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Tamiya and Fujimi kits and motors

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    March, 2017
Tamiya and Fujimi kits and motors
Posted by JimmyWethington on Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:57 AM

I've read a few posts that some of their kits do not have motors.  Is this true, if so, are they marked that way so when I do start ordering some I will know before I make the purchase?

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:00 PM

Many Japanese kits (Tamiya, Fujimi, Hasegawa, Aoshima, etc.) do not have engines. Although there are not words on the box to say so, in most cases the box art will give you the necessary clues. If there is an image on the box side with the hood up and engine exposed, or an artists rendering showing a ghost image or cut-away image that includes an engine, there will be one in the kit. If no suggestion of an engine is seen anywhere on the box, there almost certainly will not be one in the kit. Tamiya in particular is very reliable in this regard. Their box art is very consistent.

Now, this doesn't always help when ordering online. After awhile you get a feel for what kits or types of kit will have an engine, but this takes experience. Sometimes the vendor can advise, though this isn't always helpful. Perhaps your best bet is to post a question in the Builder's Corner or other appropriate section of the forum. Someone here will know the answer and be happy to give you the 411.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman


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    December, 2007
Posted by andrewwjohnson on Friday, April 21, 2017 11:10 PM

You can always look up kit reviews on U-Tube.  There are a lot of open box reviews. 

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    January, 2005
  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, June 12, 2017 4:01 PM
Those that don't have an engine will typically have an engine 'bottom' molded into the chassis at least. often they will have a 'top' as well to fill the under-hood area.
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Posted by JimmyWethington on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:33 AM

Thanks Aussie.


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