I’ve heard and read about the quality of Tamiya models and now I’ve built one with only a couple of disappointments.
The six cylinder engine is has twin turbo chargers. There’s a pair chrome plated and a pair just plain white plastic. The plain one doesn’t even show up on the instruction sheet. All the parts fit extremely well and are well engraved.
The chassis features nice detail and crisp engraving. Exhaust is a separate piece – again, one chrome plated and the other plain white plastic. Front and rear suspensions are multiple piece units that get glued in separately. The gas tank is even a separate unit.
The interior was a major disappointment. While the dash and seats are wonderfully engraved, there is virtually nothing engraved on the side panels. No door handles. No window cranks. No power window buttons. Nothing!
The kit features a beautifully engraved body with no flash. After priming the body with Duplicolor gray sandable primer, I shot a few coats of HOK orion silver and when dry, shot a few coats of oriental blue. A coat of Duplicolor clear went over everything. Only a little bit of wet sanding and polishing Novus #2 was necessary before applying a coat of The Treatment Model Car Wax.
Assembly of all the components was very easy because everything fit the way it’s supposed to fit. When you snap the body onto the chassis, it’s there and there’s no need for glue.
Tamiya needs to be thanked for producing a wonderful kit and thank you to IPMS for the opportunity to build and review a marvelous kit.
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