It’s cold and dark outside, the garage not much warmer, so what better to do than break open Tamiya’s 1/24th scale Nissan 370Z kit in front of the fire and paint/assemble whilst juggling festive cake and sipping mulled wine? Just don’t get the your mince pie crumbs in the paint! Our friends over at Scale Model News kindly let us run this report by guest writer Mat Irvine.

Tamiya Nissan 370Z

Tamiya Nissan 370Z


We’re looking for new wheels at SMN (ScaleModelNews) Towers, and were at the local Nissan dealer yesterday, kicking the tyres of a Note, Qashqai, and an X-Trail. Of course, the one we’d really like would be a late-used 350Z. It’s a handsome brute, but with no room for bikes, cameras, tripods and computers aboard, it can’t be on the IWOOT list, sad to say. We also had a look at the 350Z’s replacement, the 370Z, which is a somewhat dumpy-looking retro version of the original 240Z of 1969, so Mat’s report is a timely one. Now read on…

Tamiya 1/24 scale Nissan 370Z chassis and suspension

Tamiya 1/24 scale Nissan 370Z chassis and suspension

Report by Mat Irvine
The latest incarnation of Nissan’s Z-car, and the latest 1:24 scale kit from Tamiya, is the 370Z, in Japan known as the Fairlady Z. This is a ‘curbside’ kit, a term derived from US model makers to describe a model car without a separate engine, therefore destined to sit forever by the curb! But even as a curbside, this 370Z (the sixth-generation ‘Z’, released in December 2008) is full of the sort of detail one expects from Japan’s best-known name in modeling.
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