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Aoshima Lamborghini Aventador

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Lamborghini Aventador
Aoshima No. 001431
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, gray, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $44.95
Pros: Good detail and fit throughout; nice finish on chrome
Cons: Some sink marks on body; some tricky parts of assembly

The Aventador was introduced in February 2011 as the replacement for the Murcielago.

There are two versions of the kit; one that includes an engine, intended for the domestic Japanese market, and an export version that has a more basic engine shell. This review is for the export version.

The body parts are molded in white, interior parts in gray and chassis in black. Wheels and other detail parts are chrome-plated, and taillights are translucent red and orange. Window masks are provided.

he chassis pan has good underside detail with the various ducts, diffuser vanes, and lower control arms crisply molded. Suspension is fairly simple, with separate upper control arms, pushrods, and tie rod for the poseable front wheels. The massive brakes are well done with good disc and caliper detail with a choice of white or black Lamborghini decals. Wheels have a nice satin chrome finish, nice hub detail, and decals for the center caps. Tires have good tread detail and size detail on the sidewalls, but no manufacturer name. Fit was good throughout, and mine sits squarely on all four wheels without tweaking.
Most of the parts are shared between the full-detail and simplified-engine versions. Thankfully this means the basic engine is a separate from the engine bay, making painting a snap.

There are a couple of mistakes in the instructions regarding decals in steps 10 and 11. Decals for the shock absorbers in step 10 should be number 36 instead of 13 and in step 11 shows the Lamborghini decals reading to the inside of the engine; they should read to the outside. Unfortunately I didn’t notice the latter until I had them in place. Even with the simplified engine, the detail is pretty good; most will be pretty well hidden under shrouding when completely assembled anyway.

Parts count for the interior isn’t real high either, but everything is accounted for and detail is good. The dashboard assembly is made up of 6 pieces. The gauges are supplied in decal form with a choice of two displays, and mount to the back side of a clear panel. All that is needed is a little trim painting, and the result is impressive.

The main body shell is broken up into several pieces, but all where there are panel breaks on the 1:1 car. There are a couple of minor sink marks at the front and rear of the body that could use some filler. Fit of all the panels is good.

The large air intakes on the upper rear quarters have the option of open or closed position, and the rear wing can be positioned up or down. All the various intake ducts are separate parts, also making painting quite easy. The mesh covering for the ducts is handled by a decal over a clear panel.

Headlight buckets should be painted black, with just the LEDs and headlight bezel picked out in chrome. Separate parts of the taillight lenses are molded in the proper colors, so no painting is necessary. Diecut masks are provided for painting the black trim around the windows, and they fit perfectly, as do the windows.

The hinging mechanism is not super precise, but it does work pretty well and the fit of the doors to the body is good. The remainder of final assembly went flawlessly, and the body dropped onto the chassis easily and snapped smartly in place.

There are a couple of tricky bits to this one, but overall, it was an enjoyable build.


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