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FROM THE June 2010 ISSUE

Fujimi Mini Cooper S

RELATED TOPICS: FUJIMI | 1/24
Fujimi Mini Cooper S
Mini Cooper S
Fujimi No. SP-69
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Light metallic blue, white, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $29.95
Pros: Accurate body; few fit issues
Cons: Small stance problem; wheel update might have been nice
Fujimi Mini Cooper S
The side-marker trim pieces are updated to chrome S-spec, and the separate roof section now has an opening for a smoked transparent sunroof panel. There’s also an updated exhaust system with two mufflers and dual center-mounted outlets.

As before, you have a choice of gearshifts and pedal layouts, and you can opt for the navigation system graphics decal in place of the big, centrally-mounted speedometer dial. You also have the choice of standard or washer-equipped headlight bezels present since the first issue.
Fujimi Mini Cooper S
Fujimi Mini Cooper S
The original decal sheet carries over, with markings for the budget-oriented Mini One; these are supplemented by a small new sheet with “MINI COOPER S” license plates and badge logos.

The big disappointment in carryover parts is the wheel/tire package; they’re not necessarily incorrect for an S, but they are a bit of a letdown after the cool two-piece rims on the box cover.

There’s not much to report far as fit goes; all of the kit’s 90 or so parts come together without much of a hassle. Perhaps the tightest fit is between the roof and the sunroof panels – a problem cured with some light filing at the front and back ends.

There’s a bit of simplification in the rear end; the lower suspension links are more impressionist than accurate in their shape.

You should also monitor the height at all four corners as you put the suspension together – the review sample didn’t quite settle all four wheels.

You’re also left on your own when it comes to detailing the black window frit areas, because there aren’t any masks provided in the kit; luckily, the window parts themselves drop right in from the outside without any fuss.

And although the instructions make no mention of it, there’s more than enough metal mesh material provided for you to fashion grilles in the rear bumper just as you do in the front, if you so desire.

Other than that, it’s smooth sailing toward a pretty accurate model. If your collection is crying out for a first-generation R53 Mini Cooper S, look no further than this kit.

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