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Hasegawa Denso Toyota 88C

Denso Toyota 88C
Hasegawa No. 202735
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $41.99
Pros: New Cartograf decals are excellent
Cons: Age of kit shows with flash on some parts; some minor parts-fit issues
This kit was originally released way back in 1988, in Le Mans trim with different markings, and I believe this version followed a year later.

This new release is essentially unchanged, except the decals are now printed by Cartograf. All parts are molded in white, and some areas are starting to show the age of the tooling with a bit of flash.

Being a curbside kit, and the fact that these cars had pretty much flat bottoms except for the venturi tunnels, there isn’t a whole lot of detail to the chassis. This car ran a slightly different “aero package” than the original, and requires cutting off a portion of the tunnels at the back. There are some light scribe marks showing where to cut, taking out the guesswork. 

The back of the car is also much more open, so be sure to paint everything inside flat black to avoid it looking empty; the transaxle housing doesn’t block out too much.

The interior tub is fairly basic; these cars were pretty austere inside, and there isn’t much visible through the windows anyway. Seatbelts are molded in, and decals are provided for them and all of the dash gauges.

The different body configurations are handled by separate parts for the sides and tail, so be sure to pick the correct ones. It’s probably best to leave the sides off to make masking for paint easier. 

Some minor modifications need to be made to the parts for proper fit: 

The fit of the part intended to fill the NACA duct on the upper left is just OK and will need to be puttied and sanded smooth. The wing, too, will need the same treatment to fill the seams between the pieces. The windows and headlight covers will need their borders painted black, but all have molded-in ridges, so they can be hand-painted.

The decals are superb! Crisp printing, perfect registration, and a nice, glossy finish. Most went on without setting solution, but responded well when necessary. 

I found Tamiya Bright Red (TS-49) is a near-perfect color match.

I hadn’t built one of these kits in a few years, and had forgotten how enjoyable they are. Simple construction, yet enough detail to look great. The proportions and stance look right, and the new Cartograf decals are a bonus. 


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