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  1. Makes sense as this particular scheme of 1993 Taisan was never released before and Tsuchiya "Drift King" Keiichi drove it to victory. It also helps snag sales as people who cannot wait for the Calsonic version will get this first and get the Calsonic one afterwards anyway. If it is done the other way round a lot of people will stop at one. From Hasegawa's web site the kit will come with proper single wiper, trunk lid with the fuel filler holes opened as well as brake ducts, race suspension, aero mirrors and proper interior bits. http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/product/hc41/
  2. First saw it in Facebook, supposed to be an all new kit. I can't read Korean and all the words are embedded in the pics, it would be great if someone else can get more information out of it. http://www.academy.co.kr/1p/1p_plaview.asp?pView=PLA0000005&pCode=1985&pScale=PLA0000005
  3. There is also a Benz Soarer in the same series. Whether it would lead to something in real life remains to be seen.
  4. Race versions with different liveries and wheels are a given, they have already tooled the faces for all 4 types of mirrors used by different teams in the chrome sprue. The projector light housings, which are not used by most of the teams, are also on its own sprue. With the Nismo bits all on a separate sprue, I would also expect Spec V and Spec V-II variants with new BBS wheels but without the Nismo sprue.
  5. Hasegawa has officially announced the kit, tentatively for Dec 24 release: http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/product/hc40/ Test shots here: http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/hc40b/ From the layout the Group A race cars and the 3.0 Turbo A are a given after this release; they have already tooled the Momo steering wheel for the Turbo A. The Twin Turbo R is possibe down the road with new Recaro seats and wheels. Export version is not likely, the rear side moldings are molded solid to the body and do not have provision for side markers.
  6. Hasegawa has shown photos of the built up, looks very promising. Finally the Nismo sidestep and the front bumper ducts are properly scaled and not a huge blob of plastic. My only gripe is the tyres, nicely done Pirelli P7 with side wall engraving that should have been Potenza RE71. But I guess I can live with that. http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/product/hc39/
  7. There is actually an info@sefinecast.co.uk e-mail address in the front page and a sales@sefinecast.co.uk e-mail address in their PDF catalog. Why they don't put it on their sales page is beyond me.
  8. Licensing issue with Adidas? Seems both Aoshima and Fujimi issued Reebok Skylines in 2004, one year before Adidas started the takeover process of Reebok.
  9. I heard many Japanese modellers are holding their purchase for the Lancer until they see the Hasegawa release, even when Beemax released theirs one year ahead. I think this is going to hurt NuNu more. A lot of modellers will buy the rally kit and build it has street custom. It would be easier for them to get the Hasegawa kit and order sprue J from after service for the RHD dash board. That should also help them move their kits. The Calsonic and Taisan are a given. I'd also like to see the Reebok, Kyoseki and HKS livery from the JTC, as well as the Castrol from Macau Guia winner and Zexel from Spa. But whatever Hasegawa cannot do the aftermarket can easily fill the void, not only decal but also wheel and mirror sets.
  10. Reaction from Japanese modellers is overwhelmingly positive. It's a proper Nismo version, it will have correct projector or halogen headlights for different teams and it will have detailed interior for both street and race versions. All the existing R32 kits have their fair share of problems. Tamiya's body is too muscular, the trunk area has some very nasty mold parting lines that are difficult to remove, the hood will not close with the wipers installed, and the A pillars are very prone to deform. Fujimi is supposed to be better proportioned but the interior leaves something to desire. Aoshima's body is too angular and it's quite clear the kit was designed in Aoshima's transition period with the awful shared chassis. All have badly defined headlight buckets for projector lights only, out of scale Nismo side steps and front ducts, a hole in the rear windshield and wiper motor in the package shelf which is wrong for the Nismo version and the race cars. Hasegawa knows their market well, I have not seen any of their car release flop so far. The R32 will be a home run for them.
  11. I don't understand why people moan about the "new" Mustang. Sony actually bothered enough to model the 1971 Mustang Mach 1 as a premium car from Gran Turismo 5 onwards, with a detailed interior since GT6. The thing must have some global appeal across age groups.
  12. In the same sense that stomping on the gas in a straight line is not racing.
  13. This site has HTTPS. Just type https:// instead of http:// in front of the URL. https://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/
  14. That Tamiya snap kit is a very nice kit. I think it was last reissued 10 years ago and it is fetching silly money now. All export version got the Levin tail lights and Trueno front end. North American version also got different 5 mph bumpers without the cornering lamps.
  15. Oh well, those people would be getting into their 60's now.
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