Progress has slowed quite a bit in our step-by-step series following the Maisto 1:24 die-cast from start to finish. Although we had submitted painted pre-production samples to the licensor (see earlier post), Nissan still wasn’t able to approve the subtle shapes on the hood around the air ducts. So, we’ve made three versions of the hood to see if we could get one of them approved. We’ve also revised the rear license plate area (not shown here) to delete the raised area around the plate. We’ve heard that a lot of other model companies have had trouble getting the hood shape just right, too. It’s a subjective process to get the shapes to look correct because Nissan would not release CAD data files. We hope to have good news soon.