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Calsonic Skyline GT-R 2003 kit

Summary

  • Model #: 58314
  • Gallery: View
  • Released: 2003
  • Prebuilt: No
  • Category: Cars
  • Chassis: TT01
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Use: Onroad
  • Style: Touring car
  • Config: MA
  • Driveline: Shaft-drive
  • Body: Polycarbonate
  • Finished body: No
  • Susp. front: Wishbone
  • Susp. rear: Wishbone

JANG's Impressions

Used in this build:

  • Hitec HS325 servo
  • Airtronics MX-3FHSS radio system
  • Novak GTB Spread Spectrum ESC
  • Novak 13.5 brushless motor

Here you'll find typical TT01 fare with pretty decent scale looks. This kit includes the TEU101-BK ESC, which comes with the usual warning that it will only work properly with a BEC-equipped receiver. I tried to go all kit-stock on the build except for the running gear, so I could get the true, authentic driving experience in preparation for a long, gradual infusion of hopups & modifications to turn it into a club racer.

Building tips

  • I had difficulty getting my servo to fit. A lot of difficulty. Simply put, it just wouldn’t work. The instructions show you two ways you can install the upright servo mounts based on how far your servo’s output spline extends past the mounting tabs, but for my Hitec HS325 and later the Traxxas 2055 I replaced it with, both settings pushed the unit too far forward, causing the plastic linkages to bind. To correct this, I had to drill & countersink my own new holes in the chassis about 6mm behind the originals. I also trimmed the servo saver horn a bit as shown, allowing the linkages a bit of extra room to shift & flex & through the steering range of motion.
  • Now for the body. If you’re going for the box art look, use the right paints – real deal Tamiya fare. Remember to use paint marked “For Plastics” for the mirrors and wing. To make this easier, keep the parts on the plastic tree until they’re dry. You can actually bend the mirrors up on the tree without breaking them off to make painting all sides more convenient. To save yourself a lot of masking time, paint the black of the wing struts with a fine-hair brush, not a spray can.
  • This body comes with no window masks, and instead relies on nearly-opaque full window decals to create a deeply tinted look. The key word there is “nearly.” Fully opaque window decals tend to look a bit tacky themselves. However, the photo on the side of the box shows how the blue peeks through on this car and gives the windows a completely unbelievable, paper sticker look. To combat this I made my own window masks with regular blue painter’s masking tape. This type of tape can give less-than-perfect edges and is generally only good for filling in large areas with finer, plastic-based tape for sharp edges, but in this case a little roughness around the borders wouldn’t even be seen. I cut the mask roughly down the middle of the frame around the window, and the frame is completely opaque. The difference in the end result is really noticeable, particularly outdoors or with a light-colored background. Finally, after finishing up with the main spray, I backed it all with black to prevent bright blue from peeking through wheel wells or being seen when the car is picked up.

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