AUTOart Honda NSX Japanese Police

May 18, 2014 No Comments by

Anyone who’s been tailed by a trooper in a striped-up Mustang, Camaro or Hemi Charger can tell you that hot shoe cop cars aren’t uncommon. But when the lawman is rolling in an exotic … that’s a different story. AUTOart has taken one of their better recent mold sets —  a killer early ’90s NSX (in home market “Honda” guise) – and done it up in Japanese black-and-white police car scheme.  They’ve added a few touches — like the light bar up top, and the radio bolted to the dash (as well as the corresponding antenna for the rear fender), but the model beneath the badge is easily the highest-detail take on the classic aluminum-bodied NSX that’s yet been done in mid-scale, with opening doors, hood and trunk, working pop-ups for the projector-style headlights, and a fully wired, piped, and labeled miniature of the car’s mid-mounted 270HP “C30A” V6 under its rear window/engine cover. That may not sound like a lot of grunt, but in the superlight NSX, that was more than enough to pull the car to 60mph in the five-second range. Thanks to development input from none other than the late Ayrton Senna, the car’s suspension kept it planted in the corners – great stuff when chasing Yakuza out of the prefecture. Steel brake discs, real hinges, great lensing and glazing, and the usual AUTOart precision in the paint and build make it all the more arresting.  — Joe Kelly, Jr.

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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