Watching Tamiya builds is fun as it is, but seeing artists add custom touches to the standard kits is really something else.
The YouTube channel JH-Hobby has a lot of these custom builds, and one in particular caught our eye: this “carbon” Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R. The design was inspired by an actual car owned by the artist’s friend, and it features a two-tone finish with what appear to be carbon-fiber body panels on the front end.
The custom Tamiya is almost an exact replica of the real thing, and the attention to detail in this build is insane. The carbon-fiber stickers were all carefully placed and flattened out, and were eventually clear-coated to give it a glossy finish.
All the other parts of the Tamiya set were spray- and hand-painted, including the dash, the seats, and other mechanical bits underneath. The suspension and the rotor discs were also precisely painted with blue accents just to match the ones on the actual GT-R’s.
Also staying true to the original, the wheels on the Tamiya were custom-made as well. If you compare the finished product with what the photo on the brand-new box looked like, you would think this custom GT-R was from a completely different package altogether.
The project was split into a two-part series. You can check out the videos below to see the entire build.