released in June 1999
At 1/32 scale this FD3S is a neat little kit. Unlike the Aoshima 1/32 kits, this
little kit is loaded with details: a fully detailed interior including beautiful racing
seats and even a full roll cage. Small parts include a separate shift knob, rear
view mirrors and wipers. Transparent parts are even provided for the turn signal lights,
making this kit as well detailed as most 1/24 kerbside kits.
The chassis is neatly done with detailed suspension assemblies and a separate full length exhaust system. Rear spoiler is correct for the '99 RS type although the (separate) nose piece is a custom item with big additional lights.
There are no decals and no plated parts, probably to keep the costs down (it's only 800 Yen) but some very nice rubber-like tires are included and the BBS-style wheels look cool in black or dark gray metallic paint too.
This kit is about as much bang-for-your-bucks as a real-life FD3S !
released in August 1999
Only 3 things differ between this kit and the Wangan Midnight Series kit mentioned above:
the box art, the instruction sheet and the price which at 600 Yen is even 200 Yen cheaper.
There is a small copyright sticker on the Wangan box, so the price difference could probably be explained by a license fee for using the 'Wangan Midnight' name.
The kits themselves are identical down to the colors of the parts (white body, black parts).
Again no decals are included, but I love these kits anyway !
released in June 2004
ARII modified the RX-7 FD kit to a stock version and added patrol car parts, the roll cage has been deleted.
New parts are :
This release is a bit of a mixed blessing in that the new stock nose piece and seats are nicely done,
but the wheels are a scale inch too small and come with huge narrow tires. Also the debris shield and
the light bars are molded in white rather than transparent plastic, this spoils the effect a bit.
A small decal sheet is added with decals for license plates, instrument cluster, police badges and names for Kanagawa prefecture for the sides of the body (note that, as far as I can tell, Kanagawa prefectural police never had an RX-7 FD patrol car).
No instructions are given for painting and decal placement, but the box art shows most of this.
At 600 Yen this kit is still great value.