Model: (Click to see more) 58503: Honda Ballade Sports Mugen
Status: New built
Date: 26-Jun-2015
Comments: 24
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Well, as usual, it has taken me ages to actually get this car done. I originally bought a chassis sometime last summer during my recovery from back surgery as well as I think I pushed the button on the body set. The body is truly the only real NEW portion of this build, but the M05 chassis I got my hands on was really clean and came with the Sweep wheels and some sticky rubber.
If I am honest, the M05 was going to originally go under the used VW Golf Mk1 body it had come with, but I just couldn't get over how 'wrong' it looked at certain angles and the tuck the wheels had into the arches etc. I decided the best fix was to get the CRX body as I have always liked it more in real life than the Golf even though I have never owned either. I wouldn't really count my VW Cabriolet as it is a bit of a different animal to the true Golf and I have owned the CIVIC Hatchback brother to the CRX, but again, a different animal since it wasn't as lightweight and engineered for everything the CRX was done up for.
All that said, after plopping the body on the M05 chassis, still felt it a little wrong in places and then it hit me, I have an M02M chassis here, let me see how that looks and viola, it looked somehow better and more appropriate, so undertaking the obligatory changing of the guard with the steering and drive set ups, the M02M has become an M01M?? I guess and I also fiddled a bit with the track as I wanted the wheels and tires to be appropriately flush and tucked with the body, so some TGX wheel axles provided the extra thread length I needed on the freewheels and I will be installing some hard lock nuts on the drive axles as I don't know if I should do the same trick to the drive wheels or not. You guys tell me, perhaps that will be the better way and not the lock nuts. It sure would be nice if Tamiya made longer freewheel axle shafts without the dogbone cups, but thankfully they are hidden in the hubs.
Hope you guys like my non box art choice, always my favorite color of the first gen CRX was the blue with grey. Our own TamiyaManDan painted this shell up for me as I don't think I do well with the patience and skill needed to paint. He did leave the decals to me and I gotta tell you, for the relatively few decals there are for this model, it was a bigger nightmare than a Castrol Civic which I have also done the decals on!!!!! I also can tell you if you intend to build one, be careful with the cutting out of the decals and make sure your knife is as sharp as it ever will be for the absolutely crazy lines you have to cut out.
There are some 'hits' to Tamiya's instructions on this decal set too. It would have been a great help if Tamiya had provided a few notes to indicate which of all the windshield surrounds were to go on first then which ones layered over the others as that gave me a few fits as well as the fact that they are some of the W I D E S T windscreen surrounds that I have put on. Also, the red pinstripe lines are a bit finicky to say the least as they are to fit into a cove molded into the lexan as well as the fact that Tamiya printed some little off white '-' in between the bits where the door shut lines will line up so you could cut the full strip without breaking it up, but you better not have a colored car. I simply cut them into three separate sections to place them in there spots. The front and rear 'wraparound decals were better thought out, but you simply should put the Mugen kangi on first, then add the other pinstripe. Either way, when you are putting ANY of these decals on a dark colored car, any and all 'clear' parts of the decal will show up and perhaps even get some gunk onto the paint from their adhesive, so patience and tedious focus is required in the cutting and placement of these decals. I even cut the rear quarter windows trim fully out since I put a giant fingerprint in the middle of it while placing it and well, it wouldn't go away, so peel and cut and stick again.
Last note on the wheels, they are the Ballade type hit with what seems to be my signature move of a silver paint Sharpie to bring some life to the plastic. I will get to clipping those body posts off the front end and perhaps another day, I will find some more rear bodyposts for an M01 as these were the longest I had and as you can see, the body is not really held down with anything more than gravity.
Enjoy and comments always welcome
Chris

With its M05 chassis and HUGE body posts. LOL 1 It just looks better on this M01 chassis The real car brochure, for the USA that is I could be that guy,but I have blond/grey hair. ;) The m05 chassis again, mean looking stance Thanks Dan, good job on that paint.

Comments

Tamiyamandan

26-Jun-2015

Looks GREAT !!!! Fantastic job on the decals and I love how it looks with your vintage catalog....

mongoose1983

26-Jun-2015

Fantastic scale work there, Chris! Dan did a very good job with it. Man, you need to clip those bodyposts. Also, where's the chassis picture, Chris?

pininy

26-Jun-2015

This is really good looking car! very well done. I love the colour on this! Cheers!

Crash Cramer

26-Jun-2015

Erich, I will get a chassis shot or two when I can get the steering linkage found. It would seem I didn't ever have the proper length item, but I also don't have a speed control or RX in it either, so I guess I will just shoot one of the chassis next moment I get.

Dante77

26-Jun-2015

Hey Chris,
you've done a great job there. The paintscheme is bang on! If you're goal is to copy the car from the cataloge, maybe the Alfa Giulia Sprint wheels are an even better match. Just a thought!

ScaleXtreme

26-Jun-2015

This looks amazing! I love it.

SMOKE-DOG

26-Jun-2015

Nice. I've always been a Honda man and the CRX was my favorite car at one point. Makes me wanna get that kit.

Crash Cramer

26-Jun-2015

Thanks guys, why didn't I think of those Alfa wheels before??? I guess I don't know where my brain has been. As luck would have it, just scored a roller chassis with those wheels on it, now to put them onto this for a look.

neobrunox

26-Jun-2015

It is a Perfect well done

MAD-BEE

26-Jun-2015

That's nice mate!!

Grumpy pants

26-Jun-2015

This is a really cool model, the 1st photo is just perfect.

OCD

27-Jun-2015

Chris! This came out great & Dan did fantastic work!!! The blue over the gunmetal looks perfect in these photos, and not sure if you could achieve a better result than what you've accomplished here Good thinking on widening the trackwidth too (I think you're using TG10 axles, yeah?) as it seems like CR-X PRO fenders are a bit wider than the US spec CRX.

Crash Cramer

27-Jun-2015

Thanks guys, WOW 400 views, that was quick. @Steve, TG10, TGX, same thing??? Still have to raid that set of Alfa wheels for the trial fit, but then the question of what to do with this set of wheels will come up.

OCD

27-Jun-2015

TG10 = 5mm axle on 1150 bearing pair. TGX = 6mm axle on 1510/1260 bearing combo. The TG10 was essentially a nitro version of the TB01, but used wider axles to extend the trackwidth to 200mm. It's always bothered me that Tamiya never released these as a designated hop up; A 'wide-track axle kit' would be hugely popular mod!

Crash Cramer

27-Jun-2015

AHHH, I get it, then it was a set of TG10 axles, they were laying around used and they are black and longer length, so I made an assumption on what they were. Thanks for the information and I will see what other surprises I have laying around here.

*Topcat*

28-Jun-2015

Liking this a lot. In used to drool over the Kyosho crx years ago. Sweet ride and I'm very jealous ☺

stickerbod

29-Jun-2015

Top job Chris, looks ace 😊

Pintopower

30-Jun-2015

Totally cool.

Wyoming

30-Jun-2015

Nice looking CRX Chris, wish I could find a real one in that condition

Crash Cramer

30-Jun-2015

You and me both Seth, I would love to get my hands on one just like this to enjoy thrashing around.

scollins

6-Jul-2015

Very nice work Chris,, looks like a factory stocker for sure!

Crash Cramer

8-Feb-2016

Can't believe it, I made the showcase today with this. Cool, been a while.

OCD

10-Feb-2016

Congrats on making the Showcase! A well-deserved entry

ECUpparilloT

7-Aug-2016

Awwwh sweet ride Sir, it looks cosmic - i remember they were one of the favorite cars beside Golfs and Audis of the youngtimer scene here in Germany. I also love the Civic version of this one, i saw it in real in the Motul Racing Version and was impressed by the sound, handling and fabulous design - i really would like to build that thing in 10 scale, so i'm looking for a suitable body since a long time.. Your looks simply great, colour sheme & realisation is top - would you add a driver with cockpit please?


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