One of the coolest and most popular displays at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon wasn’t from an automaker, tuning house, or aftermarket parts company. In fact, it didn’t feature real cars at all. Instead, it was a lineup of miniature kaido racers, customized from 1:64 scale diecast cars from the likes of Tomica, Tomica Limited Vintage and Aoshima.
These Tomica and Aoshima 1:64 diecast were customized to replicate rare and sought after 1:24 vintage kits that came in period as kaido racers depicted by the box art images. Others were customized to replicate iconic racers from manga such as the seminal Shakotan Boogie.
Skillfully sculpted from putty, sheet plastic and aluminum, bubble flares, deppa chin spoilers, and takeyari exhaust pipes adorned Soarers, Celicas, Zs, Skylines, and RX-7s, just like their 1:1 counterparts. More intricate modifications like handbuilt chassis, engines and opening body panels were also showcased. Scale replicas of famous vintage barrels were cribbed from countless Aoshima 1:64s or were resin cast from scratch. The crowning touch are beautiful motorsport inspired and candy metalflake paint jobs just like the real thing.
One section showed how wrecked Tomica could be repurposed into street machines. A lavender Savanna RX-3 was chosen by G-Works magazine as a particularly noteworthy custom to acknowledge their involvement in the exhibit. Incredibly, almost all these builds (with the exception of a few) were built by Tetsuro Sato, who has a monthly column highlighting his techniques in G-Works magazine.
Tomica also showed off a series of four exclusives available only at the Auto Salon, a gold Subaru BRZ, purple Nissan GT-R, baby blue Lamborghini and the Gazoo Racing Tomica 86. Though the bodies were stock, the colorways proved the typically conservative company was fully aware of Auto Salon hijinks.
Though Tomica didn’t offer anything with which to customize your minicars, they offered something with which to customize yourself. Previously, they’d only sold children’s apparel, but now they’re branching out to the adult otaku who have strong allegiance to classic Tomica which this line is inspired by.
Cool… I was waiting to see this. That 1/24 Violet is awesome.(Thanks for posting this).
If you go down to the basement walkway on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station, there is a display that I’ve walked by a hundred times. It is by “AutoArt” and is an impressive line up of diecast models. I wish I could post a pix of it here. I’m not a model guy, but it’s impressive.
Not to be greedy I would like one or two of each and a few t-shirts. I would go broke but the detail for that scale is amazing.
Mad skills. Beautiful work…
Reading this site on a nearly daily frequency, I was drooling over the post a few days ago about the Retro EV Civic styling from Honda. I have to admit to being a huge HONDA fan, but with the help of this site, I have been able to broaden my information about JNC. I did a lot of digging and found that your first post was March 23, 2007, yet noone wished you a happy anniversary or the like, so I hope you had a great one and at least 10 more years to come. Thanks for helping me understand a little bit more about JNC and perhaps there will be an event in the Texas area I can make to get the whole experience.
Thanks, Chris! I’m not even too sure when the anniversary was. Looking back, March 23 might have been our first WordPress post, but I think the site launched in October 2006. I’m not too sure which day it was. Here is the first Internet Archive capture, from Feb 5, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070205122520/http://www.japanesenostalgiccar.com:80/