First, the kit comes with two sets of wheels, the same wheels, but one set is plated and the other is molded in a nice satin black that really needs nothing more than the center hub decals. The chrome set look great, and I could see paying up to $18.00 for these if they were offered as an aftermarket wheel, so it was a great deal if just for the free wheel set.
The other point to mention is the doors are open, but do not operate. You have two choices….opened or closed. The area inside the door opening looks great, it looks like the real thing, so it would be a shame to glue the doors closed. The other option given is to permanently mount the doors on non-moving open position, which looks good, but you can never close the doors to see how sleek and down-right mean the car looks. Well, neither solution was acceptable to me so I made, what turned out to be a very simple hinge, the doors now open and close, as they should.
The biggest mistake with the car, I think, is the fact that Fujimi really blew the rear hatch area on this kit. I did not realize how bad it was until it was too late for me to change it (my mistake) but in hindsight it would be easy to correct. This car does not come with a fully molded motor, but with a motor “plate” that has the top of the engine molded in very nice detail. This seems to be the new normal with the Japanese kits now and when detailed with paint, photo-etched screens and decals make a very convincing engine bay. The real problem is that the top outer cover is way too thick, so it requires careful sanding to get it to snuggle down, and the cover does not open in the correct place. In other words, the hatch is not seamed in the correct place. The upper side “wing” area of the hatch should be cut from the hatch piece and they should be permanently mounted to the body. Then only the correct hatch area would open. I secured my hatch to the car, mainly because I noticed the error after everything was painted and since it is just the engine plate, it looks fine through the three level rear window. If I were to do a second car, I would correct the opening area of the hatch and hinge the hatch so it opened just as the real car does…..but too late for that on this one.
This is one of the rare times I built a car completely stock…as intended from the factory…the only change to the kit is working doors and a unique color for the car. Other than a few items here and there, it goes together very well…..the windows fit is just perfect…..they snap in flush and tight, really sweet. Same with the wheels and brakes, fit tight, work perfectly and look great.
Being the fast creature that it is, I thought it needs a fast color too. I primed the car, lightly sanded it, painted it pure white, sanded it, painted it HOK Sunrise Pearl (Looks too much like school bus yellow for me) so I covered it with Tamiya clear yellow which gave it a more orangish hue and then covered it with clear lacquer mixed with HOK ultra fine gold metal-flake to give it a more golden glow. Once dry, it was cleared with future.
The interior is all flat black and the seat centers, console trim and door trim was painted flat yellow and later topped with a light spray of Tamiya clear orange to match the exterior color relatively closely.
If you are into exotic sports car models, this is a must have. Period.
See for yourself. (include here is a little pictorial on the door hinges…..you should be able to follow along, but if there are questions just ask.)
Edited by Peter Lombardo, 29 February 2012 - 02:29 PM.