Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII

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    Post  KarlJDM on Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:54 pm

    After almost 20 months away from the hobby, I am back sitting at my new desk and building again!

    The kit I chose to start with was a Fujimi Mitsubishi Evolution VII which I chose because it doesn't have lots of parts and I thought it'd be easy... but I was very wrong in my thinking because these kits require so much work to make them decent! Anyways, here is my progress so far.

    The kit I chose.. the Tein version which I'll however build into a road going version.
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 1BoxArt_zps5fde0ff9

    And all the box contents.
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    I was happy to find an official 2002 Tein catalogue, it was a nice surprise inside  Very Happy
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 5TeinCatalogueFront_zpsf351fe01

    Here is the body which has a big amount of mold marks and requires many hours of sanding to get smooth.
    The wheels were also a nice surprise.. a set of 18" Enkei NT-03s which I will keep  Smile
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    And speaking of size.. 18" NT03s look great lowered beneath an Evo.. so I'll definitely keep these  Surprised 
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 4Wheelscompared_zps7660724c

    First thing to do was to sand off all the body mold lines and temporarily assemble the chassis to see the standard Fujimi ride height... which I find to be disgusting and required a lot of work to lower correctly  Evil or Very Mad 
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 6StandardHeight-2_zps8b0af43c

    From these pictures, it does look like a Pajero ride height, but it might not look as bad. But in real life, believe me, it does look bad!
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    Here is my progress in getting the Evo to sit low and keeping all the wheels rotating.. I won't be playing with it but I like to turn the wheels the way I want once completed!

    First thing to do was to sand down the back of the body arches to make the plastic as narrow as possible, since the body's plastic is so thick and will leave the wheels way back into the arches once completed. Then I sanded down the inner arches on the chassis to allow the wheels to move upwards as requested!

    Then it was off to the rear set-up. I separated the disc brakes from the shock absorbers and attached the discs directly to the arms at a higher position.
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    This made the rear wheels sit at the required stance, however they got in the way of the shock absorbers. So I cut out the top part where the absorbers slide into the chassis and moved them the maximum possible to the inner side. This will make the shock absorber stand further inside the arch and free from the wheel!
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 9MovedSuspensionTower_zpsd1edaf09

    Once both were glued in place, the arches were filled with putty and sanded!
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 10ArchesPuttyFilled_zps4be39cb7

    Then it was off for the front set-up. First thing was to cut 2mm off the shock absorbers.
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    This made the wheels sit at my required stance, however now the steering rod connecting both wheels was touching the chassis so I opened the slot seen below to make way for it!
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    Then I added 2 spacers beneath the front arms to compensate for the smaller shock absorbers.
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    Finally, here is a view of the chassis! All arches were re-inforced with styrene and I built that box in the front to cover the opening I made earlier for the steering rod!
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    And did all these modifications, actually work?? Yes they did  Laughing .. here is how the Evo is now sitting at my desk  Very Happy
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    Next challenge was to detail the under body since Fujimi's diff and shaft were making me sick   monkey 

    This is how the original under body looked when assembled
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    So I brought out the saw and began cutting off the differential (or T-shaped box!!) together with the one-piece shaft. The open hole was then filled with styrene and finally finished with several layers of putty.
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    The under body was then lightly primered in white to reveal any defects in the putty. Beneath the chassis are the new parts from the spares box which I'm going to use instead of the original diff and shaft assembly!
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    The new parts were butchered up and re-arranged to get them to the exact needed lenght for the Evo. The blue pieces are also from the spares box and will be used as bellow covers behind the rear disc brakes. The 2 holes beneath the diff were made to hold the diff exactly in place when final assembly comes!
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 20Partsinplace_zps6a438045

    Finally, here is the new Evo under body all assembled and in place. It may look like a minor modification, but I'm sure the long hours spent on this will make the chassis look muuuuuuch better in the end  Very Happy  Very Happy
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    Last piece of work on the chassis.. I've replaced the exhaust muffler with a new one made from scratch by a friend from aluminium rods. It is exactly the same size and diameter as the Fujimi A'pex N1 Muffler! I'll polish it later on during the build to bring it to a nice shiny finish!

    Here it is.. and next to the car you can see the original Evo muffler.
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    Thanks for looking,
    Karl  cheers
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    Post  Ray on Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:42 pm

    Waiting for more  Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
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    Post  Robert on Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:32 pm

    i like...prosit eeee ...keep it up i like what your doing
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    Post  bcauchi on Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:28 am

    amazing work. you sure captured the look and sit of the car. love the step by step. keep them coming!
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    Post  Dottore on Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:42 pm

    But I sure enjoyed seeing you detail this one...excellent work indeed!!!

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:48 am

    Your building it as real............ cheers 
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    Post  el manolo on Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:47 pm

    you are a master!
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    Post  KarlJDM on Mon May 19, 2014 2:27 pm

    cheers Thank you everyone for your kind replies, very much appreciated.

    I apologize for my lack of updates.. work has been going on at a slow rate on the Evo, however I do have several updates I'd like to show  Very Happy 

    With the undercarriage modifications done, it was time to work on the interior. After long hours sanding down all the nasty Fujimi mold lines, I started working on the front seats. The back of these seats was out of shape compared to the originals, so these were filled with putty and then covered with styrene to bring the required shape. The seat belt holes were later drilled out.
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    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 24FinishedFrontSeats_zpsfea8f2f1

    And also added a pair of b-pillars from styrene so that I would have a base for my front seat belts later on with the build!
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 25B-PillarsDone_zps0275119d

    That completed the interior modifications too, so then I applied primer to all the undercarriage and interior pieces. I was happy because I hadn't used the 2K primer for almost 2 years now and once I opened the lid of the can, I found it ready to start working with again  Laughing

    Here are all the pieces in grey primer
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 26PrimerApplied_zps25445b5e

    And then the undercarriage was airbrushed in its final colour.. the Mitsubishi Y01, Dandelion Yellow which is the original yellow colour of the Evo VII.
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 27YellowUndercarriage_zpseb1347c3

    In the picture, it looks like a high-lighter yellow, but in reality it's a nice shade of yellow and I'm happy with the chosen colour  Smile 

    Then it was time to start the airbrushing/masking/airbrushing/masking... process and the picture below shows all the undercarriage pieces drying off from their last airbrushed colour.

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    All the masking tape/liquid was then removed, brake calipers decals attached, everything weathered and ready for assembly
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    And finally, completed  Cool 
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 30FinishedUndercarriage_zps79d12157

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    Intercooler was weathered and blue hoses together with aluminium pipes were added to make it more realistic
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 36FinishedIntercooler_zps015b42d8

    With that finished, I continued work on the interior and this picture shows all the parts airbrushed and ready for the final details and assembly..
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 37AirbrushedInterior_zps9979d23d

    This weekend, I also managed to finish the interior. I just need to re-size the pictures I took and will upload them on my next update.. which hopefully won't be as long as this one  Laughing  Laughing 

    Thanks for looking,
    Karl cheers


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    Post  Ray on Mon May 19, 2014 2:39 pm

    Looking good Karl  cheers 

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    Post  KarlJDM on Fri May 23, 2014 6:26 pm

    Thank you Ray, very much appreciated  Very Happy 

    So, finally I managed to find time to re-size the images of the finished interior and here they are.

    The interior floor and rear shelf were covered with dark grey flocking while seat belts were added too.
    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 38FlockedInterior_zpsf3a0be7f

    Finally, everything was assembled and here it is  Smile 
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    Fujimi Mitsubishi Evo VII 45FinishedInterior7_zps41836875

    With that finished, now it's time to start working on the body and all of its remaining pieces Very Happy

    Thanks for looking,
    Karl  cheers 
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    Post  Ray on Sat May 24, 2014 3:16 pm

    Looking very nice good Karl  Twisted Evil 

    Well done  cheers
     
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    Post  Gordon on Sat May 24, 2014 3:27 pm

    well done karl
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    Post  el manolo on Sat May 24, 2014 3:48 pm

    keep up the good work Karl  cheers 
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    Post  skyhigh on Sun May 25, 2014 8:58 am

    Professional work ......welldone..... cheers 

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