Model, Text and Photos by: James L. Ravelo II
While there has been not much specific data about the Mine's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI RS, we can all deduce that this is a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI RS that has been superficially and mechanically modified by Mine's, a tuning company based in Japan.
The kit comes in 14 parts - 6 runners (in white, clear color, or chrome plated), the body, a tire bag, a wet-transfer decal sheet, a polycap set, mesh, a metal rod, the manual, and an insert catalog of some replacement wheel rim sets being sold by Fujimi. Assembly dictates the use of styrene cement for some parts and of course, painting which is best recommended done as the building process proceeds. Certain parts from the runners though are marked in the manual as not used as they are parts for the Evolution V kit and the extra wheel rims which won't be used are for a standard Evolution VI GSR kit.
The manual is rather skimpy - it's only 4 pages. The first page contains a picture of the Mine's Evolution VI RS, notes before, during and after assembly, and an illustrated listing of all the parts included necessary in building the kit. The second page contains decal placement instructions, paints receommended, and the assembly instructions from page 2 to page 4. The illustrated assembly instructions are clear and concise, and while they can be understandable even if Japanese, there is no clear division between processes, something which might confuse some modelers out there. A mesh pattern is printed on the last page to help in making the correct mesh shapes for the various intakes on the car kit. There's also an aftermarket service form at the last page, but it's only for Japanese use.
Included is a two-page (front and back)
color catalog of the various replacement wheel rim sets for use by Fujimi car
The body of the Evolution is molded in one piece, although parts such as the side mirrors, taillamps, headlamps, 5-piece rear wing, wipers, the glass areas (in one-piece clear plastic), lamp covers and license plates, mesh and engine topside details will have to be attached separately sometime along the assembly process. Details such as door recesses are molded, and even the fuel filler door. The mesh have rather big gaps compared to other brands, but it isn't that a big deal anyway, and a pattern is printed on the last page of the manual to help in making the shapes. Wet-transfer decals are included for the "Mine's" markings and stripes, markings for the windshield area, license plate, and "Falken" marking on the front bumper.
One big minus with this is that the detailing on the some parts of the body and proportions seem a bit off. Certain areas are too-rounded, such as the passenger's side portion of the car's rear pillar, the headlamp/turnsignal's molding is too rounded, the right side air outlet is molded differently, and the side mirrors seem too big. Of course you're asking how'd I get to say such words - it's because I own a similar model Lancer (not an Evolution though, but one with a 1.5-liter engine) and have Lancer Evolution kits from other brands to compare against (these are close to the real one) and thus I know most differences and similarities between this kit and the real Lancer.
Every part of this kit's underchassis is molded in white and most parts will require detail painting as the assembly process moves along. Being a curbside kit, there is no engine, although engine details that can be seen below the car are molded. A separate intercooler is included to be attached later on, but there is no radiator. Another big gripe with this kit is that the suspension, drivetrain, and even exhaust components and the floorpan seems to be under-detailed. We don't get a nice representation of the front differential and driveshaft, the rear differential is just "protrusion" from the floorpan with a hole in the middle to let the metal rod through (more on that rod later), the rear suspension's too basic in appearance and doesn't look like anything that the real Evolution has (compared to a similar Tamiya version kit). The front brake calipers though have wet-transfer decals to indicate that they are "Brembo" disc brake calipers. The front wheels attach to the front brake assemblies through a peg which is attached to the opposite end where the wheel rims attach to, and is a rather hard process since the space is quite small. The wheel rims aren't like a Tamiya kit where there's a male end that goes into the brake assembly - a Fujimi wheel rim has the female end and the peg serves as the male end (for the front rims) or the metal rod (for the rear rims). The rear wheel rims attach to the rear brake assemblies through a metal rod, and the metal rod goes through one rear brake assembly, through the rear differential's hole, and out through the opposite end rear brake assembly. The wheel rims are chrome silver-plated. The wheels can turn through the use of polycaps inside the brake assemblies, and the front wheels can steer. The tires have good detail though, with excellent tread and sidewall detailing.
Molded in white plastic which will require detail painting to complete it, the cockpit contains details, but sadly, not enough. More griping on that later on. The front seats, dashboard, shifter, handbrake, center cockpit console, steering wheel and steering wheel column are separate parts which have to be attached later on. Decals are included for the "Recaro" front seats, the main dashboard display and center dashboard display panel (containing the airconditioning display). The side door panels are poorly detailed - just a straight rectangular recess on some areas. The real Lancer's side door panels have never looked that bad and so lacking in detail. The front seats are also rather wierd. The detail on the front is good, but the back has just a vertical recessed area. Another boo. The cockpit "tub" is one piece, and it attaches to specific points onto the floorpan between the front and rear wheelwells.
Compared to similar kits from other scale model companies, this one falls rather short in terms of realistic detail. Superficially, this kit builds and Evolution VI RS modified by Mine's of Japan, but one look at the details such as suspension and cockpit might be enough to turn off potential buyers who are sticklers when it comes to realistic detailing. However, it won't be enough to keep die-hard Evolution collectors away, like me.
(Editors Note) - The Evolution VI RS is currently not available, however the Evolution V and VII are available:
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