Trueno Tuesday: Hobby Japan's take on the Tofu Boi

Hobby Japan Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86)

4w ago

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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.

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.

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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Comments (9)

  • Such pity that a popular casting was not given the royal treatment. It’s very obvious that on the front they need to improve that two tone. The pop up light on the right also has a huge gap.

      1 month ago
    • Absolutely. I sincerely hope that other models are better than this when it comes to QC. Opening features on a premium 1/64 is a definite no-no for me.

        1 month ago
  • that's an trueno ae86 right? Looks just the one from initial d

      1 month ago
  • there's no excuse for that QC at that price. that said, it's still a cool little car :)

      1 month ago
    • Indeed. If it was a regular Tomica or a HW, it could have been ignored. Yes, I would definitely recommend it if you can check the car before buying (one of the cons of internet buying :/)

        1 month ago
  • Very much something that seems inexcusable at super-premium. Because if a mid-tier Tomica can show that up, it'd be a bad look.

      1 month ago
    • Sure is. And I am a bit worried with the flat tire issue as well. I don't have the Civics, but in a vid I saw that most Civics had that issue.

        1 month ago
  • tofu delivery livery or nothing.

      1 month ago
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