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FROM THE October 2011 ISSUE

Fujimi Honda CR-Z

Fujimi Honda CR-Z
Honda CR-Z
Fujimi No. 038544
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $41.95
Pros: Appearance, proportions, stance, crisp body, chassis
Cons: Interior bucket; glass fit; sprue attachments for wipers; no LHD; confusing instructions

Fujimi seems to have an affection lately for modern hybrid cars. They’ve recently issued Honda’s sleek-looking CR-Z – a car that, styling-wise, reminds many of the beloved vintage CRX.

Fujimi captured the swoopy lines of the CR-Z well. The body is crisply molded in gloss white and required little cleanup prior to paint.

The headlight and taillight units are comprised of chrome bezels that install from inside the body, and clear lenses that install from outside.

Fit of the lenses was a bit tricky; the front ones could stand to fit a bit better without gaps.

There is a separate satellite radio antenna for the roof, and the side mirrors are a nifty three-piece design. The front and rear fascias are separate, and there’s a separate rear skirt and separate front grille.

The interior bucket follows Fujimi’s recent trend of simplifying assembly and parts count; the door panels are molded integrally with the tub, as well as the lower front seat cushions and the center console. The seat backs are one piece, and the dash setup is RHD (Right Hand Drive) only.

There are detailing decals for the center stack radio/navigation unit, and for the gauge decals. The instrument pod is separate, and the steering wheel, controls, and column are comprised of three parts.

The look of the finished interior is good, but would improve if there were separate side panels.
Fujimi Honda CR-Z
The chassis has reasonably good detail, separate springs and shocks, steerable wheels, and rotating brake discs behind a two-piece backing plate with separate outer caliper piece. The exhaust system is chrome-plated and should be repainted for accuracy.

Engraving underneath is nice. The separate outer brake calipers are delicately attached to the backing plates, and are easy to break off.

Being a curbside, assembly issues were minimal until final assembly.
Fujimi Honda CR-Z
Fujimi needs to rethink its use of a one-piece glass “bucket” design that is intended to snap into place. I was unable to fit the glass as designed, and could not read the Japanese instructions. I could get the side glass installed on one side, but no manner of bending/twisting/pushing could get the opposite side to lock in place.

Eventually, I gave up and cut a rear quarter-window free, enabling me to install it separately and get the rest of the part in place.

On a good note, the printed window masks were easy to cut and use to properly paint the inner black masked areas on the glass, and the glass doesn’t require glue to stay in place.

The rearview mirror is a delicate two-piece assembly. The windshield wipers are also delicate, and are attached to a myriad of sprues that are much thicker than the wiper arms; it’s hard to remove them from the sprues without damage.

There are decals for emblems, dash details, wheel centers, and Japanese license tags.

I’m pleased with the finished model; it sits properly and looks good. I wish it had a LHD (Left Hand
Drive) setup, but it is possible that a future variant might have that option.

It would be great to see the aftermarket or Fujimi offer some of the Mugen or other tuner parts, such as optional body kits and wheels/tires, as the CR-Z’s basic design is a perfect canvas for a modern tuner.


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