Ok, I don’t get Kyosho 1/64 as a rule, as I just do not believe the quality is all that, but sometimes, you just have to do what you need to do.
I am not sure if Tomica will ever re-create the Nismo 400R, and from what I understand getting hold of the Kyosho model is practically impossible. Well just as well I got it when I bought off Ebay then.
A special edition R33 was released on November 3, 1997 called the 400R, with R standing for Racing. Overall development and planning was by NISMO (Nissan Motorsports International). But, its bored and stroked RB26DETT engine, the RBX-GT2, was engineered and produced by REINIK (later renamed REIMAX – “REINIK to the MAX”). The engine featured 77.7 mm stroke crankshaft (73.7 mm stock), forged 87 mm pistons (86 mm cast stock), upgraded rods, polished ports, high lift camshafts, upgraded oil system, larger exhaust manifolds and higher output turbochargers. NISMO produced an upgraded exhaust, a twin-plate clutch, and intercooler system. Nismo brake pads were fitted to the car. 400R exclusive aerodynamic updates were also added, such as wider fenders, side skirts, a new rear bumper, a new front bumper with bigger air scoops, and a redesigned bonnet and rear spoiler made of carbon fibre. The 400R was also fitted with 18x10 Nismo LM-GT1s. The car developed 300 kW (400 hp) and 347 lb·ft (470 N·m), which allowed a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph), and enabled it to reach 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 4.0 seconds. 370 kW (500 hp) is easily achieved with a higher boost setting. NISMO had originally planned to produce 100 units of the 400R, however only 44 units were made before production of the R33 ended in 1998.
As expected, there is a great level of detail here, with pinpoint decals where needed, so hence adding to the model some accuracy and authenticity. The fit and finish is good – I do think that the wheel nuts could be accented with some black paint to show the bolts……but a steady hand would be needed for this. I love the yellow colour, which makes the thing stand out when parked next to the resident shades of grey within the JDM Garage.
I am happy with this addition, namely because they don’t come up that often. However, should Tomica make the plunge to do this casting, I am certain that it would get ousted out of its park spot. But for the time being it is staying where it is.