Welcome to 2012! As we await our Mayan apocalypse let’s enjoy what time we have by enjoying some holiday goodies received at the JNC office. Reason #3,811 of why Japan is great is because you can not only buy a model kit of your favorite Japanese car, but your favorite Japanese racing wheel as well.
These Aoshima kits came courtesy of our friend Satoshi at Kousoku Yuen, and they aren’t simply the 1/24 scale wheels used to customize your plastic model build. They’re mega-sized 1/6 models of the wheel itself in a series called “The Wheel,” part of the Fashionable Collection Series.
Each kit comes with only one yo-yo-sized wheel. That’s one face, one barrel, one center cap and four lugs. It’s not the most challenging kit to build, but it comes with actual tiny bolts to attach the face to the barrel.
In addition to the Equip Excel 5 and Advan A3A we got, there are plenty of others like the Riverside R104, Hayashi Bomber, SSR Formula Mesh, and more. By the looks of the packaging and the “Made in Japan” label these probably date from the late 1980s, but they still show up on YJA for reasonable coin.