Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Tale of Two Body Builds: ABC Sileighty + Addiction BN Sports Part 1

Not long ago I saw a video on YouTube from Street Break Circuit that featured a USDM 240SX Coupe. ABC Hobby doesn't make that particular body, and the one in the video had the front end from the ABC 180SX grafted on. As much as I loved the shell, I could not justify buying two pricey bodies only to cut one up for the front clip. Then after some searching I learned that the pig nose 180SX body came molded as a Sileighty that included a separate nose section with the pop up headlights.

That is when the lightbulb came on and a plan was formed. I ended up buying both bodies to build. The Sileighty is being built first and I intend to put it up for sale once it is completed to offset the cost of getting the parts I needed to do the 240SX. Originally, I was just going to make it a stock version of a Sil80, but the new Addiction RC BN Sports kits kept calling my name, so I picked up those sets as well, and I'm glad I did.

I bought the full Addiction BN Sports kit for the 180SX plus the nose and side skirts for the PS13, and plan to mix and match the parts for the two builds.

It is pretty nerve racking to cut up a brand new ABC bodyshell for a body kit...

...But the quality and accuracy of both the ABC shell and the Addiction body kit are top notch, and worth the price that you pay for them. Cutting on the lines yields a perfect fit. Everything about ABC bodyshells fit perfectly, and I think the window masks are the best in the industry. I won't go as far as to say they are easy to build, but they give you the tools to do a great job with a little less time invested.

I picked up some Wrap Up 3D decals from Raikou Drift Shop to help give it a little more punch. This body will have plenty of detail. Hopefully I will get a chance to get some color on it by the weekend.


  1. You have inspired me to build a 180sx with the addiction kit.

  2. Hi
    i have a question for you about painting ABC shells, how would paint the gaps between panels like a fender to a door. I see a lot that have a light colour use a black line to separate them but how would / do you do this ?
    btw love your blog especially the D4 stuff

    1. There are a few ways to do panel lines on a body shell. If you have a steady hand, and a fresh, fine point Sharpie you can make lines that way. Another way, and the way I prefer is using some fine line tape. ABC Hobby makes some .5mm (and .3mm I think) that is great for doing panel lines. Mini Works also makes some sheets of fine lines for doing panels in various thicknesses. Hope this helps, and glad you enjoy the blog.