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Double-winged classic - Tamiya Sierra OOB

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  • Member since
    November 2018
Double-winged classic - Tamiya Sierra OOB
Posted by Faust on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:22 PM
Let’s face it. Most of the cars in the early 1980s were pretty sad. Hey were either little econobeaters or gutless throwbacks to a better time, simply shambling sadly to their graves and awaiting replacement by smaller, less interesting cars. This is what I was surrounded with when I was growing up; the last messy bit of the Automotive Dark Ages.
However, there are a few cars from the mid-‘80s that were pretty cool, and some that were actually innovative in terms of both styling and execution. So many cars wanted to pretend to be European, but most just assumed being small and ugly was enough. There was an interesting exception, though, and that was Ford’s Sierra XR4i. In North America, we got it with a Ford Turbo 4, as the Merkur XR4Ti. However, in Europe, it was just an XR4i, but it got a 6 cylinder.
This was a two-door, rear drive sports sedan, and it ACTUALLY was European. With aero styling and a double wing at the back, it was pretty futuristic looking, and I’ve always loved them. Trying to find a kit of one, though… that’s another matter altogether! Thanks to my brother, though, I finally managed to get my mitts on one of the rarer Tamiya kits – the XR4i Sierra in it’s non-racing guise!
Check it out at the link below – this is one I can’t wait to get to!

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, June 18, 2020 11:52 AM

I remember when these first showed up here. Wow, but were they ugly. At least with respect to the times, and to my young eyes. We viewed them with disdain at the time, due to being so odd.They would eventually be viewed a bit more 'normal' as time went on.

In 2002, A friend in England had one with the six and a five speed. It was a fabulous car, and it moved very well. By that time the look was retro. It was my first time in one, and I was really impressed with what a fine driving machine it really was.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    November 2018
Posted by Faust on Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:01 PM

Oh, see, for me, I loved them the first time I saw them, and I was 9. I also love the SVO and any other "blind-faced" car - namely those with little grille on them. I love Tauruses of this era too. 

I still think the lines are awesome, and compared to today's thick, fat and heavy cars, this one looks like a cheetah!

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

Check out my other reviews at The Sprue Lagoon!

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: FRANCE
Posted by ford fan on Monday, June 22, 2020 6:01 PM

I built one a few years ago. The kit is great, it's only the decals that had badly aged...



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