Monthly Archives: April 2013

Progress on the 240Z Custom Mini-Car

Well, it’s finals week. Sadly, that means I don’t have a lot of time to post on here or work on mini-cars, or really do anything I enjoy extensively. But it only consumes two weeks out of my year, which makes it hard to complain. I did manage to get to work on my Datsun 240Z mini-car and have sanded it down. Once I get done with school and summer kicks in, I’ll be able to prime it and paint it! (Paint suggestions, anyone?) I’ve also got about six other Mini-cars I’ll be working on, including a Toyota 2000GT (One of my favorite cars and castings ever), a Toyota Supra, and even a Toyota AE86 Corolla hatchback (Also one of my favorite cars and castings).

I’ve attached some pictures below, let me know what you guys think of the sanding process! It’s incomplete as I do not take my Hot Wheels apart (yet), but it doesn’t really matter when it comes to priming and painting. I’m thorough in those categories. Needless to say, I’m going to put a lot of time into this 240.

I’ve also scrounged up some old pictures to get my Fly Fishing section of the blog up and running as well, so keep checking back for updates on that as well! Come mid-May I’ll be posting about my trip to Damascus, VA on the front end of Trail Days, which is an awesome event that everyone should check out at least once in their lives.

Stay tuned for more, check out the pictures, and tell everyone you know to start reading my blog. The more readers the better! More to come!

Side shot of the sanded down Z

Side shot of the sanded down Z

Front shot of the Z

Front shot of the Z

Good angle to see the sanding of the Z

Good angle to see the sanding of the Z

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I Made It…

Alright so… it’s been a while since I’ve posted. In my opinion, it’s been entirely too long, and I apologize for that.

Today is my last day of class of my junior year of college. I finished at 2:40pm after turning in my last Portuguese 430 test. DONE. But not finished… I am so close to ending this semester that it hurts to think I haven’t quite gotten there yet. There are still papers to write, projects to do, presentations to finalize, etc. It’s a busy time, no doubt, but I still hold myself to this blog. From now on, I should be posting more!

The past four and a half months of my life have been pure mayhem. To say the least. Classes have (nearly) killed me, I’ve made some friends, lost a lot of people I thought were friends, and got played like an old 8-track for four and a half months by a girl I genuinely had feelings for (Highly uncommon for me– the feelings part). I’ve written a lot, I’ve read a lot, and I’ve learned even more.

Note: I hope she’s reading this right now. That would really be a kicker, wouldn’t it?

PLOT TWIST

It’s hard to put a finger on “The hardest *insert time period here* of your life,” but for me, I can honestly say that this has been one of the hardest years starting out of my entire life. There was loss, gain, failure, success– all in the extreme, and I’m grateful for all of it. That, however, does not mean I enjoyed it all while it was happening or even after the fact. Today, I can sit at my desk and type this and honestly admit that I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted from this semester.

The balancing act that has been my semester has affected me greatly, but one thing remains the same– my drive for Brasil.

I’m about a month and a half away from being back in the country that I refer to as meu lar. My home. I’m going back to Brasil to spread the Good Word. I’ll be there until mid-August, teaching, playing sports, interacting with the children in the community, and working and living on a farm. I couldn’t be more blessed or excited to have the opportunity to return to the most beautiful country on Earth.

What I find most incredible about my passion for Brasil is that it is unwavering in every way. Through all my changes in interests as a child, teenager, and young adult, I have always had a passion and interest in Brasil. Not only has it not gone away or faded into the background, it continues to grow. Daily. That excites me.

Losing friends, being led on, and dealing with school creates a lot of ups and downs– Brasil was never one of those ups or downs. It is a rising consistency in my life and becoming a true possibility for after I graduate. I have no doubt that I will be able to, and will, live there after I graduate from college. There is not a doubt in my mind. That brings peace to me.

I attribute that peace and unwavering nature of my interest in Brasil to God. It could be nothing but God. Unwavering. Unchanging. Ever-Inspiring. That is my God. This passion for the Portuguese language, for Brasilian culture, its people, its music, its food, even its futebol (SANTOS)– it all comes from God– I fully believe that. How exciting.

As this semester comes to its close, I hope you, my readers, have something to find peace in. That you have something to rest in– and I hope that something is God and the passion, the Calling that God has given you. We all have our own Calling, don’t be afraid to go find yours. It’s an exciting thing.

Changing Gears…

I haven’t had much time to work on custom mini-cars of late, but I have at least sanded down my 240Z casting, and I’ve also picked up multiple castings (Including a Toyota 2000GT!) to customize over the summer, so keep a look out for updates on Mini-Cars!

As far as Fly Fishing goes, I started this blog in January… so not much has happened in that arena, but in mid-May I’ll be headed out to Damascus, Virginia to spend some time in the waters of southwestern Virginia on the head end of Trail Days! Extra exciting! So please, check back often for updates, and keep reading!

New Customs!

So over my Spring Break, I spent some time in my hometown. It’s always nice to be home. It’s also great because our Wal-Mart always has a killer selection of Hot Wheels. Well, I made a trip one morning inspired by my 510 custom (Check it out in the Cars//Minicars section if you haven’t yet!) and ran into some awesome finds.

I’m obsessed with Datsun. If it’s Prince Motor Company, Tama Motor Company, Datsun, or Nissan, I love it. Period. Well, I scored three (yes, three) of the new Datsun 240Z models, finally getting to add this casting to my collection. I am keeping one carded for good measure, I opened one to display, and opened another to customize.

I also picked up a double (oops) of the red 5-Spoke AEM Honda S2000 casting. I’m going to customize it as well, as I adore the S2000 and everything that it (and not Honda at large) stands for in the tuning and performance community.

Below you’ll find a picture of these soon-to-be Nathaniel Sprouse customs, and hopefully they turn out to your enjoyment. I have an idea of what I would like to do for both, however, if you have any suggestions on what the customization should look like in its final stage, please feel free to inspire me. Hopefully these turn out looking great.

Note that I will not be posting the full process in the Cars//Minicars section from now on, only final results from projects, as posting tons of pictures of the customization process make the page difficult to scroll through and enjoy. From now on, I will post updates here on the main page, leaving the cars//Minicars page for the final result. Keep a look out for updates!

The AEM 5-Spoke Honda S2000 and the newest 240Z casting

The AEM 5-Spoke Honda S2000 and the newest 240Z casting

Cheers!