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Tamiya Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ80)

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Tamiya Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ80)
Posted by unofficial_stig on Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:40 PM

Although not a truck by definition of this category, I'd still count the cruiser as such because of the body-on-frame and live axles. Let me start by saying that I'm absolutely stunned by this kit and wish I could go out and buy five more to build, just from the sheer pleasure of putting it together.

There are quite a few parts in this kit, especially for Tamiya. There are some lovely details, like the real coils for the front and rear suspension (in fact, the whole suspension itself is beautifully detailed) some great molded detail on the body, and a cool spare tire mount. It also features a nicely-detailed engine and a hood molded in clear.

I chose to paint over the clear hood, and the rest of the body, with solid black Tamiya lacquer. The more I use these paints, the more I understand why they're so pricey. They consistently go down beautifully and leave a nearly-flawless finish (at least by my standards). 


I had a clear vision for this car--as with most of my models, there's a small story I concocted to placet it in my world. Since Washington DC is one of my favorite big cities in the country, I decided to give it some scale DC Environmental license plates, and I reckon the car itself belongs to some wealthy Georgetown professor who, every now and then, takes it out of town and into the country on the weekends. But most of the time the car pounds the city streets, staying pristine. 

It's hard to think of a gripe I had with this build, but I can land on at least one. I attempted to tint the sinroof glass with VHT niteshades (used to black out tail lights on 1:1 cars) and that turned out pretty poorly. Luckily the darker glass still blends in a bit nicer with the black car.

I'd really like to buy another one of these kits from the local hobby store and do a "homemade" Wyoming snowplow Land Cruiser, something to the tune of what was fitted to this GMC Suburban I saw in Cheyenne a couple of years ago:



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