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This car, formerly a bone stock TG10 MK-1 with a Raybrig NSX body, was my first nitro car and also marks my return back to RC after years of absence. I got this car back in '01 at a sale @ Hobby People. It was a ton of fun because a group of my friends from ArtCenter got them and we used to race them in the parking lots late at night, blowing off some stress from school. Well, we were all going the same speed, with the same bodies, etc...it wasn't long before I wanted more speed and in went a 2-speed transmission. After that, it just snowballed into hop-up after another, until I crashed it head on into a curb at full throttle, folding the car in half.
It sat for a long time, then a year or so later my friend went traveling through Asia and brought me a bag of parts to fix up my TG10. He got me a bunch of pieces, including the Tamiya carbon top deck, GPM lower chassis, Cross suspension parts, and some other goodies. I got a Yokomo .12 engine and it was up and running again. I always encountered problems with that 2-speed, it would always grenade itself and render the car useless. I enjoyed driving it but maintenance parts seem to be harder to find.
About 2 years ago I started to travel to Asia a few times a year for business and personal reasons, and I would always pick up parts for this car as it's hard to get stuff for it in the states. In my travels to Hong Kong, I would get GPM and TOPCAD parts; in Japan, I would get Cross, TRF, etc. So, I've recently decided that this car is far too sentimental for so many reasons to trash it again. I stripped it down completely and gave it a thorough rebuild. It's quite beautiful, despite being used and having some battle scars- I think it gives this car added character and brings back good memories. I needed a worthy bodyset to top it off, so I dug into my collection and pulled out a Calsonic Skyline R32. I didn't go for the box art, but I wanted a hardcore, Japanese style racer- something you'd see blasting through 'Roulette' in Tokyo. ('Roulette' is a circular highway in the middle of Tokyo near Odaiba, where Skylines, Silvias, RX-7's, etc take over at night for racing). Nothing beats a black on black car in my opinion, so that's what I did for this Skyline. I wanted deep lips in the back wheels with monster camber and stretched tires, just like the real deals in Japan. I sprayed the wheel centers a black gold and gave the body a few thin lines in silver to pop out the details. This thing came out beautiful, I absolutely love this car and all that it stands for. Sorry for the long read, enjoy the car! ;)