Seriously, I dropped a brick when I saw this one first touted on the TLV official site.
This is really frustrating – I have told myself no more 1/43 due to space issues. I should really look to get rid of all those models that I have collected and just do nothing with them. That should also include Vanguards.
But I have seen some absolute gems of late. I mused about the VE Series II Commodore and Tomytec have produced some belters of late.
This Y31 Cedric is nothing short of brilliant. I am not well up on Prefectures in Japan, but from my visit out there a good few years ago, this one is authentic. Firstly, let’s have a look at the wheels. Fuck me, they are a work of art! Those steel radials are perfectly captured, they really are. And that sets the standard for the rest of the casting. The front of the car gives us a reg plate (massive tick) and proper plastic for the indicator lights.
Add wing mirrors on the front wings, this is proper JDM.
You have exquisite detailing in terms of decals – perfectly positioned and contoured against the bodywork of the car. Extraordinarily, there is a good bit of chrome on the model – namely the windows and the door handles. I haven’t seen this level of detail or accuracy on a 1/43 for a long time.
I can’t see the interior that well – but it looks very smart and there is even a wee taxi sign on the dash. The underside of the model is depicted in great detail as well.
In terms of 1/43, you don’t get much better than this. The quality of the model is outstanding and thus reflected in the price. As a JDM fan and scale collector, this goes straight into the Garage, without even a blink of an eye.
Unique and very cool – I would wholeheartedly recommend this as an addition to a collection. Brilliant in casting and execution.