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Tamiya's 1/24 scale
Honda/Acura NSX

by Peter Mosca

 

Honda/Acura NSX

 


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Construction

 

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.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

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

http://www.escalemodels.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?


 


Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Peter Mosca
Page Created 13 February, 2005
Last Updated 12 February, 2005

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