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Hasegawa Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
Hasegawa No. 20292
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: black, gray, clear, chrome
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $49.99
Pros: Overall fit, nice tires, looks accurate to the real car
Cons: Only builds RHD, body molded in harder plastic, older tooling means more clean up/prep
The Galant VR-4 was an interesting all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, DOHC turbocharged showcase of technology for Mitsubishi.

This kit of the sixth-generation car is a reissue that builds into a curbside with only 52 pieces plus a set of well-rendered Pirelli tires and four poly caps to mount the wheels. You can only build this VR-4 as a right-hand drive version.

Even though it is a relatively simple kit, it shapes into a nice representation of the subject. Overall fit is very good but there are some issues with flash on a few of the pieces.

The mold lines on the body take a significant amount of time to fully clean which I think is mostly due to the age of the tooling. Another issue is that the molded black plastic body is a bit harder material compared with other kit bodies.

The location of the mold lines in relation to the engraved and raised details also presented a challenge, which was fixed with a bit of patience and 400-grit sandpaper.

Priming is helpful before painting, as the color of the plastic makes it difficult to see your progress during cleanup.

I followed the painting recommendations in the easy-to-read instructions but tweaked the shades of the colors that should maybe more appropriately be described as “grays” and “blacks.” 

The wheels are plated, but due to some flash I chose to paint the centers black rather than try to touch up the chrome after removing the offending areas.  Personally,

I think it looks better with the black wheels. Try it out.

A little online research provided some color choices and combinations.

I decided on a dark charcoal and silver two-tone.  I also saw several that had blacked-out trim and badging.

For the body color, I sprayed a base coat of Mazda W1 metallic gray touch-up paint. However, once I applied a coat of clear, it made the metallic look like the dreaded finish you’d see on a bass fishing boat. An even coat of Tamiya TS-71 smoke worked well to tame the flake, though it pushed the color to be a bit darker than I originally intended.

It was finished with Testors One Coat lacquer clear. The lower body was sprayed with Testors steel enamel. All the black accents were masked and airbrushed Testors black chrome trim.

While there’s a modest decal sheet that includes decals for the side lettering, windows and grille, disappointingly it does not have the scripts or badging for those raised details. You’ll need to paint those on by hand.

Rather than using chrome silver as called out, I opted for flat black, keeping the theme also applied to the lower body cladding and wheels. I added black stripe decals from Scale-Master sheet SS-2n in the steel colored cladding instead of painting those recesses silver. 

The lights fit well but have only little surface area to cement them in cleanly. I used R/C560 Canopy Glue around the edges of each lens and allowed it to dry about 75% before installing them to keep the cement from running. The small amount that oozed out was cleaned off with a damp paper towel.

I think this Galant VR-4 sits a little high out of the box and lowering below the factory stock ride height would help retain some of its sportier pedigree. Shaving down the struts would probably be all that’s needed to achieve this better stance.

Other than the rather tedious task of prepping the body for paint, this kit was a fun and non-stressful build. 


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