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marc
2009.10.16, 04:19 PM
I went to local hobby shop today to pick up this model kit. It's a 1/32 scale model from ARII of the 1970 Honda Z Coup. Back when I was 14 years young, I owned the 1972 model of this car. So, it would be very cool to make this one work. I'm not sure how I plan on painting this one up.
1970 "Mine was '72" Honda Z Coup
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09844.jpg
Being it's a small car, I thought that it just might fit my 1/43 scale RC Dnanos! And from the look's of the following pictures, it just might with some clever mods!
Murcielago chassis is just barely long enough to work:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09845.jpg
But track width too wide.
Porsche chassis width is perfect, but too short:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09847.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09848.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09849.jpg
It look's like I'll need another Dnano chassis with a combination of parts and with an HM "high-mount" motor mount for it to fit inside the body.
This look's like it'll be a fun project!

Here's a picture of the one I used to own
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Model%20cars/img151.jpg

marc
2009.10.16, 04:44 PM
I know that the Enzo Dnano is long, but how much longer is it than the Murcielago? I wonder if I need to make the model out of the Enzo chassis, with the Porsche's width, and an HM motor mount!

Tjay
2009.10.16, 06:36 PM
cool! The wheels you got on there looks sick too!

marc
2009.10.16, 08:48 PM
Thank's, I've e-mailed the company who made those alloy's if they can do a set that's similar to the real ones. :D

bermbuster
2009.10.16, 09:55 PM
Marc
My first car was the sedan version of that car....
Honda 600... mine was a 1972....:D
2cyl engine and the tires were 10"....:cool:

marc
2009.10.16, 10:12 PM
Neat little car it was, but just felt unsafe compared to today's vehicles. Especially if your next to a HUMMER! EEEEEEEEK!
I've often thought about keeping it and hot-rodding it. I even had the original lowering kit for the car but never installed it. Would've been fun to put in some sort of Suzuki motorcycle engine in that car for more OOOMPH! :D
Will keep this thread updated as I work on it. First thing to get is an HM motor mount for it.

Sponge
2009.10.17, 03:38 AM
Looks like a fun project :D I think you'll need a custom mount for the nose too (I don't know if the Dnano uses the same type of body mounts as a Mini-Z..).

The colors on your original car look really cool, maybe you should paint the Dnano the same? :D

marc
2009.10.17, 09:36 AM
The front mounts are similar, but not exactly the same. The Mini-Z's front clip is a bit more flat than the Dnano, where as the Dnano has like a bar that tucks under and inplace to lock the front.

mini-z
2009.10.17, 10:43 AM
Nice M; maybe we need a specific gallery for all of the people who have recreated their 1:1 cars as Zs; of course I got lucky w/ the Mini Power MR-S bodies but I know Fovea3d recreated his old X1/9 in Mini-Z form (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25885) and today once again has the 1:1 to match, for example! :)

Fovea3d
2009.10.17, 01:37 PM
Nice M; maybe we need a specific gallery for all of the people who have recreated their 1:1 cars as Zs; of course I got lucky w/ the Mini Power MR-S bodies but I know Fovea3d recreated his old X1/9 in Mini-Z form (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25885) and today once again has the 1:1 to match, for example! :)
He he D, you just forced me to update my post :D;)
Nice project Marc!

HammerZ
2009.10.17, 01:51 PM
Here I thought that '81 Chevette I had in high school was a go cart. But it shown me one thing, small cars can be fun to drive.

marc
2009.10.17, 03:24 PM
Thanks' guys. It's only a nice project if I actually follow through with it and succeed! Right now I've got the rear motor pod off and stretched to the proper length for checking. Good thing they provided with long motor wires! :D
I'm going to try and replicate the 1:1 paint scheme and hopefully with improved skills it'll look a lot better than one I built a while back. Last time I hand-painted everything! Looked horrible, but still matched.
This one I'm going to go for Gloss-Coat AutoScale finish!

Fovea3d
2009.10.17, 03:37 PM
Thanks' guys. It's only a nice project if I actually follow through with it and succeed! Right now I've got the rear motor pod off and stretched to the proper length for checking. Good thing they provided with long motor wires! :D
I'm going to try and replicate the 1:1 paint scheme and hopefully with improved skills it'll look a lot better than one I built a while back. Last time I hand-painted everything! Looked horrible, but still matched.
This one I'm going to go for Gloss-Coat AutoScale finish!

For the 1/1 paint scheme I would mask and spray the rear end red and leave the front section white, then use a black (or dark blue?) sticker cut to shape as a divider.
The white plastic can be made glossy with polish compound, I did that with my white body Murcielago and it looks quite good. Clear coat on white tend to turn yellow with time, I have an old white body that i clearcoated once and it looks bad now.
Also why don't you use a MM pod? You will have better results in handling and less roll over than with the HM mount, especially with that tall body! Just my opinion.

marc
2009.10.17, 04:03 PM
Thank you, I'll have a look a MM possibility. I was thinking HM cause it's more standard for this type of body style. Motor mount off and pretending custom H-plate in place. And removed the front body clip as it's too long for this bod. This gives you a better look at how it will come together.
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09850.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09851.jpg
Rear view. You can see why this'll need HM type.

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09852.jpg
I wouldn't clear coat the white plastic. I'd primer, paint, then clear coat. So far, my white models done this way still look good. Plus, they don't get much sunshine! I think sunshine effects it more so.

Programmers
2009.10.17, 04:24 PM
That's so awesome! Great work mounting it!

marc
2009.10.17, 05:03 PM
It's not mounted. It's just sitting ontop of it in position. I'll have to make a new front clip and side mounts for it.
I was thinking of molding on a body kit for it as well and that will help cover the side screws. I was thinking of screws on the side with a plastic tube covering the screw and that will go inside the holes on the Dnano's sides.

marc
2009.10.26, 03:17 PM
Body work has begun. I used a styrene plastic sheet for front and rear bumper's. I will use this as a background for building the body kit using Milliput. I'll also use the Milliput for molding in the side skirts. http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09863.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09864.jpg

marc
2009.10.26, 05:39 PM
Some Milliput put in place.
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09865.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09866.jpg
Waiting for it to dry, and then some sanding to give it some shape!

ianc
2009.10.27, 12:02 PM
Dude, stop globbing that stuff on and use a popsicle stick or some type of spatula to get a thin, skim coat. use more than one coat to build up to the desired thickness if necessary.

That's a ridiculous amount you've applied and it will be very difficult to get a good and consistent result,

ianc

marc
2009.10.27, 06:11 PM
I need some of the thickness to get shapes out of it.
That, and I'm not used to this stuff either.

marc
2009.11.02, 01:03 PM
Some progress!
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09886.jpg
Duel exhaust tips!
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09887.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09888.jpg
The tips will be recessed in further and will be glued in when model is complete.

marc
2009.11.02, 03:13 PM
More updates and a revision. I spread out the distance between the exhaust pipes more like my real one and gave the rear bumper a "slot".
Also started slot and fog-lamp areas for the front bumper.
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09889.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09890.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g184/marq74/Dnano/DSC09891.jpg
This is all done with eye-balling so it probably isn't perfectly symmetrical yet! I'm finding out just how tough this Milliput stuff really is! Which for this application is a good thing!
Yea, it looks ugly. But then again, aren't all projects?

okoye
2009.11.02, 03:35 PM
: | you shouldve left it stock.

marc
2009.11.02, 04:59 PM
Wait till it's finished before you say that!
One reason for making the new bumper is to have a better place for the front clip. The way the stock bumper was, there was no place for frontal clip mounting.
It's slowly coming together. It'll be all worth it in the end!

boohoo
2009.11.02, 05:14 PM
Wait till it's finished before you say that!
One reason for making the new bumper is to have a better place for the front clip. The way the stock bumper was, there was no place for frontal clip mounting.
It's slowly coming together. It'll be all worth it in the end!

hey marc keep calm. remember its your car not anyone else`s i think it looks great the way you have done this i wish i had the stamina todo putty work like that this is going to look just your own car did just keep up the good work

marc
2009.11.02, 06:14 PM
Thank's boohoo! It's not going to look exactly like my real one was as the real one didn't have a custom body kit added to it! But, it will be what I had envisioned my old one to be. And yes, it's a lot of work sanding and shaping this putty, but the Milliput is great stuff to work with! I have an idea for a rear wing, but have no idea how to do the side skirts yet. Gotta get at least the bumpers done before continuing with the rest of the car. Looking forward to when I can primer it and see how much smoother I need to get the putty.

Eman
2009.11.06, 10:41 PM
....it's a lot of work sanding and shaping this putty...

More work than I'm willing to do. I do like watching the evolution of everyone's ideas though. This is one of my favorite areas in this forum. Can't wait to see it when your done.

marc
2009.11.13, 12:05 PM
Can we please delete this thread? I've ditched this project in favor of more accurate 1/43 scale model kit's. Thank you moderators!