released in June 1999
At 1/32 scale this FD3S is a neat little kit. Unlike the Aoshima 1/32 kits, this
little kit is loaded with details: a fully detailed interior including beautiful racing
seats and even a full roll cage. Small parts include a separate shift knob, rear
view mirrors and wipers. Transparent parts are even provided for the turn signal lights,
making this kit as well detailed as most 1/24 kerbside kits.
The chassis is neatly done with detailed suspension assemblies and a separate full length exhaust system. Rear spoiler is correct for the '99 RS type although the (separate) nose piece is a custom item with big additional lights.
There are no decals and no plated parts, probably to keep the costs down (it's only 800 Yen) but some very nice rubber-like tires are included and the BBS-style wheels look cool in black or dark gray metallic paint too.
This kit is about as much bang-for-your-bucks as a real-life FD3S !
released in August 1999
Only 3 things differ between this kit and the Wangan Midnight Series kit mentioned above:
the box art, the instruction sheet and the price which at 600 Yen is even 200 Yen cheaper.
There is a small copyright sticker on the Wangan box, so the price difference could probably be explained by a license fee for using the 'Wangan Midnight' name.
The kits themselves are identical down to the colors of the parts (white body, black parts).
Again no decals are included, but I love these kits anyway !
released in June 2004
ARII modified the RX-7 FD kit to a stock version and added patrol car parts, the roll cage has been deleted.
New parts are :
This release is a bit of a mixed blessing in that the new stock nose piece and seats are nicely done,
but the wheels are a scale inch too small and come with huge narrow tires. Also the debris shield and
the light bars are molded in white rather than transparent plastic, this spoils the effect a bit.
A small decal sheet is added with decals for license plates, instrument cluster, police badges and prefecture names for the sides of the body.
No instructions are given for painting and decal placement, but at 600 Yen this kit is still great value.