While the partwork companies typically supply everything needed to build the model, I have put together a list of items that I found that improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.
These models are going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing craft mat:
U.S. Art Supply White/Blue Cutting Mat – for the Fanhome R34
Sullivans The Cutting Edge 24″ X 37″ Cutting Mat – for the Eaglemoss/IXO R35
Along the way, a few basic tools are provided along with the parts. I found that these tools may not be that great, so instead I used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:
This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.
Another screwdriver set I picked up is fantastic, but it does not contain any of the other tools. This is the iFixit Manta Driver Kit:
Then, I finally got my hands on a set of amazing Wera Kraftform Phillip-head screwdrivers. These things are nearly indestructible:
These models are assembled using hundreds of tiny screws. As there will be many types of plastic screws (ending in P) and metal screws (ending in M), keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since extra screws are included in every issue, you will need someplace to store them all.
I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I taped the small designation labels included with the screw bags into each compartment to keep everything tidy.
I still recommend pre-threading all of the metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place. This simply involves driving the intended screw into each hole and removing it before actually fastening anything together. The screws are made of harder metal than the die-cast parts so they should create threads in the metal. This will make the actual connection straighter and easier to use.
However, a game-changer for the metal screws is to pick up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil and add a tiny drop to the tip of each metal screw (or into the hole). Using this, the metal screws feed much easier and won’t bind, break, and strip nearly as often.
Custom Modifications (Mods)
If you plan on modifying your model, you may want to look into some of the mods available to us before you start building.
See my MODS page for details.
Finally, there will surely be a lot of other Nissan GT-R partwork model builders online where you can learn more about the kit, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!
There are Facebook groups dedicated to the build. There is a ton of information and help to be found. Some of the groups I visit are:
Building the Fanhome R34? Start with Stage 1 – Front Bumper, GTR Emblem, Front Grille 1, Front Turn Signal Light Lenses/Housings
Building the Eaglemoss/IXO R35? Start with Pack 01 – Body: Front Fascia, Grilles, GT-R Emblem