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Tamiya BMW 635CSi

BMW 635CSi
Tamiya No. 24322
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $50.00
Pros: Good detail; good decals
Cons: Some parts molded in black need to be painted white; tricky front-bumper installation
In 1984, one of the world’s most- exciting touring car classes was born; Group A. It featured production-based cars with performance improvements determined by the cars’ weight and engine displacement. This formula made for a variety of cars from the world’s top manufacturers.  

One of the first manufacturers to enter Group A racing was BMW, which chose to race its top-of-the-line coupe, the M635Csi. BMW entered seven cars into the 1984 DPM series; this model depicts the most vibrant of those seven, the #6 driven by Hans J. Stuck.
Assembly begins with the nine-piece, 3.6L inline six-cylinder engine.  Assembly is simple and easy, and there isn’t too much detail lost. However, the back side of the alternator is hollow; a bit of putty would definitely help.

After the engine is complete, it is mated to the chassis. The chassis builds up easily, and like the engine, does not lack much detail.  

The first issue I did come across was the color of plastic for the chassis pan. The pan is to be painted white, but it is molded in black, and this makes the painting process a lot longer.  

There are two sets of front and rear shocks/spindles: one set for the race car, and one set for the street car. Be sure to use the proper set, or the wider racing wheels/tires will not fit properly.

The wheels and tires included are center-lock BBS RS racing wheels with wide racing slick tires.

The interior tub also suffers from the same issue as the chassis pan: it is molded in black and needs to be painted white. Other than that, the interior, if built right, may be the star of the kit.  

The molded-in detail of the interior tub and the two-piece dashboard is done well. There are plenty of switches and bolt heads to pick out, and there is some masking involved as well.  

The four-piece roll cage fits together quite well if it is built directly into the interior tub.

There is some bodywork required to bring it up to the race car’s specifications. You must remove the M Power logo from the trunk and the grille, and you must also open two holes in the trunk for the fuel filler and fuel vent.  

There is also a bit of masking involved in the painting process, as the underhood area needs to be painted white, and there is body trim that needs to be painted black.

I did not find any issue with final assembly. However, it is a little bit tricky to install the front bumper to the body.

There are Jägermeister decals provided in the kit. I did not use them, but I am sure they will work well, because they are printed by Cartograf.

The buildup of this particular BMW race car went well. There are other race car options available, thanks to the aftermarket, but I prefer this one out of the box. 


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