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1/24 Belkits MG Metro 6R4

Group B was undoubtedly the most wild era of loose surface motorsport the world has ever seen. Cars with performance capabilities that outperformed Formula One was a recipe for success. Group B at its height was so popular there were more people watching rallying than Formula One, although with the excitement came the danger. British Leyland had found success in the early years of rallying with th...

The Art of Waterslide Decals

Depending on what genre of model you make, decals are either a big important part or a non-existent step in the assembly process. As an automotive (motorsport especially) freak I have learned to love the decal step as this is what transforms my cars from meek and mild to angry. Over time decals have changed, evolved, and improved making what was once the scary part of my builds now an enjoyable st...

Model Kit Photography (On a Budget)

Have you ever browsed Facebook and spotted those amazingly-built scale kitsets, with perfectly lit, staged, and composed photos? Do you want to snap some nice photos without breaking the bank? Do the geeky sounding terms like ‘fstop‘ and ‘white balance‘ sound totally foreign? Then read on! We will show you how to step up your photo game for those scale works of art you crea...

1/24 Tamiya Xanavi NISMO GT-R

Available at HobbyLink Japan: 1/24 Xanavi Nismo GT-R ’03 JGTC The GT-R has always been the golden child of the Nissan stable, and ‘godzilla’ has always been one of the most memorable JGTC race machines to pound the tarmac. 2003 saw NISMO enter two cars in Xanavi and MOTUL sponsorships to contest the fierce series of the Japan Grand Touring Car championship. With formidable oppone...

1/24 Tamiya Taisan Porsche 911 GT2

Team TAISAN is a legend that many Japanese race fans are familiar with, especially due to their dominance throughout the early years of SuperGT. When the series was known as the Japanese Grand Touring Car championship or ‘JGTC’ for short, the Team TAISAN Porsches were to be found at the pointy end of the field, mixing it with the bigger Toyota Supra machines. Tamiya immortalized the 91...

1/24 Aoshima Audi Quattro S1 – 1986 Monte Carlo Rally

1/24 Audi Sport Quattro S1 [E2] – Available at HobbyLink Japan There is no doubt that the ’80s were the wildest years of WRC, and that the Group B machines were the Sex Pistols of rallying. For some it is an era that will be forever remembered in a romantic sense; yet for others it was the aura of accidents and danger that lingers in their memory. Either way, Group B has and will forev...

1/24 Belkits Opel Manta 400

In 1984, the world of rallying was on a steep increase in both popularity and performance. The German manufacturer Opel had just debuted a new rally platform – the Manta 400. Powered by a 2.4l engine making 275hp @ 7200RPM, the rear-wheel drive Manta was finding it tricky chasing down the 4WD Audis in the WRC. It did, however, find great success in national championships across the UK and Eu...

1/24 Nunu Porsche 935 K3

The Porsche 911 is an iconic car that has stood the test of time, and been a formidable opponent on the race track. It is one model that has more evolutions than most can count, but for many the 935 K3 is one of Porsche’s most iconic and aggressive altered silhouettes. A tuning company in Cologne took it upon themselves to revolutionize the 935 model in collaboration with Porsche and after a succe...

1/24 Leon Cvstos AMG

Available at HobbyLink Japan: 1/24 Leon Cvstos AMG by Tamiya SuperGT is well known for producing some of motorsport’s best looking cars and liveries. The GT300 class is a hotbed of both GT3 as well as prototype machines, and right at the pointy end of that class is the Leon Cvstos Mercedes AMG. The AMG sports a black on black color scheme with watch-dial accents across the bodywork, and mena...

1/24 Aoshima Lancia S4 1986 Monte Carlo rally

As 1986 dawned, rallying had finally eclipsed Formula One in both viewing numbers, and also sheer excitement. Group B was the product of designers with an unlimited budget, and very few rules to abide by. It was quite simply the most exciting, dangerous, and brutal era that the sport of rallying has ever, and will ever see. 1/24 Lancia Delta S4 ’86 Monte Carlo Rally Ver. – Available at...

1/24 Hasegawa Subaru Legacy RS 1993 Rally New Zealand winner

Available at HobbyLink Japan When Subaru decided to embark upon a campaign in the World Rally Championship, nobody was truly ready for the change that was about to come upon the sport. The iconic blue, gold, and yellow are forever synonymous with the sport of rallying, and the 555 Subarus have been driven by some of the greatest drivers ever to take to the special stages of WRC. Despite many being...

1/20 Ebbro Lotus 49B 1968

Available at HobbyLink Japan: 1/20 Team Lotus Type 49B 1968 The Lotus 49b is a memorable car for a number of reasons. Firstly, the classic red, cream, and gold livery is one of the most elegant that motorsport has ever seen. Secondly, this was the very car that began the aero age in motorsport. The 49B, which was equipped with a hi-wing in the rear and nose cone wings up front, was the start of a ...