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Hobby NuNu BMW M6 GT3 2016 Spa 24 Hours Winner

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NuNu/Platz Co., Ltd. No. PN24001
Molded Colors: White, gray, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $40
Pros: High quality decals fit well
Cons: Parts require more clean-up of mold seams and flash than expected, minor fit issues
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GT RACING has had a resurgence in the past couple of years with large manufacturer support and expanded grids.

Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and more recently, Acura and Lexus, have all joined the field.

The newest from BMW is the M6, which replaces the Z4 and is now available in kit form from a collaborative effort from Platz Hobby and newcomer Hobby NuNu. The kit was originally announced over a year ago but the release date kept getting delayed. The wait is finally over!

In the box are six trees of parts with about 105 parts in total. The headlight buckets in my kit suffered from incomplete plating, but the rest of the parts were nice and bright. Fear not, most of the headlight buckets will be painted flat black anyway.

NuNu’s decal sheet is quite large as all of the striping and window trim is provided. Printing is crisp and perfectly registered with a slightly satin sheen and minimal carrier film.

Starting with the chassis assembling per the instructions, initial test fitting went well, but there was a bit more required cleanup of flash and mold seams than I had expected.

I paid special, close attention to the suspension parts that snap together, to prevent any breakage during the assembly process. Several ejector tabs on the top of the chassis pan and underside of the interior tub need to be clipped off for the parts to mate properly.

The interior floor has a bunch of details that will need to be masked and painted. I would have preferred separate parts but that’s my own minor nitpick. Here again, parts fit well but they just need a tad more prep than I anticipated for an all new tool.

Instructions in Step 6 would have you attach parts B6 & B7 to part A24, but there isn’t a positive location of any sort. I recommend installing them to the inside of the body instead, at least there you can tell if they are aligned correctly. I also think these parts should be white not black, at least the outward facing portion of them.

The Bimmer’s dash features excellent molded-in detail, but no decals or painting instructions, so check your references if you do want to fully detail it.

Inside the cabin the roll cage is comprised of five pieces and probably where I spent the most time cleaning up mold seams.

Fitting the two sides of the cage into the interior tub and then adding the rest one-by-one, helps keep things aligned. Decals are provided for the seat belts.

I was a bit surprised when I pulled the tires out of the bag and noticed a definite truncated cone shape, that is, one side of the tire was noticeably larger than the other.

Slipping a tire onto a rim’s small side first helped even it out, but left a bit of a sloppy fit at the outside edge. It’s not terribly visible since both the rim and hugging tire are black.

Next in line, the kit’s instructions would have you attach the wheels to the chassis assembly in Step 11, but I suggest waiting until after you have mated the chassis and body to make that process easier.

Glass parts feature all the framing molded-in, as well as a ridge on the inside for the black areas. Decals are provided for the black borders, but the ridge was so well defined I painted mine instead.

Fitting the glass is tight, so you may have to trim slightly depending on how much paint buildup you have afterward.

I tried several times to glue the position indicator (part D6) in place, each time leaving air bubbles or an unsightly mess. Thin strips of double-sided tape seemed to do the trick.

Decaling was one of my biggest worries when building this M6 GT3, as they can either make or break the overall appearance of a finished model.

The most worrisome, was the large yellow and gray stripe running along the lower sill from behind the front wheel up over the rear fender. That’s where I started and to my relief it all went well conforming over the compound shapes with minimal struggles. Decals were slow to respond but just work patiently with a little heat and setting solution, and they will work out just fine.

During the final mating of the chassis and body I found a couple of snags that stalled my build. After a couple tries, it seemed this was the best method: put the back in first, then swing the front down, then backwards, and finally pull the front bumper slightly forward for it to drop into place.

Then the holes for the exhaust pipes need to be opened up on the backside to allow the pipes to slide into place.

Next, the shrouding for the radiators was hitting on the inside corners of the headlight buckets. A slight trim of inside corners is all that’s needed to solve this problem.

Overall, I would have to say this is a good first effort and I hope NuNu continues to add new subjects. Its decals worked well but may be a little overwhelming for some.

While not quite as refined as say a Tamiya kit, with little extra effort and fine tuning, NuNu’s M6 GT3 will look just as good as anything others offer.

I can’t wait to see what the aftermarket has in store for this one!


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