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[REVIEW] Tomica Dome Zero / Dome-0

Tomica time again, today we examine an unusual angular wedge of Japanese automotive history. This is Tomica 46-2, the Dome-0/Dome Zero. This casting entered the range in January, 1979, and it is an interesting piece:

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Fine detail abounds from all sides, as one expects from Tomica of this era. Scale is a claimed 1:58, and I have no reason to believe this isn’t accurate. “Hayashi Racing” as seen on the decal, is an actual firm, apparently making wheels - we can pretend they made a custom button design for this car, and I don’t think they look bad on it. As usual, this model features springy suspension and crisp glazing:

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However, instead of snappy door action, this has accurate and nicely articulated scissor doors, which reveal a detailed interior and show off low seats and a flat floor:

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Front and rear have ample detail, and flaunt the flat wedge design:

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It just gets better with the doors up/open:

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Base is plastic, which was becoming common at the time, and also has good detail:

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This example lives in a nice black box:

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From the first time I saw this casting, I had to have one, it’s just such a fun wacky thing. I also have a yellow one. These aren’t insanely rare, as some were sold as Pocket Cars. I am definitely glad to have this historical footnote in my collection:

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And some 1:1s from fabwheelsdigest, oppo, and privaterunners.com - this was an interesting project, Nissan powered, it apparently couldn’t keep consistent funding, and was unable to complete homologation. There’s ample data available on the web for anyone interested:

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