Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1/64 Tamiya Collector's Club - Eunos Roadster / Mazda Miata MX5




This is 1/64 scale die cast car model of Eunos Roadster or also known as Mazda Miata and Mazda MX5 produced by Tamiya under their Collector's Club series.

The MX-5 / Miata/ Eunos Roadster - here in after will be referred as "MX5" - is a lightweight 2 seater roadster with front-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout, built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan.

The model was introduced in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. The MX-5 was conceived as a small roadster – with light weight and minimal mechanical complexity limited only by legal and safety requirements; technologically modern, but a philosophically direct descendant of the small British roadsters of the 1960s such as the Triumph Spitfire, Austin-Healey Sprite, MG MGB and mainly the Lotus Elan.

The second generation MX-5 (NB) was launched in 1998 and the current (NC) model has been in production since 2006. It continues to be the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history and by February 2011 over 900,000 MX-5s had been built and sold around the world and that is a quite a lot for such a low profile Japanese sports car.

Since the launch of the third generation MX-5, Mazda consolidated worldwide marketing using the MX-5 name.





Nice information sheet in with Japanese text and English translation;






Comes with the clear acrylic case to protect it from dust and dirt and sperm and pubic hairs LOL....





Mounted on the display base with the name and model of the car printed on it.... very nice!!!





Now, let's have a close look on this car;












Exterior painting finishing is brilliant, I don't see any minor dent or anything unpleasant. They use silver paint for the small front lights which is not bad at all;




Nice rubber tires and wheels design - in fact the wheels design is the same with the actual car fresh from the Mazda's factory;





The brake lights are made of plastic to give it "almost real" looks ^__^






Openable doors;






Interior details is brilliant;







If in case you want to modified the body color of the car, you can easily separate the body and the chasis accordingly;






Overall, the MX5 indeed is a decent roadster that comes with a very decently cheap price and quite handy when it comes to performance as well - don't ever under estimate this car - this car surely can "drift" if you have the skills and properly tune this car for drifting. As it says on the information provided by Tamiya, this car ushered worldwide boom in sporty 2 seater roadster and that is quite an achievement. The MX5 may not be the best out there even during it's time but we can't deny that at that time and maybe even now, it is one of the more affordable one if compared to the more powerful Honda S2000, Nissan Sylvia, Nissan Fairlady 350Z and so on.

Of all so many models ever produced by Mazda, I only like 5 of them - the Mazda T600, Mazda RX-7 Savanna (FC3s), Mazda RX-7 Efini (FD3S), Mazda 6 and lastly this MX-5

As for this die cast car model, everything is brilliant and I like it a lot. Tamiya did a great job with their 1/64 scale Collector's Club series. Too bad though, they have discontinued this series now...sigh








The MX5 side by side with the other cars at around similar scale;





If they happen to do drag race for all these 4 cars, I knew the Nissan Sylvia S15 will have the edge due to the extra turbo power.... do you agree? Or could it be the Toyota Celica powered by 2.8L engine? For sure the MX5 will come last when it comes to pure straight line speed if compared to the other 4 cars but on the other hand, due to it's agility, I believe the MX5 will be a fun car if you drive it around mountain roads.







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1 comment:

  1. i think the work on this Miata (MX-5) is better than the one on the S2000, even belonging to the same line... the chromed wheels look fantastic and the interiors in black and grey are quite detailed !!!... this reminds me the "Monster Miata" created not so long ago, to change the image of weak-mini-roadster and then became a serious ride with its brand new V8 inside and all the modifications it required... =)

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