Gunze Sangyo? Prior to buying this kit, I had never heard of this brand. I was looking through eBay for loose model wheels and this kit, along with another Porsche 928 (also made by an unfamiliar brand), popped up. Other than missing wheels and tires, this was a complete kit (the same could not be said for the other). For $15 shipped, I picked them up.
I discovered that the kit was designed to be built roughly four different ways. You could build a powertrain setup which included the engine, transmission, suspension, driveshaft and the wheels and tires. Then, it could be built as a no engine curbside or it could be built with an electric motor. The final build option was a fully detailed kit. I opted for the fully detailed version.
This kit was riddled with sink marks. Even the box art showed how bad they were. I spent quite a bit of time filling everything with body filler or Tamiya filler primer. Once I felt the repairs were sufficient, I shot everything in primer and checked for anything I may have missed. I had to make a couple of additional corrections but once they were resolved, it was ready for paint.
As I mentioned in the intro paragraph, the kit did not have tires. For the most part, the kit was proportionally correct except for the wheels. They were cartoonishly incorrect. I tried a set of Pegasus wheels and knew they were the answer. I painted the center section light grey to help tone down the chrome. The stance in the rear was correct however I needed to address the front which sat too high. I was able to flip the spindles over and the problem was solved.
In order to keep the doors and rear hatch closed, I used leftover magnets from my Roadrunner hub cap project to keep the doors closed, and a larger magnet and scrap metal to keep the hatch closed.
One last detail that had to be addressed involved the rear wing. It was a complicated piece that once separated was three pieces. It had protrusions that attached around the rear hatch glass. This was correct for the full scale version but offered a huge gluing challenge on the completed model. I elected to remove the protrusions to simply and clean up the look. Finally, I used pins to locate the wing and aid in attaching it once completed. This wasn’t a completely clean process but overall it turned out really well.
Once painted and cleared, the Porsche came together fairly well. I had trouble with the doors once installed. I chipped the paint on the leading edge and had to rework the opening. Once the doors were reattached, they opened and closed smoothly. I painted the indicators and other trim and attached them along with the exhaust. I always take the opportunity to install metal exhaust tips. I hand sanded the tips until I had the correct angles and polished them to a mirror shine.
I never expected this kit to turn out this well! I am very pleased with the final results considering the fact that I didn’t have high hopes earlier in the build.
Completed: November 2015
The introduction of the 928 project
Sprayed the center section of the wheel to tone down the chrome.
The wheels fit the 928 well.
Sanding and general prep is easy to do while sitting and watching TV
Here it is a part of a flurry of body prepping.
Curing body filler.
At this point, it is ready for primer and paint.
I had plenty of tiny magnets after ordering a set for the Roadrunner project. I wanted to use them to keep the doors shut.
I glued one magnet in place, tapped the door into position, then let the second magnet rest where it needed to be then glued it.
I knew that the wing was going to be challenging to glue into place so I elected to drill it and pin it. I had to make sure it was in the right spot before I started drilling.
A little sloppy, but I am confident this will work out in the end.
Setting the pins in the wing.
I decided to add a magnet to the hatch to help keep it closed as well. This isn’t as clean an installation as the door magnets, but it will do.
Rounding up all of the miscellaneous interior parts
Test fitting the wheels after adding aluminum tubes to act as spacers to get the right offset.
The engine was stripped and painted.
Anything chrome plated or silver painted was stripped. Most chrome parts didn’t need to be chrome and the silver paint didn’t look right on the rest.
After most of the parts were painted, assembly started moving quickly.
The kit was supposed to have plug wires and vacuum lines but they were missing. I added plug wires with boots .
Plug wires finished and the suspension attached.
Black wash brought a lot of pieces to life, especially the engine.
Other than a decal, the engine is complete.
The red plug wires are a great final touch to this engine.
Moving right along.
The engine and drive line are installed and the wheels are attached.
The engine looks great.
The stance turned out better than I hoped. The rear end is untouched other than adding spacers to correct the offset. The front originally sat too high. I corrected the issue by flipping the spindles.
Attaching the interior to the chassis pan took a little extra motivation.
Finally, I felt comfortable with the body work and sprayed color on the body.
Once I could handle the body, I slipped everything in place to see how it looks.
I had to touch up the dash. I had a bit of a mishap while attaching the interior to the chassis.
Plenty of work in progress!
My first attempt at attaching the doors. After I chipped the leading edge of the doors while trying to close them, I removed them and worked on improving clearance.
With the body and trim painted, it was time to start attaching loose trim.
I had an option to build the kit with the headlights open. I prefer the headlights closed look.
Attaching the rear wing pieces was still a challenge even with the pins.
The 928 and Silvia and nearing completion
The AC condenser and misc engine hardware were installed.
All of the exterior work was completed and the body was mounted to the chassis for the last time.
No project is complete without metal exhaust tips!
My first attempt at the tail lights was unsuccessful. After stripping them and rethinking my strategy, I was able to move forward. I masked the lenses and sprayed the pieces.
Once the paint dried, I peeled the parafilm and hand painted the lenses. I think they turned out very well!
I sanded the muffler down slightly, on top, to bring the exhaust tips closer to the body. They hug a bit low before.
I backed the tail lights with foil and glued them into place.
The finished 928’s stance is perfect! The wheels made a huge improvement to the look of this model.