Thursday, 29 January 2015

New Body Shell

After I spent almost 72 hours painting this:

I decided that I wasn't going to make it my daily runner as it is just simply too pretty. If you've read my post on this body then you'll know all the trouble I went through to create this magnificent work of art. Yes, art. I've put it in a frame and hung it on my wall... Not really. She has now become my shelf Queen though, I will only bring her out on special occasions.

That still left me needing a daily shell. Something that I wouldn't mind "hooning" around in or "trading paint" with other shells.

A local drifter posted up a shell for sale and I thought to myself, "Yeah, why not? Makes perfect sense". It was a HPI Racing Toyota Levin AE86 (17214 190mm), the predecessor of the GT86 and rightly dubbed as the dad.

(Image source: HPI Racing)

Obviously I wasn't going to go with the suggestion or the alternate yellow version but something more unique to me. You may remember on the GT86 post that I mentioned about my personal livery. Well after much deliberation, I decided to go with it but with some differences...

I really like the Tamiya PS-21 (Park Green) so much that I may make it my own personal colour for all the shells that I paint. This one however, sports the original livery but has a white accent instead of the red.

There are 2 reasons for this; I was out of red paint and couldn't be bothered to go and get another can but after a few custom illustrations and playing around with ideas, the white worked better as the red clashed with the Eagle Racing logo.

The Eagle Racing logo had to go on, I'd had a set of stickers just sitting around since they got to me and it was bugging me. This build was designed around the Park Green and Eagle Racing stickers. For those of you who don't know, I run an Eagle Racing R31-16FM, have been for a while now and absolutely loving it!

I like this look but I'm a little unsure on the grey Speedline wheels... Don't mind that they are Speedline but maybe a white set? We'll see how it looks drifting around the track and go from there.

As an additional note, I also acquired a HPI Racing Body Tuner Kit Type A (85613) which comes with three options of wing mirrors, a front mounted intercooler and the rear exhaust silencer. I haven't fitted the intercooler as it won't fit my chassis and decided to go with these wing mirrors as they looked closest to standard.

Anyway, thanks for reading and keep drifting fun!