Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The insane detail of the Tomica Limited Vintage Hino Ladder Fire Engine & Chemical Fire Engine...

Does it seem a certain red Datsun Wagon is just a tad overexposed right now?  It is everywhere, and it hasn't even hit the pegs yet.  We are obviously big fans of said wagon ourselves, but we acknowledge it might represent the peak of Hot Wheels JDM hype, yo.

So, we are going to help you a bit today.  Fan boys aren't posting pics of cambered Japanese fire trucks, so there may not be any frenzy surrounding these.  To grab their attention, then, we are going to have to use a red wagon to gateway folks into sticking around for the photos below.  Here it is, a red Datsun Wagon:

Stare at it.  It's pretty cool ain't it.  It is actually one of our favorite TLV's, even if it isn't a Super Treasure Hunt.  And it's stock.  And we...love...that.

But that isn't the normal Lamley background, is it.  Something is in the way.  Here is another pic of that Datsun:

Looks good at this angle too, doesn't it.  Still though, there is this other thing getting in the way.  It seems to crowding out the Wagon.  But start looking at that other model.  The Datsun has served its purpose.  This post is about that absolutely mind-boggling Hino Fire Truck next to it.

This Ladder Truck and its Chemical Fire companion arrived from Japan Booster last week, and we just have to show both.

We have clamored about Tomica Limited Vintage's dedication to scale.  If a real Datsun Wagon sat next a Hino Ladder Truck, it would look like the photo above.  So that's cool.

But this post isn't about scale, it is about detail.  It is how Tomica Limited Vintage can create two firetrucks that someone like me, who has no connection to the real vehicles whatsoever, and who lost most of his interest in fire trucks when he was seven, can become completely obsessed with.

This is about detail.  And while we don't know the names and function of most of the gadgets and gizmos on these models, we are happy they are there.  As we have said before, the TLV designers make a model only if they have a real vehicle to review, prod over, study, and replicate.  So you know that these fire engines were combed over.

So we are going to hand over the reigns to the Lamley studio and camera, so you can see what we are talking about.  We may jump in here or there with a comment, but this post is about the photos.


TOMICA LIMITED VINTAGE NEO LV-N24b HINO TC343 Ladder Fire Engine (Oyama Dept.)

This may be the pinnacle of of the Tomica Limited Vintage collection.  And all the evidence you need is the ladder.

Just keep watching that ladder.

There is no possible way to show the length of the ladder in our studio, which was built for you standard Hot Wheels car.  We will do the best we can.  But you will get the idea.  This ladder is long...

Hydrolics.  Yes.  Hydrolics.

TOMICA LIMITED VINTAGE NEO LV-N36a 1/64 HINO KB324 Chemical Fire Engine (Tahara Dept):

1 comment:

  1. John,

    Those two firetrucks will not fit in your Carney displays so you should just go ahead and send them to me for proper displaying. :)