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2005 Infiniti FX45
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release date: 2007(?)
Catalog number: 39994
Date Purchased: September 2007
Date Completed January 2009
Number in collection: 15

The Infiniti FX45 is a mid-size, luxury SUV manufactured by the upscale division of Nissan. It shared a basic platform with the Nissan 370Z sports car, and a V8 engine with the Infiniti M45 and Q45. The FX45 was not designed with the same off-road capabilities like similar vehicles from Jeep and Land Rover. Instead, its emphasis was more on high performance with enhanced passenger and cargo carrying capabilities, like the Porsche Cayenne. Although manufactured in Japan, it was not available there. It was also sold with a V6 engine as the FX35.

Maisto made a kit of the FX45 as part of their Assembly Line series. These are really just partially disassembled versions of cars also sold in the fully assembled Special Edition series, with a few differences. One is that you are given two complete sets of wheels, one chrome plated, and the other a painted silver finish. Another is that decals that are normally factory applied are included on an adhesive backed sheet. The most significant difference is the price. I have found that Assembly Line kits cost two to three times as much as their fully assembled Special Edition counterparts. I found this one in clearance section for US$5.99. I have seen few deals as close to this since, which is why it's only one of two Assembly Line cars in my collection.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'after' pictures are of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.

Picture of car before assembly (click to enlarge).

The parts breakdown, is as follows:
  • A black plastic chassis, with decent engine, suspension exhaust, and frame details moulded into it. There is also a separate flexible plastic tie rod. Mounting points for the wheels are in place in the same manner as on the pre-assembled cars,
  • A black plastic single piece engine compartment insert. Some painted or printed details are factory applied.
  • One set of soft tires, and two complete sets of wheels. One set is a painted aluminum finish, and the other is chrome plated. Both sets are of the same design, and accurate for the car,
  • A multi-piece interior moulded in tan plastic. The front seats backs, front door side panels, steering wheel/column and dashboard are all separate pieces, The remainder of the interior is a single piece, and includes the front seat bottoms, console, floor, and all rear seat detail. The front door armrests and the console are factory painted/printed with a matte aluminum finish.
  • A die-cast body with opening front doors, painted red. The doors are held in place by a flat steel spring. All windows and light lenses are clear plastic pieces with some factory details already painted/printed. The front grille and luggage rack are chrome plated plastic pieces. I removed all of these pieces to make additional detailing easier.
  • Two soft vinyl side view mirrors, with part of them painted red to match the body.
  • A small sheet of self-stick decals that include gauge faces, mirror surfaces, and a license plate.
  • A small Phillips head screwdriver, used to attach the body to the chassis with the included screws.

As mentioned earlier, several clear and chrome plated parts were attached to the body by heat applied to moulded-in pins. They were removed by cutting the bonds from the inside of the body. After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to add detail to it. Assembly was done according to the instructions supplied with the kit.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear. I chose the chrome plated wheels over the aluminum finish, as I have seen several pictures of the actual car with them.
  • Engine compartment insert: Painted areas that are the body color on the actual car Testors gloss red. Remaining engine and underhood details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Chassis: Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Engine, transmission, exhaust system, suspension and frame details were painted with Tamiya aluminum, flat steel, and semi-gloss black.
  • Interior: Painted seats, floor, lower door panels, and lower dashboard Testors acrylic flat leather. Upper sections of door panels and dashboard, steering wheel and column are Testors acrylic flat black. Applied Testors acrylic semi-gloss clear to all interior surfaces except floor. Applied self-stick decals for gauges and navigation system to dashboard. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Used Testors acrylic flat black to add and sharpen existing window trim detail.
  • Body: Painted headliner area inside body Testors acrylic flat leather, and all other areas inside the body Testors acrylic flat black. Applied Bare-Metal foil to door handles, lower side mouldings, rear hatch trim, reflectors in rear bumper, and area behind head and tail lights. Painted tail lights, rear reflectors, and front side marker lights with Tamiya clear red and clear orange. Painted front grille with Testors flat black, then rubbed paint from grille bars after it dried.
Detailed parts, before assembly To the left is the car prior to assembly.

The car was assembled by following the printed instructions that were included with the kit.

Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)

The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 4242 / 189.1 198 / 7.81 4752 / 187.5 1:24
Wheelbase 2850 / 112.2 132 / 5.21 3168 / 125.1 1:22
Width 1925 / 75.8 80 / 3.14 1920 / 75.4 1:24
Height 1651 / 65.0 70 / 2.74 1680 / 65.7 1:24

My calculations show that this car is a very close to the 1:24 scale moulded onto the chassis plate, with the exception of wheelbase. I checked my measurement several times once I found the difference, so I don't think it is my error. It's such a small amount that I don't think it is noticeable.

I was happy enough with my original effort that I made no changes from when I originally built this kit. To this day, I have not seen another one like it, either in this Assembly Line version, or its Special Edition counterpart. Maybe it was just never that popular, quite the opposite of the actual car. I often see several of them every day.

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