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Tamiya's Classic '90s wagon - Volvo 850 (OOB)

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  • Member since
    November 2018
Tamiya's Classic '90s wagon - Volvo 850 (OOB)
Posted by Faust on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:21 PM
If you know me, and/or the Sprue Lagoon, you know that I do have a thing for “loser cars”. However, it’s not just econoboxes and soulless “made-to-be-rented” cars that I love! I am also a fan of the mundane. That means cars that aren’t necessarily bad, and might be kind of exciting, but definitely things that you’d see everyday. They are the car equivalents to the “people in your neighbourhood” that Sesame Street sang about.

One vehicle that surely fits this description is the Volvo 850 Turbo Estate wagon. I rather like these cars, and they’re decent, competent and even kind of stylish, in their own way. However, at least where I live, they were common. Not Chevy Celebrity common, but much more common than many other kinds of wagons. Since station wagons aren’t something that get kitted enough, in my view, I was very glad to come across this kit at Wings and Wheels in Toronto quite some time ago. I figured that the drab days of winter were a good time to pop it out and see what was up. After all, I remember seeing a lot of these in Beige.
Check out Tamiya’s take on this Swedish family mover at the link below!

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

Check out my other reviews at The Sprue Lagoon!

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, January 30, 2020 6:21 AM

Cool kit. I really need to pick one of these up, if the opportunity arises.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams


  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, January 30, 2020 9:32 AM

While the Volvo 850 Turbo Estate might be "mundane" to some, I knew what was underneath.  This car was a wolf in sheep clothing!  Some may have viewed the Volvo as an everyday grocery-getter, I viewed the 850 Turbo Estate as a rapid "get-me-there" car that serves more than one purpose.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; 1965 Plymouth Hemi Satellite

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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:24 PM

Give 'er a go Faust. I'll be watching!! 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 


  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:33 PM

This is a great kit!!!i built one a few years ago and still have another in the stash!!,i would love to see Tamiya reisssue this one!! thi

"to love it ,is to live it"


  • Member since
    November 2018
Posted by Faust on Thursday, January 30, 2020 5:45 PM

It reminds me of my G8. It's fairly plain, all things considered. It has a couple of flush hood breathers, but that's it. Nothing ricey, no big wings, no big ground FX or stupid huge grilles. 

However, it's mean as all heck, and I can never imagine tiring of just throwing such a big, maroon old-man-looking car around traffic and anhiliating people at lights. :)

There's a lot of joy in sleepers!

I've always thought the Volvo wagons were hot-looking in a reserved way. Kinda like how an M-1A1 Abrams looks futuristic and fast, just sitting there. 

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

Check out my other reviews at The Sprue Lagoon!

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by diamxion on Friday, January 31, 2020 2:57 PM

Quality replica of Sweedish Steel . We don't get have many long roofs to choose from . . Where's the keys ? God Bless 


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