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A Closer Look at the Tamiya Jeepney

It retails for P750.
IMAGE JASON TULIO
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A few days ago, Topgear reported that Tamiya will be selling a special-edition mini 4WD model of our country’s iconic jeepney. Now, the in-demand kit (we’ve already seen a possible case of hoarding) is already available in hobby shops for P750

Thanks to the guys at Mightyblue Hobby Shop, we were able to get our hands on a set before all the stock went flying off the shelves. The 1/32 scale model’s assembly is straightforward enough, as all the parts simply snap and screw on together. Be warned, though: You’ll strain your eyes in your attempt to put all those stickers on perfectly.

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Photo by JASON TULIO.

The kit includes a Type 130 motor and runs on two AA batteries. While we didn’t have the supplies handy to complete the paint job on the roof and other bits, we did manage to brighten up the hood-mounted horse ornaments, which really bring the mini-jeepney to life.

The design was the brainchild of Shakespeare Chan from Lil’s Hobby Center, and in turn, the jeepney showcases his shop’s logo on the side. Speaking of the artwork, you can switch out the destination plaque from Parañaque-Makati-Quiapo to Binondo-Sampaloc-Bulacan. Neat.

Check out the photos here for a closer look at Tamiya’s latest creation. Have you purchased your unit yet? 

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Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.
Photo by JASON TULIO.

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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