released in April 1988
rereleased in July 2011
This kit was rereleased in 2011 as cat. nr. 24074 as part of a number of limited rereleases in a 'Tamiya Masterpiece Models' series, this was indicated by a round sticker on the box.
This Tamiya kit is based on Tamiya's excellent GT Limited (aka Turbo II) kit.
It shares all of the details but comes with a new body, interior tub and a choice of
raised or lowered soft tops on the transparent parts tree.
Still there are no pedals on the floor and the wheels are only right for a Japanese car, most export cabriolets came with lightweight 15in BBS wheels instead.
Fujimi did a set of BBS wheels (cat.nr. GT1) that come close, but the method of attachment to the axles is incompatible with the stub axles Tamiya uses and the Fujimi GT series wheel sets are no longer available.
The front wheels are steering, the headlights can be flipped up and down and the raised and lowered tops can be swapped.
The new interior tub includes Mazda's innovative "Wind Blocker" a panel behind the seats that can be raised to reduce air flow in the interior at speed. Nowadays similar panels can be found in many convertibles and cabriolets, but the Mazda RX-7 was the first production car to feature this.
The Wind Blocker in the kit comes as a separate part and can be positioned either lowered or raised.