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Mini Review - Mini Works Body Lines & Cherry Blossom Livery
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Mini Review - Mini Works Body Lines & Cherry Blossom Livery

I feel that body lines are something that can add considerable depth and realism to a monotone RC drift body. There are several different methods to do this, including ABC Hobby tape, Gundam panel line markers, Copic Multiliners, and Sakura Micron pens. I saw these on an internet forum and because they were fairly local to me, I would give them a shot.

I placed the order on Thursday and they shipped the next day via USPS First Class Mail.

Mini Works Body Lines - $5.49 plus s&h

These come in a 50 pack, with 25 .7x225mm lines and 25 .5x225mm lines. I ended up using the .7mm lines for the door and hatch body lines and the .5mm lines for the hood and headlight body lines. However, the website suggests using the .7mm lines for the gap between hood and fenders and the .5mm lines for the door gaps and I think that the .7mm lines might be a tad thick for what I used them for, the .5mm lines being more realistic.

Applying them was fairly simple and straightforward, and unlike the ABC Hobby tape, you don't have to worry too much about the lines stretching during installation and then contracting and pealing off. I trimmed the lines in place with a pair of 4" Kai needlecraft scissors, which made installation a snap. My only caveat is that you should make sure that your lines are straight and taut before pressing down.


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Mini Works Cherry Tree Livery - $9.99

These comes in a pack of two branches and 10 cherry blossoms, with two blossoms of each size that progressively grow larger. The branches, cut out in black vinyl, are mirrored so you can choose which side to put them on or even mount the on your hood. The blossoms, cut in gold foil, are really fragile and I managed to destroy 2 of them (one for each side) removing them from the backing paper as the die cut is a bit deep. However, you get 20 blossoms total so there is room for error.

When I applied my decals, I wanted to give the illusion of the blossoms being blown from the branch and towards the viewer, hence their growing larger towards the rear of the car.

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Let me know what you think. I still need to apply the window trim, and light decals, but I think you get a good sense of the Mini Works products in this review.

-Vic
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Looks good, I'd of probably used the thinner guage for the door. The thicker one looks like it'd be good for window rubbers
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That's what Mini Works suggested, and I think the difference in thickness is exacerbated by the pearl white main color which enhances the contrast. With a darker main color, you might want to use the wider lines. I want to order some of the Wrap-Up lines to compare with the Mini Works lines because the former come in 1.5, 2, and 3mm thicknesses and in several different colors (chrome, metal silver, black).

I have a Yokomo C35 painted in PS Champagne Gold that I'm going to line next with the Mini Works lines, this time following their application suggestions.

-Vic
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Looking into getting these for my next project. Thanks for the review.

It looks great. Even with the thicker lines. Top notch sir.

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I actually removed the door and cherry blossom decals a couple of nights ago as I wanted to go a different direction with the door panels, but thanks for the kind words. I think I can get 3-4 cars out of a single set if I'm smart about the lines.

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