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In-Box Review
Datsun 240-Z
1970-1973 Datsun 240-Z
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by: Hermon [ VONCUDA ]

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This review is of the Datsun 240-Z plastic model kit produced by Revell in 1/25 scale. According to the box and instructions this particular kit was produced in 2002. As an eight year old kit it is starting to show some age and wear on the dies, but OOB it is still an impressive, and actually quite accurate kit.


Opening the box the first impression you'll get is that Revell has forgotten to put in all the parts since there seems to be lots of empty space in there. Remember though, this is the same size box used for muscle cars like Mustangs, Camaros, GTX's, etc. The Datsun 240-Z is only roughly 2/3 the size of those cars, though it packed a mighty punch in its day with an inline 6 cylinder engine producing 150 bhp and handling that rivaled many European sports cars.

Included in the kit are 5 sprues of white molded plastic parts, with the car body & hood as separate items. One clear sprue holds headlights, tail lights and a one part windshield/side windows/back hatch glass. One chrome plated sprue containing a set of rally wheels (standard wheels are not included), and various engine parts, bumpers, etc. You'll also find four stock, skinny Goodyear 70 series tires on a tire tree, and one decal sheet that includes a full set of stripes in white and another set in black. As a nice bonus you'll also find that all five gauge pods have their own individual face decals.

A close examination of the sprues shows that the molds are starting to wear. There is an abundance of excess flash that will need to be trimmed away. There are also many seam lines (some in very tight places) that will have to be sanded down to make a presentable model. On the upside, each piece seems to be extremely well defined. The seats and dash have the right grain and pattern. The engine and its parts are so nice that I could honestly say they are beautiful. Everything seems to be very accurate in relation to the real life 1/1 car. Also "beautiful" are the decals on the decal sheet which appear to have very nice register and, for the most part, to be accurate.

A few negatives are also present. Many of the engine parts, though nicely represented, are on the chrome sprue. These will need to be "de-chromed" if you want to build a truly accurate model. The windshield and its surrounding glass seem very thick and way out of scale. The glass parts in my particular kit were not packaged in a plastic bag. The result is that they have numerous scratches from sliding around in the box which will have to be attended to.


This is a pretty nice kit out of the box. A modeler with only moderate skills can still turn out a realistic representation of a 240-Z. With a bit of tweaking here and there along with a few extra hours at the work bench, I believe this kit could actually be turned into a little jewel.

A Build Log has been started in the Forums to evaluate the kit construction.
Highs: Very accurate inside and out. All the right parts needed to build a nice representation of the original Datsun 240-Z.
Lows: Lots of flash and seam lines that will have to be addressed. Many engine parts that will have to be de-chromed. Windshield and surrounding glass is way too thick.
Verdict: If you're a beginner you can turn this into a nice kit. A more advanced modeler with the right tools and enough time can really make this a show winner.
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  Scale: 1:25
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 31, 2010
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本

About Hermon (VonCuda)

Building model airplanes tends to quiet the voices in my head........or maybe it's just the glue fumes.

Copyright 2021 text by Hermon [ VONCUDA ]. All rights reserved.


gauges are on the decal sheet, Good. I also hate kit chrome. This kit appears to be left side driver. Were they all made like this or is this an American/Euro import version?
JAN 30, 2010 - 01:07 PM
KSO, This is the American import version, just like I owned. The Japanese version was the "Fairlady Z" and was right hand steering. I also have that kit which is produced by Hasegawa. I'll build it one day. Hermon
JAN 30, 2010 - 02:13 PM
Thanks for the review Hermon. It makes me want to find one and paint it orange. -YL
JAN 31, 2010 - 12:40 PM
Thanks for an excellent review Hermon. Wish all kits had gauge decals.
JAN 31, 2010 - 11:05 PM
Nice review. I had one of these only it was the 260. Routinely used to eat camaros for lunch. Got a little too sqirrely with it one night and put it into a guard rail. sad day as it never ran right after that. Sold it to some friends who gutted it and made a rally car our of it. Used the cash to purchase my next car, a 1970 Chevelle SS... genuine, not a clone. Talk about more than I could handle. My dad forced me to sell it as he didn't want to pay for a funeral.. Again, nice review. "Q"
FEB 03, 2010 - 11:14 AM
Glad you liked it Matthew. Must be something about Z's. I also wrecked/totaled my first one when I was 16. Luckily my after school job was at a garage so I found myself a donar car, built the engine including 6pack webber carbs. Yup, won my share of money back then racing Mustangs and Cameros..........damn, I'm gettin' old. Hermon
FEB 03, 2010 - 01:06 PM
This kit's not of 2002. Is one of the first auto kits I`ve made at age 10-12, and I`m actually 46 !!!
APR 28, 2010 - 04:18 AM

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