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PostSubject: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 22 Mar 2018, 1:09 am

I started back up with this one. I had started with the AirFix kit but it is so bad and I wanted more detail. So I got an AMT 280zx. I got it a few years ago so I paid a good price for it. Of course Round 2 recently re-popped it and its much cheaper now. Oh well.

The AirFix is 1/24 and the AMT is 1/25 so some of the parts will need to be slimmed down.

I am still looking for the right wheels for this build. The AirFix wheels and tires are the worst and the AMT kit is a street car so, I am perusing eBay for something more suitable.








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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 22 Mar 2018, 2:21 am

Cool stuff Mitch.

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 22 Mar 2018, 1:49 pm

Another great kitbash there, Mitch.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 22 Mar 2018, 6:34 pm

I bought the "racing" 280 kit and was so disappointed, I never got to it. Glad you are going to make one real! Thanx for the fine fotos!
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Fri 23 Mar 2018, 2:25 am

I've got a set of BBS type wheels from a Monogram Midnight Z28.  The rears on the right are deeper than the fronts on the left.



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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Fri 23 Mar 2018, 3:03 am

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I've got a set of BBS type wheels from a Monogram Midnight Z28.  The rears on the right are deeper than the fronts on the left.



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Those look great Mike. message me what you would want for them.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Sat 24 Mar 2018, 5:12 pm

Excellent start! As a youth I obsessed on the 280Z, looking forward to seeing this develop.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Fri 30 Mar 2018, 3:08 pm

Mitch, I tried to PM you about the wheels, but they don't seem to be going through.

Try to PM me with your mailing address to see if it works from your end. I'll send the wheels - no cost.

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Sun 01 Apr 2018, 8:41 pm

No worries Mike. I found some wheels and tires in the ole parts box that will work.

I have the body work done, the base white paint on and I am starting on the interior. I used a parts box cage as a start then scratched up some of the bracing and reengineered the back of the cage.











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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Sun 01 Apr 2018, 8:54 pm

Does anyone have a set of the AirFix decals from the paul newman kit? I just tried one of mine and it disintegrated... this is a major buzz kill.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Mon 02 Apr 2018, 9:52 am

That's great that you've made the flared arches look seamless to the rest of the bodywork. I can always respect that kind of skill. I have a Datsun 432 Fairlady Z similar to this in the stash and I think I would prefer to add widened arches but it seems a lot of effort.
I'll just watch this one and see how it develops.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Mon 02 Apr 2018, 10:51 am

looking good Mitch....mods are not easy sometimes but you got it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Mon 02 Apr 2018, 2:35 pm

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Does anyone have a set of the AirFix decals from the paul newman kit? I just tried one of mine and it disintegrated... this is a major buzz kill.

You can save the rest of the decals by spraying them with a coat of Testor's Decal Bonder from their decal kit. I hope the one that disintegrated was a small one.

After coating, yo'll have to trim them closely.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Mon 02 Apr 2018, 5:18 pm

Great start Mitch, nice one.

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Mon 02 Apr 2018, 9:11 pm

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Speed Racer 65 wrote:
Does anyone have a set of the AirFix decals from the paul newman kit? I just tried one of mine and it disintegrated... this is a major buzz kill.

You can save the rest of the decals by spraying them with a coat of Testor's Decal Bonder from their decal kit.  I hope the one that disintegrated was a small one.

After coating, yo'll have to trim them closely.


Tried that first Mike. Between being very old, they look like they've been wet before.
I found a source for some reproduction decals on another site so I think I will be ok.

Thanks for the suggestion just the same.

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Tue 03 Apr 2018, 3:29 am

Nice work on the modding! The body looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 05 Apr 2018, 3:23 am

Thanks for the encouragement guys.

I have the basic paint job down. It's not my best work as far as quality right from the unmasking. Some bleed through, some tape lift but I have had worse and made them look good. This one doesn't have any metallic colors so touch up and blending will be much easier.

The basic scheme is down and and I am going to keep moving forward.

I was able to get some reproduction decals from Dave Van over on Model Car Magazine's forum. So I am pretty happy and will be able finish this one instead of just putting it back in the box.
I wish the blue on the decals matched the box art more. I like the darker blue better but I want the 33 on the hood to match the color of the blue on the car.








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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 05 Apr 2018, 12:38 pm

Real good progress Mitch, nice find on the decals.

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 05 Apr 2018, 8:12 pm

The whole roof and pillars are one decal Mitch?
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Thu 05 Apr 2018, 11:14 pm

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The whole roof and pillars are one decal Mitch?

No thats all paint Shay. I haven't started with the decals yet
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Fri 06 Apr 2018, 4:15 am

A little polishing and some touch up. Trim painted and a small amount of BMF.

Still not perfect but good enough for me. This one is fighting me a little.





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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Fri 06 Apr 2018, 10:36 am

Excellent clean up.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Fri 06 Apr 2018, 2:38 pm

Looking good.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Fri 06 Apr 2018, 7:38 pm

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dublin boy wrote:
The whole roof and pillars are one decal Mitch?

No thats all paint Shay. I haven't started with the decals yet

Very impressive.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 Datsun 280 ZX Paul Newman Driver   Sun 08 Apr 2018, 4:53 pm

Wonderful work with the paint, the clean up really sharpened the lines and I really like the specific colour combo.
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