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FROM THE October 2009 ISSUE

Aoshima Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R
Aoshima No. 041956
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: See dealer
Pros: Fun assembly; working suspension; nice finished appearance.
Cons: Imprecise fascia and hood fit; a few debatable body-shape issues
Nissan's new GT-R has been a worldwide sensation; subject of bragging rights by lapping the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife track in 7 minutes 29 seconds, beating most competitors and a slew of far-more- expensive exotics.

This model is the "Premium Edition" of the kit; included are wheels painted gunmetal rather than aluminum plating seen in the standard kit. Also included was a second set of decals, in case the first set was damaged by being packaged with some of the plastic parts.

The wheels look good as-is, but the spokes had slight surface distortions from part thickness, so I block-sanded the faces smooth and refinished them using a bright aluminum "chrome" base and transparent smoke over the metallic finish. The tire sidewall profile is narrow.
Underneath is a separate rear exhaust system attaching to the middle section molded to the chassis. Wheel hub/strut assemblies trap separate plated brake rotors between two-part calipers, allowing them to rotate inside the calipers. The rotors detail nicely with paint and a black wash to accent the cooling holes. There are separate chrome exhaust tips. Four springs mount over the struts and four slotted discs are included that hold the working suspension compressed while it is assembled. After the glue dries, remove the discs and the suspension works. Customizers may utilize the discs permanently to make for a more-aggressive lowered appearance.
The interior assembles in typical platform fashion, with two-piece bucket seats. The inner glass is frosted where you paint it black (no masks provided). There are decals for the instrument panel, navigation/performance meter screen, and steering wheel. The dashboard is right-hand-drive only.

The body has a separate hood with separate intake ducts, facilitating painting them black. The front fascia has a separate inner center which helps to reduce the amount of masking and painting separate colors. Taillights are three parts each, clear red, clear, and a chrome bezel that accentuates their appearance. Headlights have two small lenses that glue into the bezels, and the bezels trap the clear covers into the front fenders and fascia. The four-piece rear spoiler is tricky to assemble; a decal is included for the third brake light.
Mirrors mount to a small engraved "footprint" on the body. I decided to drill and pin the mirrors for strength.

The hood fit could be a bit better, though the leading edge fits the fascia contours well. The front and rear fascias needed careful coaxing/bending to line up flush with the fenders (best done before painting). Decals are provided to detail exterior emblems.

This is a fun kit to assemble. Compared to Tamiya's GT-R, it is much more affordable; compared to Fujimi's GT-R, it may be easier to find at your local hobby shop.


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