Originally Posted by K_Spec_RC
Great looking stuff man! You've got an eye for detail. I've always loved the JIC RX8 and you did it justice! Same for the FEED FD. Got anymore?
Thank you Sir. I really do try and sweat the details. One thing that's most important to me (especially for the drift bodies when trying to go for realism), is the stance.
All the light buckets and custom intercoolers in the world won't help seal the deal unless the stance is spot on. I try very hard to get the stance "right", as I think that's what makes the model more believeable.
Case in point, is my Fujita Engineering RX-8. This body is made by Speed Way Pal, and didn't really fit the Yokomo chassis all that great. I spent almost a full week just to fit it properly. The end result is a simple one color paint job, but the stance helps set it apart and makes it special.
I used some reference pics from a Japanese fan site dedicated to Fujita Engineering. Feed uses Advans a lot, so this project was perfect for my new set of RS’s. I was going to do the actual Feed RX-8, but it’s the same color as my RX-7. I wanted something a little different, so I did it up like one of their customers’ rides, using the same color scheme and graphics package.
After a comment was made about the mirrors on another website, I knew I had
to do something, he he he. Not really because of the comment itself, but because the mirrors really weren't up to par - and I knew it.
I looked back over the reference pics and noticed the Feed car had two-toned mirrors. I quickly ditched the HPI mirrors I used and went for a set of Speed Way Pal's. They were White, so I painted them with Tamiya Semi-Gloss black (TS series Paint for hard plastic), and then taped them up and carefully sprayed them with Tamiya Italian Red until I got the color I needed. They came out great, and the shape and angle is much better than the HPI's.
Have a look...