• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

TOMY COMPANY,LTD had a present campaign from June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.

It was a sweepstakes scheme that we could apply for by collecting 3 pieces of barcode printed in the box of commercially available Tomica Premium.

“SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE (Metallic Color Ver.)” of Tomica Premium not for sale was prepared as a winning product.

It was the second stage following the campaign that won “HONDA CIVIC TYPE R CUSTOMER RACING STUDY 2017” of Tomica not for sale, and 5555 units were prepared.

I was able to get it somehow by preparing barcodes of 9 units of Tomica Premium and applying 3 times.

SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE

This not-for-sale miniature car is a metallic color version of the standard Tomica Premium No.01 SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE.

 

SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE

The left side miniature car of the above picture is the Tomica Premium not for sale, but it is exactly the same as the standard Tomica Premium on the right side except for the gloss of the body.

The body color of the standard Tomica Premium may be closer to the actual car, but the brilliant Tomica Premium not for sale has clearly more luxurious feeling.

And because of the luster, the color looks deep.

 

 

SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE FRONT VIEWClear resin is used for the headlight part of this miniature car, and it is finished in a realistic atmosphere.

The stickers on the front bumper and bonnet are also printed accurately.

The uneven shape on the bonnet is also reproduced, but the swell of both sides of the bonnet and the over fender feels a little modest compared to the actual car.

 

The huge black chin spoiler nicknamed “protruding teeth” is accurately reproduced by the shape of die casting, and the big white letter of “TOMICA” is clearly printed.

In addition, the gold letter of “4VALVE DOHC RS-TURBO” creates the atmosphere of a car at that time.

 

 

SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE SIDE VIEWThe Super Silhouette machines at that time were blowing a keen afterfire from the exhaust pipe on the left side in the deceleration section in front of the corner.

This miniature car reproduces the shape of the exhaust pipe and enhances realistic feeling by painting with silver color.

In addition, it is equipped with tires that differ greatly in size in the front and rear same as the actual car.

The aluminum wheel also seems to reproduce the shape of the actual car, but the embossed finish of the rear wheel is somewhat weak.

 

 

SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE SEATSince it is Tomica Premium, the finish of the interior is wonderful.

In addition to the shape of the bucket seat, the driver’s seat is finished with a red material that images the actual vehicle.

The roll cage at the back of the driver’s seat has also been reproduced precisely and enhances the powerful image to the rear style.

 

 

SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE REAR VIEWThe huge rear wing is a separate molded product made of PVC, but the powerful shape is firmly reproduced.

The rear wing of the standard article feels plasticky.

However, the rear wing of the article not for sale has no sense of incongruity thanks to the metallic color.

 

The 6th and 7th generation Skyline adopted rear combination lamps covered with clear lenses.

By using clear resin, this miniature car reproduces the three-dimensional shape of the rear combination lamp at a considerable level.

The emblems on the rear wing or behind the rear fender are also accurately printed in the right place.

 

 

The scale of this die-cast miniature car is 1/67, and the actual size is about 75mm (including the protrusion of the rear wing).

SKYLINE TURBO SUPER SILHOUETTE SCALE

 

 

【About actual SKYLINE SUPER SILHOUETTE】

 

Skyline Super Silhouette, the racing car compatible with Silhouette Formula of the Group 5, appeared in 1982.

 

 

Silhouette Formula was born in overseas motor sports.

FIA introduced the Silhouette Formula to Group 5 standard in 1976, replacing the Sportscar World Championship (abbreviated name : SWC).

Participating vehicles of the Silhouette Formula were required to leave the image of commercial available vehicles manufactured in more than 400 units in 24 months, and many car manufacturers were expected to participate in the race.

However, the race became Porsche’s monopoly, and the Silhouette Formulas declined in the 1980s.

 

On the other hand, in Japan, which had been the super car boom in the 1970s, “Fuji Super Silhouette Series”, which adopted Group 5 standard, started in 1979 as the support race for “Fuji Grand Champion Race (abbreviated name : Fuji GC)”.

At the beginning of the series, Mazda Savanna RX-3 whose appearances were slightly changed by the rear wing etc. and PA10 type violet turbo, etc. had participated in the race.

The catalyst why “Fuji Super Silhouette Series” became popular was the appearance of the RA20 type Celica LB Turbo.

This Celica LB Turbo was the machine had developed for the German Racing Car Championship (Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, abbreviated name DRM) by Munich-based Schnitzer Motorsport.

Therefore, it attracted much attention.

 

In response to this, Nissan also started making a full-scale production of the Group 5 machine, and entered 3 Silhouette Formula machines of the R30 type Skyline, the S110 type Silvia, and the 910 type Bluebird to the race in 1982.

Masahiro Hasemi drove the Skyline, Kazuyoshi Hoshino drove Sylvia, Haruto Yanagida drove Bluebird, and engaged in mortal combat with Naoki Nagasaka’s BMW M1.

 

 

Skyline Super Silhouette was developed by Nova Engineering, commissioned by Nissan.

At that time, the machine for Silhouette Formula was obliged to use the monocoque of commercial available vehicle by Group 5 standard.

However, in order to ensure safety, installation of the roll bar was permitted.

Motoyasu Moriwaki, the chief engineer of Nova Engineering at that time, proposed using this rule to mount the monocoque on a highly rigid square steel pipe frame.

This made Skyline Super Silhouette the space frame structure like a prototype car.

 

The body of Skyline Super Silhouette had the logo of “Tomica”, which was the personal sponsor of Masahiro Hasemi, and was called “Tomica Skyline”.

Takuya Yura is in charge of the design, and it was equipped with an unprecedented huge overfender, chin spoiler and rear wing.

 

Skyline Super Silhouette, which returned to racing for the first time in 10 years since the first generation GT-R as Skyline, was equipped with the LZ20BT type engine fitted with the T05 type big turbine made by Garrett based on the 2.0-liter L20B type.

With an impressive power of 570 horsepower, it won 2 races in 1982 and 4 races in the following year.

 

 

 

■ Specifications of NISSAN SKYLINE SUPER SILHOUETTE

[Overall length] 5,065 mm

[Overall width] 1,980 mm

[Overall height] 1,239 mm

[Vehicle weight] 1,005 kg

[Engine] 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder DOHC turbo (LZ20B type)

[Maximum output] 419 kW (570 ps) or more / 7,600 rpm

[Maximum torque] 539 N ・ m (55 kgm) or more / 6, 400 rpm

[Driving method] FR