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Tamiya ARTA NSX 2005

February 2007
RELATED TOPICS: RACE CAR | TAMIYA
ARTA NSX 2005
Tamiya No. 24288
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $50.00
Pros: Excellent decals and metal transfers; optional photoetch set enhances the model
Cons: Some parts-fit issues with hood louvers, headlight and taillight lenses

Tamiya's new ARTA NSX kit represents the Team Honda Racing NSX driven by Ito/Firman in the Japanese Super GT Series.

The curbside kit has white, black, and clear styrene parts, a sheet of mesh to be cut for screens, windshield, taillight and headlight precut masks, and excellent metal transfers for the mirror faces and Honda hood and trunk emblems.

The kit also features a prepainted diecast chassis underpanel, which gives extra heft to the finished model.

The review kit was constructed utilizing the optional photoetched parts set (No.12612, $15.80), which includes hood pins, seat belt hardware, brake rotors, tow hooks, air duct screens (to replace the kit mesh), a tire -painting stencil, and thin sheet plastic to be used as seat belt material with adhesive logos.

The limited suspension parts assemble to the diecast chassis with screws, and fit perfectly. The interior assembles into a bucket, which also screws to the chassis.

I assembled the body, including front fenders, front fins, and rear fender duct covers, prior to painting. I primed the body, painted the hood and separate louvers TS-26 Pure White, masked the hood, and painted the body, mirrors, and rear wing Krylon Fluorescent Red.

I lightly clearcoated all of these parts with Duplicolor lacquer (for decal adhesion; the fluorescent paint dries flat), applied the excellent Cartograf decals, and clearcoated and polished the body.

The hood louvers, headlight lens and taillight lens, would not fit into the body. Even after scraping paint from the edges of the parts, I could not achieve a proper fit. I trimmed the edges of the parts and openings until I was going to damage visible paint, and pressed them in. I still could not get them all the way into place, and had to live with it.

The rest of the assembly went without issue, except that I broke one of the front suspension parts because of the tight fit of the wheel spindles into the polycaps.

The fluorescent red paint, gold wheels, and colorful decals make for a striking completed model. The optional parts really enhance the build.

This kit is simple enough for beginners, but ensuring a loose fit of the parts mentioned above should be performed prior to painting.

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