View Full Version : The sad Skyline.

12-02-2013, 04:02 PM
As some of you know, the great actor, and over all good guy Paul Walker tragically passed away the 30th November. I've always wanted to build a replica of one of the skylines he's been using in his role of Brian O'Connor. I've decided to do so now, not just as a tribute to him, but also for myself.

It's feels weird, that someone I've never met in real life, leaves such an empty place behind, and I can't even start to imagine how his closest must feel losing such a great guy. I've grown up having some trouble at home, and it might sound ridiculous, but the first Fast and the Furious movie helped me cheer up when I felt down. It boosted my interest in cars, and I felt connected to his character, as both he and I was between a rock and a hard place, having to make difficult decisions at times. Of course, My problems back then weren't of the same dimensions, but it helped me cheer up.

So the first thing I needed was to decide on a body to use. I wanted to use Tamiya's R34 Skyline, but as rcmart was sold out, I went with a R35. It won't be a direct replica, as the body would need extensive work, and a lot of scratch building to be right, but it'll be a kind of blend of all the skylines he's been using in the movies. It'll have a interior with a lit up dash, and it'll be customized to look more like a real R35 interior, than just the generic 1:10 china interior.

The body is on order, and I'm in the planning stage to figure out the overall look of the build. I'll be using a Sakura D3 chassis which might not give me space for a engine bay, but I'll see what I can do about that.

May he rest in peace.

12-02-2013, 05:28 PM
I can't say I was a huge fan of his but I did like the guy and his tragic an sudden death reminds me of the fact that any one of us can go at any time, ya just never know what hand life is gonna deal ya. I love Skylines and I'm shure you will build a fitting tribute, can't wait to see it!:angel:

12-02-2013, 11:49 PM
May he rest in peace and Good bless his family who suffer the most now.

A Kenmeri replica to the looks of the one shown in the Brazil location was always on my list.
It just received a higher priority now....

Also I am undecided if I use my ABC Hobby or the Kyosho Nostalgic body for it?

12-03-2013, 12:24 PM
I can't even imagine how hard it must be for those closest to him. May they find peace as well.

That replica has crossed my mind as well, I'll be watching that build for sure :)

We are all born knowing one thing, that some day we're going to die, but we don't know the when, how, and where. It doesn't make it any easier though...

12-05-2013, 09:33 AM
I'm starting to get an idea of the overall look of the car, paint will be either as close as possible to the bay side blue as I can get it, or metallic white, with the stripes from the silver R34 he drives in 2fast2furious in gun metal gray. I'm thinking about doing a stencil face on the hood, but I'm not sure about that yet, as it has to be pretty accurate to look good. Also, he wouldn't drive a car with he's own face on the hood.

I'll be adding a front splitter, and possibly a diffuser, to add a little flavour from the matte metallic blue R35 we get a peak of at the end of the last movie. I'll try to make the interior as close to a R35 as possible using a china-generic lexan interior as my base. Probably have to order some styrene and give it a try..

Any suggestions to what I can incorporate into this is welcome :)

12-15-2013, 01:22 PM
Body is here!! :biggthumpup:

http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb360/plejmo/054CDAC7-D2FC-4A53-B223-E5C4DEB13059-2468-000003B16194CBE6_zps38998518.jpg (http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/plejmo/media/054CDAC7-D2FC-4A53-B223-E5C4DEB13059-2468-000003B16194CBE6_zps38998518.jpg.html)

Got started on the interior, and first step was to remove most of it!?

http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb360/plejmo/9BC1C5C6-EBA1-4410-BC9D-3285DA4DB505-2468-000003B16AEFD2C9_zpsb5033bf2.jpg (http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/plejmo/media/9BC1C5C6-EBA1-4410-BC9D-3285DA4DB505-2468-000003B16AEFD2C9_zpsb5033bf2.jpg.html)

Why you say? Because I didn't feel like having the stock dude driving this. So I started molesting this poor chick.

http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb360/plejmo/0C1A9B3D-431F-45F7-957D-1998674C63D5-2468-000003B1757EF891_zps74344f45.jpg (http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/plejmo/media/0C1A9B3D-431F-45F7-957D-1998674C63D5-2468-000003B1757EF891_zps74344f45.jpg.html)

http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb360/plejmo/04408F5B-212E-46DD-9112-61BE1AFEBADD-2468-000003B17C614B0E_zpsa5a4d55f.jpg (http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/plejmo/media/04408F5B-212E-46DD-9112-61BE1AFEBADD-2468-000003B17C614B0E_zpsa5a4d55f.jpg.html)

I've ordered a set of wraith seats to cut up, and I finally found somewhere to use the NOS bottles I've had laying around. I'm still worried about the dash though, and if I'll be able to make the gps/info screen..

How do people glue styrene to other materials? Will Tec 7 adhere to styrene? And how thick styrene should I use for the interior floor?

12-18-2013, 02:02 PM
Body is cut out, just need to sand off the rough edges and it's ready for masking and paint. It'll be a while before that though, as I want to have the interior finished first to make all the mounts while the body is still clear. And it is my first time really building something out of styrene.

Funfact: The chick that'll drive this thing, is a figure of a Sin City character, played by Devon Aoki, Which happens to also play Suki (The chick driving the Pink S2000 in 2Fast2Furious) So it's kind of fitting that she'll be driving :laugh:

12-21-2013, 02:55 PM
So my styrene got here, and I've started working on the interior.. It's not easy, but once I got started I quickly realized how nice styrene is to work with. Since this is the first thing I'm making out of styrene, I'm giving myself a little brake, not going to insane on details, and eyeballing stuff. I feel I got a good start, and can't wait until the seats get here!

Sorry about the absolutely crappy pic, I had to edit it in photobucket to show the center console at all.. I'll try to snap a few better pics tomorrow

http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb360/plejmo/C3B350A1-D585-4C51-AABA-8D585DE9A15C_zpsntb6pdbz.jpg (http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/plejmo/media/C3B350A1-D585-4C51-AABA-8D585DE9A15C_zpsntb6pdbz.jpg.html)

12-21-2013, 05:05 PM
Off to a great start!

12-23-2013, 07:31 AM
So far I think it looks okay, center console is done, just needs some fine sanding, glue, and paint. So it's not really done at all :crazy:

http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb360/plejmo/80B04F33-8C10-4300-9D0D-DBBD2C17D591_zpskhbz5ida.jpg (http://s1201.photobucket.com/user/plejmo/media/80B04F33-8C10-4300-9D0D-DBBD2C17D591_zpskhbz5ida.jpg.html)

I really hate trying to cut Devon's legs up, she's made out of really tough and grippy plastic, so the saw just jams in there..

Been working on the body today, smoothed out the grill and air intakes up front, and started with the exhaust holes in the rear. It's weird how much faster I work when I'm really motivated.. It seems my last few projects has been lacking motivation to get it done.

I need some help deciding, roll cage, or no roll cage?

12-23-2013, 02:21 PM
It's funny how fast things go when you're motivated.

Definitely roll cage. No doubt.

12-23-2013, 03:13 PM
Yeah, it's just sad that they usually grind to a halt once you're out of motivation :dry:

Roll cage's are one of those things I love and hate.. Love the looks, but I'm one of those guys that can't just grab a box of drinking straws and a glue gun, and be happy about it. I ordered styrene to specs (at least to the specs you have to use for rally here in Norway) but getting the bends perfect, so it's 100% symmetric left to right, and having it spot on, is not so easy. You see, the center console not being perfect is one thing, I can't get hold of measurements of with, length and all that, so it's easy to eyeball it, and say "at least it looks better than what I started out with". But when it comes to roll cages, it's gotta be 100% spot on. That includes plates which the tubes are "welded" on to and everything. Any imperfections will annoy the hell out of me. I started making one yesterday, and the main hoop was PERFECT! Until I figured "hey, I'll drill some holes, and glue a rod into it, so it can be taken apart". ::awwcrap

I'm not sure if I'll be making a cage or not, but if I am it'll be a half cage, so it doesn't block the view of the interior.

I think I need more styrene as well, I'm going to have to make a diffuser, and making one that fits the body perfectly, will probably take a few tries :crazy:

12-24-2013, 10:09 AM
Nice work so far, looking good. Keep at it, its good to finish things. :biggthumpup:

A few posts back you asked about glueing styrene to lexan. There may be other options i don't know much about, but Shoegoo works great for me. Sticks anything to lexan really nice. Fills gaps too so you don't have to have all your cuts totally precise.

12-27-2013, 10:06 AM
Thanks! It'll be finished for sure :)

Shoegoo huh? I've never actually used shoegoo, but I imagine it's somewhat similar to Tec 7. I know it works really well to glue lexan, as I've used it to merge a Toyota Supra and a Nissan Silvia S15 together. The great thing about these rubbery kinds of glue is that they flex without "cracking" as well. Have you tried spray painting Shoegoo? And if so, does the paint seem to stick to it? That's what I'm mostly worried about, how/if the paint will stick.

12-29-2013, 02:27 PM
Started building the roll cage today, and the main hoop is bent and started filing to remove the kinks. I use 4,8mm styrene tube, with a 3,2mm styrene rod inside to keep it from just collapsing.

How do you guys heat styrene to get nice bends? Using a lighter works, but I'm sure there are better ways to do it.. Cage is on hold as I'm out of tube ::awwcrap

12-29-2013, 02:54 PM
Some use a candle so they can have both hands free. Others use steam. You can use put some solid copper wire or similar inside the styrene tube and bend it. I'm sure there's even more methods.

01-04-2014, 07:16 PM
A candle sounds like a good idea, saves time not having to put down the lighter before getting to the bending as well as having both hands free as you say. I'm definitely giving that a try, thanks :)