Looks like the Ignition-Model 64 Pandem GT-R. I wish. Now does anyone have any paint pen recommendations?

So three or four days ago, I saw this on eBay and immediately made an impulse purchase. And now it is in hand. Packaging looks like a beauty,just like the Ignition-Model 1:64 Pandem GT-R that I have yet to see in person.

Looks like it wasn’t the totally factory sealed plastic as I had received on my previous two brand new HPI purchases. Will make the option of DLM’ing and displaying it a lot easier even though I pretty much never take my nicer diecast resins off the base and out the acrylic.

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Took the cover off. Ooh, smells like a plume of fresh paint.

Now, does anyone have a good thin and black paint marker they would recommend? There’s moderate paint issues with the panel lines. Looks quite rough but salvageable. Also some residue on the base. Update: fixed

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Turn signal light is jutting out a little.

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And the chrome trim around the nose is pretty crooked. Do I dare bring out the tweezers? I might accidentally tear it if it’s a decal or bend it if it’s metal. Update: fixed

GT-R logo on back is also slightly too clockwise.

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I know it’s handmade but this is not the craftsmanship I would expect out of HPI. But I only paid $45 for this. Maybe it’s one of their factory rejects and the reason why I was able to pick it up for only forty-five bucks.

The shape of HPI, Mark43, and Ignition’s 1:43 R34 and R35s are all a little off to me. A little too flat and wide. The vents and indentation on the side of the real car aren’t that deep.

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This was my second HPI R35. My first one also came super cheap and was factory-sealed. Here are the two defects:

Driver-side (US) windshield wiper was sticking up. Tried gluing it back but kinda messed up the windshield. I used tweezers and now they’re bent to where it’s not really noticeable. But they’re bent.

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Little bubble in the plastic right behind the door.

My first HPI? This Nismo 400R set the standard.

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Back to today’s topic, the mail call:

You can see the intercooler BEHIND the grill! ...and how off the chrome is.

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Fantastic headlights

Detailed rims and the metal flake in the Meteor Flake Black Pearl paint

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Exhausts have some depth, license plate is embossed too.

Full windshield detail. You can even see the seat belt buckle and red cupholder.

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Interior detail

Everything else about it I still like.

The cheaper Kyosho 2009 that comes with Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition has shinier brakes though.

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Conclusion: I picked up an HPI GT-R Spec V for $45

Update: Silly me! So I tried to see if I could even out the panel line edges before I tried repainting that area. Also noticed the side was a little less shiny too. Turns out the white wasn’t chipped paint but rather just polishing wax! No wonder there was residue on the base! Was able to get most of it out with a microfiber cloth, toothpick, and paper. Guess it’s not a factory reject, just not too ideally perfect. ‘After’ pics in comments.