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As I am a big fan of Japanese cars when Area71 announced the Nissan GT-R Nismo LMP it didn't took me long time to decide and grab one. My experience so far with these cars is generally positive. They are a bit difficult to paint and especially to assemble but regarding performance are among the key players in any category participating. Lightweight and well-balanced bodies. Durable and flexible chassis. It is an option for experienced slot racers as they require sufficient knowledge and manufacturing skills for the kit building and the final setup of the car.

Enough words, however, let's see the result:
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Exterior
As the car is intended for racing I tried to make the body as lightweight as possible. I applied only a single layer of primer, so the rough surface of the 3d print remains in the final result. One layer primer, a little rubbing, two layers red vallejo air, a layer of future polish (floor polish), decals from Patto's place (Australia) and finishing with 3 layers of future polish.
A small parenthesis here for the decals. I have never seen such quality. Very thin but very durabale!! Little expensive, 15 AUD without shipping fee, but certainly an excellent choice. And they are grouped!! Those on the side I could just put them all together as one piece.
Final weight of the body 15 g. Interior (plastic) 1.4 g. Total 16.4 g. Not bad at all for a compact and big car.

Mechanical
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The car is fitted with:
Guide: Scaleauto
Front Axle: Carbon
Front Hubs: Slot.it 16.5x8 Plastic
Front Tires: Slot.it zero grip
Motor Mount: Slot.it Inline 0,5mm
Suspension: Slot.it 4x1.5mm magnetic suspension
Pinion: Slot.it 5.5mm 9t
Crown: Slot.it 26t Aluminum
Rear Axle: NSR
Rear Hubs: Slot.it 16.5x10 Magnesium
Rear Tires: Racer ProSpeed 20x11
Motor: NSR Evo 25k

Racing
I raced it in my local club, in Greece, and managed to grab 2nd place, far behind a really fast Arrow Slot BMW V12 LMR (I should have finished 3rd or 4th but bad luck stroke my other two competitors and managed to finsih in front of them in the final heat).
I faced some issues with my setup (wrong gearing and wrong front height) so next time I believe I will be more competive and be able to fight for the win as well.
 

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I like it, nice work :) There are some compromises to the detail, but being a car for club racing those things are not always that important. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Nice car! Was the windshield supplied with the body as clear plastic, or did you have to make it yourself?
Hi Merc_A, all required clear parts are supplied with the body, including the windshield. Even if you buy it from shapeways, they send it to you.

For details you can contact Jay at [email protected] who is always eager to help.
 

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Thanks for the info Petkoul!
I am tempted by this extraordinary model, but not so skilled when it comes to assembling a car like you did.
Inspiring images though!
The only real challenge with Area71 kits are the windows. You are provided with lexan pieces cut to fit at the openings, not like other plastic kits (i.e. slot.it, ninco etc.) that you get plastic clear parts that fit easily in the body of the car. The advantage of course here is that they are super light, very important for racing.

If you decide to try your skills with one of these kits (I totally suggest it no matter the outcome) don't forget to use a non cyanoacrylate glue otherwise your windows will be ruined from the fumes of the glue.

I use blue tack to fix the window in place and then use wood glue.

Some wood glue in one side, after it gets hard, remove some blue tack and put some more wood glue. Wait until it dries and repeat. Lengthly process but at least I get decent result.
 

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