By Maz Woolley
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Tomy continue to produce their Tomica range of toys for the far eastern market. These are pocket money toys aimed primarily at youngsters, though there are adult collectors too, and the range is constantly refreshed with models being dropped and others taking their place. They are sold in boxes of a standard style and each month there is something new to tempt their collectors. Sadly they are not marketed by Tomy here in the UK, and we have to depend on buying the models from eBay traders which makes them rather more expensive.
Here we look at the Honda S660 in the range which is an interesting car drawing on the heritage of the 1960s Honda S500-800 range. It replaced the Honda Beat and uses parts from the less sporty Honda N Box car. It is a mid engined Kei class car which has considerable tax and operational advantages. Although powered by a 660cc engine the turbocharged car produces 63hp and has a top speed of about 87mph. At one time it was hoped that Honda would export them to the UK but this has not happened.
The model by Tomy is a fairly basic casting with few separate inserted parts. The cars overall shape has been captured very well and the large windscreen and Targa style roll bar bar are well modelled. The car is modelled to 1:57 scale, although the models all vary in scale to fit the standard box, Tomy do state the scale of these models. The car is diecast in Vietnam for Japan.
The interior is pretty basic with limited moulded in dashboard details, no door card mouldings, and a fair central tunnel with handbrake and gear lever moulded in. The seats look fine too. Underneath a plastic baseplate has minimal suspension and chassis detail.
At the front the Honda badge is nicely printed and the grille is well applied but the front lights are just printed on which detracts slightly. The lower intakes are not printed black which is a shame.
At the rear the lights are again printed on and the edges are not as crisp as they could be. The black rear areas are well done and the Honda badge is well printed, though there is no rear fog light or reversing light painted on the lower black panel.
The sides have the rear air intake picked out in black and moulded in. Also moulded in are side indicators, door handles and petrol cap. The black line on the front wing of the real car is not printed on which is a shame as it would have lifted the look of the side a little. . The wheels are also a generic pattern and do not portray the real cars characteristic alloys but they do not look out of place on the toy.
An interesting car and a good, if not excellent, model. Judged as a pocket money toy I am sure the buyers in Japan will be happy with it.
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