Tamiya is better known for their model kits than 1/64 scale diecast models. But they do exist, if only by mail order from Japan. These aren’t even listed on their website, so I am not sure if they are still current. Probably not, which would be a shame. As you can see, the quality is really nice.

The price I paid for it is on par with recent Tomica Limited Vintage and less than similar Kyosho models. Compared to these, the Tamiya has no obvious drawbacks, but a few advantages.

Like the opening doors, which offer a great view of the very nicely detailed interior. Sure, it won’t give any 1/18 scale model a run in that department. But in this scale, it’s about as good as it gets. A little decal on the instrument panel would have knocked it out of the ballpark...

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If there is one thing I could criticize, it is that the paint could be a tiny bit thinner - it softens the lines a bit too much for my liking. But it’s really only a small gripe - the overall look is still stunning IMO.

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The tampos and lights took terrific - even the rear window wiper is lovingly executed.

And that feeling of loving and careful execution of the whole model is what really wins me over. It’s more than I can say about some of the Kyosho models that I have.

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It would be a shame if Tamiya had given the game away - I’d love to see more models as well done as this - for the same or less money than the competition. Though really, I don’t need any more Skylines. But if I see this sort of model, I still bite. ;-)

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This Skyline definitely has the Godzilla stamp of approval!