2009 Nissan GT-R: It’s tooling model time!

Posted in Maisto by charlesmaisto on June 14, 2008

Here is the latest in our ongoing series following the creation of a new die-cast car. Check the older posts for our beginning steps of gathering research material and photos of the upcoming 1:24 scale 2009 Nissan GT-R for the Maisto Special Edition line.

Here are photos of the tooling model made by our talented staff. We received pictures of the actual car from Nissan on April 9; sent them to our model makers a week or so later and supplemented them with more sent on May 23. So, in about two months, they created the sculpture that you see here. Keep in mind that we were not permitted to use computer design files so all of this was hand-made following photos and measurements.

The tooling model is 50% larger than the finished model will be (this makes it 1:18 scale). The reasons for this is that it is easier to work in a larger size and that when it is reduced by 2/3 to make the steel molds (called “tools” in the trade) any little variations will be even less visible.

Every part, including hidden mounting tabs, is made just as the finished model will be. It is assembled without glue. You say you get the body being in primer but the windows, too? Well, at this stage we are only interested in the shapes of the parts, not the finish.

You might have noticed the tiny little blocks around the edges of some parts. Those are the ones, like doors and windows, that need to have a precise fit. Those little nubs are only used on the tooling model and they represent the tolerance for the permissible gap surrounding the part. They won’t be included on the finished model.

 

 

The cylinders that pose as wheels and tires have the correct outside dimensions but have no detail. The wheels and tires will be drawn in a computer-aided-design program and then milled directly to the tool without going through the model stage.

When I saw these photos, I pointed out four corrections that the model needed before the model makers send it to the U.S. to be reviewed by Nissan: 1) add a slight crease midway up the C pillar (the body panel between the rear window and the rear-side window); 2) make the hood bulges blend into the hood more gradually; 3) and 4) show the correct number of buttons on the center stack (the panel between the dash and the console). Can you see anything that needs improving? Keep in mind that this will retail for about US$10 so don’t go asking for separate engine and chassis parts — we’ve got to keep the cost down.

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  1. realmz1 said, on June 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    The exhuast splits in the rear with a duel tips on each side of the car. I don’t know if the OEM turn signals will be incorporated where the front clip meets the fender. Guess the resin cast probably wouldn’t have that detail yet. The antenna “knob” on the rear of the roof. Probably a lot more detail will be seen once the 1st shots/prototypes come off the line. I look forward to this release gentlemen! Very nice work so far!

  2. Kelly said, on June 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    This is very cool

  3. roynakamura said, on June 16, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Amazing. Thanks for the insight on the birth of a new casting!

  4. Rodolfo said, on June 16, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Looking good.
    I hope that the engine will be more detailed than what we see here, not just a plastic blob. But maybe thinking in a low cost of 10 as you said, that is what we will see…
    make sura that you send some to Mexico

  5. skidkid said, on June 16, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Excellent blog! Very easy to follow & understand. Makes you feel like you are apart of the whole process.

  6. Mike said, on June 18, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I really hope you guys come out with the 1:18 version ASAP.

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

    i hope you release this version on the 1:18 assembly line product line

  8. Bruno said, on September 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    this car is goog can you guys make a nissan murano in 1:24 scale and minivans too.

  9. colin said, on October 20, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Very cool i can’t wait and be sure to add the Nissan logo to the center of the wheel if possible.

  10. damon said, on January 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    awsome car bad desighn

  11. Johny Boy said, on January 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Man this is gonna be one of the most baller cars I’ll have, can’t wait to see it when its complete. Look forward in seeing this Awsome car in stores soon!!

  12. nazz said, on January 24, 2009 at 6:23 am

    i want it in 1/18!!!

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