Tamiya’s new Mazda MX-5 Roadster, #24342, $49US
It’s about time we got a new and current kit from Tamiya! Their new Mazda MX-5 Roadster is great! The 1/24 scale kit is flawless, with both left- and right-hand drive options, and options for US, Japan, Europe, and British versions. The roadster body has no flaws whatsoever! Now is the time to order some of those great colors from ScaleFinishes and Gravity Colors. They both have our favorite Mazda Soul Red, so it’s your choice. The kit is basically curbside, with nice suspension details, and good under-engine detailing/engraving. The neat part of the kit is that there is a female driver figure, that you can position for either the right or left side driver’s seat, with different arms for either side. You also have to slide the seat forward to get her to fit the driver’s side pedals/steering wheel. A nice touch!
So, how does it build? We painted it this weekend, and we will update the final shots soon. So far, PERFECT!
Order yours today from your local hobby shop, or check out Tamiya’s site
Tamiya’s New LaFerrari 1/24 Kit
Tamiya sent their new, and gorgeous, 1/24 scale kit of Ferrari’s newest supercar, the LaFerrari. This kit is incredible. It is on par with their earlier Enzo kit, but with a more beautiful body and shape. There is also available separately a photoetched detail set, and carbon fiber decals, that you can also buy (they are not included). The carbon fiber decals are not the standard template-style, they are already in the shape/pattern that is needed.
The photoetch is the new style, with no frets holding the parts to the trees, which makes it so much easier to use. If you are going to build an all out LaFerrari, I would highly recommend the photoetch set and the carbon fiber decals.
The body is flawless. I couldn’t find any flash on any part, seam, or piece of plastic. The hardest part I think is figuring out what color to paint it. After some quick research on the ‘Net, it looks like there are a few colors to choose from. Of course the standard Russo Ferrari red is an option, as is black, yellow, and white. I saw some light blue, dark blue, and even the Lambo-style orange that I love so much. After some soul-searching, and roll of the dice, I think I’m going to go wild, with a black and white paint job. Black on most of the body, with white around the lower part of the front, side doors, and back end. I will update this page along the way while it is being built. Thanks for looking!
Factory 81 Rocket Bunny
TK002 Rocket Bunny Toyota FRS / Subaru 86 transkit
MSRP $86.99 US
• Two sets of rims: SSR Mesh and TE37v
• Two types of intercoolers: Vmount or normal
• One turbocharger
• One set of stretch tires included
• Full wide-body kit (front and rear fenders, lower front apron, side rocker panels, rear valance)
• Rocket Bunny rear spoiler logo with photoetched side plates
Worldwide production limited to 286 sets only
Facebook has become a great way to connect with new model car builders, and even some aftermarket companies. Recently, we were introduced to a really cool company called Factory 81.
At first it looked like they only produced a limited number of rims and tires for tuners, but that first look was a little bit too quick. It turns out Factory 81 not only makes some great rims and tire sets, but they have produced some very impressive trans-kits as well. I was really impressed with their new wide-body kit for the Tamiya/Aoshima Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ kits. The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are actually the same car, with each manufacturer adding their own badges and logos. The car was a joint effort between the two companies, in search of the ultimate lightweight and powerful sports car. I think it’s great. If you are either a Toyota/Scion fan, or a Subaru fanatic, you have your choice of a sweet machine that will leave your friends jealous and you’ll have a smile on your face.
The Rocket Bunny wide-body transkit is designed to fit on either the Tamiya or Aoshima Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ. The Aoshima kits have options for engines, and right or left-hand drive.
Tamiya sent their soon-to-be-released 1/20 scale Red Bull Racing Renault RB6. This is the first new tooled 1/20 F1 kit since the Ferrari F60 back in 2009. I have to say, this kit is fabulous! It does have a high retail sticker price (TBA, but more than what we have seen lately), but I think that it is worth it.
Check out all the photos in the photo gallery, and see for yourself! I will be doing this one for a kit build/review for the January issue.