Used to be, the Fifth Generation Honda Civic was as common as Bott’s Dots on an LA freeway. A couple of decades of hard commuting miles, unsympathetic secondary market buyers and rust have reduced their numbers significantly. The ones that remain are likely to be fitted with fart-can exhausts and stick-on vents from Pep Boys – so unless you’re in to that sort of thing, potential Civic shoppers looking for a nice example have been mostly out of luck.
Welcome to another Toy Tuesday at Hatchtopia. Today, we’ll be looking at something that will probably be a bit advanced for your typical hatchback-enthusiast child… who are we fooling – all of the previous toys have been strictly for grown-ups anyway.
Do you enjoy Exacto Knives? The attendant slices in your finger tips? The smell of
aviation fuel glue? Have I got a little project for you – a paper Volkswagen Golf.
I’ve decided to make Toy Tuesday a semi-regular feature here at Hatchtopia. Why? Because it’s fun. This particular ride is a hyper-realistic version of the 1st Generation Datsun Z, rolling on a 390 millimeter wheelbase. I think you’ll agree that the detail on this car is very impressive at any size.
By now, everyone knows of my love for Hatchbacks. Some of you may know of my love of Legos. My collection started when I was about 4 and developed to the point that by age 12, I had enough Lego cars, buildings, minifigs (the people) and accessories to create a pretty sizable town that I had laid out on a 4×8 sheet of plywood supported by sawhorses in the basement. It was there that I became an Urban Planner – my current career. That emphasis on the layout of the town and the buildings within was probably why I never developed too many detailed car models. I did have a fleet of various cars that populated my table-town, but they were mostly mass-produced: either copies of retail models, or variations on a couple of my own standard designs. But one thing was common, the design had to fit on the roads in my town.
It was that road-width issue that kept me from branching out too far like the creator of today’s feature.