Hasegawa Mazda Savanna Rx-7 (SA22C)

logo (35KB) In 2021 Hasegawa celebrated its 80th anniversary by releasing a large amount of new model kits.
Among the new kits was a pair of Rx-7 SA kits which were added to the Historic Car Series.
The brand-new tooling of the street version of the kit was based on laser scans of an actual Rx-7 and it shows: these are by far the most accurate and best detailed Rx-7 SA kits yet.
The way the model is divided into separate parts allows for different versions to be added later.
In 2021 a '1978 Limited' street version and a kit of the 1979 Daytona winning race car were released.

Kit Nr. HC-46, Mazda Savanna Rx-7 (SA22C) '1979 Daytona GTU Class Winner'

released in Dec 2021

box top (22.0KB) The car that was raced in the 1979 Daytona race appears no longer to exist, at least not in a state that accurately reflects the car as it was during the 1979 Daytona race.
Two replicas of this car exist (one in the Mazda Museum in Hiroshima and another one in the collection of Mazda North America) but either one is about 80% correct at best, so Hasegawa had to base this kit on info and images of the actual race.

Despite being a kerbside model, this kit contains an impressive 187 parts, of which 60 are not used (these include useful spares such as badges, door mirrors, brakes, exhaust system and dashboard).
Interestingly even the new S-parts tree contains some unused parts, so there might be some more racing versions to come.
This kit reveals why the interior tub has so many small details molded in: these make it look perfect as a bare race car interior.
Compared to the street version, two new parts trees were added:

A 0.4mm diameter steel rod is provided for recreating the antenna on the roof and a piece of plastic mesh is included for the safety netting in the lefthand door window.

The rear of the body was modified by adding cutouts for the refueling receptacles, however the stock wheel arches still need to be cut to clear the larger wheels and the stock fuel lid needs to be removed.

The floorpan is identical to the street version and comes with lots of small details molded in, separate parts add fully detailed suspension, down to the Watts linkage for the rear axle (part B4).
New race car parts add rear disk brakes, a big-bore racing exhaust and a fuel cell.

The cabin interior consists of a well detailed bare tub with separate side panels, a set of pedals, steering column and 4-spoke steering wheel.
The race car parts add a new dashboard, a racing bucket seat, a new shift boot with separate shifter, a 7-part roll cage and the upper half of the fuel cell.

The body comes with separate lower rear quarter panels.
The detailed head lights are fitted on hinge pins and can be posed opened or closed.
The race car parts add a front air dam, high-beam lights with separate clear lenses, fender flares, a 4-piece rear spoiler, netting for the lefthand side window opening and small details such as bonnet locks, new windshield wipers, roof light and antenna, fuel filler caps and an emergency cut-off switch.

Clear parts are provided for head-, tail- and indicator lights.
Door windows are separate, the rear window and rear side 'sail panel' windows are molded as a single part, the windshield is separate and comes with sun visors molded on.

As with the street car the decal sheet is very well detailed, the color scheme of the nr.7 car is covered by no less than 73 separate decals. Decals are also provided for the checker pattern of the seat and for all dashboard instruments.
A set of self-adhesive paint masks is provided for the rear hatch and sail panel windows.

Body parts are molded in white, chassis and interior parts are molded in dark gray and the X-parts are brightly plated. The slick tires are made out of soft TPE plastic.

The instruction sheet offers several 1/24 scale detail drawings to help with aligning parts, placing decals and painting details.

Some notes:

Note: When I was watching a build-review of this kit on YouTube channel Ken's Scalemodel Works, I noticed that Hasegawa already has corrected the 'Powered by ROTALY' typo: decal nr.49 on the replacement decal sheet shown in this video now correctly reads 'Powered by ROTARY'.
Both the original decal sheet and the replacement sheet are marked 2021 12 OFS in the lower righthand corner, so the replacement sheet was also printed in December 2021, a big thanks to Hasegawa for correcting this so quickly !

Detail pictures of the Rx-7s during the 1979 Daytona race can be found on a separate page.

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