Designed by Hiro Fujimori, the Toyota 88C first appeared at the 1988 All Japan Sports Prototype Championship. During its debut, the 88C scored a pair of top-five placements, showing enough promise to enter that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Race. Two 88Cs participated, each equipped with a powerful Toyota 3S-GTM 2100 cc turbocharged inline-4 mid-mounted engine that produced 600 hp. The 88C made one more Le Mans appearance in 1989, followed by a fourth-place finish at the Dijon-Prenois race.
Another wonderful kit from Hasegawa makes its debut during the last quarter of 2017. In the same spirit of the 1/24 Porsche 962C OMRON (and Kenwood) Hasegawa bring us model builders *and collectors* a limited run of the classic taka-Q TOYOTA 88C. This model kit is nicely molded in yellow, white and clear. All parts have with very minimal flash. The wheels have crisp details on them with some minor cleaning required.
We will have to do some sanding and cleaning on those tires to get rid of that mould line so they can truly look sleek.
The decal sheet is as colorful and as well printed as is gets. The tires will be adorned (as the Porsche OMRON) with excelllent dry transfers. For those new working with dry transfers, don’t let the term intimidate you. Some care must be taken but once you set them where they should go, a cotton swab moistened with warm water will do the trick.
Comparing both kits, the Hasegawa Porsche 962c OMRON and this one in terms of overall molding quality, the taka-Q Toyota 88C takes the lead. Highly collectible and desired by LeMans fans plus it has the heck of fair base price. Now, if I could only get my hands on a 1/24 Mazda 787B ’91.