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  • Obscure Alternatives

    Take a trip down memory lane again, as most kids grew up in the ‘70s I was fascinated by all things Sci-fi especially those Japanese robot anime TV series aired non-stop every Sunday morning on both local channels. As one of the relatively small scaled model manufacturers IMAI had released massive amount of these subject related kits at affordable prices. Their scope of marketing never failed to surprise model buyers with vast variety of choices on subject matters ranging from robots, automotive to historic sailboats or even medieval amour series et cetera. Although IMAI was never a renowned car kits manufacturer as opposed to other Japanese aces at the time such as Nichimo, Otaki, Nitto and Bandai (I opted out Tamiya here as their effort put on smaller scale car kits wasn’t really keen right until circa 1978 saw their release of then-new 1/24 series which had picked up what’s left off by their Cox inspired 1/24 slot racer series from the 60’s…), their products were never short of creative inputs. The kits from a same series in front of my desk today definitely fall into this niche if not weird category. Upon opening one of these boxes, the first thing stands out must be the R/C cars inspired vacuum formed PC or “Lexan” clear body shell. Which might be commonly found on contemporary R/C cars but definitely not with 24th scale. Don’t forget back in the late ‘70s even Tamiya had all their R/C shells made out of PE starting with their ’76 release of 1/12 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR Vaillant, right through pretty much the whole ‘80s R/C line. A funny story springs to mind, it happened when I had purchased this exact box of BMW 320i Racing some 44 years ago as my very 2nd 1/24 car kit (I’ll try cover the story of my 1st some other time) from a neighborhood stationery shop. I soon left the shop contented without checking its content thoroughly as it was commonly sealed with cellulose tapes. When I got to open it at home, I was totally freaked out when the body shell was found “missing”! I then dashed back to the shop in no time in hope of getting my refund or something. Funny was even the shop owner didn’t have a clue on why it wasn't there and thought that the clear vacuum was a clam shell which holds a plastic body inside… not until he had finally checked on all other boxes from the same series on his shelf, we would realize that the clear shell WAS indeed the body itself! Proportion-wise it ain’t bad at all but just don’t expect any crisp and presentable details as found on other display-oriented kits. Then came the real problems, due to the lack of painting technique and extra money, the car had to run with clear shell with only decals on right until its demise -those were the days and I couldn’t care less! Of course, nowadays when revisiting this same kit, it’s actually stated “Clear Machine” in Japanese on its box art. I think it did live up to its given name to the fullest. Another unseen of feature found on this kit must be its monstrous power delivered to its real axle through a RE-260 motor driven by 5 x 1.5V “AA” (7.5V) batteries, which is truly a league of its own. Steering was a super strange single-bolt pivoting right in the middle of the front axle, as opposed to the rather common multi-link which everyone else was using. Love it or hate it, it definitely was not meant to be a handsome car kit at birth but its sheer ground covering speed did put a grin or two on my younger face. It finally got whacked after a few good bangs on concrete walls but it did contribute itself as a gut donor to my then art & craft homework at school -an electric lantern made in the shape of a manta ray! You can’t be too creative in those days to get entered into those inter-school competitions, and I finally won a grand prize with it...a happy ending!

  • Feels Like Heaven

    As a car fanatic boy grew up in the 70’s, my favorite exotic car poster pinned up alongside with Ace Frehley and Farrah Fawcett ones had shown no Lamborghini Countach, instead it was a Lancia Stratos HF in its iconic Alitalia airline livery, which came almost a decade earlier than another iconic Martini Racing livery which would associate closely with the works Lancia team starting 1982. To many it was as striking as it gets visually and works perfectly well on a car which was so ahead of its time on both form and function -purposely built to win the rallying motorsport, and it did conquer big time. And the rest is history. Back in the days when intellectual property licensing practice wasn’t by all means respected, you could see almost every iconic car of the era such as Lamboghini Muira & Countach, Porsche 930 Turbo, AC Cobra or even Mini Cooper were popularized in all categories of boy’s toys: from R/C to die-cast Tomicas, right down to rubber erasers, let alone countless sticker sets and jigsaw puzzles sold at just about every corner shop where kids would show up. My very first Lancia Stratos kit arose from this unlicensed toy rush and wasn’t even in scale! It was made out of polypropene and came as a free toy with a tube of Japanese made bubble gum or candies which I can’t recall but imagine it’s pretty much a Kinder Surprise from the East. Then came my first proper injected Lancia kit in 1/24, made by Nichimo and released circa ‘77/’78, Instead of in rally guise it was a track raced Group 5 silhouette racer in Marlboro livery (before the tobaccos imageries ban on all toys circa early 90’s). Motorized with a tiny FA-130/RE-140 motor and driven by 2 x AA batteries which marks a common set up of these kits between the competitions back then. Some provided option of fitting tiny light bulbs (non-LEDs) front and rear to add authenticity of the real thing. Quite a few Japanese model manufacturers had raced to get a share of this booming market segment of such affordable car kits. As a young model buyer, I was almost certain that it was the box arts which usually drew my first attention and made an impact, followed by their competitive shelf prices, which would in turn dictate where the hammer should fall. The build was pretty straight forward and could be finished in a matter of hours or so. Many kids back then couldn’t afford to have them finished to the highest standard as the box side prints would have suggested mainly due to the lack of resources to acquire extra spray cans or paint pots after the kits spending. And since they were hardly remote controlled once taken to the playground and ran flat-out, they usually couldn’t endure a good few weeks before they fell apart…Fond memories! The marque has haunted me ever since and some later models just grew on me. Fast forward 4 decades, after the ownership of six 1:1 Delta integrale's and a record low bank balance, I can safely admit it is a pure guilty pleasure to be a true Lancista. Viva Lancia!

  • Passion Rules the Game

    It’s been almost half a century since my first crush on plastic scale model kits. Back in 1972 I was given my very first simple kit by a distant uncle as a gift during our family visit to his grocery store somewhere in Hong Kong Island. It was the stationery store next to theirs who were carrying these wonderful items -with colorful printed box arts and intriguing subject contents (cars, ships, planes etc.) which was really an eye-opener for a kid of three to be simply just there, let alone having able to get his hands on any of them! With a limited budget in mind just to hold off the strong desire of this kid however, it was one of the cheapest kits there I finally got offered with which costed my uncle HK$1.20 (US$1 = HK$5.65 circa 1972). But back then any spending other than basic necessities of living were considered unnecessary for average grass-root families. I was therefore extremely thrilled for whatever it was as long as I had that precious gift. It was a mini non-scale Ultra Hawk 001 used by T.D.F. from the ever-famous Ultra Seven sci-fi TV series (it was quite essential for boys back in the days to have items like water bottles/canteen with Ultraman prints on, or at least had some sticker pads of the same theme in possession, although I’m sure most were marketed without official license). Over the years the same kit was reissued a couple of times and I had fetched one issued by Bandai some 15 years ago for the obvious nostalgic reason (original release could have been a Bullmark or Midori kit which I really cannot recall). #plasticscalemodels #modelkits #vintagekits #nostalgia #kidaults

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  • Scale model shop - Plasmojo - Best collection of automotive kits

    Nothing Stops Our PASSION Green block No matter if you are a die-hard BUILDER Orange block or a COLLECTOR building your wall of sighs We cater for your addiction either way A collection of over 4,000 kits in stock at all times Featuring 10,000+ actual photos of the kits -Not merely box arts! Shop@plasmojo WHAT'S NEW Second Restock in May 14 May 2022, 4:00:00 am Our pleasure to bring you the second restock/new arrivals in May, mainly the Tamiya and Fujimi kits and some vintage kits. Enjoy and Happy Modelling! Small update, Big kits! 7 May 2022, 5:00:00 am A small update this time, but with big kits. Have a look on the rare Fujimi 1/16 and 1/24 Hi-details metal series. Happy modelling! Last restock at April but huge 30 April 2022, 4:00:00 am Here comes a large restock at the end of April, mainly from Tamiya and Fujimi, as well as some vintage kits. We're sure you will find something interesting and super hot in the market. Enjoy and Happy Modelling! Plasm ojo scale model store AUTOMOTIVE AFV AIRCRAFT SHIP SCI-FI Tamiya 1/24 Eggenberger Ford Sierra RS500 Gr.A (#24080) 119.00 Tamiya 1/24 Repsol Ford Escort RS Cosworth (#24171) 99.00 Tamiya 1/24 Honda Castrol Mugen Accord (#24183) 99.00 Tamiya 1/24 Martini Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI (#24176) 99.00 FEATURED VINTAGE Imai 1/24 Gold Limited Edition Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (#532316) 89.00 Doyusha 1/24 Golf Ci 1.7 (#IC6) 42.00 Imai 1/24 Austin FX-4 London Taxi (#B-944) 79.00 Fujimi 1/24 Porsche 356A 1600GS Carrera Cabriolet (#08032) 89.00 "Hello model fans from around the globe! Welcome to Plasm ojo - the online scale model store where passion on model making gathers like-minded folks together! Since our Grand Opening last December, orders and subscriptions have been overwhelming! Which definitely encourages us to stay on course to keep our service tip-top. By constantly expanding our already huge inventory, we strive to make sure all good kits vintage or new come to our doorstep, which in turn to achieve our goal - Keeping our customers happy! So do check us out regularly on our hot and sought-after items, we do hope you can find the kits that you’re looking for!" - Plasmojo team

  • Restock-and-New-Arrivals | Plasmojo

    Restock and News Arrivals AUTOMOTIVE AFV AIRCRAFT SHIP SCI-FI Tamiya 1/24 Nissan R390 GT1 (#24192A) Price $45.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Martini Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI (#24176) Price $99.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Jagermeister Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI (#24148) Price $89.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Tabac-Original Sonax AMG Mercedes C-Class DTM (#24143) Price $99.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Opel Calibra Cliff (#24157) Price $65.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Toyota Hiace Quick Delivery (#24041) Price $68.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Castrol Nissan Primera JTCC (#24142) Price $119.00 Out of Stock Tamiya 1/24 Michelin Pilot Ford Escort RS Cosworth (#24153) Price $99.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Honda JACCS Accord (#24180) Price $129.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Mazda 787B '91 Le Mans 24 Hours Winner (#24112) Price $109.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/20 Benetton Ford B188 (#20021) Price $49.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/20 Lotus Honda 99T (#20020) Price $69.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Avex Dome Mugen NSX (#24193) Price $99.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Peugeot 405T 16GR '89 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner (#24092) Price $99.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Ferrari F40 Competizione 1993 Monte Shell (#24284) Price $99.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 BMW 635 Csi Gr.A Racing (#2461) Price $79.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM 2000 Team Original-Teile (#24237) Price $89.00 Add to Cart Tamiya 1/24 Ferrari F40 (#24077) Price $59.00 Add to Cart Load More NOTES: 1. All the listed prices are in US dollars. 2. All our stocks are located in Hong Kong, and will be delivered from Hong Kong. 3. Shipping cost will be shown in shopping cart page. After select the destination and delivery method, the shipping cost will be calculated accordingly. 4. You are always welcomed to contact us to get more details of particular model kit (like box condition, decal condition...etc). Please include the SKU number in your inquiry. 5. For more details on ordering and shipping issues, please feel free to visit our FAQ page.

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