Tamiya Subaru BRZ 1⁄24

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Model Kits, REVIEWS

Tamiya Subaru BRZ

 HITS
- beautiful detail
- easy to build
- die cut window masks

 MISSES
- front seats have open backs
- no headliner as offered by Aoshima
- no left/right hand drive option
- body features moulded-in door handles

The flowing surfaces and compact shape of the BRZ have been perfectly captured by Tamiya. The kit features an engine bay that is nicely detailed and the seam-line of the hood is impressively in-scale. The mag wheels are beautiful and something really important for any model car is the stance – and it is spot on here. Tail/headlight clusters are crystal clear and their housings will, when combined only add to the realism of the finished model. Final touches come by a sheet of metal transfers. A quick note here: this kit is almost identical to the Toyota 86 save for a couple of sprues containing front & rear bumpers and lights. Which is fine as this is the case for the real cars.

I know a lot of people are asking if it worth paying a bit more fore kit with less detail than Aoshima’s offering? It depends. Personally I have no desire to show off the trunk of a car but Aoshima’ kit features seatback for the front seats and most notably lacking in the Tamiya kit is the option to build both left/right-hand drive vehicles. But that aside, Tamiya’s reputation of parts fit ensures a quick build with minimum fuss.

Safe to say this is one of those kits I wouldn’t mind building repeatedly, and most likely a Toyota 86 version will be ‘on the bench‘ soon enough. In the meantime, I can’t wait to break out the TS-50!