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Building model kits is a popular hobby in Japan enjoyed by anime fans and craftsmen alike. Model kits are often based on a wide range of subjects, from anime characters and figurines, to classic cars and airplanes, to Gundam figures and mini race-able 4WD cars. Similar to other model kits, the assembly time and level of detail varies from set to set. Among the most popular choices in Japan for model kits, Gundam figures and mini 4WD cars top the list. There are often special stores in Akihabara dedicated to collectors of model kits. Everything you need as a beginner can be found at these hobby shops and online, along with forums and shows where people showcase their creations and hard work. With the growing popularity of social media apps and websites, it's easy to connect with other collectors and share the various models fans have assembled over the years.
Popular in Asia, racing mini 4WD's made from these model kits has become more and more relevant over the years. Since 2006, Japan has hosted the National Mini 4WD Championships in Spring, Summer, and Autumn each year. While these kits aren't as complicated to make as a Gundam figure, there are plenty of factors to consider when creating the perfect racer, including the weight, motor configuration, chassis type, bumpers used, and so many more factors. As of right now, Japan holds the world record for the longest 4WD track, but the record was already taken once by Thailand (to which Japan retook the record again).
The finished product for a mini 4WD kit. While this product is completed in stock form, there are plenty of upgrades and other parts that can be added on, to improve the looks and functionality of the racer.
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