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Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24 completed February 20th, 2021

Background:

The S12 Nissan Silvia seems to be the forgotten Silvia, but I love its 1980's wedge shape and elegant sharp lines. With suitcases nearly full this was a last minute purchase at the end of a Tokyo holiday in a "what else can I get it that is very cheap and therefore possibly expendable?", as I removed all the parts from sprues, packed into a bag in the corner of the case and flattened the box for travel. Cheap it certainly is.

Pros:

The proportions looks right. The dashboard is quite well detailed and there are seperate decals if you want to call it a Nissan Gazelle (Australia market for the saloon S12). There's also an optional body kit as shown on the box, although it's quite ugly. Headlights have options for open versions.

Cons:

More or less everything. Body is badly moulded, needs a lot of cleanup. Chassis is terrible, lacks details and isn't wide enough. Interior is OK but has few glue points. Wheel track is a little to narrow at the back and lot too narrow at the front (see WIP photos). Lots of incidental details like windscreen wipers, brakes and side windows are not a part of this kit. In-box wheels are ugly. Rear seats are a weird size - you'd need short legs. Rear lights don't fit that well.

Verdict:

Utter crap. This is the worst quality kit I've ever built, so far. And yet.. with considerable effort, a satisfying result can be found within it. Only for those that love the S12 saloon version or a challenge. There's certainly some satisfaction to be gained from taming this turd of a kit that you don't get from building something that just works.

Build notes:

Reworked chassis width, strengthened and augmented interior of chassis. Added brakes, wipers, side windows. Changed number plates and exhaust tip. Changed wheels and tyres. Reworked both axles to a useful length and fixed front steering. Filled seat backs. Painted in Tamiya TS-76 Mica Silver and cleared with Tamiya TS-13.


Kit bought on holiday in Tokyo, February 2018.

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24

Fujimi Nissan Silvia S12 Turbo RSX 1/24


Work in progress images

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

Nissan S12 work in progress

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