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Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70)

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24 completed August 27th, 2021

Background:

The A70 Supra would be my preference of all the Supras. Elegant and understated and entirely Japanese. I wanted to make it some colour that was not so common on my shelf, so orange-over-black-primer makes a nice depth of colour and a different shade to just over grey primer which gives a more reddy shade of orange, as on the Toyota 2000 GT I built in April 2020.

Pros:

Nice proportions, easy to assemble. Headlights open. Comes with two dashboards in case you want to put the steering on the wrong side. Box doesn't take up much room in a stash.

Cons:

It's a very simple kit with only 3 parts to the suspension and metal axles front and rear - so no steering. No brake discs/calipers are supplied with the kit either as they'd be entirely hidden by the stock wheels. Curbside so no engine either. The pop-up headlights don't like staying up. The interior door cards lack depth and detail. The seats have no backs and have to be filled. No pedals. No manual transmission option.

Verdict:

A good kit for beginners. It's an easy kit to build with an easily achievable good result, but long since outclassed by the Hasegawa version. Nicely moulded, well proportioned and therefore the expected Tamiya quality of it's time - but things have moved on since then, although that didn't stop Tamiya returning to the two-metal-axles idea many years later with the road-going Impreza, New Beetle and others.

Build notes:

I've changed the wheels (Aoshima BBS DTM - which make most cars look better), added brakes, textured the parcel shelf, added a front lip and lowered the car a little just by hooking the chassis above the usual mount points inside instead of within them. Aside from that it is as-supplied. Painted in Tamiya TS-92 metallic orange over Mr Hobby black primer, clearcoated with Mr Hobby Gloss. This is my 99th build


Kit bought from on holiday from Mandarake Tokyo, November 2019

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24

Tamiya Toyota Supra GT (A70) 1/24


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