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#1 ONLINE   StratosWRC

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:45 AM

I love the Autoart Fairlady, really awesome in every way and hard to come by these days. Found one locally for a decent price as I've been wanting to do this engine swap for a while. Here is the model prior to violation

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And here's the 1:1 inspiration for this build. It's got almost 500 whp (if not more) which must be insane in such a small car.

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Engine 3D printed from 3broductions superscale on Instagram. It's okay... I say if you're looking to get one, wait until the TKDiecast version comes out. It'll be much better

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Quick dry fit to assess how cramped things are

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Pretty cramped, so I decided to expand the bay a bit

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Having done that I started painting engine bits with Molotow Chrome over gloss black

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I sanded the engine down (super important with 3D printed parts as the surface looks like a turd) and drilled out a hole on the valve cover for a different oil cap from TK Diecast that I'll be using

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painted

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For the wheels I decided to go with Work Equip 40 from TK, painted in semi gloss gun metal over gloss black and molotow around the edge

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Barrels - same story, primer > gloss black > molotow chrome

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This should look nice

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Hoping to coat the Molotow with this, which apparently preserves the shine

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Then some Alclad Candy Yellow to make the turbo hot side look like it's been treated with gold heat coating like in the 1:1

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I'm thinking of a nice wine colour for the interior

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Also, here is what happened when I sprayed a chrome part with 2K clear. It definitely dulled the finish. Just Molotow left, 2K clear right

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Edited by StratosWRC, 23 December 2020 - 07:47 AM.

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 10:38 AM

I like the idea a lot!!! The engine will look very nice in there. Unfortunately chrome spray hates clear coats... Keep going, don't let this stop you. :eusa_clap:
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Posted 23 December 2020 - 10:46 AM

View PostRSIevolution, on 23 December 2020 - 10:38 AM, said:

I like the idea a lot!!! The engine will look very nice in there. Unfortunately chrome spray hates clear coats... Keep going, don't let this stop you. :eusa_clap:

Oh I already resprayed the intake manifold and it looks even better now. Just wanted to show what the clear coat did. According to the forums the Alclad Klear Kote Gloss (horrible name lol) doesn't dull the shine, so we'll see...
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Posted 23 December 2020 - 01:07 PM

interesting build. that 3D printed engine looks pretty good, will definitely look great with paint.

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 06:05 PM

Wow, Wes, you've been BUSY! :omg: Looking forward to seeing how this one comes out!! :eusa_clap:

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 08:07 PM

View PostAlex SZ1996, on 23 December 2020 - 01:07 PM, said:

interesting build. that 3D printed engine looks pretty good, will definitely look great with paint.

Yep hopefully

View PostD N, on 23 December 2020 - 06:05 PM, said:

Wow, Wes, you've been BUSY! :omg: Looking forward to seeing how this one comes out!! :eusa_clap:

Aye I have! A man needs a hobby haha
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 09:58 AM

Engine painted

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Turbo painted

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Detailed

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Intake manifold

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Also toying with this ignition coil cover idea which at the moment isn't going very well

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Now the interior - splash paints Burgundy

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Kept spraying light coats until the desired shade was achieved, and I wanted it to be quite dark

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Perfect!

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Pop the interior back in

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Much more classy I think.
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 10:05 AM

Back to the engine. First attempt

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Didn't like that  corrugated wire very much so I went with a tried and true shrink tube method instead. Oh and the rad needed a fan

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Second attempt. This time including HKS ignition module with gauge, catch can, throttle linkage, warning labels etc.

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Battery

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Throttle linkage cable

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Cone filter

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Pretty happy so far. Not too extra and not too demure either. Still missing a turbo down pipe and maybe a couple other things.

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Unfortunately the hood hinges had to go to make room. I tested the hood clearance and it fits fine on top.

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Attached one of the wheels as well.

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Waiting on a blowoff valve and hks decal from TK and need to do the wheels meanwhile and pay some attention to the underbody. Finish line in sight.
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 01:15 PM

the interior color looks good and quite fitting. but the engine is very the business is, it looks very nice already.

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:13 AM

Great looking engine and the new seats color is lovely! Nice and sweet work!!!
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Posted 26 February 2021 - 04:09 AM

Epic engine work as always Wes, I think I like the interior even more - gorgeous colour choice :drool5:

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 06:50 AM

View PostAlex SZ1996, on 25 February 2021 - 01:15 PM, said:

the interior color looks good and quite fitting. but the engine is very the business is, it looks very nice already.

Thanks Alex, I do tend to spend the most time on the engine haha

View PostRSIevolution, on 26 February 2021 - 02:13 AM, said:

Great looking engine and the new seats color is lovely! Nice and sweet work!!!

thank you sir

View Postspikyone, on 26 February 2021 - 04:09 AM, said:

Epic engine work as always Wes, I think I like the interior even more - gorgeous colour choice :drool5:

thank you, yeah I knew I wanted some kind of dark red and splashpaints seemingly read my mind and introduced a new range of interior colours and this was one of them.
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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:49 PM

Top work there Wes!! Really nice!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :occasion14:

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:51 PM

View PostCraig, on 26 February 2021 - 02:49 PM, said:

Top work there Wes!! Really nice!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :occasion14:

Thanks Craig!
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Posted 14 March 2021 - 09:58 PM

Turbo downpipe

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Molotow chrome over gloss black

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Then Alclad yellow plus a rivet for the clamp

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Wastegate from TKdiecast

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And a super tiny HKS decal

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One on the fuel rail as well

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Nismo decal on the intercooler

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Gauge decal with Microscale Kristal Klear

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Downpipe and wastegate complete

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Another catch can, and the engine is complete!

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And here is the 1:1 I used as inspiration

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Now to the underbody, to take care of the exhaust, and then wheels.
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Posted 15 March 2021 - 02:53 AM

Well done, it looks very nice, all the details are welll done and looks functional! These tiny decals make big difference!
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Posted 15 March 2021 - 07:34 PM

View PostRSIevolution, on 15 March 2021 - 02:53 AM, said:

Well done, it looks very nice, all the details are welll done and looks functional! These tiny decals make big difference!

Thank you!
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Posted 15 March 2021 - 07:41 PM

Now off to the wheels. I attached them - although the stance took some time. The rear wheels need to be tucked and the fronts need to have a healthy gap, otherwise the car looks like the front suspension collapsed. Haven't attached the calipers fully yet so disregard those

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And now with the hardtop, which I vastly prefer I have to say

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Satisfied with that, so now it's on to the final step - the exhaust.
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Posted 15 March 2021 - 08:31 PM

Yeah man totally loving the engine work and those wheels suit it so much.

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Posted 16 March 2021 - 02:49 PM

Wow! A top class work, congrats. Really like the color in the interior and the wheels are the perfect ones. With that engine, I will always have that hood open 24/7. :eusa_clap:

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Posted 16 March 2021 - 03:25 PM

Thanks guys
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Posted 18 March 2021 - 02:19 PM

Great details. One of the best modeler in this forum. Top engine work and congratulation for your amazing skills.

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Posted 18 March 2021 - 02:41 PM

GOOD. LORD.....errrmmmaawwwwwwdddddddd :drool5: :drool5: :drool5: :drool5: :drool5:

Wes, this is amazing work. I have dreams of one day modifying my models....and then I see this an I say to myself...dreams are nice....dreams are nice. Your skills are amazing man!! Can't wait to see the updates on this!
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Posted 19 March 2021 - 04:59 AM

Haha thanks Sam. I don't know if you were around for my first few builds but let's just say it took a lot of trial and error to get to this point and it's still nowhere near perfect.
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Posted 24 March 2021 - 02:42 PM

Okay so I started on the exhaust. Having a turbocharged engine, it felt weird to leave the puny pea-shooter stock exhaust in place, and it felt like cheating to do a half ass job of it. A small 4 pot engine like the SR20 is always going to have a lot of rasp with a freer flowing exhaust, so I decided to integrate a catalytic converter just after the downpipe and then a giant Vibrant (company which produces exhaust components) resonator, and I may yet sandwich a muffler just under the trunk. I also incorporated flanges and gaskets for realism, and there are photo etch pieces in there believe it or not, but they can't be seen lol. I mostly just used them as a way to guide the shape.

There are two challenges here - the first is having the exhaust fit under the frame:

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And the second challenge is the U-shaped segment going over the rear axle. I had to do pie cuts here and I will basically join the two sections aft and rear of the axle after painting them

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I also decided to do the dampers in metal as opposed to OEM black plastic.

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I also did the handbrake mechanism, all based on images of the 1:1

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So the exhaust is ready to be painted

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