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1/18 Wangan Midnight “Akumal no Z” Datsun by AUTOart

There’s an interesting intersection between the worlds of Japanese Manga comics and scale model cars. AUTOart is a regular at exploring this space, this time with a 1:18 scale version of the “Akuma no Z” Nissan Fairlady Z from Wangan Midnight.



Wangan Midnight (湾岸ミッドナイト) is a Japanese manga comic series written and illustrated by Michiharu Kusunoki. It won the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award for general manga.

The story has its roots in the street racing culture centered on the Bayshore Route of Tokyo’s Shuto Expressway. “Wangan” (literally bayshore in Japanese) is the longest, straightest road in Japan. Because of the road traffic to contend with, including a fair number of heavy trucks, the racing action is inherently hazardous and wrecks are common. Blown engines are also a frequent hazard among the extremely high power engines.

AUTOart once again faithfully replicates a famous vehicle from manga fiction, recreating the Devil Z exactly according to the comic series, down to the smallest details of the model. You may notice that some details are different from the Devil Z that appeared in the live action film and the animated series, such as the light covers, which were absent from the film but were shown in the printed comic series. Logically, the light cover is a must for a car reaching its top speed of 300km/h (186 mph).  The 1/18 die-cast model features small details of the Devil Z after having been reworked following the crash, which set the car on fire and burned it badly:

*Midnight Blue body color
*Tuned L28 twin turbo engine
*Big front intercooler
*Head light cover
*Front aero parts
*Door mirrors
*License plate
*8-spoke wide wheels
*Low ground clearance
*Large brake rotors
*100-liter gasoline tank
*Big-bore muffler and exhaust pipes
*Roll cage
*Tower bar front and rear
*Bucket seats with 4-point seatbelts 
*Sport Steering wheel
*340km speedometer and turbo boost gauge

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