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1/20 Fujimi Ferrari 126 C2

Model: 1/20 Ferrari 126C2 1982 by Fujimi It is hard to not appreciate the aesthetics of a bright scarlet red Ferrari F1 machine. The 126 C2 was born into an era that now is held in high regards – the turbo era. The new-for-1982 Ferrari 126 C2 broke new ground by utilising a monocoque constructed from aluminium honeycomb sheets for the first time. This considerably increased the chassis’...

Tamiya 1/24 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI WRC

Available at HobbyLink Japan In the world of rallying, there aren’t too many combinations that go together as well as Tommi Mäkinen and Mitsubishi. The iconic Japanese marque headed into the 1999 season with their #1 Finnish driver and Belgian, Freddy Loix, looking to secure the championship ahead of the Subaru Prodrive team. Tommi came out fighting in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in its ...

Tamiya 1/24 Toyota Corolla WRC

Available at HobbyLink Japan Toyota is no stranger to the world of rallying, and after a successful bout of championships with the Celica, 1997 saw the dawn of purpose-built ‘WRC’ machines.  Toyota unveiled the Corolla WRC in 1997 and for the ’98 season, they unleashed a full assault on the championship with Didier Auriol and Carlos Sainz.  Tamiya has taken this iconic livery and...

Tamiya 1:48 De Havilland Mosquito F.B. Mk.VI/NF Mk.II

Available at HobbyLink Japan The De Havilland Mosquito, dubbed the wooden wonder, is a twin engine, 2-crew light bomber that played a significant role in the fight for air supremacy over Europe in WW2. Powered by 2 Merlin engines, not many aircraft were as quick, or sounded as good, as the Mosquito. Acting as a reconnaissance aircraft, strategic bomber, and pathfinder, the Mosquito was well known ...

Aoshima 1/24 LB Kenmary Works

Available at HobbyLink Japan It isn’t too often that my two passions manage to cross paths. As an automotive photographer, getting the opportunity to build one of my friends’ cars in model form is about as good as it gets. When I noticed Aoshima was creating Wataru Kato’s best known ‘shakotan’ classic cars in kitset form I was very keen to check them out in real life....

1/20 Ebbro Tyrrell 002 – British Grand Prix 1971

1/20 Ebbro Tyrrell 002 – British Grand Prix 1971 available from HobbyLink Japan Sporting legendary names such as Jackie Stewart and Francois Cevert, Tyrrell is a marque in Formula One that won’t be forgotten any time soon. The typical ‘Tyrrell blue’ race machines adorned with their french ELF fuel company markings are iconic for motorsport fans the world over. The Tyrrell 0...

1/24 Tamiya Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri Gr.5 Würth

Available from HobbyLink Japan In 1981 Zakspeed unleashed a Ford Capri upon the Group 5 racing series in Europe, little did they know but they had just released a racecar that would become almost unbeatable but also a racing icon known in all corners of the globe. With the class being split into 2 groups (over 2 litres, and under 2 litres) Ford opted to run the 1.4 litre car in division 2 smothere...

Tamiya 1:48 Dambuster Avro Lancaster

Available at HobbyLink Japan In May 1943, Operation Chastise was launched from RAF Scampton and consisted of 19 Avro Lancaster bombers. Each aircraft was carrying ‘Upkeep’ also known as the bouncing bomb. The target was three dams in Germany’s Ruhr Valley. Now famously known as ‘the Dambusters’ 617 Squadron lead by Guy Gibson, it has been immortalised in both film and...

1/20 Team Lotus Type 49 1967 by Ebbro – Review

1/20 Team Lotus Type 49 1967 by Ebbro (Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com) It’s an iconic combination of colour – British racing green and lemon yellow.  Built by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philipe the Lotus 49 was the first real F1 car that included the engine as a stressed component of the race car.  Initially it was considered a handful with the 408 horsepower output, aft...

Tamiya 1/24 Calsonic R34 Skyline

From HobbyLink Japan The iconic blue and white Calsonic livery is almost as Japanese as sushi if you are a motorsport fan. Typically adorning Nissan Skylines, the Calsonic team has been dominant since the early days of JGTC (Japan Grand Touring Championship) or SuperGT as it is known today. Tamiya has released a range of the Calsonic Skylines, and one of them is the 1999 R34 as I will feature here...

Aoshima Gurachan 1/24 Nissan Skyline ‘Kenmeri’

The old traditional ‘shakotan’ scene in Japan has been kept alive and very well supported with the classic Skylines, Cressidas, and other bosozoku-inspired rides.  They are famous for bright paint jobs, wild flared fenders, stretched tyres, and being incredibly low hence the nickname ‘shakotan’. Aoshima has lovingly reproduced a range of these kits known as ‘Gurachan&...

Aoshima 1/24 Kenmeri ‘Shakotan police’ – Liberty Walk

Gurachan series available here Patrol car parts set B LibertyWalk is currently producing some of the world’s wildest Lamborghini’s, however it’s founder Wataru Kato has one real passion – ‘kyusha’.  More commonly known as classic cars by most Kato-san’s love of the classic ‘shakotan’ or boso style tuning has gained the attention of tuning crowd...