As I mentioned in my original post about the movie ‘5000km to Glory’, there is a little bit of movie merchandising related to the film, even though it was largely forgotten until it’s recent release on DVD and Bluray. I have seen the movie soundtrack album (on vinyl naturally!) for sale on Yahoo! Japan Auctions in the past and other items, such as sets of postcards, but the best thing I have ever come across related to it is this lovely 1/24 scale model kit, made by Eidai. To be honest, when I first found this kit, I didn’t initially realise it was related to the film. Only a little later when I noticed the style of the ‘5000’ logo on the box did it dawn on me what it was! The 510 modeled in the kit is actually that of a 1968 model which makes it a little unusual as most 510 model kits are 1969 onward versions with the larger tail light and restyled grille.
As with virtually all old Japanese model kits, it is engineered to be motorised, but it does come with an interior of sorts and has a nice degree of detail. This includes an opening bonnet, with some engine bay detail, which painted carefully could look quite good. It also comes with two sets of decals, presumably to allow you to make either car from the film. Sadly, I don’t think I will ever make this kit though as it’s quite probably very rare… unless of course I ever find another one!