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#652 Daihatsu Midget

Building the iconic 1957 Daihatsu Midget DMK from a Micro Ace/Arii kit with some scratch modifications. No electronics in this one.



The Daihatsu Midget was introduced in 1957 and it is fair to say it became one of the most iconic vehicles in Daihatsu history. In total there were 317152 units produced


The Kit

Paint Scheme

To the extent I kept track of this…

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
upper beige   70.917 Beige
lower green   70.885 Pastel Green
seat brown   70.846 Mahogany Brown + 70.889 Olive Brown 4:1

Build Log

The kit itself is quite basic but a lot of fun for just ¥750.


I decided to discard the hard roof from the kit and refine the frame and tray. Later I’ll add “vinyl roof” like the original Daihatsu Midget DMK from 1957.


Using the classic pastel green and beige colour scheme.


Discovering for myself just how amazing a Molotow Liquid Chrome pen is


The build so far… I’m still working on a vinyl cab cover to replace the hard shell from the kit, and I’d like to put this in a diorama or at least a street scene from Tokyo in the 50s.



Adding a Custom Tarp



How it’s going - very happy with the tarp. Now back on the shelf and I’ll call this complete for the time being while I contemplate and collect ideas for a diorama.







Credits and References

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
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