It’s been quite a while. My attention had swung from 1:64s to 1:24 kit builds in no time, and I have a significant amount of WIP piling up. I still have a shipment from Japan to be received(it is unusually late), that also has some 1:64 goodies along with a kit of Y31 Cedric / Gloria, one of the most elegant boxes on wheels for me.
That is when I received an almost forgotten shipment, a lot of 3 Konamis. The star of the shipment was this; 1973 Lancer 1600 GSR
The real car is an unsung hero; one of the pioneers in conquering rallies for Japanese manufacturers. Its contemporary, the Bluebird 510 gets all the recognition from a host of diecast manufacturers for its (unquestionable) performance on motorsports arenas, including the ‘70 Safari Rally winning avatar.
However the 1600 GSR was no slouch either. It managed to win the gruelling Safari Rally under the able guidance of “The Flying Sikh” Joginder Singh, and the Southern Cross Rally with Andrew Cowan (who went on to head the Ralliart WRC operations later).
It paved the way for Mitsubishi to engage in rallying, and helped spawn the likes of Lancer EX 2000 Turbo, Galant VR-4 and ultimately, the Evo.
To the model.
Konami, as I knew, made games. Little that I knew, they also made model cars. From the face of it, Konami is aiming at the likes of Kyosho. Good thing is they are pretty close. Separate lights and awesome realistic wheels add to a decent paintjob. However, detailing is still not Konami’s game.
Not too bad, but at Kyosho / Tarmac money, it could be slightly better.
Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weeke.. (oh crap, its almost Monday) week ahead!