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Out of the Box: Tamiya Toyota GR Supra

RELATED TOPICS: TAMIYA | TOYOTA | SUPRA | REVIEW
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Kit No.: 24351
Scale: 1/24
Mfr.: Tamiya America,
tamiyausa.com   
Price: $47
Comments: 126 injection-molded plastic parts (white, black, chrome plated, clear); four vinyl tires and poly caps; decals, metal transfers, and pre-cut window masks
Pros: Exceptional fit; cleanly molded parts; incredibly easy to assemble    
Cons: None
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I sprayed the body parts with Tamiya semigloss bright gunmetal (TS-100), a close approximation of the photos I found on the internet of the real car. I applied the paint straight from the can in very light, dry coats to keep it on the matte side instead of semigloss. I’ll touch up the door handles before installation.
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The chassis assembles easily. The hand-brushing detail work called for in the instructions isn’t difficult, and I used the colors listed in the instructions without any shading or weathering. However,  doing that work would add more realism and depth to the details.
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The unique split five-spoke wheels are two-tone chrome and black and engineered to make painting easier. Paint the insides of the chrome rims (I hand-brushed these) and the separate wheel spokes (airbrush for me) gloss black. After the paint dried, I glued them together and pulled on the tires.
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The ignition red interior is available in left-hand drive, so I adapted the right-hand drive Japanese interior colors to the U.S. and European parts. There are decals for the pedals and speakers, as well as the expected instruments and NAV display.
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Metal transfers provide the steering wheel logo and rearview mirror face.
The all-new 2020 Supra is the fifth generation of Toyota’s flagship sports car. There hasn’t been a new Supra produced since 2002, and, in the U.S., sales of the last generation ceased in 1998. The first Supra to be offered as a two-seater, it’s pushed by a 3-liter inline-six with a twin-scroll single turbo rated at 340 horsepower mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers can choose from several exterior color options, including vibrant blue, red, and yellow tones, plus a range of pearl white, gray, and black.  A limited-edition color called “matte storm gray metallic” does a good job of showing the car’s lines, so I paired it with the optional ignition red interior called out in the instructions.

The kit builds into a traditional curbside model with suspension details, a full interior, and posable steering. It can be finished for the U.S., Japanese, or European markets. The most obvious differences are the left- or right-hand drive configurations. The wipers and a few other small details vary depending on region. The instructions clearly call out the three versions for parts and painting and helps maintain continuity during assembly.

I built the GR a little out of sequence in order to paint the body and let it dry while the rest of the car was being built. The body has practically no visible mold lines, something I’ve never seen before. They are cleverly routed around the edges and panel lines so all that I did to prep the body was wet-sand it with a fresh piece of 1000-grit sandpaper. Even if nothing was done to address mold lines, they may not even be visible under paint. 

The lights and windows are designed to fit into the body with generous tabs that make cementing from the inside a breeze. The pre-cut window masks line up perfectly with the engraved lines. I prefer acrylic paint for the black trim, although the instructions recommend lacquer. Each headlight assembly comprises five parts and requires six decals. Let the paint and decals on the headlights dry overnight before installation.

Separate A-pillars makes painting them trouble free.

The main body parts fit exceptionally well, again making use of tabs that almost lock together. I used RC560 canopy glue to tack all the body and clear parts in place and reinforced some of the joins with superglue. Even the vents in the hood and at the four corners have mounting systems to make installation a snap.

While assembling the body, be sure the two slots inside the front of the body remain open (don’t let any glue fill them). The chassis-and-interior subassembly fits easily into the body. Two tabs on the chassis slip into the slots at the front of the body to keep everything together.

I left the front license plate off purely for aesthetics. The kit includes options for European, Japanese, or U.S. license plates, front and back. All the decals fit great and a little Tamiya Mark Fit solvent helped them conform to the surfaces. A metal transfer for the Supra script is included, and a decal goes on top of that.

The GR went together phenomenally well and was a genuine pleasure to build. It captures the look of the real car, and I’m ready to build another. I highly recommend this kit to anyone who likes the car or simply wants a stress-free modeling experience.


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