Tamiya's 1/24 scale
by Peter Mosca
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The Formula one engineered Honda/Acura NSX was heralded as the
Ferrari killer of the 90's. I'm not personally sure about that, but it
is hard to dispute that the NSX had some guts sporting a 3 liter NA V6
capable of 270HP.
Tamiya's 1/24 scale offering of the NSX is molded in black and grey.
Some mold lines are prominent on the rear of the car but they are not
too difficult to remove.
The kit includes decals for the dash board display and contains good
engine detail. One neat feature is an option for left and right hand
drive dash board and console. It also includes two steering wheels to
allow a build up for the Japanese (Asian market) Honda or American
marketed Acura. I chose to model the Japanese marketed Honda NSX.
The part fit in this kit is remarkable, the chassis is very detailed and
I was dubious of a good fit whilst I was looking at the instructions.
However, in typical Tamiya fashion, they proved that my doubts were
unfounded. The parts almost literally fall in place.
The instructions are very clear and 6 steps alone dedicated to the
chassis, which in my opinion, it is the highlight of this kit.
I used White knights Brilliant Chrome and Silver, Model Master
Aluminium Plate (Buffing), Humbrol Aluminium, Tamiya Chrome enamel and
Gloss Aluminium to give subtle contrast. I was completed with a black
wash once paint had fully cured.
It has decent engine detail and interior is nice, the only complaint I
have is of the interior tub design as it makes painting and flocking a
little more difficult. On the plus side, the kit tires are as realistic
as you will find in a 1:24 scale kit, very nice indeed. The decals
include dash and engine markings.
The body was finished with white knights metallic charcoal under three
coats of clear. It was then polished and waxed with Tamiya products.
I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed building it.
A complete build which includes interior shots can be seen on my website
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2005 by Peter Mosca
Page Created 13 February, 2005
Last Updated 12 February, 2005
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