Japanese Scale Model Cars and Trucks with Engines.

rocketfin mobile menu rocketfin.com fine models and collectibles

 

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases from the links on this site. Thanks for your support

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Model Reviews | Resin Car Database | Modeling Tips & Info | Scale Model Life Magazine | Contact | FAQs

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I use terms to help with what kind of engine the vehicle might have.

FULL ENGINE - To me, this is an engine that assembles on it's own. Meaning the engine can be used for other model projects, or detailed better than having only part of an engine.

Most of these types of kits have an opening hood but not all - even if it has an engine. Also remember that a lot of these model companies separate the engine and transmission, and the transmission could be molded into the chassis rather than being separate.

 

HALF ENGINE - For a half engine, it could be just the lower half, an upper half, or a combination of both. Typically a bottom half can be molded into the chassis, or separate by itself to be installed by the modeler.

For top half engines, this will usually attach to a lower half that is molded into the chassis already. This can also become a combination of upper and lower parts.

 

Even though these kits have some kind of engine, I would not avoid the usual curbside kits that have no engine at all. Those kits often include other parts that can be better than an engine.

  • Things like:
  • Window masks for painting
  • Photoetch
  • Metal emblems
  • Extra accessoris like helmuts, surfboards, racing parts, and more
  • Extra wheel sets

 

 

 

 

A lot of people avoid Japanese kits because most are curbside - meaning they have no engine. Most of the lower half of the engine is molded into the chassis and that's about it.

But there are Japanese kits that do have engines. Sometimes they assemble different than your typical model car kit, sometimes you have to cut open the hood yourself to show off the engine, but they do exist. Here are a few examples.

 

Lexus LFA with V10 Engine

 

tamiya nsx  model

Acura NSX with Full Engine

 

Toyota 88 with Upper 6 Cylinder Engine

 

Toyota 2000GT with Engine

 

mpc datsun pickup 4x4 model

Datsun Pickup Truck

 

Toyota 86 with Full Engine

 

tamiya nsx model

Honda / Acura NSX with V6 Engine

 

aoshima ae86 sprinter initial d model

Toyota Sprinter AE86 Initial D Full Engine

 

tamiya honda s600 model

Honda S60o with Full Engine

 

tamiya gtr nismo model

R32 Nissan GTR Skyline NISMO Custom Full Engine

 

Honda Civic SI

 

Mazda Cosmo Sport with Engine

 

Initial D Toyota AE86 with Engine

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse

 

Skyline 2000 GTR

 

Honda S800 Includes Upper Engine

 

Nissan Skyline GTR with Full Engine

 

Nissan Fairlady 240Z with Full Engine

 

Toyota Sprinter Trueno APEX with Full Engine

 

amt subaru brat 4x4 model car

Subaru Brat 4x4

 

Impul 731S with Upper Twin Cam Engine

 

Toyota Supra

 

Subaru Sambar Panel Van Lower Half Engine

 

tamiya brz street custom model

Subaru BRZ Street Custom Half Upper / Lower Engine

 

Honda N360 with Full Engine

 

Honda N360 with Full Engine

 

Nissan GTR Upper Engine

 

Honda N360T with Full Engine

 

Mazda RX7 with 13B Engine

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse

 

Full View Lexus LFA Full Engine

 

Honda Prelude with Full Engine

 

Toyota Soarer 3.0 GT with Full Engine

 

Datsun 280ZX Turbo Full Engine

 

tamiya supra model

Toyota Supra Full Engine

 

tamiya skyline 2000 model

Nissan Skyline 2000 GTR Hard Top Full Engine

 

tamiya rx7 cabriolet model

Mazda RX7 Savanna Cabriolet with 13B Engine

 

Nissan Fairlady 300zx Turbo Full Engine Twin Cam

 

Nissan Laurel Medalist Club L Upper Twin Cam Engine

 

Toyota S80O Full Engine

 

hasegawa nissan yhp race car model

Nissan Calsonic Skyline GTR Full Engine

 

Mazda RX7 GT Limited Includes 13B Engine

 

tamiya brz model

Subaru BRZ Upper / Lower Engine

 

Toyota Black Limited GT APEX Trueno Full Engine

 

Subaru Porter Sambar Truck Lower Half Engine

 

figures for car models

 

Toyota Celica GT-FOUR with Full Engine

 

Subaru BRZ Full Engine

 

Nissan Calsonic Skyline GTR Half Lower Engine

 

Toyota Mark II Twin Cam Upper / Lower Engine

 

tamiya ho da ra272 model car

Honda F1 RA272E Full Engine

 

hasegawa honda ra272 model car

Honda F1 RA272E Full Engine

 

Acura Mobil 1 NSX with Full Engine

 

tamiya toyota gt one race car model

Toyota GT-One TS020 Full Engine

 

Acura NSX Castrol Mugen with Full Engine

 

Calsonic Skyline GTR Full Engine

 

tamiya nismo clarion race car model

NISMO Clarion GTR LM Lower Engine

 

tamiya 84c race car model

Toyota Toms 84C Full Engine

 

Minolta Toyota 88 CV Full Engine

 

Pennzoil Nismo GTR Bottom Half Engine

 

Mazda 787B Full Engine

 

the car modellers handbooks

Car Modeller's Handbook

car modeling manual japan

Car Modeling

sports car modeling cobra book

Sports Car Modelling

Fast Furious Cars

The Cars of the Fast and the Furious: The Making of the Hottest Cars on Screen

cars of the fast and furious movies

The Fast and The Furious: The Official Car Guide: All the Cars, All the Movies

cars of the fast and furious movies

How To Build the Cars of The Fast and the Furious

 

 

 

 

 

Glue Deal

 

 

tamiya paint stand tool

Model Paint Stand

 

 

Hobby Tool Sets

 

Detail Brush Set

 

Make those panel lines pop for realism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

pill organizer

All trademarks and registered trademarks are of their respective companies. ©Copyright Rocketfin 2010, all rights reserved.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 33063, USA. Prices, promotions, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice. Despite our best efforts, a small number of items may contain pricing, typography, or photography errors.

 

McAfee Safe
www.siteadvisor.com
Resin Model Cars- Plastic, Multimedia and and Resin Kits - Cars - Trucks - Ships - Aircraft - Scifi - Armor - Gundam - Resin Models - AMT - Academy - Accurate Miniatures - Airfix - Arii - Aurora - Bandai - Dragon Estes - Fujimi - Glencoe - Gundam - Hasegawa - Hawk - Hobbycraft - ICM - Imai - Imex - Italeri Lindberg - Liberty Classics - Minicraft - Model Car Garage - Model King - Model Rectifier Corporation - MPC MRC - Mobius Models - Nitto - Pegasus - Polar Lights - Revell Germany - Tamiya - Testors Trumpeter - Wave - Xacto - Hobby Shops

 

Home | Site Map | Privacy Statement | Sustainablility | Contact | Resin |

 

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases from the links on this site.
Thanks for your support!