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Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo 1/24 completed February 25th, 2022

Background:

I'd always planned to build one of Tamiya's early kits, a boxy JDM car with actual wing-mounted mirrors. The 1970's looking Leopard TR-X Turbo was long my preference from the 8 or so I could have tried to find from the Tamiya catalogue.

Pros:

Very easy to assemble and very well moulded. Some conveniences right in the box as the front and rear lights are seperate and chromed, not moulded-in body colour buckets. Proportions look good and even a kit as old as this shows Tamiya's dedication to quality. "TURBO" decals are supplied both in white and in black, giving you body colour choices later on. There's a bonus Honda Tact scooter in the kit also, and a Driver figure.

Cons:

No engine. No brakes (not that you could see them anyway). No Japanese number plate decals, just dress plates. Wheels are unrealistically bright chrome. Interior floor is the reverse of the underbody floor pan and looks like it too. Some of the underbody parts like the exhaust are all moulded in. Some sink-marks to deal with.

Verdict:

With a low part-count It's not as detailed as a modern kit but it does build into a very good replica of a Nissan Leopard.

Build notes:

Built over 3 weeks in February 2022. The only extra details added are rear seatbelts, all-round seatbelt retainers and JDM number plates. Painted in Tamiya Titanium Gold (upper) and Ford Ginger Ale Metallic (lower), with an AS-22 Dark Earth interior. Cleared with Mr Hobby Gloss Premium. I didn't build the Honda Tact that comes with it yet. Looks like a lot of fiddly maskng with the way it's assembled.


Kit bought in Decemmer 2021.

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24

Tamiya Nissan Leopard TR-X Turbo  1/24


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