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Old 04-09-2001, 10:15 AM   #1
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Post Subie modelers! 1/24 WRX STi os on the way!

Went to TamiyaCon 2001 this weekend and saw an actual built kit this time, not just a buck. As with all Tamiya products the 1/24 scale plastic model of the STi is spot on match! Spoke to the reps there and looks like it will be on hobby store shelves in about 6 weeks. Sorry I don't have a pic, no camera !doh! But it looks very nice. As with many Tamiya kits, if a road version of a racecar comes out, the rally/touring/GT car is not too far behind. I also got me a 1/24 Porsche 911 GT3, while I was at it. Anyway I'll keep y'all posted.
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Old 04-09-2001, 04:52 PM   #2
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does it have the rally light pods for driving lights...?
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Old 04-09-2001, 04:55 PM   #3
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Nope, Brat, it's strictly a road version, no rally lights. It does however have the foglight covers with the STi emblems!
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Old 04-09-2001, 05:27 PM   #4
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Kinda unrelated, but can exchange wheels from one model car to another. Asuming that the two kits are the same scale and by the same manufacturer.
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Old 04-09-2001, 06:00 PM   #5
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Imprezive....
Yes, you can, as long as your wheel wheels can take a larger wheel if in fact you're putting a lrgaer wheel in there. But yeah, make sure it's the same manufacturer. Tamiya wheels from a rally car should fit a Tamiya, raod car, and vice versa. Tamiya uses a small "poly cap", a small rubber/plastic collet that fits inside the hub and the wheel itself has a peg that is pushed into the poly cap. Fujimi however, usually does it backwards, putting the poly cap in the wheel and the peg on the hub. Some Tamiya kits, however, like the F1 cars, use this same method, but I doubt that you'll be putting F1 wheels/tires, on a road car, so there should be no problems. Hope that helps.
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Old 04-09-2001, 06:25 PM   #6
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btw, Imprezive what were you thinking of swapping?
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Old 04-09-2001, 06:35 PM   #7
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Can't wait to get that one! Even if it will have to sit in a box indefinately...
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Old 04-09-2001, 07:03 PM   #8
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My friend has some type R model wheels he isn't using and I like them better than any of the rally wheels. and I belive he has a tamyia kit
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Old 04-09-2001, 08:49 PM   #9
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Imprzive....hmmmmm Type R rims...well I dunna see how you can not like any of the rally wheels, but hey it's your model....welp, seeing that Tamiya does not make a Type R kit, it's probably a Fujimi kit, in which case you'd have to do some slight modification. You could just glue the wheels on, but of course they won't turn. Anyway, lemme know how it turns out!
Lifino, I know exactly what you mean, but if it's a kit I really want to build I'll do it. Besides, I have over 40 Tamiya car kits just waiting in the wings to be built!
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Old 04-09-2001, 09:09 PM   #10
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Found it
http://www.tamiya.com/english/nurn2001/nm3.htm

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Old 04-09-2001, 09:27 PM   #11
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Duh! Why didn't I just post the link in the forst place? Doh! Hee hee
Yup, that be the one ashtaron, however remember that that is just the prototype buck that you see in the pic. The one in at Tamiya America was a full built-up kit and had the interior and everything and looke even better than that......ahhhh can't wait!
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Old 04-09-2001, 09:45 PM   #12
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I just finished the 99 WRC Impreza by Tamiya. I was very impressed with the kit as a whole. The car pictured in the above link, is that a prototype because the headlights look really weak.
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Old 04-09-2001, 10:51 PM   #13
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Hey Legacy, look at the reply just above yours, it'll answer your question....
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Old 04-09-2001, 11:34 PM   #14
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hey...you guys think maybe we can get somebody to get a list of who wants one..and do a GB if we got enough? i know itz not car stuff...but heck...itz still cool
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Old 04-10-2001, 12:09 AM   #15
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About a Group buy....
Ordinarily, I'd say this is a good idea, but not in this case an here's why....
Unlike mods or parts for your car, hobby shops don't usually stock very many of one type of kit, and so to get a hobby shop to order a large amount, is somewhat difficult. If in fact they do agree to do it, they'll want a deposit, or all the money up front.
Also, distributors don't usually send more than few kits at any one time, so even if we do make a large order, some might arrive in due time, and some may take longer, and you have people asking"well where's my kit?"
Not to discourage it too much, but it's been my experience that it's better to go to a hobby shop and ask if they will be receiveing the kit, and pre-order one.
HOWEVER.....having said all that.......I have a very good relatiinship with my hobby shop owner, and I get stuff ordered for me all the time, and if there's enough interested in this, I may be able to get a few kits, but I'm not sure how many becuase of the aforementioned reasons. But if say, 3 or 4 of you guys out there are interested, I may be able to do it. I will talk to my friend and see what I can do. Fair enough? Ok, I'll keep ya posted...
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Old 04-10-2001, 12:58 AM   #16
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HPi makes a cool wrx nitro R/C car and on the forum page there is a guy who sells mini light pods that really workfor r/c cars
Check the pics: http://albums.photopoint.com/j/Album...51636&f=0&sp=0

Click "show all" if you don;t see the pods.

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Old 04-10-2001, 06:34 AM   #17
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who makes a road version of the MY98-01 Impy? I have a Tamiya R34 Skyline Gt-R kit that was ruined. I managed to salvage the 18"(scale) wheels and the big Brembo's. I think they would look killer on the Scoob'.
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Old 04-10-2001, 06:46 AM   #18
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rally kid-

I only know of one Impreza road car kit in 1/24 scale. It was made by Hasegawa, and it is a RHD WRX. Someone please correct me, but I think it is the Version 3 or 4 WRX, with a more plain front bumper than later versions. Oh yeah, they also made a wagon version of the same kit.

I started the sedan a couple weeks ago. I'm painting it yellow, and using the wheels from the Hasegawa Legacy Turbo kit, which I've painted anthracite.

I'm very happy to see that Tamiya is making a road car version of the new WRX. Their kits are absolutely perfect.
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Old 04-10-2001, 07:44 AM   #19
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Guys,

I am a big auto model builder. Almost exclusively compititon autos. Mostly F1 and sportscars but I have amassed quite a few rally car kits I need to start on. I write for the Internet Modeler. http://www.internetmodeler.com
You can search the archives and see all the auto stuff I have written.

You can check out some of my work and some reference material for builds on my photopoint site at:
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumList?u=246497&f=0

Anyway regarding any type of GB, it won't really work except to save on shipping. Tamiya doesn't care if you buy 1 or 1000 your still a small fish to them. But you can save dramatic money on the kits by buying them from Japan as opposed to getting them stateside. Especially now with the Yen down.
A great place to order kits especially from Tamiya, Hasegawa or Fujimi is HobbyLinkJapan
http://www.hlj.com/index.html
They have great service, better than I get stateside and the prices are fantastic even with shipping stateside! Plus you can order it from Japan and have it cheaper and faster than waiting for US distributors to get it. I can get a new release out of Japan faster and cheaper than waiting. I do it all the time. Don't worry about shopping overseas, its a global world wide economy thanks to the internet. Where the GB would work is on shipping costs by ordering a bunch of kits to be sent to one location and then sent via US postal. Let me know if you guys want to do something like that and I can probably help. I see from Tamiya Japan's website they have the WRX STi road car slated for release in May. Tamiya unlike Revell or monogram stick to their release dates like clock work. Mind you that is a May release in Japan you may not see it here (unless you order from Japan) until June. Drop me an email if anyone has questions.
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Old 04-10-2001, 07:48 AM   #20
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Skippy - just wanted to let you know that the '99 Argentina conversion is coming along well, albeit slowly. I did have to prime the body because of the mods, but the chassis I painted as you suggested - Tamiya Mica Blue straight to unprimered plastic. Looks great! Now I just need more free time....

Thanks again for the tip.

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Old 04-10-2001, 10:11 AM   #21
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Glad to hear it's working out OK Lark!
Here's the links to pics of the roadgoing Imprezas from Hasegawa.....
WRX Sedan, version 2/3
WRX wagon

Jameson's right guys, Tamiya does really stick to their release dates, sometimes even releases early (has been known to happen), and if they're not sure, they just won't give a date. But as for having it on our shores, there's a big push for having worldwide release dates. People over here expressed their distaste with not getting new kits out when they were released. So now Tamiya and Hasegawa's kits will be available here within days if not hours of release in Japan. The same cannot be said for Revell Germany though, it can be months before their new releases get here. Anyway....
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Old 04-10-2001, 02:10 PM   #22
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since you guys have ordered from HLJ, maybe you could tell about how much is shipping. I e-mailed HLJ but they wouldn't quote me or even estimate it.
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Old 04-10-2001, 02:21 PM   #23
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Hasegawa's distributor's do not offer any of the subarus in the United States, if you want one you have to almost definitely get it through a private distributor or order direct from abroad...

How many people would be interested in a Group Buy for the Tamiya Subaru Impreza 1/24th scale models (any Impreza...)
let me know, I MAY be able to set one up...

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Old 04-10-2001, 03:41 PM   #24
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Originally posted by kaos200
Hasegawa's distributor's do not offer any of the subarus in the United States, if you want one you have to almost definitely get it through a private distributor or order direct from abroad...

Really? Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul, MN has had both Impreza kits on their shelves recently (albeit for a pretty penny, you would save money by ordering through HLJ).

However, I bought mine from a shop in Brighton, England while on a backpacking trip with my girlfriend. Believe me, she got sick of all the extra attention I paid to protecting that box for the rest of the trip. Not an easy task.
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Old 04-10-2001, 04:00 PM   #25
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Really?
I contacted the 3 main U.S distributors after my orders were cancelled, I was basically told that the Imprezas would not be available for the U.S. market, even though it was listed for about 3 months as available!
Anyway I have seen Hasegawas Catalogue and for some reason (probably licensing) they listed half their products as "not available in U.S. market" or something of that sort...
Is there anyway you could call that store and see who they get them from? 'Pleeeeaase'
I would be great if there is someone that can get them somehow!


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