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FROM THE February 2011 ISSUE

Fujimi Toyota Prius G

Fujimi Toyota Prius G
Fujimi Toyota Prius G chassis
Fujimi Toyota Prius G back
Fujimi Toyota Prius G Touring Selection
Toyota Prius G Touring Selection
Toyota Prius G Touring Selection
Fujimi No. 038223
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $36.95
Pros: Shape/appearance; crisp, glossy body, flush-fitting glass
Cons: Rear shocks too long, chassis receiver holes undersized, right-hand-drive only

The kit represents a Japanese-market Prius, so it is right-hand-drive and the markings for the tail end will be slightly different than the US version.

Judging by the wheels, this kit is closest to the top-of-the-line Prius V in Toyota’s 2010 Prius lineup. The satin-plated wheels look nice, but should be stripped and painted a bright silver to better replicate the factory finish.

Not only is the body finished to a super-high gloss and nearly perfect, there are no visible mold lines, so prep work prior to painting is minimal. The roof panel is a separate piece.

Only minimal trim painting is necessary after the model is painted, on the side window moldings and at the base of the windshield cowl.

Fujimi captured the aerodynamic shape well. There are separate chrome bezels for the head- and taillamps, and the front cornering lights and foglamps. There is a separate grille piece, and the rear spoiler is molded integrally with the body. There are some faint sink marks near the edge of the spoiler that are easy to sand smooth without filler.

The interior bucket is typical of Fujimi’s latest street kits, with a simplified interior tub with integral side panels and integral seat cushions.

Careful paint-detailing will make the interior look quite good inside the body.

Instructions indicate to paint the smaller pieces of the rear glass with a transparent smoke tint. The glass installs from inside, but is “stepped” to provide a fairly flush fit all around. This also allows it to be installed without glue; it snaps in place, and the interior sides hold it together. I used a black Sharpie to outline the edges of the “raised” glass pieces to get rid of the halo around each part.

The curbside chassis has all of the exhaust, minus the separate chrome-plated muffler/exhaust tip molded to the chassis pan. There is poseable steering, and rotating brake discs inside of two-piece calipers. Many of the mounting holes were a bit undersized for the pins.

The separate rear shocks had to be trimmed to fit; they were nearly 1⁄8 inch too long. Pay close attention to the four suspension/brake subassemblies marked A-D, so as not to mix them up.

Finished appearance is nice; the shape and details are captured very well. Aside from the fit issues on the chassis, assembly was straightforward. 


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