Last month I looked at the range of plastic kits available depicting Nissan Silvia and Gazelle series. This time it’s the turn of the Sunny range. Kits of the Nissan/Datsun Sunny series only really cover the first four incarnations, the B10, B110, B210 and B310, although the latter is quite poorly represented. Regardless of generation, the kits available are all models of the coupe variants, as seem to be the way with the majority of Japanese model kits. Most have some kind of motorisation, either by battery and electric motor or by simple clockwork mechanisms. I have had only around half a dozen different Sunny models, so unfortunately I can’t comment of the accuracy or quality on many of them, but I have compiled a run down listing most of the kits I have seen. Most are now obsolete and some will be very rare and expensive, but all of them still pop up from time to time on Japanese auction sites.

First we’ll start at the beginning with models of the first generation of Sunny launched in 1966, the B10… or more specifically the KB10, as it is only the coupe which is represented here. The model kit box shown at the top of this article, of a green KB10, is made by a company called Sharp and is in 1/32 scale. Slightly smaller than kits made by Crown, who seem to have been the major manufacturer of B10 kits, although it is likely all are based on only one tooling. All seem to be in the unusual scale of 1:28. The only other kit of a KB10 I have seen is made by Arii, although I don’t know what scale is in. It’s possible it may have been as large as 1/20 as Arii made many kits in that scale.

The second generation Sunny coupe, the KB110 is slightly better supported, with kits coming from several manufacturers. The most common kit to find is undoubtedly the 1/24 scale offering from Doyusha which is part of their Nostalgic Heroes series. This is almost certainly a re-issue of a much older kit but I am not sure of its origin. The quality of this kit isn’t too bad, although the tyres included are far too wide and quite disproportionate. With some time and a change of wheels, it can be made into a very good looking model. The Doyusha kit was also available at one time from Pit Road, who issued a version complete with resin wheels and a rear spoiler, plus decals to recreate the Marusen Technica race car. The kit quality is obviously the same as Doyusha, but the decals are really excellent and the resin cast steel wheels add a touch of authenticity to the finished model…

Nicest of the B110 kits I have seen came from Marui, albeit in an odd 1/22 scale. Although the moulding isn’t of very high quality and the kit is not terribly accurate, it seems to capture the KB110 really well… and of course features fantastic box art. The version I own is the blue street racer version shown at the bottom, below. The race versions are highly likely to be exactly the same kit, but with extra decals. The street version has no chrome parts at all, but does come with some fantastic SSR Mk1 wheels in a satin aluminium finish…

Lastly, I have seen some kits of the much rarer KPB110 version of the Sunny, known as the Sunny Excellent in Japan. This lightly restyled Sunny has a slightly longer and more pointed front end to accomodate a larger L series engine and has many small styling and detail differences. I have never managed to get hold of any of these kits, so I know almost nothing about them, but I think they usually come in 1/32 or 1/28 scale. Those shown here are made by IM…

On to the next generation, the KB210, or rather the KPB210, as it seems that the only version of this car to be modelled is the Sunny Excellent coupe. At least five different manufacturers have come out with versions of this car, with scales varying from 1/30 to 1/22. The easiest to get hold, of and the only one currently available new, is the Doyusha Nostalgic Heroes kit. This isn’t a bad kit and although it’s supposed to be 1/24 scale, it does seem to be a little larger than that. 1/22 Perhaps? Curiously, it features an opening tailgate, which by the look of it, may be quite tricky to assemble. The accuracy isn’t too bad and it will make a sharp looking model with some effort. As with all of the Nostalgic Heroes series, it’s a re-issue of an older kit, although again its origins are unclear.

Otaki made a decent version, although it’s unfortunately in the odd 1/28th scale. It’s quite a simple kit, but the finished result looks very nice and a fairly accurate model can be built from it. They re-issued the kit a few times in different boxes but all are rather old now and getting hard to find…

Some of the nicest looking kit boxes come from Nakamura, although the kits are usually in a weird 1/30 scale. The quality of the kit is not known, but expect to find facility for a motor if not a clockwork mechanism…

Probably the best bet for making an accutate model in a true 1/24 scale are the versions made by Eidai Grip. These have been issued with various versions with different box art. The kit, while rather simple, is well proportioned and accurately molded. Naturally, this old kit is one of the harder ones to find…

The only other manufacturers  of KPB210 kits I have come across are Aoshima and Crown. The former made a 1/32 version whilst the latter produced a 1/28 scale version. This came both with and without arch flares and alloy wheels. I have no idea what either kit is like unfortunately, but I would expect them to be quite simple, as most in this scale are. Probably worth finding the Crown models for the box art alone though!

Lastly we come to the B310 series, which represented the last of the rear wheel drive Sunnys. The Front wheel drive B11 model, which followed on from 1982, doesn’t seem to have been captured in plastic at all, which is a pity, and even the B310 is only available from one manufacturer, Gunze Sangyo. So far I have only seen two versions of this kit and although I have never seen one in person, I would expect it to be quite a good kit coming from Gunze Sangyo. Best of all it’s modelled in proper 1/24 scale. These are quite rare kits and are often very expensive when they do turn up, but I would think you could build a fantastic model from one.

That about wraps it up for Sunny kits. Next month I’ll be taking a look at Nissan laurel kits.

4 thoughts on “Sunny Kits

  1. HoTWire says:

    Well that explains why I can never find B310 model kits then. Would be nice to have a few and try some different looks on them, but I suspect the kits are rarer than my actual car! 🙂

    Thanks for the great post Eddie.

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  2. RatDat says:

    Unfortunately whenever I have seen a B310 kit for sale it’s been crazy money. I am quite surprised B310 models aren’t more common given the interest in the cars in Japan.

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  3. HoTWire says:

    Yeah, I’ve not even seen any matchbox type cars of them either. I figured with the Ts-Cup and street popularity there would be more small scale version. Shame really.

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  4. RatDat says:

    I’ve only got one B310 Sunny model and that’s a pre-facelift coupe made by Diapet. It’s not amazingly accurate like most Diapet’s but captures the car reasonably well.

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