Started on April 23 by Javelin

1977 Datsun 280Z Rally Car MODEL

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

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April 23
Another shot

Here’s the rear of the Datsun. It was a nice model to build, though I …

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April 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.

April 29, 2009, 9 a.m.

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.

Hehe! I won second place in the Import category at a Model Car Show yesterday with this!

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