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Tamiya's '85 Civic - bone stock boredom for (almost literally) everyone!

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, June 09, 2019 7:00 PM

....and as Bill Cosby said:  " Runs on the smell of an oil rag "

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Posted by Faust on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 4:20 PM

It's nice to see that people appreciate the stock builds! 

You're right, Gulftarpon, that the Hondas could be tuned to be little monsters. However, I'm not a tuner fan. If it's not good enough from the factory, don't buy it. That's how I feel. When I buy a car I might put new wheels on it, but that's all I do to it. Tuning and bolting on extras might be fun, but it's cheating. 

The Hondas are that way - sure, they could be quick little things, but not so much from the factory! Certainly weren't that fast on the city streets as I remember them, either! :)

Faust: Metalhead, Poncho fan and modeller of the ecclectic (and lame).

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Posted by gulftarpon on Sunday, June 02, 2019 7:34 PM

It's funny, I never paid much attention to these little cars back in the day, but they were really tough and very under-rated. With a little tuning, they could torque the steering wheel out of your hand and they could be fun to drive in a go-kart kind of way.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, June 01, 2019 6:44 AM

I like it. I love bone stock cars. Looks good.

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, June 01, 2019 6:08 AM

Nothing that a tube chassis, 2X4 Hi-rise on a 5.0 Ford, and some 10.5 slicks wouldn't fix. Still a very nice, clean build of an unforgettable hunk of plastic and some metal.  Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  • From: nottingham,england
Posted by arcturus on Saturday, June 01, 2019 2:55 AM

I think it's pretty neat. I quite like Tamiyas Japanese car range. I like them more than the real things. I haven't got any because I really do have to limit myself , so old yank cars it is. 

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
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Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:38 PM

Short list of losers you have there . Corvairs doing Turtle Top Overs and Kiling occupants . Chevy - GMC Pick ups exploding when suffering left side Cab Impacts , The Saddle Tank would rupture as quick as a Pinto . Just larger capicity in the saddle tanks v/s a sub compact car . Bigger , brigghter , longer lasting , deadlier and Better Fireball than the Dreaded Pinto . How about the Rope Drive Tempests ? Buick melt down Aluminun V/8's and V/6's woith the 40 K gone away camshafts . Or the decades of SBC's with dissappearing  @ 72 K Camshafts ? How about the Need for Valve Grinders in Auto Repair shops dedicaed exclusivly to SBC's ?  You have now a large list of losers to do now .

   This replica build I admire , Boring , yes . Stone Stock yes .  I aprciate it . "Where's the keys ?" Thanx 

 

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Posted by Faust on Friday, May 10, 2019 2:35 PM

Oh man... that's a bad trick to do with a hood! A least it was light, so it was efficient, right? I wonder how they did in crash tests? 

 

Ooh, light green! That's slightly less boring. Kinda. A bit...

 

Thanks for the compliments, too; that's exactly what I was going for. Now I have to build my Vitz/Echo  sometime to increase my loserdom...

Faust: Metalhead, Poncho fan and modeller of the ecclectic (and lame).

Check out my other reviews at The Sprue Lagoon!

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:01 PM

I remember those. I fellow I worked with had one. He loved to pop the hood on it and run his finger along the underside of the hood. You could follow where his finger was going while looking at the TOP of the hood because the metal was so thin. You did well with yours. It has that econobox look and color. At least his was metallic green. Tongue Tied

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Tamiya's '85 Civic - bone stock boredom for (almost literally) everyone!
Posted by Faust on Wednesday, May 08, 2019 7:22 PM
Anyone who knows me knows I love loser cars. There’s a lot of things that can make a car a loser, though. We know that Pintos explode, and Vegas melt down, Citations fall apart and anything that’s a mid-to-late-70s Ford can slip a gear and run you over in your own driveway. However, there’s more to loserness than just that. For me, a lot of loserness just comes from being no fun. I am someone who likes to drive, and likes to drive cars that are interesting. I have no love of “Soulless personal transport modules” that blandly do little more than move you from point to point.
 
For that reason, the mid-80s Honda Civics have always been losers to me. They had lots of ugly black plastic, and were these revvy, sputtery little econoboxes that even made Citations look stylish. Thus, when I had a chance to get one, I knew I had to have it for my loser car museum. While it might be mechanically sound, it’s still one of those cars that I hope we remember so we never go back to anything that bland again.
 
Check out my build of the Tamiya ’85 Civic below, and tell me what you think
 
 

Faust: Metalhead, Poncho fan and modeller of the ecclectic (and lame).

Check out my other reviews at The Sprue Lagoon!

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