This little gem appeared in my local model shop a few weeks ago, they occasionally dig through their old stock and classics such as this appear on their shelves as if by magic. My wife’s first decent car was a Rav 4, so this one had to be purchased, and a few weeks later here she is painted in the colours of my Wife’s beloved Rav complete with custom printed decals for the number plate.
Kit Manufacturer: Airfix
Kit No. 07400
Type: My Wife’s 1995 Toyota Rav 4
Extras used: OOB (Out of the Box) apart from plasticard number plates with custom printed registration decals.
Paints and colours used: Humbrol Enamel #50 (Green Mist Metallic) darkened down with Humbrol Enamel #21 (Black gloss) for body work. Humbrol Enamel #21 Gloss Black for gloss exterior black areas. Mix of Tamiya German Grey XF-63 and Tamiya Gloss Black X-1 to create dark grey satin finish for plastic trims. Tamiya clear red and orange for brake and indicator lights. Mr Metal Color Aluminium for wheels. Tamiya LJN Gray (Sasebo Arsenal) XF-77 for interior. Alclad 2 Aqua Gloss for final gloss finish polished with MicroMesh from grit #3600 to #12000.
Weathering: Flory Dark dirt wash for panel lines. India ink wash for wheels.
Verdict: It’s a long time since I built a car model, and I’ve never built an Airfix one… Aside from my delight at finding a model of a Rav 4, the kit itself is pretty average. It goes together well enough with no major issues and is reasonably detailed. But I found the glass to be a bit murky and the few decals that were included were way out of register. The kit is Right Hand Drive (great for the UK) and is the automatic version (this is also great because my Wife’s car was an auto). Don’t rush out and buy one, but if you want to build up a reasonable looking SWB RAV 4 this kit will do the job.