Hawaiian get together Jan 2018

In 2016, I visited Hawaii and met with Ken, Mark, Denny and Renny. I was trying to meet with Jason (J on the forums) and David (Driftur). For over a decade we’ve worked together and I used to call Mark and J on the phone.

The guys had a small get together and added me on video chat. Even though I’ve communicated with J and Dave, it was the first time to actually talking and see them in real time.

Tomica Limited Vintage Neo 1/64 scale set

I felt that the Nissan Leopard is starting to be recognized. Besides the typical 1/24 scale models by Fujimi, Aoshima and Tamiya (and others that I might have forgotten) and Choro Q, there isn’t much.

2016 – Tomica releases the Limited Vintage Neo set. According to Tomica, it is to commemorate the Final Abunai Deka movie “Farewell Dangerous Detective”.

I didn’t know much, but I just saw the leopard brothers showing pictures. I asked Noguchi-san to get me one. We agreed to exchange gifts at the 30th annual Leopard meeting. I arrived and I looked for Noguchi-san. Osamu-san handed me the gifts and to my surprise, Noguchi-san got me 6 (pretty much the whole set).

My ignorance did not think it was a big deal, until I saw how much each car was. I thought the cars were at $2 each, but when I went to the stores, they were $20-25 each! Do the math and Noguchi-san bought me these at a cost. So I had to return the favor by getting what he wants for his collection.

But I was super happy to get them.

There are a couple Zenkis (early term) and mostly Koukis (later term).

Here is a quick video review I did of them.

https://youtu.be/eTGbtF7P6Lk

I didn’t know how many different variations were available, so I asked Noguchi-san and he told me he got all the them besides the Abunai Deka versions.

Let’s go over them!

First was the LVN 118a and 118b: Wine and White Zenkis (first term F31 Leopards)

http://www.tomytec.co.jp/minicar/lineup/tlvn/lvn118.html

Product description:

In commemoration of the theatrical version of “Farewell Dangerous Detectives” (January 30, 2016), LePard (F31 type) is new even in the TLV – NEO series ordinary goods as well as the specification of the middle car. 

First of all, two colors of white and red (wine red) are chosen from the earliest type top-end car “3.0 Altima” equipped with the VG 30 DE type. 
Although it is the F31 type that appeared in 1986, wine red is a chic color added the following year. 

February is just 30 years from the launch of F31 type.

Product spec:

product name: LV-N118a, b Lepard 3.0 Ultima (white) / (red)

Release date: February 2016

price: 2,300 yen (excluding tax)

 

 

LV-N118a

 

LV-N118b

 

Second was the first of the Koukis (Later term F31 Leopard) with the change to LVN 119a and 119b.

http://www.tomytec.co.jp/minicar/lineup/tlvn/lvn119.html

Product description:

The F31 type leopard performed a large minor change in 1988, and the design of a considerable part of the interior and exterior was changed. 
Even in TLV-NEO, we will reproduce the late model by manufacturing the mold separately from the previous model. 
Modeled the ultimate car “Ultima Turbo” equipped with the most powerful 255 horsepower VG30 DET type at that time. 
We chose two colors of beige / gray, white / beige from 2 tone body color peculiar to late stage.

Product spec:

product name: LV-N119a, b Lepard Ultima Turbo (Beige) / (White)

Release date: March 2016

price: 2,300 yen (excluding tax)

 

LV-N119a

LV-N119b

 

 

The expansion of this set were also koukis.

http://www.tomytec.co.jp/minicar/lineup/tlvn/lvn119ab.html

 

 

Product description:

Just before the movie “Farewell Dangerous Detectives” is released! 
The topic is also spreading about Leopard (F31 type) that appeared in the red beak. 

This time, we reproduce the two types of calm two tone colors, black / silver, silver / gray, from the top grade “3.0 Ultima Turbo”. I have worn a spoiler in front and behind.

Product spec:

product name: LV – N 119 c, d Lepard 3.0 Ultima turbo (black / silver) / (silver / gray)

Release date: June 2016

Price each: 2,300 yen (excluding tax)

 

LV-N119c

 

LV-N119d


I tried to find the Tomica Nissan dealership, but couldn’t.

 

 

 

Tomica Premium Nissan leopard rusting

It has only been a few days since the release of the Tomica Premium Leopard:

 

But someone has decided to make a rusting in the field version! jyoukeisozai24 on YAJ has made this and I find it kinda interesting. I know that Japan does have a bunch of abandoned cars.

Here are the pictures.

Details.. gotta give props for that!

Artist: jyoukeisozai24

Rusting Zenki Nissan Leopard model 2

m_and_ha on YAJ sells these really done models. The whole theme (at least from what I have seen) is cars rusting away. Seriously, he puts in some real effort because while it looks cool, it is also sad (to imagine the a car like that). So when art actually tugs at your emotions, I think there is something to be said about that.

 

I shared a previous model here: Rusting Nissan Leopard Scale model

artist: m_and_ha

2018 Tomica 1:64 Nissan leopard

A few months ago some of the Japanese brothers (ishii and Noguchi-san) sent me a picture .

 

Since I was unfamiliar of the differences as Noguchi-san got me the whole set of Tomica Limited Vintage Neo.

 

They were excited because this is a “Regular” Tomica and has opening doors. I also feel the general idea of having Leopards as mini cars somewhat recognition these cars.

Itabashi-san sent me this picture. Many of the leopard guys bought multiples when the Tomica version was released the other day.

 

 

I can’t wait to get my hands a couple! I really want to add to my collection.

 

2018 Carshop Friend Calendar

Last May (2017) Kuze-san gave me the 2017 calendar. I loved it! In fact, I saved the pictures.

2018’s Calendar was from the 31st Anniversary meeting I went to in Hakone. It was great to meet many friends and enjoy the company of everyone that I’ve only talked to online.

 

I wanted to promote this as I will give a better review when I get my 2018 Calendar.

BBS Wheel mystery

Did BBS wheels come on Infiniti M30s?

 

Jim P brought this up to me. It had fallen off my radar, but since it is unsolved, I want to give my theory.

In the mid to late 2000s, I was doing exhaustive research into the M30s (along with others on F31club forums). BBS wheels were seen on many of the Zenki (1st generation) F31 Leopards and so many of us thought it was an OEM option.

In 2017, I asked many of the Leopard owners about it and I was told it is NOT an OEM option. I was told that the Japanese love BBS because of the design and quality.

UPDATE 7/3/2018

 

In 2004/5, I don’t think anyone was an original owner of any of the M30s (owners that came to F31club or was in contact with me). Even though the M30 was 10 years old (rounding) at the time, much of the information and parts availability had already been gone or started to disappear. Nobody had the options brochure or even seen it.

 

 

Here was my theory back then.

 

I felt that BBS wheels were a dealer option. There was one distinctive design:

Now the theory had some valid reasoning, but no conclusive evidence (like in a brochure).

I came to the conclusion that BBS wheels were offered to the last year Infiniti M30 convertible based on observation (this was an old theory).

  1. Based on that many of the Leopard owners had BBS wheels, we naturally thought it as an option for the M30. When I did some research and picture searching, I noticed for the most part, M30 convertibles had BBS wheels (again, this was in the mid 2000s).
  2. 1992 was the last year of the M30. At this time, the Q45 and possibly the G20, also came factory with BBS wheels. This might have something to do with the “t” or touring trim level. Subsequent models also had BBS wheels. Maybe Infiniti worked with BBS? Remember, Infiniti was an up and coming Luxury brand and BMW used BBS wheels. What we do know is that the M30 has a 4×114 pattern, so the Q45 BBS wheels would not fit based on it being a 5×114 pattern.

    Q45 with BBS wheels

     

  3. This bit of info was passed on from one of the convertible owners in 2005. Since the M30 convertible was making the sales, It was marketed as a “sportier version M30” due to the convertible top. The options to make the M30 convertible look sportier included the spoiler, a front lip (as seen in this brochure), and possibly BBS wheels.

    Infiniti M30 with front lip. As seen in the Brochure.

     

  4. Dealers would offer accessories and upgrades. While the M30 did have limited options, wheels could have been a common upgrade. Even if you go to the dealership nowadays and buy a car, there are options that you can add or upgrade. Wheels are one of those options. As aforementioned above, maybe BBS and Infiniti had a deal from after 1992 as many Infiniti models did come with BBS wheels. Maybe the dealer offered through 3rd party option? I am also wondering during that time, how many aftermarket wheel manufactures were available? Car tuning for Imports might have been limited, but I think Import car wheels started to get steam until the mid or late 90’s.

 

Conclusion – The BBS wheel is something that needs to be verified. The further away we get from 1992, the undiscovered/unverified/undisclosed information will be difficult if not lost to time.