Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Memoire of 90's JDM race car part 2 - 1/24 Castrol Mugen Accord JTCC '97 and Castrol Mugen NSX JGTC '98

A second streak of 90's Japanese race car, this time are two legendary touring cars by Honda with the same sponsor/livery.  Any fans of the Gran Turismo 2 installment or Best Motoring should be familiar with any one of these - the Castrol Mugen Accord and NSX.

First up is the Accord.  For those unfamiliar, this is not an ordinary everyday accord with roll cage.  It features a 300hp destroked H22A engine and 6 speed sequential transmission.  Its sheer speed can walk a Skyline GTR N1 racer and eventually bypass the infamous 600hp Mine's Skyline (Source:  Best Motoring video - ) and that is what makes this Accord so special.  Below is a picture of the real car from a screencap on Best Motoring:

For my kit I used straight up stock Tamiya kit and followed the Tamiya's version with the carbon color front lower lip.  The fit and finish is good for this kit, however the red decals around the front and bumper trim is tricky to apply and I had to finish up with some red florescent pain to complete the look.

The Castrol Mugen NSX should need less introduction - a NSX fully factory modified gran touring car bored the engine to 3.5L outputting ~500hp racing in the Japanese championship in the GT500 class.  A picture of the real car:

Being the original Playstation, I first got in touch of this car through Gran Turismo 2:

The model kit is straight up kit Tamiya.  Fitment for parts are good and contains the C35B engine detail.

If they race together it will be pretty epic:


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Memoire of 90's JDM race car - 1/24 Falken Nissan Skyline GTR R33 N1

Many original Gran Turismo and Best Motoring fan should be familiar of this car from the 90's - Falken Nissan Skyline GTR R33 N1 endurance race car.

This car in real life is modified to race in the Japanese endurance series "Super Taikyu" and the Skyline GTR was a dominant platform in the 90's.  The interior is completely stripped with roll cage and the engine output remains ~300hp.  Below is a picture of the real car featuring in Best Motoring.

Specs and modifications of my model:

  • Fujiimi 1/24 Nissan R33 Skyline GTR 1997 base kit
  • Fujimi Nismo LM-GT2 wheels
  • 1/24 Tamiya R32 Group N race interior and roll cage
  • Custom modified trunk gas inlet
  • Studio 27 R34 Falken N1 decals