I have to start this by saying this isn’t one of my favorite cars. I honestly don’t know why I bought it back in the ’90’s. I tried starting it in 2007 and after grinding off the door handles and painting the chassis, I tossed everything back in the box. I’ve pulled it out a couple of times over the years and decided to finally commit to building it.
I started by stripping the chassis pan to give me a fresh slate. Other than a few mold lines, the body didn’t need much prep work. I scribed the panel lines and filled the truck keyhole. Since the wing had no locating marks, I taped it in place, outlined the mounts with a marker and drilled holes. I then reattached the wing and drilled holes into the mounts. I used thin wire to create mounting pins for positive location and the means solidly mount it to the finished model.
I decided to stick with an OEM look for the GSX and paint it yellow. I chose Tamiya Camel yellow which I sprayed directly from the can.
The GSX decals have a cut-out for the door handles which I corrected by carefully masking the decals and airbrushing satin black paint over the gap.
More to come!
I started building this kit some time in 2007. Here it is sitting with several active projects at the time.
I hadn’t completed much before I decided that I had too many projects in the works. I painted the chassis and shaved the door handles.
Last in 2016, I decided to restart this project. I elected to strip the chassis since it would be painted body color. At this point, all body work was completed and everything was ready for primer.
The chassis and interior tub where painted body color. Since the transmission tunnel is part of the tub, and visible on the completed kit, it too had to be painted.
The body and hood were painted at a later date. I had to rework some body work before it was ready for color.
I took this picture while I was trying to figure out how the decals worked for the hood. I realized that the Tamiya Camel Yellow would not match the yellow in the hood stripe. Oh well, good enough.
There were aggressive mold lines and seams that had to be corrected on the engine and seats. I will have to say that the seats had more filler and body work than the actual body!
The engine and seats were primered and checked. They would still need some work at this point.
On the real car, the chassis was a separate piece from the body. In order to facilitate that detail, I masked the frame for satin black paint.
Once masked, it was time to spray the detail.
I pulled the masking and was pleased with the results. I would still need to touch up a few small details with a paint brush.