Here is my latest attempt to what I think is the most difficult box art paint job ever.
The chassis is almost new built from parts from my Kyosho stock. It even has the correct low damper mounts.
The shell is a repro from Marwan. It's the first time I use one of his shell as my other Kyoshos sport either original ones or Kamtec repros. Well, I think the quality is very good, but I was a little disapointed regarding the size; it's a few mm too short. I cut it with a cut original one as a reference and when I fitted it to the chassis, I had to cut it again because it wouldn't fit the chassis. That's why you'll notice those large cuts on the front of the shell for example.But still, it is very good quality and I'm being really picky here
Stickers are original ones for the most part. Some of you will notice the correct '5'; I had these stashed away for a few years and they came from my friend Franz 'Hagar'. The side ones are a little too small but this should be corrected very soon thanks to Stickerbod.
Then the paint job: this is definitely the toughest masking job ever. This time I used Tamiya standard 'blue' instead of the 'brilliant blue' of my previous builds. It is much darker, but still far from Kyosho 'Calsonic blue'...I also used a different painting method this time, starting by the yellow, then blue, white and finally filling everything with black. Yes, everything, apart from the thin white stripe on the rear part of the shell, is painted from the inside of the shell. You see what I mean by thoughest masking job ever? It's still not perfect but at least I don't have tape lifting and catching dust...
Finally, I would have love to show you pictures of the chassis with the box art correct red Kyosho Astro servos and receiver. I won an ebay auction for these for $8 a few weeks ago! Unfortunately, they got lost in the mail, and they are almost impossible to find. I was so sad, so if you have some you don't need, even in bad condition, even not working, please please please send them to me and you'll make a very happy man.
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Blue Optima - body sold