by: Dave O'Meara [ ]
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A friend just bought on of these interstate burners, and of course I had to pick up one too as a gift. This kit is a curbside model, so there is no engine detail.
The kit and a little history:This car is sold in the US as the Scion, a small subcompact car, powered by a 1.5 L engine with a whopping 103 HP. It is known in other parts of the world as Vitz. The name Vitz came from German word witz, meaning, "wit," “witticism," or “gag" in English.
The boxThe box top for the U-5 or what is a 5-door hatchback model, is an attractive one. It’s all in Japanese except the using “warnings” small parts and sharp edges, and the need for addition paints and glue. The paint colors needed are listed on opposite side of the box. All parts arrive packed in a separate plastic bag for protection. There was also one loose turned brass part in box.
The bodyThe body is molded in a blemish free white plastic. Try as I might, I couldn’t spot mold parting lines, so a light coat of primer will probably be needed to make these show up (if there are any). Very faint ejection marks appear on the inside top of the roof, but these will be covered with the single piece clear part for the windows.
The glassThe clear parts are extremely clear where they are supposed to be clear. A slight haze or frost is added where they need to be blacked out. Very fine rear defroster lines are molded on rear window. Clear outside wind and rain deflectors are included.
The spruesThe interior and chassis parts are molded in a pale bluish color, the only visible ejection marks I noticed were very faint ones on the rear of the front seats. The one-piece tub sidewall details are a little shallow, as are most one-piece tubs. The chassis parts all appear cleanly molded, and well detailed.
The wheelsThe wheels and tires are nicely detailed, and represent the 15-inch tires with alloy wheels. A brushed alloy finish is already on them, and the mold attachments will be hidden once removed from the sprue.
The chrome parts are bright, and are for the headlight bezels and mirror surfaces.
The poly caps for the wheels, when installed properly, will let you can vroom-vroom across the living room carpet!
The decalsThe decal sheet allow you to make up your own license plate numbers, in Japanese.
The nice touchFujuimi add a nice touch, a turned brass radio antenna.
The instructionsThe easy to follow instructions can be seen in the images, they speak for themselves.