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Aoshima 1/24 Itasha Series No.1
Mazda RX-7(FD) "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

Work Date : March - July 2008

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Perspective view / 4 Pics Upper, Side etc... / 6 Pics Exterior / 9 Pics Interior / 10 Pics

What is Itasha?

"Itasha" is the decorations car that applied a sticker of anime (Japanese cartoon), manga (Japanese comics) or video game character. It is also called "otaku car" and is the Japanese new subculture.
"Itasha" originally means "Italian car" in Japanese. "Ita" means "Italy", and "sha" means "car". But the other side, "Ita" also means "painful (or shameful)". This "Itasha" means "painful (shameful) car". In short, it is a poor joke. The adults liking the subcultures as an anime, comics and video game etc are called "Otaku" in Japan, and they are looked at the public with curiosity as "shameful fellows that should know better at their age". They masochistically call their decorations car "Itasha".
This Japanese comical subculture is not limited to the world of real car, it spread to the world of magazine, video game and miniature model now.

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Kit Review

Aoshima released 1/24 plastic model kit of Itasha in February, 2008. The model car is Mazda RX-7 (FD Late version) and the character of the sticker is "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya". It is most popular anime film in Japan now. This kit is sold out for extreme popularity in only few days and is in short supply now.

<<External Links>> This is the product which is set "The Best Car Series, Mazda RX-7 Type 1998", and "S-Parts Series No.100, WedsSport SA-70 18 in Wheels" and "Haruhi Suzumiya decal sheet" together.
The new hobby that enjoyed Itasha by model car appeared by Aoshima. This is one of the boom on Japanese hobby seen now.

・ Model Kit 1/24 Itasha No.1 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya FD-3S RX-7[Aoshima] (AmiAmi)
Step by Step Report Mazda RX-7(FD) "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

This kit is modeled on Mazda RX-7 (FD) series 8 (final series), but the interior is the series 6. I remodeled interior in the series 8, and added more details. As for the transparent of the anime decal, I made the white foundation decal with the Alps MD printer, and lay it and the anime decal. All the Haruhi Suzumiya goods decorated in the interior are existing products. I scratched build them by 1/24 scales.
Step 1: Front Grill Step 5 : Painting and Assembling the Chassis
Step 2: Modify the Body and Chassis Step 6 : Painting the Body and Applying the Decal
Step 3 : Modify the Interior 1 Step 7 : Assembling the Body
Step 4 : Modify the Interior 2 Step 8 : Decorate the Interior with Anime Goods

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