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WRX AWD Subaru "Scooby"


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This is the next project. A Subaru WRX AWD. A friend gave this kit to me without a box, but this top above should be about the right one. Tamiya made several differnt versions of the boxes.

The body is molded in a metallic blue plastic. But it had a few swirls in the plastic, so I painted it Tamiya Metallic Blue, about the same color as the plastic, just a hair darker in tone.

I didn't use or need any primer. There are a couple of choices in the kit for the hood scoop, and rear wing. I made my choices, and glued them on prior to painting.


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wrx body painted


wrx body


subaru wrx painted


Here I have done some work on the front suspension. The engine consists of a bottom half in appearance only, it's not a full engine. (The hood does not open on the kit anyway).

But you can do some detail painting to it, as I did using the directions as a guide. Some of the suspension components cover it all up.

I've installed the brake rotors, rack & pinion, and other various suspension parts. I painted the calipers red, though that's not the correct color on the real race version WRX.

In this photo, a couple of the rear suspension parts have been installed as well. These were all painted following the painting guide in the instructions (though I do paint things differently if it suites me).


wrx painted chassis



  This is the tree with the roll bar assembly. I wanted to paint it white to make it visible within the car. And it will also match the wheels on the car.  


wrx roll bar



Here the rear suspension assembly is together. That's a bottle of paint resting on top, the axle did not want to stay put, so a slight weight on it will let it setup properly and true.




wrx suspension assembly



Subaru WRX AWD.

Here I have added the wheels and tires. One note here: I slid on the back wheels, and then I couldn't get them off without braking the rear end assembly. So, now the rear disc brakes don't have any detail painting done to them

I also had issues with getting the front wheels on, and broke the front suspension. I was able to put it all back together, but next time I will do this another way.

I recommend double checking all the holes where the wheel axles slide in, removing any paint, maybe even oiling them a bit to make the slide on easy. And don't put the wheels on until you are sure you want them on. Getting them back off is not really an option.


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While not accurate for a race car, on this street version, I wanted the seats to be red. I painted them gloss red, them hit them with some Testors Dullcote.

The kit included some decals to replicate a carbon fiber pattern on the back of the seats. I was unable to get the decals to lay to my satisfaction, so I painted the back with a color resembling metal.

The decals for the seatbelts went on fine, and I like the way they look on the red.



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These are just some pictures as I finish up the interior.


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The next steps deal with the outside. Also some of the radiator and engine bay parts.

Facia and lights to be added. Windows to be done.



wrx subaru tamiya



Not a bad kit, and I like WRXs.

As mentioned before, the wheels can be fiddly, but if you are careful with those issues, the rest of the build is worth the kit.

I did this as a modified street version, so I did not want to use all the (gaudy) racing decals.

Makes a nice Corvette killer doesn't it?



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