Sheesh. We have had a cat-5 political hurricane here. Still no signs of recovering. Forget about that for a moment now.

We Sri Lankans love our vans, especially the Toyota Hiace. Various generations of the Hiace have achieved cult status here, and their own nicknames, from the LH50 - LH70 range (ā€œShell Modelā€), LH110 - 170 range (ā€œDolphinā€, hands down our favorite van) and the KDH / TRH 200 series (ā€œKDHā€). It is no surprise then, that we love models of those.

Sadly, they are not seen often, except for the Kyosho models (very expensive) Tinyā€™s recreation (which has received a lot of attention with the Falken / ADVAN themed customs going places) and the upcoming Tomica variant (cannot wait for that). However, there is an interesting alternative.

I have discussed about my love affair with kit builds, ever since I had to resort to one to build a LN107 HiLux (my favorite pickup of all time). This is my latest build, and one that went from mold to model in no time (considering that there are three models that have waited for 3 odd months to take form).


Compared with regular die-cast (or resin) models, kit builds are somewhat a pain in you-know-where, especially if you are new, and donā€™t have the essentials (including a proper airbrush, which I donā€™t have). A kit build could take anywhere between a couple of days to an year or so, depending on the workload (and the number of kits waiting to be processed). The art needs a lot of patience as well (which I rarely possess), and will punish you relentlessly if you try to rush with things. That was a harsh lesson I learned from the HiLux build; made it almost completely useless.


However, things went comparatively better with the Hiace, thanks to some tough lessons from early builds, and some tips from a fellow builder. Cannot say I am very pleased with the output, but certainly not upset with it.


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