Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
Fits like a... baby’s hand. Into an oven mitt.
Fits like a... baby’s hand. Into an oven mitt.

Why hello, citizens of LALD! After a long time admiring your community from afar, I figured I would take the authorship plunge. And, first and foremost, I must express how awesome it is to finally be a part of a friendly community with a common interest in collectible model vehicles.

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So, without further ado, content time!

This model is a 1/43 Suzuki Mighty Boy, and for the uninitiated, yes, that’s what this puppy was called. Based on a later iteration of the Cervo kei-coupe, this oxymoronically-named utility was sold for the cost of home-brand peanuts in 1980s Japan, Australia and, inexplicably, Cyprus. Under the bonnet dwells a 21-23kW (28-31 metric HP) 3-cyl beast, which propels a diminutive unibody with ‘don’t mention it’ levels of safety & comfort and the effective cargo volume of a shot glass. Transmission was either a 2-speed ‘ohgodpleaseno’ auto or a 4-5-speed manual. According to Wikipedia (where I pulled all these stats from, feel free to correct me if wrong), about 2,800 were produced; a somewhat high value (by my probably skewed metrics) for a rather niche vehicle.

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Table parking by the Giant Mug is somewhat generous and accessible to most cars and car-sized vehicles. It’s in smaller spaces where this automotive oxymoron really shines. Just don’t carry anything larger than a tissue box. And by George, avoid any hill bigger than a small knoll.
Table parking by the Giant Mug is somewhat generous and accessible to most cars and car-sized vehicles. It’s in smaller spaces where this automotive oxymoron really shines. Just don’t carry anything larger than a tissue box. And by George, avoid any hill bigger than a small knoll.

Judging by the screw holes and the lack of base branding, the model was presumably made by IXO as part of a 1/43-scale Japanese partwork series distributed by Hatchette Publishing. It was at a very good price (considering the fact that this model is rare and somewhat sought-after in the used market) and the fact that it’s part of the ‘road-less-travelled’ eclectic subject matter I love to collect eventually pushed me into the purchase.

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And boy, am I glad I fell. I love this little thing; in fact, I may be inclined to say that it is one of my favourite models in regards to subject matter. Details are a bit lacking, but for a partwork model like this, I’m not complaining.

I’ll be back! Somewhat crudely-concocted-and-photographed scenario included below:

An unusual object has fallen from the sky and landed in the Green Plains. The only two utility vehicles in the sparse area, a Sunny Ute and the Mighty Boy, respond to the incident. Together, they must solve one problem: how do we relocate this object?
An unusual object has fallen from the sky and landed in the Green Plains. The only two utility vehicles in the sparse area, a Sunny Ute and the Mighty Boy, respond to the incident. Together, they must solve one problem: how do we relocate this object?

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