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Tamiya Xanavi Nismo GT-R (R34)

June 2004
RELATED TOPICS: TAMIYA | RACE CAR | PLASTIC
Xanavi Nismo GT-R (R34)
Tamiya No. 24268
Model Type: Injection-molded plastic
Molded Colors: White, clear, clear red, clear orange
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $35.00
Pros: Accurate look, excellent parts fit
Cons: Thin decals are easily torn during application

The Japanese-market Nissan Skyline has won many races and series titles. This kit depicts the 2003 car that won several races and the Japanese GT season championship.

Molded in typical Tamiya fashion, the parts are free from defects. The one-piece body shell's scoops and vents are separate parts; the taillights are molded in clear red and amber. The one-piece chassis pan nicely depicts the flat bottom of the race car.

The front and rear suspensions are somewhat simplified, but most of the suspension can't be seen on the finished model anyway. The brakes are well done and include decals for the calipers.

The cockpit base includes rear firewall and the bracing found on the real car's floor. A six-piece roll cage surrounds the seat, with separate pedals, console, and fire bottle. The dash is four pieces. Steering wheels are included for car 22 or 23. Separate side panels complete the cockpit.

The most difficult part is painting and decaling the body. Careful masking is required so the decals match the paint.

The decals match Tamiya's Italian Red and Gloss Aluminum spray paint. The decals are rather thin, and require care during application. The black areas of the headlights wrinkled badly going over the compound curves, so I painted them instead.

Final assembly is a snap, and finishes a challenging, yet rewarding build. The model looks just "right."

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