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Tamiya Gazoo Racing Toyota TRD 86

RELATED TOPICS: TAMIYA | 1/24
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Gazoo Racing Toyota TRD 86 Tamiya No. 24337
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $71.00
Pros: Reissued kit has new parts for seats, roll cage, and wheels; excellent parts fit
Cons: Rally computer is a decal instead of a separate part
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This is the fourth version of the Toyota 86 (Scion FR-S in the US)/ Subaru BRZ twins in the Tamiya line. It’s basically a modified reissue of the street version, with a new sprue of parts for the rally version, which includes new wheels, racing seats, and roll cage.

Body parts are molded in white, and most of the rest in black. A couple of the sprues are common to the street version, so you will have a few items to stuff your parts box.

There is a small chrome tree for the bright bits, and some self-adhesive metal transfers for the mirror faces and some logos. The new decal sheet is beautifully printed. Also included is a sheet of die-cut masks for the windows.

The instruction sheet is done in typical Tamiya foldout style, with clear exploded-view steps and detail-painting notes along the way.

The nine piece rear suspension sub-assembly does a great job of reproducing the 1:1 car’s independent setup. Molded detail is crisp, with practically no cleanup required other than the sprue attachment points, and parts fit is excellent. The chassis pan does require a fair amount of masking.

The MacPherson-strut-style front suspension is well represented by a six- piece assembly featuring poseable steering. The inner fenders and upper half of the engine are molded as a single part, requiring more masking to paint. I cut off the fronts of the fenders to make the task easier. Disc brake and caliper detail is good, but hidden inside the wheels. The Dunlop tires have excellent tread and sidewall detail.

The engine is made up of only four additional parts, and although it looks a little simplistic by itself, it looks surprisingly complete with the body in place. The three-piece exhaust looks basically stock, with different chrome- plated dual tips for this version.

The floor pan has molded-in rear seats and separate side panels. Molded relief detail is good throughout, with decals for the speaker grilles. Molded detail on the dash is good too, with decals for the instrument cluster, radio, and more speaker grilles. Unfortunately, the rally computer is just a decal stuck over the stock glove box door.

Seats are slightly different for the driver and navigator, so make sure to place them correctly. The three-piece roll cage’s tubes connect in more of a lap joint than the normal butt joint, resulting in more easily aligned and stronger joints.

Cleanup of the body was a breeze; it only needed two small nubs filed off the trunk lid that locate the spoiler on the street version. Front and rear fascias fit perfectly, but the hood was a tight fit.

Some of the decals are quite large – especially the sides. The fit is darn near perfect, but with little overlap of adjacent graphics, so alignment is critical to avoid gaps.

You will need setting solution in a few areas, but the decals respond well, and will conform to even the tiniest contour.

Windshield and side windows are molded as one, with a separate rear window, and mount from the inside with ample tabs for gluing. Headlights and taillights mount from the inside, and fit perfectly.

I had a little trouble with the hood alignment, which seemed to be caused by the small pins on the underside not aligning with the chassis, so I just nipped them off.

Overall the build went smoothly; fit and finish is superb. The decal job may be a bit much for a beginner, though.

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