claymore hatches pop off every time they open, front skirt armors can't flip up after assembly. I did priming, shading, touching up, panel lining & sealing. In the last scene, Cybuster/Cybaster is making a move on Alteisen. Plamoya, arigato gozaimashita.


Five Star Stories: FS-69 Mirage Patorakushe Plastic Model 1/144 Scale

Five Star Stories: FS-69 Mirage Patorakushe Plastic Model 1/144 Scale

4  Monday 03 August, 2015
by whoami  Canada  

Wave, Founded in 1983, released this FSS kit in 2011. I love Mamoru Nagano's armor-plates-over-skeleton mecha designs. Not an easy translation from anime to a scale model, let alone it was done by underdog Wave. Box art used photos of the painted kit. No-frill instructions. Water decals. Whole kit in yellow. Some fitment problems. No poles & holes in some parts. Assembly was a challenge. Huge amount of recessed lines & markings. Pretty anime-accurate. Very limited articulation. What I did: 2 bottles of Tamiya X12 & some metallic black. Panel lining took forever. 2 top coats. If you've been spoiled by Bandai's modern engineering, try this kit out & your skills will be tested as a scale modeller & they will improve.



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