2009 Nissan GT-R: And So It Begins…

Posted in Maisto by charlesmaisto on April 12, 2008

As a relatively affordable supercar, the new Nissan GT-R has no equal. With a near cult-like following for the past fifteen years, there is a lot of interest in the latest version. Previous GT-R cars were not sold in North America but the 2009 will be, although in very limited numbers.

Follow along with us as we show you the steps involved in making a new die-cast model. We’ll be making a 1:24 scale GT-R for our Special Edition (showroom stock) and AllStars (modified) lines.

Last year we saw the spy photos on the web and we watched and waited for the official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. At the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, I shot some photos in anticipation of our making a model. In the first months of this year, we’ve been firming up our 2009 product choices.  r h b has been dealing with the manufacturer’s license agent to work out the business details of getting permission and with getting our company’s management approval. The project was greenlighted a few days ago so now it’s up to the product development department at the Maisto office in Fontana, California to get started.

We’ll be updating the progress on this project so you’ll be able to follow along.

April 9 and 10:  The license agent sent some photos by email and advised that she would be sending paint chips and CDs containing more photos. I received them and have gone through the photos, renaming them and editing out the ones with right-hand steering (ours will have left-hand steering). Nissan won’t be able to provide CAD files so our talented modelmakers will rely on photos to get all the curves and details right. For parts of the car that aren’t shown on the official photos, I’m scouring the internet to find the images that we’ll need.

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  1. samuel j mccormick said, on April 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    will u be making a 1/18 scale of the 2009 nissan gtr and when is the 1/24 scale going on sale as it the main car i am collecting as i love the nissan skylines and would like to get the new nissan gtr so please let me know thanks

    samuel j mccormick

  2. charlesmaisto said, on April 17, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Sorry but we won’t be revealing our 2009 lineup until late this year (except for this 1:24 GT-R). We don’t have an on-shelf date for this model yet.

  3. Migs said, on April 18, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Can’t wait to see what awesomeness awaits in the AllStars version, hopefully you guys get some inspiration from the Top Secret version from this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon(wink wink). Any word on if the GT-R will make it to the 1:64 line?

  4. charlesmaisto said, on April 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    We’re looking at the modifications various tuners have done to the GT-R. Sorry, but other than 1:24, I can’t what others are in the works at this time.

  5. michael said, on May 9, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    what colors you ask??.. lets try a white exterior/black and red trim interior that nissan offers for the new car… can’t wait for the model to be done.. i’ll be ordering one pronto.. the real one i get this august

  6. Che said, on June 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Dark Metal Grey in a 1:18th Scale, with very articulate detail used in the representation of the VR38DETT! Tinted plastic would be fine for carbon fiber. Arios body kit variation would be welcome. Although a GT500 rendition would even be great with further developement! Hope it makes it into the 1:24 and 1:64 product line soon!

  7. craig said, on July 14, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    will the GTR model make it to the assembly line model kits

  8. hayashi said, on July 24, 2008 at 10:12 am

    hmm .. maisto ehh ..
    hope it would be a precisely detailed GTR ..

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  10. Paulo said, on January 23, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Ola queria preguntar si el gtr llegara a chile
    espero su respuesta chao


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