Eaglemoss/IXO supplies everything needed to build the model, but 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.
This model is 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 24×37″ craft mat by Sullivans:
This has a nice red background with a 1″ grid, imperial rulers, and is big enough to cover the entire model.
Along the way, a few basic tools are provided along with the parts. For example, Issue 2 should include a small toolkit. I found that these tools are not 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.
Like my Eaglemoss/Fanhome 1:8 scale Back to the Future Delorean build, this model is assembled using hundreds of tiny screws. The screws are marked with designations like AP, BP, AM, CM, etc. The second letter is the type of material the screw is used on: P = plastic and M = metal. As there will so many screws, keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since spare 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 car, 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 Eaglemoss/IXO 1:8 scale Nissan GT-R (R35) 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:
Pack 01 – Body: Front Fascia, Grilles, GT-R Emblem