Aoshima Enfini RX-7

Aoshima introduced some new series to get some extra mileage from their existing car patterns. For the RX-7 kits, some very interesting options were added, such as authentic Mazdaspeed MS-01 wheels and twin Supertrapp exhausts. The MS-01 wheels were also available separately, the Supertrapp exhausts could also be used on an RX-7 SA or FC tuned for street racing.
I have put the Enfini and Mazda (factory) FD3S versions on this page and put the Tuner versions to a separate page.

ZR & Super ZR Series Nr. 23, Enfini RX-7

New parts are Speedline wheels and Bridgestone Expedia tires.



S-Package Series Nr. 47, Enfini RX-7 Type R

box top New parts are front and rear skirts, 18in Euro X II wheels (in addition to the stock Mazda wheels), twin Supertrapp mufflers and new decals.
Body and skirts are molded in red, interior and chassis parts in black, both sets of wheels are satin plated.
(thanks, Werner !)



S-Package Series Nr. 47, Enfini RX-7 (Type R)

box top New parts are front and rear skirts, 18in Mazdaspeed MS-01 wheels, twin Supertrapp mufflers and new decals with tiny Mazdaspeed decals for the wheels and extra Bridgestone and Mazdaspeed logos.
Body and skirts are molded in white, chassis parts in black.
This kit is a later release of the S-Package kit listed above, same kit number, same catalog number.



Hashiriya Series Nr. 24, Enfini RX-7

box top New parts are front and rear skirts, Mazdaspeed MS-01 wheels, twin Supertrapp mufflers, a huge high-mounted rear wing and additional decals. Body parts molded in red, chassis parts in black.



Wangan Street Gear Series Nr. 1, Enfini RX-7

released in February 1999

box top New parts are front and rear skirts, 18in Speedline wheels, twin Supertrapp mufflers, a huge high-mounted rear wing and additional decals.
Body, spoilers and all interior parts are molded in a deep orange-yellow shade, great if you want to do a customized version with a color-keyed interior.



Best Car Series Nr. 21, Enfini RX-7 Type R (FD3S)

box top With its black body, this is the same kit as nr.87B but it comes with additional decals for the black borders around the front and rear windows and a generous sheet of self-adhesive chromed plastic film for the rear view mirrors (actually the sheet is big enough to last you a lifetime of coating 1/24 scale sized mirrors !).

Former Aoshima USA import company SATCO had a resin lefthand drive dashboard added to the kits of this series sold in the US.



Best Car GT Series Nr. 58, Mazda RX-7 FD3S '98

released in August 2005
rereleased in Mar 2010

box art (11.9kB) This kit is based on the same body as the RX-7 FD tuner kits. This time the separate front bumper is a Mazda factory item as fitted from model year '99 onwards.
New items in this kit are:

Also included are the clear parts set from the C-West kit to provide clear front indicator covers and lenses and the early factory wheel parts set to provide the door mirror faces.
Body, chassis and interior parts are all molded in black.

The 2010 rerelease got a new catalog number and slightly changed box art, the kit contents are identical to those of the previous release.



Prepainted Model Series Nr. 7, Mazda RX-7 FD3S '98

released in July 2007

box art (20.2kB) This is the same kit as the '98 FD in the Best Car GT series with factory painted parts.
Body parts, rear spoiler and door mirror housings are painted in metallic blue, unfortunately the shade does not match the actual Innocent Blue Mica paint well. Interior parts are painted flat dark grey. The old stock wheels are still included and are painted aluminum, which makes a nice change from the usual plated wheels. The window parts have the edges painted satin black, the clear part for the tail lights is also painted black, including the glasses for the brake and tail lights.
All parts from the Best GT '98 FD kit are included except the pre-cut paint masks.
A new set of decals is included offering a set of dealer plates, Mazda emblems, decals for front, side and lower tail lamps and a choice of black or white instrument faces.



Prepainted Model Series Nr. 8, Mazda RX-7 FD3S '98

released in July 2007
rereleased in Mar 2010

box art (17.7kB) This is the same kit as the blue '98 FD in the Prepainted Car Series but this time with the body parts, rear spoiler and door mirror housings painted in gloss black. The black paint coat is nice and smooth and is just as brilliant as the actual Brilliant Black paint.



Best Car GT Series Nr. 90, Mazda RX-7 FD3S RS (type IV) '96

released in July 2015

box art (22.4kB) The introduction of the 'type IV' 1996 model of the RX-7 FD coincided with the end of exporting the FD to the US and to Europe.
'Type IV' introduced a lot of changes that carried over to the facelifted 1998 'type V' model including new 17in wheels and larger brake discs, new tail light clusters with circular masks and a choice of either a Momo steering wheel or one fitted with an SRS airbag.
Unique to the 'type IV' are a new rear wing, a revised front facia and revised front fog lights.
'Type IV' was sold in Japan in 1996 and 1997, the Enfini brand was discontinued in 1997 so from 1997 on Japanese RX-7 were fitted with Mazda badges.

The kit represents the high-specs RS version and is another variation on the '98 FD3S kit, but for this release some parts have been added and changed on existing part trees:
On the A-parts tree a new 'type IV' rear wing replaces the 'type I' rear wing and new fog light lenses have been added to the clear D-parts tree. A new G-parts tree with a revised front bumper, a new SRS steering wheel and new fog lights and new FD-W trees with new factory 17in wheels fitted with Bridgestone Expedia tires have been added.
The new 17in wheels have bushing inside the wheels, so the additional set of suspension parts (that was introduced in the Drift Machines RX-7 FD kit) is included.
Body, interior parts and the 'type I' wheels are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black, the 'type IV' 17in wheels are satin plated.
A set of self-adhesive masks for the insides of the windows and a large sheet of self-adhesive chromed plastic film for the rear view mirrors are included.
A new set of decals offers a choice of Enfini or Mazda emblems and dealer plates, Japanese plates, decals for front side lamps and a set of instrument faces.



The Model Car Series Nr. 7, Enfini RX-7 '96

released in June 2016

box art (20.6kB) This is a rerelease of the RX-7 'type IV' 1996 model kit. The kit is identical to the earlier release, apart from the box art and the kit number on the decal sheet.
Body, interior parts and the 'type I' wheels are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black, the 'type IV' 17in wheels are satin plated.
A set of self-adhesive masks for the insides of the windows and a large sheet of self-adhesive chromed plastic film for the rear view mirrors are included.
Apart from the kit number the decals are identical to the earlier release, so there is a choice of Enfini or Mazda emblems and dealer plates, Japanese plates and decals for front side lamps and a set of instrument faces.



Best Car GT Series Nr. 60, FD3S RX-7 type IV Patrol Car

released in December 2015

box art (18.4kB) This is the FD3S type IV kit with extra parts, new decals and a pre-cut paint mask for the nose added for making a Japanese patrol car version.
From 1998 to 1999, seven type IV RX-7s were used as police cars by seven different police departments.
The new kit parts consist of a lightbar (without radar), a radio set with microphone and antenna, a clear debris shield and a police badge for the nose.
The decals offer a choice between a car from either Gunma (decals 2, 3 and 18) or Niigata (decals A, B, C, D and E) prefectural police department. Note that the actual Niigata car had radar fitted to the lightbar (no radar equipment is included in the kit). The picture below shows the Miyagi car with similar radar equipment fitted.
RX-7 FD '96 RS Patrol Car (14.2KB) Body, interior parts, police equipment parts and the 'type I' wheels are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black, the 'type IV' 17in wheels are satin plated and the light bar covers are molded in clear red.
In addition to the police markings the decal sheet offers Mazda emblems (no Enfini emblems included), dealer plates, decals for front side lamps and a set of instrument faces.



Drift Machine Series Nr. 12, Mazda RX-7 FD3S

released in November 2005

box top (16,4kB) This is a variation on the recent '98 FD3S kit, but one that comes with a neat surprise.
There are two systems for fitting wheels to model cars, one has a stub axle in the wheel (like Tamiya uses), the other one has a bushing inside the wheel which is fitted over an axle (Fujimi uses this). Aoshima switched systems somewhere in the 90ies, their earlier kit designs like the RX-7 FD kit used the stub axle system, their later kits have bushings inside the wheels that fit over axles.
Sofar all Aoshima RX-7 FD kits had wheels with stub axles, but this new kit has new suspension parts added to allow wheels with bushings to be fitted. The old suspension parts are still included, which makes this kit ideal for customizing as you can now fit any set of Tamiya, Aoshima, Fujimi or Rosso wheels. The new rear axle assembly is 3.3mm more narrow to allow for the wider wheel hubs, the ride height has not been changed.
New parts in this kit (compared to the regular '98 FD3S kit):

The kit contains a body with vents molded in the hood, similar to the body in the Vertex kit.
Body, bumpers and interior are molded in bright yellow, chassis parts are molded in black, the AVS wheels are satin aluminum plated.



The Patrol Car Series Nr. 3, FD3S RX-7

released in May 1999

Patrol Car Rx-7 box top (19kB) Japanese Highway Patrol men must be happy doing their job: driving an RX-7 all day long and getting paid for it !
The kit is a stock RX-7 kit with an additional set of parts for the lightbar and some other police-related bits.
Body and interior parts are molded in white, chassis parts in black.
A huge set of decals with a wide selection of prefecture names for the doors and a smaller set with dials, emblems, etc. completes this kit.
The black border on the lower body has to be painted, a template is printed on the instruction sheet for the curved part on the nose.


Itasha Series Nr. 1, FD3S RX-7 'Haruhi Ism'

released in February 2008

Haruhi Rx-7 box top (32.0kB) This is the first release in the Itasha Series, depicting real-life cars which are decorated with anime characters.
The RX-7 in this box is similar to the FD3S '98 kit with some additions:

Body and bumpers are molded in metallic blue, interior and chassis parts are molded in black, the spare stock wheels are not plated.



Itasha Series Nr. 14, FD3S RX-7 'Loveplus'

released in April 2010

box top (31.2kB) This kit is similar to the FD3S '98 kit with the decals replaced by a large sheet of Itasha decals.
The decals offer a choice of three different versions for each of the main characters of the Loveplus manga.

Body parts, aerokit parts and interior are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black, the Gram Lights wheels are brightly plated, the spare stock wheels are not plated.



Itasha Series Nr. 29, FD3S RX-7 'Sword Art Online'

released in October 2012

box top (41.7kB) This kit is similar to the FD3S '98 kit with the decals replaced by a large sheet of beautifully silkscreen-printed Itasha decals and a set of 'Advan Super Racing Version 2' wheels added.
It looks like despite the large size of the decal sheet, Aoshima forgot to include the decals for the Advan wheel centers. If you have any of the S-Parts Nr.97 to Nr.100 wheel sets, you can use decals nr.16 (eight semi-circular silver texts, two for each wheel center) from the decals in those sets.

Body parts, aerokit parts and interior are molded in white, chassis parts are molded in black and the Advan wheels are red with separate brightly plated rims.



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