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Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24 completed January 20th 2019.

Pros:

It's much better kit than the Fujimi version, which uses a generic floor pan unrealistic to the Soarer. Easily assembled, well moulded. The underside has plenty of detail except the brakes.This particular version also came with P/E badges for the front, rear and sides.

Cons:

Curbside. Boxed wheels and tyres seem too small for the car. Ride height is too high. Brakes lack detail - having small discs and weedy calipers. Detail inside the headlight recess is low, having only one transparent part insert and a lot of flat space.

Verdict:

If you want a 1/24 Soarer, get this Aoshima one. It builds up into a nice model kit of the Toyota Soarer with only a small amount of effort. Recommended.

Build notes:

I changed the wheels, then changed the tyres on those wheels for more low-profile ones. I've added seatbelt retainers, plus some items on the pasenger seat - a couple of CDs, a magazine and a copy of the newspaper Mainichi Shimbun. I saw this kit in a secondhand shop for the price of about £5. It seems to be as old as the copyright date, early 1990s. It's had a long wait to get built, and I wonder how many owners had it in a stash and overlooked it. Well, now it has it's moment, having waited 11 months in my own stash. It's painted Tamiya TS-54 light metallic blue. The underside has been weathered with Pinnacle weathering powder - "coal dust". The chrome trim is Bare Metal Foil and the headlamps are Molotow-Chrome. The back lights have been given a coat of Tamiya smoke. The interior shiny leather is Halfords Ford Dove Grey.


Kit bought in Tokyo, Feb 2018

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

Aoshima Toyota Soarer 4.0 GT Limited 1/24

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