Aoshima Mazda RX-7 FD Tuner Specials

In 1999 Aoshima changed their RX-7 FD3S tooling slightly by making the front fascia a separate piece. This allows them to do yet more versions. Sofar they have created kits of a Mazdaspeed GT-Concept, VeilSide Combat Models 1 and 2 and C-West, Bomex and Vertex street-racers and of a wide-bodied RE Amemiya '99.

I have added a list of links to websites of car tuners mentioned in the text at the end of this page. Links in the text refer to this list.

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 60, New RX-7 (FD3S) Mazdaspeed GT-Concept

released in July 1999

Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C box top (16.0kB) This is a brand new kit of a brand new RX-7 version: Mazdaspeed's GT-Concept, a 1999 RX-7 type RS brought as close to Japan GT Championship specs as is legally possible for street use.
The kit is based on the familiar nr.87 kit but the body is updated and now comes with a separate front bumper and the transparent parts come with updated circular tail lights and new front light covers. Other new parts are a full Mazdaspeed GT-C Aero Kit with side and rear skirts, front airdam and high mounted rear spoiler, authentic 18in Mazdaspeed/Rays MS-01MAG wheels (satin gold colored plating), a new exhaust system (beautifully bright plated), a large oil cooler and a new steering wheel.
A new set of decals offers the latest red-on-white dials (yes, that rev counter goes up to 10.000rpm, with the yellow zone starting at just over 8000rpm !) and a full set of (optional) Mazdaspeed GT-C logo's.
To top it off, Aoshima added a beautiful set of the latest Bridgestone G-Grid tires.
There are some useful detail pictures of a real RX-7 GT-C printed on the side of the box.

Mazdaspeed RX-7 FD3S GT-Concept (11kB) Here is a picture of what the real RX-7 GT-C looks like, note that the kit does not contain the slotted Aero-Bonnet. This Aero-Bonnet is available separately from Little Garage, part nr. CSP-03.

Click for more info on the Mazdaspeed GT-C aerokit or the MS-01MAG wheels.

Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C box top 14.9kB) In December 2000 Aoshima also released the Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C kit with the body parts painted in a bright blue metallic color.

released in Jan 2008

Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C rerelease box top 28.2kB) In January 2008 Aoshima did a rerelease of the GT-C kit, only differences are the box art and the color of the body and aerokit parts, which are now molded in metallic blue.

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 60, '96 RX-7 Mazdaspeed GT-Concept, Left Hand Drive Model

released in Oct 2006

Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C LHD box top (28.2kB) US distributer Bluefin Corp offered a version of the original GT-C kit with an extra set of parts (frame nr. 93-07) for a lefthand drive version: door panels, lefthand drive dash, SRS steering wheel and reversed windshield wipers.

The Tuned Car Series Nr. 27, Mazdaspeed FD3S RX-7 GT-C GT-Concept

released in Jun 2017

Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C The Tuned Car release box top 20.6kB) In Jun 2017 Aoshima added the GT-C kit to its 'The Tuned Car' series. Apart from new box art and revised instruction sheet the kit contains some new parts:
  • a set of self adhesive paint masks for the insides of the front and rear windows
  • a second set of clear parts (D-2) in a dark clear grey tint.
The instructions indicate only to use the tail light cluster of the tinted set (I would also use the front indicator covers 54 and 55 as those are just as dark as the taillight lenses). The remaining tinted clear parts (windows and indicator lenses) could be used on this kit or on a different Aoshima RX-7 FD.
The decals are almost the same as those in previous releases: decals 21 and 22 (tax disc for windshield) are no longer on the sheet but are still mentioned on the paint scheme.
Body parts, aerokit parts and E-parts are molded in white, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, MS-01MAG wheels are satin gold painted, the rear exhaust pipe and muffler are brightly plated. The spare stock wheels are now also brightly plated so the door mirror faces are ready for use. Tires are 18in Bridgestone G-Grid.

The Tuned Car Series Nr. 27, Mazdaspeed FD3S RX-7 GT-C GT-Concept

released in Oct 2020

Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C The Tuned Car rerelease box top 18.9kB) This is a rerelease of the 2017 GT-Concept kit.
Apart from new box art the kit is identical to the previous release.

Itasha Series Nr. SP, FD3S RX-7 Mazdaspeed GT-C "Working!!"

released in Dec 2010
rereleased in May 2012

Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C Itasha box art (37.4kB) This is a limited release of the GT-Concept kit with the decals replaced by a large sheet of Itasha decals.
The box-top sized decal sheet provides decals for one version plus a lot of optional items for adorning the car to your own taste with characters from the 'Working!!' manga.
Apart from the decals the kit is identical to the regular GT-C release.
Body parts, aerokit parts and interior are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black, MS-01MAG wheels are satin gold painted, the rear exhaust pipe and muffler are brightly plated, the spare stock wheels are not plated. Tires are 18in Bridgestone G-Grid.

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 64, FD3S RX-7 VeilSide Combat I

released in June 2000

This kit is based on the same set of patterns used for the GT-Concept version and like the GT-Concept it is an accurate representation of a car tuner's special.
It comes with a new front bumper, aerokit, rear wing and door mirrors and a brightly chromed big-bore exhaust pipe. Wheels in this kit are a set of satin plated 18in Andrew Racing V wheels with separate brightly plated rims and very nice copies of the latest style Pirelli P-Zero tires.
The wheels differ a bit from the actual Marriott wheels, if this bothers you Fujimi does a very good set of VeilSide Marriott replacement wheels.
The kit depicts the Combat Model 1 version, based on the early type FD3S with square tail lights and Enfini badges on the rear end.
VeilSide Rx-7 box top (14kB)

There are no pictures of the real car on the side of the box this time, I borrowed the picture of the real car on the right from the announcement on the Aoshima web site.
More pics and info on VeilSide body kits can be found on the VeilSide web sites.
VeilSide Rx-7 (12kB)

In December 2000 Aoshima also released the VeilSide RX-7 kit with the body parts painted in a brownish titanium metallic color. Veil Side RX-7 box top (13.8kB)

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 88, FD3S RX-7 VeilSide Combat Model

released in February 2013
rereleased in November 2016

In February 2013 Aoshima released the VeilSide RX-7 kit again, this time with new box art and a new catalog number.
The instruction sheet was revised as well, but the kit parts are unchanged.
Body and VeilSide aerokit parts are molded in silver-gray, chassis and interior parts are molded in black. The wheels are satin plated with separate brightly plated rims and a small sprue with muffler, exhaust tip and door mirror faces is also brightly plated.
Veil Side RX-7 box top (13.8kB)

Maziora Series Nr. 4, VeilSide RX-7

released in June 2001

Maziora VeilSide RX-7 box top (19.7kB) This is the same VeilSide kit as the ones listed above, but this time the body parts and the skirts and spoilers are molded in a type of plastic that changes color with the angle of view (similar to the effects of prismatic 'flip-flop' paints). Note that the body parts in this kit are not painted !
The idea is great, but the actual result is let down by dark mold lines running along the roof and engine cover and by the translucency of the plastic. The translucency can be countered by painting the insides of the body with a dark color, but parts like the rear wing have to remain translucent.
If you want to paint the model yourself, GSI Creos (Gunze Sangyo) sells Maziora paint: CM-04 'Trapezium' is the same shade as the body parts of this kit, but note that this paint is expensive at 2000 Yen for 18ml.
New parts in this kit are an optional set of dark tinted clear parts which come in addition to the regular clear parts.

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 72, FD3S RX-7 VeilSide Combat II

released in October 2001

This kit is an updated version of the VeilSide Combat Model 1 kit.
New parts for this update are a new nose cone with new clear indicator lenses, a new raised rear wing, new door mirrors, a new steering wheel and a new set of decals.
On the right is a small picture I found on the Aoshima website, showing a real FD with the full VeilSide Combat II aerokit fitted.
This kit is a good starting point if you want to create the car that stars in the movie The Fast and the Furious which was basically a '93 FD fitted with a VeilSide Combat II aerokit and a seriously uprated engine.
On the outside the main differences between this kit and the movie car are the wild paint scheme, recessed Amemiya headlights, old style tail lights and 18in VeilSide Andrew Racing efF wheels, none of which are included in this kit. Other parts required for this conversion are a LHD dash, a set of Apex gauges, Sparco racing harnesses and a new VeilSide steering wheel and aluminum shift knob.
The wheels are available separately from Fujimi (Parts Maker Wheel series nr.2, cat.nr. 19210), the LHD interior and the recessed headlights can be found in the revised Bomex kit (the headlights were also made by Little Garage, cat.nr. CSP-07).
VeilSide Combat II RX-7 box top (18.4kB)

FD3S with VeilSide Combat II aerokit

I borrowed the picture of the real car from www.jdmconnection.com , the owner of which sold this car (the actual car used in the movie) in July 2001 on eBay ! Since the jdmconnection website went offline, I put some details and pictures of the car on a separate page.

Decalshop.ru makes a decal set for the graphics of the Fast and Furious car.
FD3S from Fast and Furious movie

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 70, FD3S RX-7 C-West

released in July 2001
rereleased in June 2013

C-West RX-7 box top (19.0kB) Yet another new RX-7 FD3S Tuner Special, this time done by Japanese tuner C-West.
This is quite a hot looking car with recessed headlights, raised competition-style rear wing and an impressive spoiler kit.
Body and cabin interior parts are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black, the stock wheels are satin plated and there's five sets of new parts added:
  • a new set of 'gold' painted Advan Racing RG wheels with very nice Bridgestone G-Grid tires,
  • clear lenses for headlights, front indicator lights and covers,
  • a brightly plated exhaust pipe with MEGA muffler,
  • raised rear GT Wing, headlight assemblies and four very nice little bonnet catches,
  • a new N1 front bumper, Side Step II side-skirts and a rear bumper cover that fits over the existing rear bumper.
A nice new set of decals is the final new item in this jam-packed box.
 
C-West RX-7 box top (30.4kB) For the 2013 rerelease only the box art and the instruction sheet were changed slightly.
 
West FD3S street version Here's a peek at a full-size C-West FD3S RX-7, more can be found at the Japanese C-West website.

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 70, FD3S RX-7 '99 C-West, Left Hand Drive Model

released in Oct 2006

C-West RX-7 LHD box top (28.2kB) US distributer Bluefin Corp offered a version of the original C-West kit with an extra set of parts (frame nr. 93-07) for a lefthand drive version: door panels, lefthand drive dash, SRS steering wheel and reversed windshield wipers.

The Tuned Car Series Nr. 69, C-West FD3S RX-7

released in July 2021

box top (16.2kB) Compared to the original kit, this rerelease contains some new parts:

The new decal sheet contains all of the items of the original sheet, plus an optional set of dials on black faces, silver Mazda emblems and a choice of silver or red RX-7 emblems for the rear.
The instructions were revised slightly but do not mention the optional decals nor the optional tinted clear parts.
The frame holding the mirror faces and the unused stock wheels is brightly plated, so the mirror faces are ready for use.
Body, aero kit and rear wing parts are molded in white, cabin interior and chassis parts are molded in black, the Advan RG wheels are painted 'gold', the stock wheels and the MEGA muffler are brightly plated. Tires are 18in Bridgestone G-Grid.


S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 80, FD3S RX-7 Bomex

released in June 2003

Japanese US based tuner Bomex got famous for the work they did on the cars of the movie 'The Fast and the Furious', in particular the bright orange Toyota Supra. Bomex also made quite a few bits for the RX-7 FD, so Aoshima added this Bomex tuned FD to their range.
Body and cabin interior parts are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black, the stock wheels are not plated this time, but a sheet chromed plastic film is included for the mirrors (which are on the same parts tree as the stock wheels are). The body once again has a separate front bumper, taillights are of the late circular type. A set of clear parts is included with the C-West recessed headlight covers but these are not used (the lower part of the headlight assemblies is not included, these can be found in the Wing Parts vol.1) set.
The kit contains the following new parts:
  • Bomex nose, side-skirts, rear bumper cover and raised rear wing,
  • a brightly plated exhaust pipe,
  • new 18in 5-spoke Volk Racing wheels fitted with Bridgestone G-Grid tires,
  • a large sheet of self-adhesive chromed plastic film for the rear view mirrors.
Two sets of decals are included, a small set with license plates, dials, etc. and a large sheet with Bomex graphics for the body.
Aoshima Bomex FD3S RX-7 (20.1kB)

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 80SP, FD3S RX-7 Bomex

released in June 2003

Aoshima Bomex FD3S RX-7 Spec Edition box top (20.1kB) Apart from the regular RX-7 FD Bomex release, there is also a special limited edition made of this kit with a paint scheme that looks like the Supra in the movie 'The Fast and the Furious'.
Differences between the regular RX-7 FD Bomex release and this one are:
  • new 18in 5-spoke TRD wheels fitted with G-Grid tires,
  • new decals for the graphics on the body,
  • body and interior parts molded in metallic orange.
Note that the recessed headlights and the vents in the bonnet are included only as decals. The C-West bulged headlight clear parts are again included but not used.

Aoshima Bomex RX-7 FD (13.2kB) The model does not match the picture on the Aoshima website (which I copied here) but instead does look like the US version that can be found on the Bomex US website. The Racing Hart CR wheels fitted to the car on this picture are available separately from Aoshima.

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 80SP, FD3S RX-7 Bomex

released in November 2004

Aoshima Bomex FD3S RX-7 Spec Edition box top (20.7kB) This is an improved version of the Bomex Special Edition kit, on the outside of the box the changed boxart and the new catalog number are apparent, on the inside the news is much more spectacular.
Compared to the first release the following parts are added:
  • new clear parts for sleek Amemiya style recessed headlights
  • lower halves of the Amemiya style recessed headlights on the aerokit tree
  • dashboard, door panels, steering wheel (USA style) and windscreen wipers for a lefthand drive version !
The lefthand drive parts are the same ones that used to be included exclusively in US SATCO imported kits.
Body, interior and aerokit parts are molded in metallic orange, chassis parts are molded in black, the factory wheels are not plated, but the 5-spoke TRD wheels are satin aluminum plated.
Both decal sheets are the same as those in the first release.
Two of the most sought after options (Amemiya style headlights and lefthand drive interior) in a single kit should make this kit the RX-7 FD kit you'll definitely want to get !

released in September 2013

Aoshima Bomex FD3S RX-7 Spec Edition box top (35.5kB) For the 2013 rerelease the box art and the instruction sheet were changed slightly.
Body, interior and aerokit parts are now molded in white and the tree with the factory wheels and door mirrors is again not plated. To make up for the unplated door mirrors, a fairly large sheet of self-adhesive 'chrome' foil is included, the rest of the kit was not changed.

The Tuned Car Series Nr. 74, Bomex FD3S RX-7

released in March 2022

Aoshima Bomex FD3S RX-7 box top (18.5kB) Apart from changes to the box art and the instruction sheet, changes were also made to the contents of the kit compared to the previous release:
  • an extra set of smoke tinted clear parts was added
  • a set of pre-cut masks for the inside edges of the windows is included.
  • a new set of decals replaces the two sets of the previous releases, no longer are there decals for 'fake' headlights or hood vent holes included
All parts of the previous releases are still included, including the recessed Amemiya style headlights and the lefthand drive parts. The left hand drive parts are no longer mentioned in the instructions.
Tires are again 18in G-Grid.
Body, interior and aerokit parts are molded in white, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, the tree with the TRD wheels is satin plated and the trees holding the Bomex exhaust and the factory wheels and door mirrors are brightly plated.

S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 83, FD3S RX-7 Car Make T&E Vertex

released in March 2004

Another hot FD tuner special, this box is really packed with parts. Quite a number of the parts are marked as 'not used' but this offers a nice opportunity to customize the kit yourself. The body once again has a separate front bumper and this time it also has venting slots in the bonnet.
The kit does not contain the 18in Yokohama AVS Model5 wheels that are shown on the pictures on the box, but instead contains the same type 18in Advan RG wheels that can also be found in the C-West kit.
The kit contains the following new parts:
  • Vertex nose, side-skirts, rear bumper cover, door mirrors
  • an A'Pex 3DG Extreme raised rear wing,
  • a brightly plated exhaust pipe with a wide separate tip,
  • 18in 6-spoke Advan RG wheels fitted with Bridgestone G-Grid tires,
  • a large sheet of self-adhesive chromed plastic film for the rear view mirrors.

Body and aerokit parts are molded in bright yellow, interior parts and wheels are molded in white and chassis parts are molded in black, the wheels are not plated.
Taillights are of the late circular type. A set of clear parts is included with the C-West recessed headlight covers but these are not used (the lower part of the C-West headlight assemblies is not included, these can be found in the Wing Parts vol.1) set).
A set of decals is included with license plates, dials and Car Make T&E and parts maker logos plus a separate sheet of carbon weave print for the bonnet and the rear wing.
Aoshima Vertex FD3S RX-7 (20.1kB)

RX-7 FD Vertex (11.6KB)


S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 83, FD3S RX-7 Car Make T&E Vertex

released in December 2011

Aoshima Vertex FD3S RX-7 (26.3kB) This is a modified rerelease of the Vertex FD tuner special. Most obvious change are the new 19in Volks RE30 wheels fitted with Pirelli P7000 tires which replace the 18in Advan RG wheels of the previous release. As the new wheels have bushings instead of axle stubs, an additional set of chassis parts is included to accept these wheels, these chassis parts are the same as those in the RX-7 FD3S in the Drift Machine Series.
In addition to the new wheels and the new chassis parts, the kit contains all parts of the previous release.
Body and aerokit parts are molded in bright red, the interior parts and the alternate chassis parts on the E and F-trees are molded in white and chassis parts are molded in black, the RE30 wheels are satin plated, the exhaust parts are brightly plated.
A set of decals is included with license plates, dials and Car Make T&E and parts maker logos. The parts maker logos are now printed in silver and white (the decals in the previous release came with black logos). The separate sheet of carbon weave print is no longer included.
A set of pre-cut masks for the inside edges of the windows is now included.


The Tuned Car Series Nr. 9, Car Make T&E Vertex FD3S RX-7

released in October 2016

Aoshima Vertex FD3S RX-7 (13.7kB) This is a rerelease of the same kit that was in the S-package Ver.R series. The parts are identical to those in the previous release, the only differences are in the box top, instruction sheet and decals.
Body and aerokit parts are molded in bright red, the interior parts, the alternate chassis parts on the E and F-trees and the original chassis parts are molded in black and the RE30 wheels are satin plated, the exhaust parts are brightly plated.
A set of decals is included with license plates, dials and Car Make T&E and parts maker logos. This time the parts maker logos for the sides of the car are printed in black (just like those in the first release, the decals in the previous release came with silver colored logos), no carbon weave print decals are included.
A set of pre-cut masks for the inside edges of the windows is included.


The Tuned Car Series Nr. 9, Car Make T&E Vertex FD3S RX-7 '99

released in December 2019

Aoshima Vertex FD3S RX-7 (14.7kB) Another rerelease of the Vertex kit, apart from new box art and some subtle changes to the instruction sheet, this release is identical to the 2016 'The Tuned Car series' release.
Body and aerokit parts are molded in bright red, the interior parts, the alternate chassis parts on the E and F-trees and the original chassis parts are all molded in black. The RE30 wheels and the exhaust parts are brightly plated.
The decals for the parts maker logos for the sides of the car are again printed in black.
A set of pre-cut masks for the inside edges of the windows is included.


S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 96, RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7

released in November 2006
rereleased in September 2009

Aoshima RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7 (23.8kB) This is the street version of the RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 2005 version D1GP race car. The kit contains most of the parts from the 2005 D1GP kit, apart from:
  • the cabin interior parts are replaced with a standard RX-7 interior parts
  • a new decal sheet
This kit comes with the full race car aerokit including the rear under tray with diffuser.
Body parts are molded in an orange-yellow, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, wheels are satin aluminum plated and the exhaust pipe is brightly plated.

Images of an actual car of similar specs can be found on the RE Amemiya website.
 
Aoshima RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7 rerelease (24.4kB) For the 2009 rerelease only the box art was changed slightly (note the small Mazda logo in the lower left corner of the box top).

The Tuned Car Series Nr. 67, RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7 '99

released in April 2020
rereleased in July 2021

box top (19kB) This kit was announced as a rerelease of the RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7 kit, but ended up as more of an improved version of the RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 2004 Ver. kit instead.
The updated single-piece wide body that was introduced with the Initial D Vol.28 kit now replaces the old wide body that came with separate side moldings.
Compared to the RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7 kit, the following new parts are included:

The tree with stock seats, door panels and aerokit was deleted.
The instruction sheet has been revised and now offers a choice of fitting either the 2005 front fascia with flush headlights, or the 2004 one with separate recessed headlights.
The diffuser from the I tree is now used, but the race style diffuser is still included on the F-2 tree.
The instructions no longer mention the option of fitting a stock interior, but most parts required are still in the kit (apart from stock seats and door panels), including the semi-roll cage.
Wheels are 18in Enkei RP03 fitted with Bridgestone G'Grid tires.
A new decal set and a set of window paint masks complete this release, paint masks for the borders of the headlight covers are also included.
In addition to 'RE Amemiya' and sponsor decals, the decal set offers a choice of white and black instrument faces and Enfini and Mazda badges. No carbon print decals are provided.
Body and aerokit parts are molded in bright blue, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, stock wheels are not plated, Enkei wheels are satin aluminum plated and the tree with exhaust pipe and mirror faces is brightly plated.

Images of an actual car of similar specs can be found on the RE Amemiya website.



Itasha Series Nr. 12, Mazda FD3S RX-7 RE Amemiya ft. Art Factory 'Nanoha StrikerS Fate'

released in November 2009

box top (31.2kB) This kit is similar to the RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7 kit with the decals replaced by a large sheet of Itasha decals.

Body parts are molded in yellow, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, wheels are satin aluminum plated and the exhaust pipe is brightly plated.

Images of the actual car can be found on the RE Amemiya website.



Initial D Series Nr. 8, Keisuke Takahashi FD3S RX-7 Project D Vol.28 Version

released in March 2019

box top (22.1kB) True to the 'Initial D' story, this kit is an updated version of the RE Amemiya FD3S RX-7 SuperG kit as it appeared in volume 28 of the Initial-D books.
Aoshima updated the body and added new 'I', 'J' and 'K' trees, included the 'F2' and 'H' trees from the RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 racer kit and added new wheels and new decals.

The 'I' tree is molded in yellow and contains a semi-roll cage, front fascia, whisker spoilers, intercooler face, recessed head lights, rear diffuser with separate end plates and sleek door mirrors.
The 'J' tree is brightly plated and contains a dual-catalytic converter race exhaust, reflectors for head lights and faces for the new door mirrors.
The 'K' tree is molded in clear and contains two sets of tail lights, a head light cover with intake, and indicator lenses.
Wheels are 19in AVS Model T6 fitted with Bridgestone G-Grid tires.

As is often the case with recent Aoshima releases, this kit contains a lot of spare parts. Apart from the usual spare parts, the trees from the D1 racer offer an unused full roll cage, bare inner door panels, racing dashboard and drift style hand brake lever.

The new decals offer 'Initial-D' license plates, 'Red Suns' logos for the sides, a silver Enfini badge and a choice of silver or red 'RX-7 Enfini' badges for the rear and a choice of black or white instrument faces.
Body parts are molded in yellow, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, wheels are satin gold plated and the 'J' tree is brightly plated.

Images of an actual car of similar specs can be found on the RE Amemiya website.


Initial D Series Nr. 8, Keisuke Takahashi FD3S RX-7 Project D Vol.28 Version

released in March 2021

box top (33.1kB) The 2021 rerelease of this kit now has slightly revised box art featuring a marking to celebrate 25 years of 'Initial D'.
Otherwise this kit is identical to the 2019 release.


Pre Painted Model Initial D Series Nr. SP, Keisuke Takahashi FD3S RX-7 Project D Vol.28 Version

released in December 2019

box top (27.0kB) This is a limited prepainted edition of the regular Project D Vol.28 kit.
Body parts are painted in bright yellow with black trim and silver tail light reflectors. Interior and chassis are painted in black with small details in silver, tail lights are painted with black surrounds and red and orange transparent lenses, head light lens surrounds and window surrounds are painted in black, so window masks are not included in the kit.
Wheels are painted in gold.
Decals differ from the regular Project D Vol.28 kit and are identical to the decals from the Vol.1 Version kit.
Apart from decals and missing paint masks the kit contains the same parts as the regular version.


Initial D Series Nr. 12, Keisuke Takahashi FD3S RX-7 Vol.1 Version

released in June 2019

box top (34.8kB) This kit represents the RX-7 FD as Keisuke Takahashi drives it in the first volume of the Initial-D books.
This is the first 1/24 scale RX-7 FD ever to feature a choice of raised head lights. As the raised head light parts are on small separate trees it is unknown if these will be added to other Aoshima RX-7 FD kits.
The kit is based on the RX-7 FD Type IV kit with a lot of extra parts added.
Aoshima added new 'I', 'J', 'K' and 'L' trees, included the 'H' tree from the RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 racer kit and added a new rear muffler, new wheels, new decals and a set of masks for the insides of the front and rear windows.

The 'I' tree is molded in yellow and contains parts for the raised head lights.
The 'J' tree is molded in yellow and contains parts for the large rear wing.
The 'K' tree is molded in white and contains a steering wheel and spares.
The 'L' tree is molded in clear and contains lenses for the raised head lights.
New 18in wheels are simply referred to as 'aluminum wheels' but resemble Mazdaspeed MS-01 wheels and are fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tires.

As is often the case with recent Aoshima releases, this kit contains a lot of spare parts. Apart from the usual spare parts (a set of wheels, a set of suspension parts, a set of front seats, three steering wheels), the tree from the D1 racer offers an unused full roll cage, bare inner door panels, racing dashboard and drift style hand brake lever.
The new decals offer 'Initial-D' license plates, 'Red Suns' and sponsor logos for the sides, silver Enfini badges, a choice of silver or red 'RX-7 Enfini' badges for the rear and a choice of black or white instrument faces.
Body and interior parts are molded in yellow, chassis parts are molded in black, the 'aluminum wheel' tree is satin plated, the factory wheel tree and the tree for the muffler are brightly plated.


Pre Painted Model Initial D Series Nr. SP, Keisuke Takahashi FD3S RX-7 Vol.1 Version

released in December 2019

box top (26.2kB) This is a limited prepainted edition of the regular Vol.1 Version kit.
Body parts are painted in bright yellow with black trim and silver tail light reflectors. Interior and chassis are painted in black with small details in silver, tail lights are painted with black surrounds and red and orange transparent lenses, window surrounds are painted in black, so window masks are not included in the kit.
Decals are identical to the decals from the regular Vol.1 specs kit.
Apart from the missing paint masks the kit contains the same parts as the regular version.


Initial D Series Nr. 15, Keisuke Takahashi FD3S RX-7 Project D with figure

released in August 2020

box top (30.0kB) This is the Keisuke Takahashi FD3S RX-7 Project D Vol.28 Spec kit with an additional resin seated driver figure.
The box has a marking to celebrate 25 years of 'Initial D' (how time flies !).


S Package Ver.R Series Nr. 84, FD3S RX-7 A'pex D1 Project

released in May 2004

Aoshima Apex D1 FD3S RX-7 (21.3kB) This kit stands out among the other tuned RX-7's in this series because it can be made to represent the actual race car that was used to win the Japanese 2003 D1 (drift race) Championship.
The kit contains all of the parts of the Vertex kit listed above apart from:
  • different wheels, included are brightly chromed 18in Rays 57F-pro wheels with Bridgestone G-Grid tires,
  • new Bride Zeta III Exa seats are added as an option,
  • a pair of small bonnet vents (parts 95) are added,
  • a different set of decals. Again a separate sheet with carbon weave print and a sheet of self-adhesive chromed plastic film are included.
Body, aerokit and interior parts are molded in white, the optional Bride seats are molded in red and chassis parts are molded in black, the wheels and exhaust pipe are brightly plated.
The large set of decals contains all markings for making either the actual race car or a street legal replica. The silver and gold colored lettering is well represented, but the red lettering on the real race car is also a metallic color whereas the decals are non-metallic red.
The box top shows a nice picture of the race car in action, the side of the box shows some very useful front, rear and side views of the race car.

D1 Grand Prix Series Nr. 1, FD3S RX-7 A'pex D1 Project

released in September 2004

This is a rerelease of the same kit that was in the S-package Ver.R series. Only differences are the box top, the instruction sheet and the kit name on the decal sheet. The instruction sheet now comes with more info on the Japanese 2003 D1 (drift race) Championship and a greyscale picture of the real car. Apart from the kit name in the lower righthand corner, the decal sheet is identical to the earlier release, it is still printed in non-metallic red.
Aoshima Apex D1 FD3S RX-7 (18.8kB)

D1 Grand Prix Series Nr. SP, Panspeed Asamoto FD3S

released in November 2004

Aoshima Panspeed Asamoto FD3S RX-7 D1 box top (21.1kB) This is a limited edition kit of the 2002 D1 winner at the Sugo racetrack.
The kit is based on the C-West kit with some new parts added:
  • a Vertex aerokit is included just for providing the door mirrors and bonnet locks
  • an additional dual aerofoil rear wing (W-parts of GT wing set)
  • a new decal sheet
In all there are two full aerokits and three types of raised rear wings included.
The model differs a bit from the photograph of the real car on the boxtop: wheels in the kit are 6-spoke Advan RG, there are no flares for the rear wheel arches included and there are no raised headlights included.
Body and aerokit parts are molded in metallic orange, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, the additional rear wing is molded in white, the wheels are painted bright 'gold'.
Taillights are of the late circular type. A complete set of parts for the C-West recessed headlights is included, but these are not used.

D1 Grand Prix Series Nr. 13, RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 2005 Ver.

released in September 2006

Aoshima went all the way when developing this kit, it isn't just an upgraded standard kit, there are so many new parts that it only shares the chassis parts, the tires and the windows with previous RX-7 FD kits:
  • new body with vented hood and widened front and rear fenders,
  • new set of interior parts with a detailed 'bare' interior tub with fuel cell, racing seats, racing dashboard and a full roll cage,
  • full aerokit consisting of front airdam, front whisker spoilers, side skirts, raised rear wing and a rear under tray with diffuser,
  • 18in Enkei RP03 wheels fitted with Bridgestone G-Grid tires,
  • twin catalyst big bore exhaust pipe,
  • clear parts for taillights with integrated lip spoiler,
  • a large new decal sheet with all markings for the 2005 version, instrument faces and more
Body, aerokit and interior parts are molded in bright blue, chassis parts are molded in black. Wheels are satin plated, exhaust pipe and wing mirrors are brightly plated.
Two decal sheets are included, one with all markings for the 2005 version, the other with carbon print for the hood.

Info and images of the actual car can be found on the RE Amemiya website.
Aoshima GReddy D1 2005 FD3S RX-7 (16.4kB)

Aoshima GReddy D1 2005 FD3S RX-7 (8.6kB)

D1 Grand Prix Series Nr. SP, RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 2004 Ver.

released in September 2006

Aoshima GReddy D1 2004 FD3S RX-7 (24.7kB) This is a limited edition kit of the RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 2004 Version.
The kit is based on the RE Amemiya GReddy D1 7 2005 Version with some new parts added:
  • a new F4 tree with nose and headlight parts
  • new clear parts with headlight lenses
  • a large new decal sheet with all markings for the 2004 version, instrument faces and more
Body, aerokit and interior parts are molded in bright blue, chassis parts are molded in black. Wheels are satin plated, exhaust pipe and wing mirrors are brightly plated.

Info and images of the actual car can be found on the RE Amemiya website.


Links to Car Tuners

Note, most of the following links point to pages written in Japanese. A crude but easy way to translate Japanese web pages is by using Google or a similar free online translation engine.
Some more tuned RX-7's and links to tuner websites can be found on my Fujimi Tuned RX-7 FD3S page .


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