Hasegawa 1/24 Honda N360 (NI) 1967
The Honda N360 is a small front-engine, front-wheel drive, two-passenger two-box automobile manufactured and marketed by Honda from March 1967 through 1970 in compliance with Japan’s kei car regulations. After a January 1970 facelift, the N360 became the NIII360 and continued in production until June 1972. A larger-engined variant, the N600, was marketed through 1973. All models complied with Japanese kei car dimensional regulations, though vehicles with the 401 cc and 598 cc engines exceeded the kei engine displacement limits and were largely intended for international sales.
The N360 featured front wheel drive and an air-cooled, four stroke, 354 cc, 31 PS (23 kW) two-cylinder engine, derived from the Honda CB450 motorcycle engine and reduced to comply with kei car regulations, which limited maximum engine displacement.
This same engine was also used in the Honda Vamos, with a beam axle/leaf spring rear suspension.
With the N360 nameplate, along with its variants, Honda used the “N” prefix, designating “norimono” (translating from Japanese to English as “vehicle” ) — to distinguish the car from its motorcycle production.
Out of the brute horse power that Hasegawa has been offering during the last month in the like of the OMRON 962 and many other WRC 1/24 model kits, Hasegawa brings a more humble car. Presenting the new 1/24 Honda N360 (NI) from 1967. I was very surprised to see so much detail on this model kit. It is a 1/24 but still as small as the real car. When you get 144 parts on such a small package, expect a very detailed model.
The kit is molded in clear, white and dark gray and a chromed sprue. It comes with vinyl tires featuring a realistic pattern. I liked the fact that the tires have no mold line and dry transfers are provided to recreate the white walls. The body shells comes beautifully molded with no sink marks to write home about. The rest of the sprues are of the highest quality injection molding I’ve seen. The styrene used on this model is of high quality with very delicate injection gates. This in turn give us model builders small parts that won’t suffer much stress during removal.