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Hasegawa 1969 Honda N360S

1969 Honda N360S
Hasegawa No. 21121
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: white, gray, clear, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $44.99
Pros: Excellent parts fit; easy to build; comprehensive instructions
Cons: Engine is incomplete, so model is essentially a curbside
Visually similar to the more-well-known Mini Cooper, the N360 is a Kei car: a class of light Japanese automobiles. 

At the time of its manufacture, there were restrictions on overall car and engine sizes of Kei cars  – one of which was the maximum displacement of 360cc. This Honda has an air-cooled 354cc four-stroke two-cylinder engine derived from the CB 450 motorcycle. 

Although the hood is removable, the lack of an entire engine makes this kit more of a curbside. It only builds as a right-hand-drive Japanese-spec car, and captures the spirit of the car well.

The kit provides options to build a Super Deluxe or an “S” version. 

The comprehensive instructions provide plenty of paint and detail information. It is advisable to familiarize yourself with them before building, because there are several differences between the two versions. 

Molded in white, gray, clear, and black, the parts are clean and crisp, with no flash; only delicate parting lines.  Clearly, some forethought was used in the mounting of the parts to the sprues, especially on the chrome sprue.

The decal sheet includes multiple options and extras. 

The tires are soft rubberlike items.

Two full dashboards with gauges are provided (one for each version) but the molded-in details must be shaved off if the larger decals are to be used. 

Individual gauge and badge decals are also provided for the dash; I chose to go that route and paint the raised molded-in details. The printing is sharp, and for the most part, they fit fine. 

The whitewalls for the tires are provided as transfers that are water- activated, but go on similar to dry transfers. After they were applied as directed and allowed to dry overnight, I used a little decal solvent help them conform better to the tires.

When I prepped the body for paint, I also scribed the front and rear window trim to make foiling them after painting easier; other than that, the cleanup was minimal.

I used Tamiya TS-49 Bright Red for the body color.

There is an engine, but it is only the front and bottom portions and a couple of exhaust pipes. The rest of the engine is not included, and that leaves the engine bay noticeably vacant.   

The interior tub is cleanly molded, but it has more than 30 ejector-pin marks; fortunately, most of them are hidden by other parts.

After painting and foiling, I used a technical pen to black out the windshield and rear window surrounds, and a Sharpie to black out the inside edges.

Overall, the fit of the parts is excellent.

I suggest not installing the body until you are really sure you’re ready, becasue it is a tight fit and likely would damage something if you tried to remove it.

I did one minor deviation from pure out-of-the-box: 

The fender-mounted rearview mirrors on the “S” version are body color. The tiny stems and mirrors are molded on the chrome tree. I stripped the chrome and assembled them before painting. 

To replace the reflective surfaces, I made a punch from brass tubing and cut out new faces from self-adhesive Mylar.

The model builds easily builds into a nice representation of an interesting, if not just unique, subject.


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