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Hasegawa Charge Mazda 767B

Hasegawa No. 20312
Molded Colors: Bright orange, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $46.99
Pros: Quick easy build, accurate body shape
Cons: Difficult decal scheme, no brake calipers
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Mazda entered three 767B prototypes in the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the GTP category with a best of 7th overall.

Hasegawa added the Mazda to its family of Group C machines in 1990. Typical of the rest of the line, it’s a fairly straightforward curbside kit with simple construction yet still yields an accurate replica of the real car.

Tooling appears to have held up pretty well for the most part, but there is some flash to clean up.

Perhaps one of the more critical items for the fluorescent orange and green livery of the Charge-sponsored machine is its decal sheet. All of the green areas are handled by decals, requiring the builder only to paint the orange. Decals are printed well with a nice glossy finish and colors appear to be pretty accurate.

For chassis construction there isn’t much to talk about. Wheels mount to stub axles molded into the chassis plate and other than its ground effects tunnels, is pretty much a flat sheet. The lower wishbones for the rear suspension, lower side pods, exhaust and small radiator complete the assembly. I mounted the side pods to the body figuring painting and decaling would be easier, but conequently the interior tub was more difficult to install.

There aren’t a whole lot of parts for the interior either, but the real thing didn’t have all sorts of creature comforts anyway. A sole seat, gear shift, and electronic boxes are about it. A set of aftermarket seat belts would help spruce things up.

The body molding is generally pretty crisp requiring only minimal cleanup of mold lines, but prep does need to be done before painting. First, the taillight panel needs to be added and smoothed in. There also are  some extensions to the tops of the doors, parts no. D9 & D10. These are indeed added pieces and should not be filled into the body as I thought. Check your references before you do stuff!

The decals also are set up for these to be separate. The lower portion of the rear wing will also need to be added and filled in.

This is one of those iconic racing liveries that really pops. I had concerns on how I was going to reproduce it accurately, first of which was the base fluorescent orange color. I found Tamiya has just released the color (TS-96) in its excellent line of sprays. Like most fluorescent colors it requires a white base, and it’s basically like a candy color, very transparent, so sensitive to the depth and number of coats. I debated masking and painting the green and black areas but thought a truer test of “what’s in the kit” would be to use the decals as intended.

The fit is nearly perfect, although I did cut some decals into more workable pieces. They responded well to Microsol and heat when needed. Coverage was good with only the slightest hint of bleed through on the white dashed lines. 

A couple areas will need touch-up that the decals don’t cover, Tamiya Park Green is a close match. I think it would have actually been faster and ultimately a better finish to paint them instead.

Due to the major decal job I can’t recommend it for beginners, but the kit is a breeze build. There also are different, easier, versions available, and those are worth looking for.   

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