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Takara Tomy Honda Super Cub

By Maz Woolley

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Honda Super Cub or Honda Cub is a small motorcycle with a pressed steel frame and fitted with plastic leg guards. It is fitted with  a four stroke single cylinder engine ranging in displacement from 49 to 124cc. It has been manufactured since 1958 with production surpassing 60 million in 2008, 87 million in 2014, and 100 million in 2017. The Super Cub is the biggest selling motor vehicle ever. It has been made in many versions include the C100, C50, C70, C90, C100EX and C70 Passport. The 100 millionth Super Cub was produced at Honda’s Kumamoto Assembly Plant in 2018 which marked the 60th year of production.

To mark the anniversary Takara Tomy have introduced a 1:33 scale model as one of their new models of 2018.  The model is diecast in Vietnam for China.  This item is in the pocket money toy range where a new model is issued every third Saturday in the month and which features models common throughout Japan and its immediate neighbours.

Although this is slightly chunky so that it meets all the requirements of toy safety it captures the spirit of the original well.

The leg guards and frame are well painted  and the saddle and rack are reasonably convincing.

The model is simplified with the levers and mirrors omitted but with a nice printed instrument.

Nice badge printing finishes off a pleasing model.

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