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Jaguar SS100, 1/32 -- Tomy and Matchbx "Twofer"
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PostPosted: September 26th, 2017, 10:13 pm 
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I thought I'd WiP this one, since some of you may be interested in comparing and contrasting the Matchbox and Tomy kits and the end results. Plus I'm going to use the Tomy kit as inspiration for some scratch details on the Matchbox...

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In case you hadn't guessed, Tomy in white, Matchbox in red! You can see the slight differences in interpretation of the shapes: the Tomy tends towards flatter plane surfaces radiused and blended into each other, while the Matchbox has compound complex curves -- see especially the front wings and the shape of the bonnet/hood. The difference in engineering is also visible. The Tomy has its interior "pod" moulded with the main floor and wings, and a separate outer body with firewall and fuel tank which drops over it, while the Matchbox body is built up and then an interior tub is sandwiched between body and chassis.

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No contest in terms of detail and refinement in the chassis and engines -- Tomy wins hands down. The metal parts are really, really good. There's also sensible choice of materials -- the springs are a stiff but flexible plastic that the axles just clip into. The "Matchbox" may also be suffering by comparison because it's a later Chinese edition of the kit, which is slightly softer in detail than the UK Matchboxes I've built, and moulded using slightly weird hard, shiny plastic.

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First trial fit. I wonder whether the Tomy was also available as a prebuilt model, because you can almost fit it together without any kind of glue, with press fit parts and neatly moulded clips in strategic places (eg the metal axles clip into the plastic springs).

I don't think the Matchbox kit will disgrace itself, especially with the Tomy alongside to provide 3D 1:1 reference for extra bits!

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Jaguar SS100, 1/32 -- Tomy and Matchbx "Twofer"
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The MB kit is showing its age but I tend to agree with you Matt, I don't think the old CBK will disgrace itself and with a few added details will look good I'm sure.

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looking forward to seeing this i have not heard of tomy kits before so i am looking forward to seeing the difference between the two kits


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I've got both these kits too and will be paying close attention. The Tomy ones are probably the only 1/32 car kits "better" than the MB ones - I'm not including the Hornby era Airfix offerings.

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