1977 Datsun 280Z Rally Car MODEL

Started on April 23 by Javelin (Forum Supporter)

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1/24 Scale Model of a 1977 Datsun 280Z as an East African Rally entrant. The car is fictional yet follows the basic livery and equipment of the day.

Build: Box-Stock, removed bumpers

Paint: Light Red Metallic with Semi-Gloss Black nose/hood

Interior: Black with rollcage, rally shifter, and fire extinguisher

Wheels: Bronze paint on the kit wheels

Decals: Box Stock with additional small sponsor decals

Drivetrain: None

Details: Painted "sandblast" look

Build Time: 6 Hours

Build Year: 2009

3 comments on this ride

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Apr 28, 2009 12:12 p.m.
It would have been cool to do a wiper effect on the windshield. Also, the bronze wheels look a bit too shiny as compared to the rest of the car. Maybe find some way of making tires look less plastic? I'm not model building...just constructive criticism.
Apr 29, 2009 9 a.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter):
Hey no problem! It was my first "rally car" attempt. I didn't even think about the windshield wipers. Next time I'll mask off the windshield to try it. The wheels were originally chrome, so the bronze is already a huge improvement. I was going for a "forged wheel" look so I didn't strip the chrome first. The tires are hard to work with on this kit because they are old and not well made. More modern kits have actual rubber tires. Overall I just wanted to try to do a dirty race car and have fun building a not-serious kit. Definitely gives me some ideas for next time though.
Feb 28, 2011 1:52 p.m.
Javelin (Forum Supporter):
Hehe! I won second place in the Import category at a Model Car Show yesterday with this!

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