Trueno Tuesday: Hobby Japan's take on the Tofu Boi
Hobby Japan Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86)
Hobby Japan, proclaiming to be "the finest model car project" has been assaulting the mid - high end 1:64 market with some solid releases lately. The FD3S was a hoot, and the Civic hatches were pretty decent too. The latest addition to their current stock is this, everyone's favorite Tofu delivery car.
The brand offers the AE86 in several two - tone colors, with a wheel variation. I stuck with the obvious color and the not - so - obvious wheel choice.
First glance, and there is the immediate feeling of a mixed bag. The proportions and most of the car look exceptionally well modeled. However, tyres have been a woe for HJ (fortunately the Spirit - R had a clean set), and this specimen has a deflating front left.
Sadly, the disappointment gets a bit worse with the rather messed up front paint work. Hopefully this is limited to my model, and others could be fine. The tampos are also not the best in the back.
Exactly how I painted my botched 1/24 Fujimi model kit. Not a compliment for the HJ team, not at all.
Rear is rather clean, except for the slightly misplaced tampos and the awkward left taillamp. Love the mudflaps though.
With no TLV version on the horizon, and Kyosho rather unlikely to dust their AE85 molds, the HJ offering will remain as the only mid - high end Trueno in the market for quite a while. That said, Kyosho has been relaunching some of its old 1/64 models, and they recently did an Initial - D set...
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to be a crybaby here. However, for the price point, a little more attention to the overall finish would not be unfair, or so I think. That said, all the woes aside, this is a remarkable little model.
A credible homage to the car made infamous by a manga series, and someone who goes by the name Doridori.
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