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Old 08-22-2015, 02:18 AM   #16
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Re: Mazda MX-5s

At last some progress! The NB is basically ready; just waiting for some paint to dry before gluing the headlights and windscreen, then body on to completed chassis and interior. Photos below of where I am up to. On to the NC!

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Old 08-23-2015, 10:34 PM   #18
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It's almost odd to see that in silver; here in the US the Mazdaspeed was originally Titanium Gray or Velocity Red, then in '05 they added Black Mica and Lava Orange. I'm surprised how many Lava Orange ones I've seen, there are several locally and I nearly bought a perfect one w/factory HT before getting my NC.

Flyin' Miata makes some great upgrades to fix the various issues w/the factory turbo to make it the beast it deserves to be!

I sat in a new base-model ND a week ago, it's a neat car, smaller than the NC, you sit higher, seat is more comfortable, your head is closer to the top of the windscreen. Top operation is easier to put up than NC, harder to put down. Smaller trunk. Will drive a manual whenever they get them in.
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:49 AM   #19
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It's almost odd to see that in silver; here in the US the Mazdaspeed was originally Titanium Gray or Velocity Red, then in '05 they added Black Mica and Lava Orange. I'm surprised how many Lava Orange ones I've seen, there are several locally and I nearly bought a perfect one w/factory HT before getting my NC.

Flyin' Miata makes some great upgrades to fix the various issues w/the factory turbo to make it the beast it deserves to be!

I sat in a new base-model ND a week ago, it's a neat car, smaller than the NC, you sit higher, seat is more comfortable, your head is closer to the top of the windscreen. Top operation is easier to put up than NC, harder to put down. Smaller trunk. Will drive a manual whenever they get them in.
I don't know the numbers (my wife would!) but the Sunlight Silver is quite common in SEs here in Aus. Previous owner had spend a lot of money on some nice performance upgrades (including Flyin' Miata) but it had has very little running since.

Interested now to see if I will fit in an ND; I am 6"5' and just fit in the NB!
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:23 AM   #20
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Better get some Soul Red paint, looks like Tamiya's doing the new Roadster

They say tall people fit a bit better into the ND, the way they designed the seat to recline a bit more...it's tighter than the NC in width, but I like the close-coupled feel, though again wish they'd include a steering column that adjusts for reach as well as height. All I can say is, if you sit in a BMW Z3/Z4 or a Porsche Boxster/Cayman, they have tons more available legroom than any MX5 will ever have.
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:30 PM   #21
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Cool news about the ND. I just saw the "Mazda Roadster" in my Hobby Search newsletter. A new kit number (24342 I think) so I was hoping for the ND rather than an NA re-release. Though I think Tamiya still make the NA, so makes more sense it is a new tooling.
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Cool news about the ND. I just saw the "Mazda Roadster" in my Hobby Search newsletter. A new kit number (24342 I think) so I was hoping for the ND rather than an NA re-release. Though I think Tamiya still make the NA, so makes more sense it is a new tooling.
The previous ones were "Eunos Roadster" and "Mazda Miata", the ND is known as the Roadster in Japan, MX5 everywhere? and very little use of the name Miata anymore. That said, 99.9% sure it's the ND. Knowing so many Miata people, it's easier now to call it by the series NA, NB, NC, or ND
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Cool,,,
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:07 AM   #24
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So the NB is now completed. Again, I will do some better photos once all three are done; assembling a light box for three models is easier than one for some reason!





A few previous MX-5 model lurking in the cabinet:



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ND is confirmed by Yellow Submarine Akihabara store.

It will be curbside, open top only, and comes with a driver figure.
New metallic red spray paint will be released, too.

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Excellent news; thanks for the update. Bit of a shame about curbside, but not too concerned. My wife will be disappointed if the driver figure is male only!
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Too much to ask for a soft top and LHD dash?
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I'm okay w/the Japanese-spec ND at least to start; they could release a LHD version w/17" wheels & the Club package for the US version later...or not. I wasn't expecting a full-blown kit for 2800 yen.
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Coincidentally enough, as I was reading Hiro's post on my way to work this morning, I saw my first ND on the road.
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Boo no uptop, Yay driver figure?

If history is any guide, Tamiya will make a second version with a LHD dash, hard top, and different wheels (and probably at the expense of the driver figure) down the line. But who knows.
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