Rick Hopkins reviews Tamiya kit #35338


Our friend Rick Hopkins contributed a great review of the Tamiya kit #35338!

“I started building my first model kits when I was about five years old. Over the next 45 years I developed my skills and found ways to make the models I was building more and more realistic all the time.
In the beginning I was only doing car models but in later years I began working with tanks, ships and aircraft, and sci-fi stuff like star trek, starwars ect. About 25 years ago a friend talked me into entering a model contest and to my surprise I took a third place ! well that inspired me even more so I began to enter every contest I could find and then I realized that people was interested in buying my work.
That opened a whole new world for me, at first I only sold items at model show and the like……then I found the internet ! Ebay let me sell models and custom builds of all sorts of models for people all around the world!
I’m 50 years old now and I’ve been buying and seeking advice from the great people at Mark Twain Hobby for many years. Now they are allowing me to build new released kits and then writing reviews on each one I do. Its a rough life but I guess somebody has to do it?

I was very expressed with this new offering from Tamiya. After opening the box I noticed the very crisp and super detailed parts on three parts trees one clear and two moulded in light gray with a decal sheet, poly caps for the wheels and a easy to read and follow instruction booklet.
As I begin the build I see that there are eight separate door handles (four inside and four for the outside) there are also separate brake, gas and clutch peddles along with the parking and shifting levers.
The kit offers several options one being 2 roofs an up version and a down style boot. You can also choose military or civilian use. The civilian version has pinstripe decals for the body along with the Toyota logos for the hubcaps and hood medallion. As normal Tamiya also supplies a nicely detailed driver figure.

Really the only thing that I see that Tamiya could have done better is to add a second figure for the rear seat and an opening hood and full engine detail instead of just the oil-pan only seen from the underside.

In conclusion. I found this new kit to be really enjoyable and I think” that Tamiya has hit another homerun with this one!”