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Aoshima Lamborghini Countach 5000

Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Countach 5000
Aoshima No. 048818
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $75.95
Pros: Excellent body appearance and details
Cons: Opening doors and thin A-pillars cause problems during assembly
Lamborghini Countach 5000
Aoshima’s all-new Countach kits seem to be a nice blend of detail without being nearly as finicky to assemble as Fujimi Enthusiast kits, nor overly simplified like Tamiya’s Countach kits.

There are more than 200 parts, all crisply molded. There are quarter window and headlight masks, a small photoetch fret, a few metal transfers, and a nice set of decals. Clear, amber, and transparent red lenses with chrome and satin chrome reflectors to back them up. A great presentation on the illustrated box cover and inside the box.

Then I noticed something odd about the body: the front of the roof looked pushed down, and from below, the rocker areas bowed outward. There are support sprues molded to the body in the windshield and door openings to allegedly keep it safe; the A-pillars are tiny and delicate, as they are just the windshield trim.

After looking it over carefully, and comparing it to a friend’s kit, my model’s body was definitely warped. This caused a series of unfortunate domino-effect issues to get the model finished to an acceptable appearance.

I got most of the warp out by care-fully bending the parts in the opposite direction before removing the sprue.
Lamborghini Countach underbody
The body’s appearance is excellent, capturing the look quite well. The opening doors present problems with accurately molding the door and window trim in the right scale; it’s still not perfect, but is visibly better than the competition.

The delicate A-pillar moldings are a big issue; there is a filler piece to attach to the body in the windshield area during construction to keep from damaging them after the sprues have been clipped away. Both of the pillars snapped during the build. Gluing the windshield in place was the only way to retain body support.

Chassis assembly went without a hitch; there’s enough detail to look good without being overly complicated.

Interior assembly was also painless; detail and appearance were satisfying. The photoetched seat belt buckles are a nice touch. The engine is simplified and assembled to the engine compartment platform. Everything fit together nicely, with good detail and engraving.
Lamborghini Countach engine
Assembling the chassis to the body revealed serious problems. One repaired pillar refused to stay together because of the torque from the chassis not-quite-fitting perfectly to the body. It was clear I would have to glue the doors in place for them to fit and for the body not to deform from the chassis torsion.

The air boxes and radiators interfered with the body, requiring some grinding. The main intake sat so tall that it kept the engine lid from shutting. At this point I decided to keep the engine cover closed. I suspect the tolerance stack of the engine compartment to the chassis and the parts added conspired against me, and perhaps I didn’t align everything correctly.
Painting the myriad body-colored parts is tricky, and requires forethought; you really cannot preassemble many of the parts to paint and then disassemble without extra effort.

It’s a bit difficult to recommend this kit without caveats; my experience would not have been nearly as bad if I’d started with a body that wasn’t warped.

It was disappointing to have problems with this kit, considering my experience building Aoshima’s excellent Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 kit, and considering the cost of the model. I think the opening doors needlessly complicate the model.

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