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Aoshima Lamborghini Countach LP500R

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Lamborghini Countach LP500R
Aoshima Lamborghini Countach LP500R
Lamborghini Countach underbody
Lamborghini Countach interior
Aoshima Countach LP500R
Aoshima No. 049617
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Black, white, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: See dealer
Pros: No fit issues; minimal cleanup; nice instrument panel; good instructions
Cons: Thin A-pillars; no seat belts and hardware

The new Aoshima Countach is a nice middle ground. It’s not as complex as the Fujimi kit, but has much more to offer than many of the earlier kits. 

There is a good amount of engine bay detail, just not a complete engine. The doors aren’t hinged, but can be displayed open or closed. Fine mesh and diecut window masks are also provided.

I had no fit issues with any of the parts, and cleanup of mold lines was minimal. 

The chassis pan has nice molded-in detail of the tubular frame. The front suspension features poseable steering.  Upper and lower A-arms are separate pieces, as are the shocks and tie rod.  Details for the front brakes include Lamborghini decals for the calipers. 

The lower A-arms of the rear suspension are part of the framework below the engine, and fit up easily. 

The upper A-arms are a little trickier to get in place. I suggest a slight deviation from the instructions: mount them after the lower A-arm/upright subassembly is in place. Lastly, install the dual rear shocks. Spring detail is a little soft, but some careful detail-painting will help. 

The tires have what appears to be an accurate Pirelli P7-style tread pattern, but no Pirelli marking on the sidewall. 

The basic tub has good detail molded into the center console, and features separate parts for the seats, steering wheel and column, pedals, shifter, passenger footrest, hand brake, rear window and interior light between the seats. The seats look great, but you’ll have to add belts and hardware. 

The gauge cluster is one clear piece, with a decal that mounts from behind; you just need to paint the bezels black, and the result is amazingly good.

Engine bay detail is quite good, especially since it’s not a full-detail kit. Again, the upper part of the engine is separate from the surrounding tub, making painting a breeze.

The six Weber side-draft carbs are done well, as are the other 13 parts in the assembly. The distributor caps even have slots molded into them, so adding spark plug wires would be a simple task. 

A word of caution: the A-pillars are thin. The kit does include a sort of false windshield that you are supposed to tape into place to provide some support while working on the body. 

The headlights can also be positioned  up or down, and the fit is perfect.  

The taillights are especially nice. The clear orange and clear sections are separate pieces that press into place in larger clear red lens. Just the small reflector at the top of the reverse light needs to be painted translucent red. There are decals provided for this, but they just don’t look as good as paint. 

The LP500R featured small rear fender flares and a rear wing. I chose to leave the wing off, but the fender flares fit very well.

When mounting the body to the chassis it’s probably best to leave the lower sills off the body.

The decals have a bit of a flat sheen and seem to have a fair amount of extra carrier film, but the printing is good and the decals went on well and responded to setting solutions when necessary. 

I have to hand it to the Aoshima engineers: Every part that needed to be separated to make the building or painting process easier was done just as I would have liked.

The level of detail is good, parts fit is excellent, and instructions were clear and easy to follow. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. 

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