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Aoshima Toyota Hilux

April 2004
RELATED TOPICS: AOSHIMA | TRUCK | PLASTIC
Toyota Hilux pickup
Aoshima No. 31629
Model Type: Injection-molded plastic kit
Molded Colors: White, clear, chrome-plated
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $31.80
Pros: Interior detail, tires
Cons: Warped bed
When I first received the information regarding this review build, I had never heard of a Toyota Hilux pickup truck. I had to do some research regarding the looks and styles of these trucks. Little did I know that I would see one first hand on the island of St. Marteen in the Caribbean on my recent honeymoon.

I was walking around the shopping area when I first noticed a white four-door pickup truck. At first glance I noticed it was a local police vehicle, and it was a Toyota Hilux. So I took a few steps around and took mental notes on certain items. The overall look of the truck is that of a Toyota Tacoma, sold here in the United States. One of the biggest differences was the left-hand drive configuration, which is rarely seen here.

I build European and Japanese tuner cars almost exclusively, so I was looking forward to opening the box and see what this truck had to offer. At first glance there were lots of parts, which I was excited about, because Japanese kits (Aoshima and Fujimi) have great molded parts but lack on certain detail such as; full engine detail and sparse interiors.

While browsing through the parts trees, I noticed how well the parts were molded. The one drawback in that Aoshima kits, directions, and paints are all in Japanese. Doing some research, I figured out that Gunze Sangyo paints were being called for. You may be able to find these paints at your local hobby shop.

There was minimal trimming of flash, compared to an American kit; all of the parts are laid out well. The molding points on each part have been thought out to avoid being seen from the outside.

Starting with the chassis assembly, almost every part is pinned, so there is no confusion or misplacement while building. The suspension detail was superb, which accented the lower engine and transmission cases. The big "beefy" front end fit the truck well.

There were too many chromed parts in the undercarriage; it was more of a "show" truck than one you might see on the streets. But after the chassis was completed, I did start to like its "flashy" show look.

After I finished the chassis, it was time to put the swampers on. The tires were great, and the truck's stance is just right.

The truck's bed was molded in several pieces. After I assembled the bed pieces, I noticed it was warped, which made for a difficult time later with assembly. If the bed was molded as one piece, there might have been more of a chance of it being straight from side to side. The cab required no sanding of seam lines and was molded straight. The fender flares were a great addition to the Hilux kit.

Overall, the interior looked great and fit well. It had good detail and wasn't a molded tub that is typical of Japanese kits. The seats were in two pieces and there were two shifters, one for the four-wheel-drive system. Also included is the emergency brake handle that sticks out from the dash.

The Toyota was painted with Colors by Boyd Gloss White. I was looking for white pearl to airbrush, but I could only find it in a spray can by Tamiya.

All of the glass and lighting fit perfectly. the body is even tabbed to the chassis for a proper fit.

I was disappointed when it was time to attach the bed; it didn't go on well because of the warpage mentioned earlier, so I had to make repairs so it would fit properly.

I recommend this Toyota Hilux Double Cab Lift Up to anyone that wants to build a 4x4 without heavily modifying or customizing a standard pickup truck kit. This kit would be a great "weathered" build for a muddy diorama.

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