Disappointed in Tamiya 1/18 McLaren and Lola T-160 models

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Disappointed in Tamiya 1/18 McLaren and Lola T-160 models

Joe Taylor
Joe Taylor

December 14th, 2010, 3:39 pm #1

Both of these kits were originally motorized. Now sold as static models there is no front or rear suspension pieces.

On both, the rear suspension is just has a kind of leaf spring affair and in front none at all but there is a friction device and a connecting rod for holding the hand set steering angles.

both the front and rear body work lift off but i can't think of a reason to do so since the detail is both basic and non-existent.

I either need to scratch build all of the suspension or just build it closed up.

Oh well, i feel better, rant off.

joe.
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December 14th, 2010, 9:10 pm #2

It was nice to see them re-issued but I thought the price was pretty high so I haven't picked them up. 1/18 is an odd scale for kits so I would be really surprised to see any interest from the aftermarket detail folks.

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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

December 22nd, 2010, 4:39 pm #3

Both of these kits were originally motorized. Now sold as static models there is no front or rear suspension pieces.

On both, the rear suspension is just has a kind of leaf spring affair and in front none at all but there is a friction device and a connecting rod for holding the hand set steering angles.

both the front and rear body work lift off but i can't think of a reason to do so since the detail is both basic and non-existent.

I either need to scratch build all of the suspension or just build it closed up.

Oh well, i feel better, rant off.

joe.
Reissues of some very early Tamiya kits. THe originals date back to the mid 60s.
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Ron M
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December 23rd, 2010, 1:48 am #4

It was nice to see them re-issued but I thought the price was pretty high so I haven't picked them up. 1/18 is an odd scale for kits so I would be really surprised to see any interest from the aftermarket detail folks.

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.....flying top cover for America's hog farms since 1989....

sumus quod sumus
diecast models. I don't know why they picked that scale, maybe its easier to scale suspensions and wiring. There is a ton of diecast stuff in 1/18, and the Can-am cars by Exoto, GMP, and a couple of others, will blow away most plastic kits. GMP did McLarens, and Lolas, Exoto did Chaparrals, and Porsches, and a lot of Sports prototypes. So, the Tamiyas fit right in with these diecast cars. I have over 100 diecasts of different types that I would never had time to build at the same level, if they were available as plastic kits.
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December 29th, 2010, 3:25 pm #5

Reissues of some very early Tamiya kits. THe originals date back to the mid 60s.
I posted an add on Plane Trading.

joe.
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