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Tamiya Nissan Skyline GT-R R32

Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
Tamiya No. 24341
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: Metallic gray, white, clear, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $38.00
Pros: Custom parts; chassis detail; body proportions; brake detail
Cons: Fit of new parts in front of rear wheels
Tamiya has released a modified reissue of its earlier R32 kit, now with all of the custom parts to make the NISMO version: bigger NISMO five-spoke wheels, bigger brakes, front strut brace, new intake piping, steering wheel, and a few body pieces. 

Chassis and engine parts are molded metallic gray, and the rest in white. All are separately bagged and flash-free.  Also new are self-adhesive emblems and mirror faces.

The chassis has great molded-in detail, and thankfully all suspension and extraneous parts are separate, so no tedious masking is necessary: just paint it body color. 

Follow the instructions carefully when assembling the engine and front suspension. I didn’t, and found myself pulling things back apart to get the engine installed.

The engine consists of 11 parts, starting with the typical left/right halves.  Detail is good, as is the fit. The kit has stock and NISMO intake piping for the turbos; be sure to pick the correct one.

The front half-shafts, differential, and oil pan are molded as one piece, so some careful detail-painting will be required. 

The new Brembo brake discs have excellent detail, and the decals for the calipers will be nice and visible behind the big NISMO wheels.

Tires have excellent tread detail and some sidewall markings, and the front wheels are poseable.

Seven pieces make up the rear suspension, but it looks much more complicated when complete. Tamiya did a great job of engineering the parts for maximum detail and ease of assembly. 

I installed the rear shocks after the suspension was attached to the chassis. It was a little tricky fitting them into place, but not too bad. 

The new exhaust has a satin chrome finish and separate tip for the muffler.  Fit is good, lining up nearly perfectly to the turbos. Just add the front splash shield and transmission cross-member, and the chassis is done.

The interior is a tub type, so sidewall detail is pretty much nonexistent. There were a couple of ejector-pin marks on the rear shelf, but they cleaned up easily.

The dash is right-hand-drive only, but you get a choice of decals for white- or black-faced gauges and instrument cluster. Fit of the dash to the interior tub is good, but there aren’t any real positive location tabs or pins. 

It appeared that the interior didn’t allow the chassis to fit all the way up into the body. I cut the rear mounting bosses for the interior off the chassis, and it seemed to allow the interior to drop enough to correct the problem.

Tamiya looks to have captured the lines and proportions of the R32 body perfectly. Molding is crisp, with minimal cleanup of a couple of mold lines. Be sure to scrape the Nissan and R32 badging off of the rear of the trunk lid; they will be replaced by metal transfers. 

I didn’t like the fit of the new parts that go in front of the rear wheels, so I left them off. Fit of the extra intakes in the front bumper was good, and cutting out the slot for them wasn’t as hard as I anticipated.

The headlight buckets are molded into the body; they must be carefully painted or foiled. Separate chrome-plated parts would be so much easier. 

The rest of the parts fit without issue, and the chassis slips up into the body without too much finagling.

This is a welcome addition to my collection. The additional custom parts do set it apart.


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