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Old 12-15-2018, 12:46 PM
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Mitsubishi FTO build log

Hello everybody

The Mitsubishi FTO papermodel is found over the internet here and there
For years I wanted to build this model.
I really like how this car looks.
The model design is typical Japanese design with some simplifications that are not explainable. Also, front suspension doesn't seem to be close to original.
No engine, no drivetrain parts.
Wheels can be made rotating and steering. Also doors can be made openable (does this word really exist?)

I must point out that I build models very slowly and don't really like to publish build logs.
Hopefully I won't get disappointed with this model and could keep up with this build
So, without further ado, here are some front wheelarches , parts of front suspension with brake disks and calipers pictures
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Old 12-15-2018, 02:48 PM
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Old 12-16-2018, 02:41 AM
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Thanks asaf

Small addition. I have installed the front suspension to its place
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Old 12-22-2018, 10:05 AM
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Hello all.

More pictures

This model has a structure that connects to wheel archesand front mid part. This structure stiffens the wheelarches and front suspension beam and also the high beam, low beam headlights, fog lights and the turn signals are sitting on it.
I had to scratch my head for some time, but eventually everything went OK. I really hope that when the time comes, the outer parts will cover the headlights nicely
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:33 AM
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Hello everybody

Today's update is not great in advancement of the build since I bumped into issues.
According to instruction, I had to complete fog lights and turn indicators block

It doesn't look too difficult in instruction. There is a base made from cowl wrapped around the almost oval base. Then fog light and the blinker are made from intricately twisted strips about 1mm wide with base simulating plastic light covers. Then the lights should be inserted flush into base with a small part separating between these lights, covered by transparent parts and glued onto front understructure
The issues began with base former which is much smaller than needed to form the lights' base correctly. There is a gap of almost 3mm wide between the former and the wrap. I tried to decrease the wrap only to find that the lights don't fit. So I cut off the former and glued it on thin cardboard. Then I wrapped this former with narrow paper strip and only then the former was set correctly into its place. The problem with this way is that thick former uses place for winker. After some adjustments the winker would get into its place correctly

Still, lights block was a bit larger than needed. I used the separating part to cover connection between the blinker and the fog light. I still did not install the transparent cover on headlights block nor on this block. I used a black marker to edge color the parts which was not correct. Next time I will edge color with my wife's eyeliner pencil like I do it for ages

There are not too many pictures. On one of them the gap between the base former and the base wrap can be seen
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:16 AM
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Hello everybody

This time I made the transparent cover of the headlights and the lower lights. Nothing too difficult. I used a transparent sheet 0.24 mm thick.

Then I moved on to the front bumper. It has two parts: the lower or the skirt and the upper or the bumper.
The skirt was not too difficult. Instruction is pretty clear on this. Only after I glued the skirt to its place, I noticed that I forgot to glue the inner side of the air scoop to the upper part of the skirt. This can cause issues with car's nose rigidness.
Then the upper part of the bumper. The air scoop and the grill part caused no problem, but the wrapping part.... It took me something like 30 minutes to understand that lower strip of paper is about 2 mm shorter than needed. Then the scoop part went in correctly. I need to think what to do with the gap...

Here are some pictures
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:00 AM
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Your model is looking very good so far. You've had some problems to work around, but they're not evident in the finished assemblies. I never thought of eyeliner pencil for edge coloring - great idea.
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:59 AM
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Thanks, rockpaperscissor.
I really hope that all the issues I have found and will find, will not be seen.

Regarding the eyeliner - need to find the less "fatty" ones. The fatty ones do paint and cover the edge, but could stick to fingers and make nasty smears on the paper parts. Need to get used to this.
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:07 AM
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Hello all
One more update. Pretty small.
This past Friday I managed to continue despite a nasty cut on my right hand thumb
I continued with the upper part of the front bumper. There was a former to install on the part's bottom. I didn't like how flimsy it looked and felt, so I stiffened this former with cereals box cardboard.
Then I attached front part of the hood. Then my thumb started to bleed and I stopped.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:31 PM
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Well, guys what can I say...
This model drives me crazy. I tried to build the front part for fourth time....
The part is too small and doesn't fit....
I need to redesign this part.
So I am stopping for now
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