Datsun 240ZG - part 1

by brae  

I'm going to start this build with a disclaimer: I am an artist, not a modeler.  :D  This is a very specific car, so be forewarned that I plan to take several liberties with it strictly for taste.  There are some fantastic stock and modified builds out there, and I admire the dedication and thought that went into those projects.  I will link to some these during my build.  But, my end goal here is to create a barn find.  How well-preserved or how dilapidated it ends up, who knows.  One thing I do know...it won't look much like the box art.

There are 14 sprues of parts with a smattering of other pieces.  So far, I'm really impressed with this kit.  I've not built a car this large, so the details are wonderful.  There are also pre-colored light covers and rubberized parts beyond just the tires.  I plan to build a complete model, but I'm not going to be a stickler for every last detail.  I will be adding a few elements not included in the kit, though.  A lot of this car will end up dirty, too, so some details will be lost in age and grime anyway.  I will pick my battles.  :D

There are 14 pages of detailed instructions in building the model, one of which is the main body color chart.

One of the first liberties I am taking is the body color.  I bought Testors Fiery Orange.  It's a beautiful red orange metallic.  It's so lovely that I came so close to making this a well-preserved barn find.  :D  I'm going to have to spray *something* new in this beautiful color to satisfy that itch.  I'm a fan of this color, just so you know.

If I were making a showroom new model, I would take more care to study all of the parts before priming.  As it is, I primed whole sprues in a color close to their molded color.  I like to work with primed plastic because I feel I can work more fluidly with colors and textures on a primed surface.

I bought a bunch of Testors bottled paints (plus one Model Masters) and have a few brushes on hand to start.  No reason for Testors other than I like their paints and have some already in my stash.  I will also be using craft paint acrylics.

I've scoured the internet and saved a bunch of photos of the real deal cars as well as some of the fantastic models done by top-notch modelers.  I also have my purchased 1:18 scale diecast and 1:25 scale models for some reference.  Huh...there's that orange again.  :D  I'm now also wondering why I don't have this car in matchbox size!  :\

I've built a similar engine before!  haaaaaaaaa...like that's going to help.

I do love that old ratty Datsun model.  :D

I won't be detailing every step of the build here on the blog but will post updates along the way.  I'll also make a recap post with links to the various steps as I get further along.

So, that's where I am now...primed sprues, instructions opened to step 1, sample photos ready....

7 comments

Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
Wow! You are so brave to be making the entire model car just in order to "lose" it in the old barn!!! I admire your attention to detail and your persistence in these mini projects! I can't wait to see the updates!
03/22/15 @ 15:23
Comment from: Daphne K [Visitor]
Looking forward to the updates - this is sounds amazingly epic! And love the color by the way! Orange is that perfect middle ground of being fun and playful but very eye-riveting at the same time. :)
03/22/15 @ 20:30
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
14 sprues of parts.....whew. That is why, when I was thinking of making an old garage with a barn find, my car was going to be under a tarp. :D It's going to be fun to watch you build this, I'm envious of your patience.
03/23/15 @ 01:28
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks!! :>> The orange should help the car stand out in an otherwise monochromatic barn interior. :yes: I can completely understand building the axles, popping the body on top and covering the whole thing with a tarp. :))
03/23/15 @ 09:46
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
Where did you get a 1:12 car???
04/09/15 @ 06:26
Comment from: brae [Member]
I started with a plain old Google image search for ideas and then scoured eBay and other hobby sites for the kit to purchase. :D
04/09/15 @ 07:49
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
I am searching for a 1:12 Jeep if you happen to see one. I don't want to pay a mortgage for one, though! LOL Thanks.
04/09/15 @ 07:53


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