Building Your Own R35 GT-R – My Thoughts on the Actual Build, Part 1

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As the last four blog installments have essentially given you readers an idea of what kind of information is contained in the materials included in each weekly “magazine” – but no information about the model itself, I decided it was time to give everyone a look at the actual kit, as I am building it.

Volume 1 started off on the building the front bumper fascia.

When I opened the package, I was surprised to see how heavy the bumper piece – metal – really was! Together the two metal pieces weigh:

And I DID follow the instructions, which in themselves are easy enough to follow. But I found myself amazed at the quality of the pieces I was putting together. The mesh for example – is real metal. And, upon screwing in, it actually gets bent to conform to the shape of the bumper.

And the detailing is accurate – note for example that the right side air scoop is functional, while the left side is not… just like on the real car!

The toughest piece here was the GT-R logo on the upper mesh. I did not have any tweezers with me, and it definitely called for some very careful slow finger movements to put it all together. But it works!

Volume 2 –

well putting the tire on the wheel was easy… After of course I poured boiling water on the rock hard rubber and waited a few minutes. I then had to be cognizant of the unidirectional nature of the tire to make sure the arrow would be pointing the right way (this is the rear right tire).

And this metal wheel is not light, either! Almost 250 grams? Isn’t that 1 quarter of a kilogram?

Volume 3 – this was not so bad either – the screws are tiny but really there were only two I had to worry about, putting together the disk brake rotor.

Volume 4 – ok now THIS was a complete pain. Even SMALLER screws, and also nuts that had to be fitted – yes they include a “spanner” but the quality is horrible, doesn’t really fit the nut properly. Again tweezers would have been good here…

But this is cool. A real “working” shock absorber…the writing is barely readable, by the way.

And then we have these links. The problematic bolts…

Note the upper arm and the hub/knuckle base are well, realistic but not really? LOL

But it all comes together in the later stages:

The shock, the two front and rear links, the wire like stabilizer bar…

Then the BREMBO caliper gets affixed to the suspension assembly:

and then the disk rotor slips on.

Then the wheel and tire assembly goes on smoothly (there is a notch – directly under the Brembo caliper in the photo above – to make sure it does!) And then it’s just a matter of screwing on the wheel to the suspension assembly, and putting the center wheel cap on.

I can see why the completed model will weigh close to 10kg!

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