Hi LaLDers, I'm into my last week of my semester break and this place has been a great place to utilize my free time and cache of pictures to share this hobby we all enjoy. Once school resumes, I might be reduced to just posting MoPar Monday as school life takes over my diecast life. Before that happen, first I want to give a huge thank to the community for allowing me to fit in comfortably; and secondly, I thought I'd review another TLV piece before turning a zombie student.
The previous TLV review received positive response, so let's look back at a time when Soichiro Honda was still at the helm of the brand, the 1300 was manufacture from 1969-1973 - the predecessor to the Civic and the Accord.
At that time, it was the biggest car for Honda built to compete against the other Japanese car manufacturers which are also offering bigger cars to buyers. Bearing the 99S trim name, this sedan spots the air-cooled (yes, air-cooled!) 1,298 cc inline 4 - an engine choice determined by the late Soichrio Honda.
The split-grill was something Mr. Honda specified, himself at the time of the cars development owned and frequently drove a Pontiac Firebird. No doubt he was fond of the American automobile.
In 1:64, this might be the smallest sedan I have in that scale. Nonetheless, TLV have off their impeccable workmanship, every single corner is looked over to give collectors the best for their money.
At the time of purchase, HLJ dropped the price on this model and picked up other goodies along the way. Definitely patted myself on the back for this decision, TLVs on discount always make a good purchase.
These pictures don't do anything to portray its tiny size but let's talk about the wheels, though tiny, Tomytec has done a great job on the shape and form of the factory steel wheels; even putting on a tiny red dot on the center caps. A detail so small, you wouldn't see unless close-up.
As a silver car, omitting chrome trim details can be hardly noticeable - not here in TLV-land. Things like the headlight bezels, drip rails, window trim, and door handles all received a lick of silver paint.
Separate pieces such as the front and rear bumpers, even the muffler receive the chrome treatment. TLV sure pushed all the stops to make a premium 1:64 model of this 'regular' car.
The same of kind treatment continues over to the tail lights and tail light panel which have the tiny "HONDA" letters on it.
It's thrilling for a 1:64 collector like me to to able to see and make out what the tiny emblems really are. TLV includes a blank license plate front and rear, a possible spot for a plate decal of one is inclined to do so.
The classic Honda "H" emblem is right at home on the nose, and right under it is said split-grill complete with mesh texture. Headlights are individual lenses that really do a fantastic job in giving the model something resembling a face.
What the camera could do to peek into the interior, dials and gauges are molded on the dash even though they normally can't been seen on display duty. Goes to show the lengths TLV go in crafting their goods.
This Soichiro-era Honda is a welcomed addition to my small but treasured TLV fleet, at first I wasn't expecting much from a small model; wouldn't have minded of they skipped out on some details. Boy, this model truly delivered, it certainly can hold its own when placed side by side with fancier cars. TLV don't cut corners at all.
True 1:64 scale, size differences are exactly how it should be like the actual cars on the street.
Couldn't resist slamming this to the ground. Working suspension FTW!