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MPC/Round2 1975 Datsun Pickup

Round2 No. MPC872/12
Molded Colors: White, chrome, clear, transparent red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $31.95
Pros: Great subject matter, multiple optional parts, decals
Cons: Fiddly construction leads to  minor alignment issues, older tooling means a little extra flash
THIS REISSUE of Datsun’s iconic 620 pickup kit has options to build two configurations with a lot of choices for personalization. Build it bone stock or as a mild custom indicative of the popular mini-truckin’ style when it was first tooled.

There’s flash on most of the parts due to the age of the molds, but it’s not heavy.

A front corner on the driver’s side of the hood was sort of missing on my sample (I don’t know if its technically a short-shot, or just mold wear). I refrained from repairing this, but it’s fixable with sheet styrene, sanding and shaping.

The side mirrors didn’t have posts molded to them so I made simple ones from aluminum rod to hide the ejection pinholes. I added Mylar for the faces.

The decal sheet has vintage graphics, Datsun badges, two pair of license plates, sponsor stickers and side marker lights. You have choices for the tailgate lettering including individual letters and sets joined by a single clear film. They fit perfectly. A little decal solvent proved helpful with these too.

Custom tires are nicely molded with tampo-printed white letters and the included stock tires have an aggressive-looking tread but by comparison aren’t as nice.

Instead of mounting the cab to the frame, then building the bed onto the cab and frame, I built the bed onto the cab. This was done to make painting the body and final assembly easier. It also paid off when it came to applying the graphics.

I mounted the front valence and tailgate to their respective places at the same time. (The tailgate is intended to be hinged but I cemented it in place.)

The Datsun’s front wheels are poseable. The rear wheels were tricky though. If I were to build another, I would attach the rear suspension to the frame after the body and bed were mounted to it. That way I could get the rear wheels centered in the wheel wells on the first try.

I’d also lower it a bit to mimic what I recall the typical trucks looking like back in the day. Doing so wouldn’t be a major issue.

The engine is typical of the era with side-draft, two-barrel carburetors or the stock version’s intake and air cleaner. While the block is complete, it also appears somewhat basic.

I skipped adding many of the other customization parts, as they simply weren’t something I’d use on a real 1:1 truck, but they are proper for the era and nice to have.

Old DuPont Centari single-stage acrylic enamel was applied for the white paint job, and I went with a stereotypical metallic blue interior, using vintage 88% voc lacquer I had.

I painted the wheel centers flat aluminum to make them look like Minilites. Door handles and wipers were done in black instead of silver since it was common to black out those items in the mid-to late-1970s. I cut white vinyl discs for the headlights but it probably would have worked better if the body wasn’t white.

While a bit of a fiddly kit, its very buildable with almost unlimited potential for the modifying crowd. With the recent surge of popularity in Japanese Domestic Market vehicles, its a very welcome addition to the hobby.

I plan to build more of this kit based on its praised 1970s nostalgia factor.


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