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Tamiya Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition

Tamiya No. 24348
Molded Colors: Dark yellow, silver, black, clear, clear-red, chrome, satin chrome
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $53
Pros: Interior decals and chrome decal lights
Cons: No sidewall detail on tires
This is a curbside, re-release of the Nissan 370Z with nice chassis detailing, plus new decals and wheels to make an optional version of the 2018/2019 model-year car (and also earlier). It can be configured either as a left-hand-drive export 370Z or a right-hand-drive Fairlady Z.

There are four exterior colors offered for this Heritage Edition: Magnetic Black, Pearl White, Chicane Yellow, and Deep Blue Pearl.

Regardless of the exterior color, the interior color combo is the same for all four. Inside the box, the body parts are molded in a vibrant dark yellow which for me was the tipping point to build it in that color. Other mold colors of the 95 styrene parts are silver, black, clear, transparent red, bright chrome and satin chrome. Not all of the parts will be used and the front and rear spoilers carry over from an earlier release.

Directional tires come in two sizes for the front and rear, with nice tread detail. The sidewalls unfortunately are blank, and a metal axle holds the rear wheels while the fronts are poseable. All wheels mount with poly-caps.

The decal sheet gives builders a choice of graphics in two colors: black or gunmetal, for the Z’s Heritage Edition livery. There are several decals for the seats and dash, as well as for exterior badging, the windshield, and lights. Unique chrome foil-stamped decals are even included for the front marker lights and truly make them look realistic. Precut self-adhesive Mylar transfers for mirror faces and chrome badges, and die-cut window masks also are there. Instructions are easy to follow and include full detail painting callouts.

Body cleanup was easy. I used a black Sharpie to denote any mold lines before sanding them out. Most of the mold lines were on the rear, but the areas that needed the most attention were at the base of the A-pillars, as the parting lines running across a few panel lines needed to be trued up.

If choosing a color other than yellow, I’d suggest lightly priming the body parts before painting them. Not that the plastic’s color will bleed, but the primer helps keep any edges from ghosting through as some paints tend to pull away from sharp edges. I sprayed my Z with the recommended Tamiya chrome yellow (TS-47) from the can and let it dry for a full week before decaling.

The kit’s graphics really highlight the project and the decals fit perfectly. I used a little Tamiya Mark Fit decal solution underneath to ward off silvering and help those on the top panels conform easily to the slight compound contours. I thought my build would look better with the panel lines darkened, but I went a little heavier than planned to get them to be the same weight; in retrospect I should have let them be.

Interior painting and assembly is straightforward and the decals add almost as much life to the body as the yellow accents. Tamiya Mark Fit decal solvent and a hair dryer helped get the seat decals to wrap around edges and creases.

Dash and gauge decals are well rendered, like the transfers, but the clear carrier is a little oversized for the areas they must fit in.

Normally I’d recommend not trimming clear on modern decals, but due to the tight confines (especially the gauges) trimming makes helps here and cuts the likelihood of any wrinkling. Upper center dash gauges  benefit from allowing the decals to fit lower and correctly into their locations, even if only the bottom third of the clear is cut away. Again a little solvent  is a plus.

Final assembly is relatively easy. Its light buckets are designed to fit from the inside with generous sized tabs and a positive fit to make cementing swift and stress-free. Lenses snap in from the outside so there’s zero worry about misplaced glue. Taillight lenses are a two-piece each affair, but a tiny drop of Tamiya Extra-Thin Cement from the inside secured them easily. Reflectors for inside the headlight lenses are decals, which fit well but again, with a splash of solvent, conform quickly.

I’d like to build this kit again. It fits well, is easy to assemble and looks spot-on realistic. -


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