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1:8 Scale Honda NSX
One of the finest sports cars ever made..
About this creation


The 1991 Honda NSX was Japan's first attempt at a supercar.. I still think it's their best, and one of the best cars of any kind in the world. Honda poured everything they knew into this - a rival for the Ferrari 348 - creating a car with supercar performance, everyday usability and handling touched by God (a.k.a. Mr Ayrton Senna). All this with the reliability of a Honda.

I've heard it said that this lacks the passion of the Italians, which may be true, but it has something else - a uniquely Japanese desire for honour. They found it.




This is one of my most complex builds yet.. in this picture is nearly all the red trans pieces I own..




I've modelled the T-bar version of this car - this has two roof sections that clip onto the centre rail or stow in the boot




The engine is a surprisingly modest 3.0 litre V6, transversely mounted behind the driver and featuring Honda's unique VTEC valve timing to allow a high specific output at very high revs. 276bhp was plenty for a car of this type at the time - top speed 170+ mph.




Nothing much to see under the bootlid, although it is sprung on parallelogram hinges to allow it to slide under the rear window without fouling it.




Under the bonnet, you see the double wishbone suspension, a mechanism to raise the pop-up lights and, in a little present to Tom Simon, a functioning bonnet catch. Release this and the bonnet pops up a little on a spring, ready to be raised, then clicked shut.




As you'd expect at this scale, everything opens.. or does it?

The rear window should open as well as the engine lid - with this feature incorporated I thought it looked too clunky so I left it out.




Interior - I'm quite pleased with how this turned out - it's pretty close to the look of the real thing and there's plenty of detail in here. In front of the lever for the 6 speed gearbox, the two knobs on the centre console are useful; twist the left one and the lights pop up. I wanted to pull the right one to release the bonnet catch but this idea would have raised the line of the bonnet - we'll have to settle for fumbling under the bumper to do it (just like on a 2CV!)




The seats slide and recline, the handbrake moves and the glovebox opens.




A view of the front with the lights up..




Underneath at the rear, you can see the compact double wishbone suspension, built using only 1 UJ per side; pairs of gears tilt relative to each other as the wheels move, but never by enough to slip out of mesh due to shortish travel. Said gears are stacked vertically - you can only see the lower one from here. This is a variation of Tyler Reid's idea. The compact 6 speed transmission sits between and under the seats. The engine runs well in all gears - it revs like the clappers in 1st!




Under the front you can see that Honda do like their double wishbones - even Civics had them all round until very recently. The reason I've built the chassis using grey parts is simply that Honda built theirs entirely from aluminium.




I think it's hungry - ready to eat Porsches!








Comments

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  October 22, 2012
Lovely! Look at my creation and rate it! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/328869 You can contact me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GabrieleZanello E-mail: zanellog@live.com
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  May 19, 2012
This is so cool!! Awesome Job!!
  May 19, 2012
This is really accurate and a super designed car,5/5.
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  May 2, 2012
Wow, I can't believe that I haven't written a comment here, yet :-o. First of all, the NSX is one of my all-time favourite japanese cars and still one of my favourite supercars. Your one is unique as all of your models: The details are amazing and the Technic functions are just great. And before I forget that: Congratulations on winning Dan's contest! Great job! :-))
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  March 18, 2012
smart car very nice
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  January 19, 2012
Outstanding MOC of an outstanding car!
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  December 21, 2011
excellent, one of my favourite japanese cars, second only to the new nissan GTR.
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  December 8, 2011
Your creations are really cool too
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  December 8, 2011
Your creations are really cool too
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  November 1, 2011
Quoting Malte Dorowski congratulation!
Thanks Malte. It was a great contest with plenty of good builders. I was surprised to see this placed in front of your gorgeous 911, though!
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  November 1, 2011
congratulation!
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  September 30, 2011
This is my favourite of your cars...i think, there are so many crackers :)
Nick Barrett
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Kris Flaten
  June 10, 2011
10/5 i always thought it was the acura nsx.
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  May 26, 2011
I saw a NSX yesterday...it was red too.
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  May 14, 2011
woooowww this is amazing. this must be a lot of hard work. cool car and a lot of nice details.
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  April 27, 2011
wow.....awesome!
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  April 23, 2011
I thinks its much harder to capture the shape of a model in studded form, especially in this scale, but I think you pulled it off perfectly, also very impressed with the technical functions, great job
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  April 5, 2011
This is fantastic! I love the NSX and you've done an amazing job using old technic and studs showing to get a very realistic look, wish i could lend you some better wheels, that would just finish off the splendid job you've done. I will get round to building one of these 1:18 scale but there are a lot of other things i want to build first. Thanks for your comment on my Caterham glad you like, it's the first of many cars i intend to build, please keep an eye out as i will for your marvelous creations :) long live AFOLs
Nick Barrett
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lucy in the sky
  March 26, 2011
very nice i like all of the functions, but it must be a rally car because it has really agressive tread!
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  March 26, 2011
Quoting lucy in the sky very nice i like all of the functions, but it must be a rally car because it has really agressive tread!
Ha! Yes, those are the only large wheels I have and they're meant for trucks I think..
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  March 25, 2011
excellent job! i like it a lot!
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  March 1, 2011
Nice car Nick, love the pop-up lights!
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  February 15, 2011
Great! The only bad thing about it is that the tires are for trucks. But you really can't do anything about that.
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  January 3, 2011
Wonderful system looks and stunning technic functionality make for all-around greatness. Great sculpting.
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  December 28, 2010
Very nice!
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  December 23, 2010
Wow, I missed this one as I haven't been on here for a while... Excellent work, as always - instantly recognisable, great work (with proper real lego, not all those silly studless parts they make now) and the underside is fantastic ! Great work :) Dan
Nick Barrett
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Rijk van Voorst
  December 6, 2010
What I really like about this model, is that you managed to create a realistic model of a NSX, but managed it with a full-stud design. Awesome to see a model like this: retro-look, but still kept the shape of the real car very well.
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  December 5, 2010
Quoting Dohoon Kim Nevermind of me saying it's a bit flat. It looks perfect. I wouldn't call a NSX a supercar but a sports car. And again, Great job! Oh, and my brother liked this very much because it's his favorite car!
Thanks :-)
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  December 5, 2010
Nevermind of me saying it's a bit flat. It looks perfect. I wouldn't call a NSX a supercar but a sports car. And again, Great job! Oh, and my brother liked this very much because it's his favorite car!
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  December 3, 2010
This is jaw dropping gorgeous, Nick. Your Lego engineering skills know no bounds. I've always loved this car and it's refreshing to see one on MOCpages, Mustangs and Cameros (dodgy spelling?) are a bit 2 a penny. Great work Mate!
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  December 3, 2010
Awesome! I've never seen a LEGO NSX this good! Looks a bit flat, but anyways great job!
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  December 3, 2010
Wow! I can't get over the level of functional detail you put into your vehicles, and I love the classic Lego feel. Fantastic!
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  December 3, 2010
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 as a friend, i admire your many talents,as a civic si coupe 93 and generaly speaking a honda fan, i love it! i loved that car until i drove it in gran turismo, and had tremendous problems of keeping it on the road at high speeds, central enginebalancement was my guess,i was very good with all cars, exept this one, now i dream of an s2000 i really want one! wonderful work nick, everything you experiment turns out great! love it!
Thanks Frank, and I agree about your Honda, they supply a depth of engineering integrity you just don't get in other modern family cars. As for Gran Turismo, the NSX is one of my favourites on that; it just needs a light touch to keep it on the black stuff!
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  December 3, 2010
beauty!
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  December 2, 2010
Beautifully sculpted and amazingly functional.
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  December 2, 2010
as a friend, i admire your many talents,as a civic si coupe 93 and generaly speaking a honda fan, i love it! i loved that car until i drove it in gran turismo, and had tremendous problems of keeping it on the road at high speeds, central enginebalancement was my guess,i was very good with all cars, exept this one, now i dream of an s2000 i really want one! wonderful work nick, everything you experiment turns out great! love it!
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  December 2, 2010
Wow! This is insane! It's so huge! All the details are spot on, so is the shape. You also put an unbelievable amount of technical detail into this, it all adds up to one fantastic model! You built one of my favorite cars and you nailed it! Absolutely great work! 10/10 :)
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  December 2, 2010
Wonderful. You excelled yourself! So many working features!
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  December 2, 2010
This is over the top! the car its self is so impressive and then all the tech features! its a master piece!
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  December 2, 2010
Quoting Sven Bode & Jens Matuschek Hi Nick! First of all: FORZA FERRARI!!! B-D Now, you excelled yourself with this one! All those functioning bits and pieces & the authentically shaped body - just phenomenal! Back in 1991, when the NSX was born, LEGO Technic cars came with suspension, transmission and working features...but they were only a chassis, while yours is COMPLETE. Your creation takes us back to the "good old times", so thanks for that! That said, I'd really love to see you get your hands on the rival (one of my fav-Ferraris) and NOT the 1984 Testarossa... Grazie mille & see ya, Jens
Thanks Jens. I agree, not the Testarossa, but maybe the 308 ;-)
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  December 2, 2010
Masterfully done, the NSX which used to be a Fav car of mine, was in fact 2nd to only 1 other Jap car in terms of the Supercar look. If you want another challenging build, do a bit of research into the Nissan R390. I think you will pull it off very nicely, as you have with the NSX. ~Thoy
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  December 2, 2010
Quoting Ape Fight Your best model to date, and perhaps THE best old-school style car on the whole of MOCpages. I love all the technic features, the proper studded body-work, and more than any of these things the fact it's built from everyday bricks that you had anyway - which make this much more of an achievement. You're in the Premier League of car builders now; a HUGE 10/10, and now I'm off to look at the pictures again...
Thanks Ape :-)
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  December 2, 2010
Quoting Tom Simon Well, well, well. Your last MOC threatened to tear your car image apart, and now, here is the cement to hold it well in place. I agree with those below. You have surely raised your own bar here, which fortifies me in my opinion that you are one of the best LEGO builders. And thanks, I do not feel like the bonnet latching mechanism is settling at all.
You are too kind.. you've been one of the best builders out there for a while.
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  December 2, 2010
Nick superb. Really excellent as ever, easily recognisable, some great features, I'm very impressed.
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  December 2, 2010
Your best model to date, and perhaps THE best old-school style car on the whole of MOCpages. I love all the technic features, the proper studded body-work, and more than any of these things the fact it's built from everyday bricks that you had anyway - which make this much more of an achievement. You're in the Premier League of car builders now; a HUGE 10/10, and now I'm off to look at the pictures again...
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  December 2, 2010
Don't go getting this stuck in the snow you have over there now.
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  December 2, 2010
Well, well, well. Your last MOC threatened to tear your car image apart, and now, here is the cement to hold it well in place. I agree with those below. You have surely raised your own bar here, which fortifies me in my opinion that you are one of the best LEGO builders. And thanks, I do not feel like the bonnet latching mechanism is settling at all.
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  December 2, 2010
Wow. Lots of technical working features, and the car looks quite nice too, despite of its studliness. I like how you angled the side in front of the wheels. Oh, and did I mention the working features? -Excellent!
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  December 2, 2010
Wow man... the style is the same as usually from you. But in my eyes you just jumped from level 55 to level infinity!!! Excelllent! I wont even start to name all the details I lve there - that would be a looooong post!
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  December 2, 2010
EPIC! The features you fit in are amazing, i dont know how you do it. My mocs are only 'skin deep' and inside most of my cars you will 0nly find beams, but on your mocs evry nook and cranny is filled with a detail! Stunning!
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  December 2, 2010
Hi Nick! First of all: FORZA FERRARI!!! B-D Now, you excelled yourself with this one! All those functioning bits and pieces & the authentically shaped body - just phenomenal! Back in 1991, when the NSX was born, LEGO Technic cars came with suspension, transmission and working features...but they were only a chassis, while yours is COMPLETE. Your creation takes us back to the "good old times", so thanks for that! That said, I'd really love to see you get your hands on the rival (one of my fav-Ferraris) and NOT the 1984 Testarossa... Grazie mille & see ya, Jens
 
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