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Land of the Rising Sun-Day: 鉄仮面

This is my small contribution to Engine Week here - you don’t get all that much detail in 1/64 or 1/43. But there’s one manufacturer who has made it their task to give enthusiasts a bit of engine detail in 1/64 - and that is F-Toys.

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And today’s subject is the R30 Skyline 2000GT Turbo RS-X. This particular model was released in August 1983. It received the nick name “Iron Mask” due to its distinctive front end without a traditional radiator grille and thin headlights.

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This Skyline never received the “GT-R” name - apparently as it wasn’t equipped with a 6 Cylinder engine. Instead it received a FJ20ET engine - a 2 liter, turbo charged 4 cylinder unit. And despite the lack of two pistons, it was the strongest Skyline yet with an output of 190hp.

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This engine was fitted to the 2000RS and 2000RS-X models, with the “X” being the luxury version. It featured such 1980s luxury as lumbar support, power steering, power windows and - wait for it - cassette player!

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The R30s are a bit unloved today - unfairly I think as they really led the coming Turbo revolution.

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These F-Toys models always leave me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, they are nicely detailed. On the other hand, they are all plastic and that just leaves me a bit cold. But their party trick are the engines with the high level of detail for this scale.

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And as you can see, you can’t just open the engine cover, you can remove the whole lid quite easily for an even better view.

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And that’s all for today - enjoy your weekend everyone!

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