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Aoshima Toyota Celsior

February 2004
RELATED TOPICS: AOSHIMA | PLASTIC
Toyota Celsior
Aoshima No. 030400
Model Type: 1/24 scale injection-molded plastic model kit
Molded Colors: Black, chrome-plated, clear, satin-plated, white
MSRP: $24.50
Pros: Warp-free body, working suspension, great wheels and exhaust system
Cons: Suspension looks inaccurate, some parts fit issues
Aoshima took a Toyota Celsior - the Japanese version of the Lexus LS400 - added a body kit by a company called Admiration, and some low-profile Pirelli tires. They also included a working suspension system that isn't terribly realistic, but adds to the kit's "fun" factor.

The 136-piece kit has clear, white, and black molded parts, along with chrome- and satin-plated items. There was little flash; however, the parts didn't have the crisp look of other Japanese kits. The windows were a little foggy, but were thin.

The body is molded with minimal mold lines and zero warpage, and it compares well to the photos. The opening trunk lid didn't fit until a lot of trimming was done. The front and rear fascias and the side skirts needed a little TLC to fit properly.

The interior is a well-detailed platform-style unit. The right-hand-drive dash is well done and includes decals for the instruments and the GPS display. The two-piece front seats didn't fit together well and needed lots of sanding to hide the seams.

The chassis is okay; major detail concessions were made to incorporate the working suspension. Minimal engine detail is molded in, but the exhaust system, with its separate chrome mufflers and tips, looks nice.

The nicest part of the suspension is the great-looking drilled disc brakes, seen behind the best part of the kit: the wheels. When assembled and wrapped around the directional Pirelli tires, they look great.

I spent about ten hours building this model, most of it fiddling around with the body. It goes together well, and looks even better. I'd recommend it to any modeler of intermediate experience who wants to build a model of a high-style sports-sedan/people-mover/grocery-getter vehicle.

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