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 Post subject: Tamiya 1/24 Scale Minis.
PostPosted: Sun 12 Oct 2014 15:31 pm 
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Tamiya do a number of different 1/24 Scale (old) Minis, all at different prices. I had a quick look in the boxes yesterday at two of them at Hobbycraft and the shell was identical, the clear sprue was laid out differently, but apart from the layout, looked the same components, the decals (car registration) was different, and the main sprues were bagged, so couldn't really compare them. I am wondering if there is any actual different between the two kits that makes one worth nearly 75% more then the other :shrug:

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Morris Mini Cooper (24039) - £13

And we have this kit:
Austin Mini Cooper (24235) - £19

The actual box art between the two kits is near-identical as well. Any compelling reason why the Austin kit is worth buying over the Morris?
Oh, and just to add in the 3rd kit ....
Morris Mini Cooper Rally (24048) - £15
Anyone know if this is the same as the basic Morris Mini above with extra parts, or is it different tooling again?

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There is also the Morris Mini Cooper racing which I believe is also £15. The racing and rally cars each have an extra sprue. It's the Austin branded version I don't understand. Surely it is exactly the same sprues apart from the chrome sprue, which would obviously have the different grill and badges. The only reason I can think of it being more is because they do not make anywhere near as many as the Morris version, three boxings versus one, also the Austin version may not be sold in as many markets. I does not make sense and it's not worth the extra money just for an Austin badge. Just get the Revell version that comes with both grills and can normally be found for less than the Tamiya Austin version.

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Thanks for reply :)

You confirm my thinking :nod: either the Revell, or one of the "Morris" boxings (depending if std road version or not) and ignore the "Austin" version.
What I would really like is not the Morris Mini or Austin Mini, but the Riley Elf :love: (I bet no one makes that though :?: )

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As far as I can find, the Austin version has a new grill and metal transfers for the manufacturer's logo. I'm not sure why Tamiya think that's worth another ¥500 on the price (the Morris is ¥1700 list price, the Austin ¥2200).

I don't think there's ever been a plastic kit of the Riley Elf, or even a 1/24 scale diecast.


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The revel kit is a new moulding and is a very nice kit to assemble


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Sounds like a better bet - I'll keep an eye out for one of those at a good price :thumb:

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Richard Humm wrote:
I don't think there's ever been a plastic kit of the Riley Elf, or even a 1/24 scale diecast.

No plastic kit, but plenty of people have done conversions - plastic card and filler on the standard Mini shell can produce a very convincing result, and has been done for slot-racers as well. In diecast, Vitesse did both the Elf and Hornet in 1/43, not that I have them - despite a friend 'gifting' me a Mini 1000 when my Stage 3 Mk II Cortina was in for repairs, I always remained a Hillman Imp man myself (wide boots, chopped struts and propped engine comp, of course). Boy-racer, moi?

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The Elf,Hornet and pickup have been done as a resin transkit I believe.Not sure about the van though,if I find any more info I will post it here.

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Here is a Tamiya mini with a difference,it is rwd and blown!
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and a Broadspeed G.T. that was converted from a saloon.
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An abandonded restoration,the plastic had rusted! :lol: :lol:

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I like the broadspeed conversion especially :)
I think given the iconic status of the Mini, conversions kits to make the Riley Elf and Wolesley Hornet saloons, as well as the Clubman front, plus the Countryman and Traveller rears, and the Van and Pickup varients would be massively popular and many people would end up building every single option available.

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Well, a Mini is now in my stash :)

Decided to go for the basic Morris Mini Cooper by Tamiya from the ModelZone concession at WH Smiths. £12.99, so a fair bit less then the Revell one, plus I had a £5 off Voucher, so kit for £7.99 was not bad :D

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Covering lots of points here;
I have the Fujimi Morris Mini Racing; it has all the parts for an Austin as well, and for a regular saloon. In fact there are so many extra parts no two models from it may need to be the same.

Elf/van[traveller]/pickup; Airfix magazine in the early 1960s showed how to convert the Airfix 1/32 into one of these [3 articles]. I think the concept could very easily be applied to a 1/24 model.

Arni/Nigel; when you were around Belfast did you ever see 'Orange Squash'? I think it was owned for a while by Dessie McCartney at Mallusk. Now that one would be fun to replicate. In 1/1, a friend of mine managed to put a Rover V8 in the back of a Mini Saloon for rwd. He had to keep the front engine in to keep the front wheels on the ground.

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No Fred,that does not sound familiar at all.

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I must see if I can find a photo of it. Basically it was cut and shut with the rear panel just behind the front seats. Painted a vivid orange, Fanta or Club sponsored it for a while.

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So the owner was not a Westie then.LOL

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