Lets get 2014 off to a bang. This year has just started off with an amazing review. I have been very fortunate to have the Eightyone81 rocket bunny v2 transkit with me to review along with the Tamiya Brz. Yes I know the kit was originally designed for the Aoshima 86 but Aoshima products aren’t stocked here so I had to improvise. This is my first transkit from Eightyone so I was quite excited to see what it’s all about. When I initially saw the renders for the v2 Rocket bunny I wasn’t sure about the front however once I got it fitted I just fell in love with it. It just looks much more aggressive and the new spoiler is just perfect.
So what do you get with the transkit?
Included is the front bumper, rear diffuser, side skirts, arches, front lip, some very sexy wheels, day light running bulbs, seats turbos and an intercooler.
The kit can be bought here: http://www.eightyone81.com/tk008-rocket-bunny-86-frs-v2-trans-kit/
For those who haven’t dealt with Eightyone yet their service is extremely good keeping in mind all items have free postage. This kit arrived in just over 10 days which is extremely quick compared to some websites I bought from.
The quality of the resin parts are quite good with very minimal flash. In the kit I received the only flash that was found was in the wheels. The wheel has no hub at the back so it gives you the option of either going with a Tamiya fitting or Aoshima fitting however that fitting would have to be made once you have your base kit.
Now onto the Tamiya Brz. Like I mentioned Aoshima products are near impossible to find in Hobby shops in South Africa which made this build a bit hard in the beginning. My plan was to import the Aoshima kit but I was able to come across this for a good deal. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the kit at first but obviously being a Tamiya kit the quality of the parts, proportions and finish is of an extremely high standard. Tamiya did a really good job with the body as the mold lines are almost non existent.
I’m really impressed with the body that Tamiya did. Its so good I couldn’t resist jumping in a cutting the arches. Now in the bottom picture I cut the arches according to Eightyone’s instructions. While they may have worked for the Aoshima, the Tamiya requires even more cutting. The front arches need to be cut further back towards the door and side skirts have to be trimmed as well as indicated in the photo below.
The bumper was quite an easy fit the only thing to keep in mind is trying to align the ends of the bumper to the body. Once the front bumper was on I decided to fit the side skirt first to make sure it that it followed the panel lines of the door. Once that was set I fitted the arches.
The only slight alteration that I had to do was add some putty on the arch but only on the left hand side.
On the right hand side skirt it had to be cut and stretched a bit as it was shorter than the left side. This could have been a one off problem but nothing too hectic to fix.
The last slight modification that had to be done was the spoiler. The spoiler is made for the Aoshima so it is a bit wider than the Tamiya body. But again it was fairly easy to fix. I just love how wide the arches are.
So here is the final product with the body fitted. I left the lip and diffuser loose as it will be easier to paint later on.
Now to the disappointing part of the build… the motor. Tamiya did a good job on the motor itself however the engine bay I was quite disappointed with. So.. that put me in a situation. Do I keep the stock motor or beef it up a bit?
I decided to go with the beefing up decision.
And the end result.
So what my verdict on these two. Well I love the rocket bunny kit and the quality and fitment ( considering it was meant for Aoshima and not Tamiya) was very good. Tha Brz kit was excellent Tamiya quality although the engine bay for me was the let down. While some may find the price to be a bit steep for a transkit I feel the price is reasonable considering the quality, fitment and free world wide postal service that’s included. All in all I can’t wait to see where this is going to take me and to see it completed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eightyone for the kit. Do check out their website for more amazing products: http://www.eightyone81.com/
For those interested in the Rocket bunny or BRZ kit I hope that the insight I was able to give will help you in your decision. More on the build will be posted up in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled.