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Aoshima Lamborghini Diablo GT

Aoshima No. 10501
Molded Colors: White, black, clear red, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $45
Pros: Working doors; good parts fit; correct shape
Cons: Painting instructions occasionally vague; no seat belts
Like many adolescent boys of the ’70s, I had a poster of the Lamborghini Countach on my wall. There was just nothing else like it!

I’ve never been quite as fond of its successor, the Diablo. The styling just seemed a bit disproportionate. Still, it’s a Lamborghini, and

I admit a Diablo looks pretty cool in person. It has been fairly well served by the modeling community with kits from Monogram, Italeri, Fujimi, and, now, Aoshima.

If you haven’t built a recent Aoshima kit, you owe it to yourself. Detail, fit, and finish are on par with the best in the business. The new Diablo kit features a fully detailed engine compartment, opening doors (that actually fit!), plus a full suspension and interior.

Mold quality is excellent with absolutely zero flash and requires only minimal cleanup.

I also used the Aoshima Detail Up  set (No. 10532), which includes photoetched-metal badging and a pair of turned-metal exhaust tips.

Chassis assembly is straightforward: a basic pan with the lower control arms molded in place front and back, and then adding the front upper arms, uprights, brakes, and tie rod. The front wheels are posable. Shocks, inner fenders, and brake cooling ducts complete the front end.

Fourteen exquisitely detailed components go into the 6.0 liter V12 engine and transaxle. It’s a shame that once stuffed into the chassis much of it isn’t visible.

The only place you’ll need to worry about removing seams is on the lower intake (parts 23 and 24). 

The rear sub-frame completes the chassis. Upper control arms, shocks, uprights, brakes and inner fenders finish the suspension. I chose to leave the exhaust off (Step 11) until after I’d mated the body to the chassis to ensure alignment.

The instructions don’t offer much guidance for painting these parts, so good reference photos are essential — I easily found what I needed with just a couple of Google searches.

The stellar interior includes separate parts for practically every detail. Again, find color reference photos to supplement the instructions. The instructions are OK, but photos will give you a better idea of how the interior components play together. For example, the dash has a separately molded top and that seems strange at first. But when you look at the finished interior, you understand what Lamborghini designers had in mind. 

The instrument panel is molded in clear plastic, but the gauge decals are placed on top, not beneath, so it doesn’t add any depth.

You’ll have to add your own seat belts.

The body perfectly captures the lines of the Diablo GT, depicting a limited-edition version that featured aggressive, racing-inspired bodywork. Aoshima has done a great job of designing the parts breakdown to make painting the various carbon-fiber and color parts a breeze. Aoshima also did a fantastic job of making the opening doors work nearly perfectly! 

If you buy the Detail Up set, a lot of the parts — mostly mesh grilles — are used assembling the body. The majority fit well, but I had to trim the two large rear grilles. However, they look considerably better than their plastic counterparts.

For being a relatively complex kit, Aoshima’s Diablo GT went together without any hiccups. Anyone with a couple of car kits under their belt should be able to get a good result. I highly recommend it!


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