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Aoshima Honda Z50JIII Gorilla

RELATED TOPICS: 1/12 | AOSHIMA | MOTORCYCLE
Honda Gorilla
Honda Z50JIII Gorilla
Aoshima No. 046788
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Orange, black
Scale: 1/12
MSRP: $16.95
Pros: Minimal mold lines
Cons: Uneven chrome plating; tubing did not fit properly
This kit is molded in orange and black plastic. There is a tree of chrome-plated parts, as well as rubber tires and some vinyl tubing.

Parts quality is good. Mold lines are minimal, and there was no flash on my example. There were sink marks on the cover for the left side of the bike.  

The chrome was shiny, but the coverage was uneven on the “back” side of the tree. Orange plastic can be seen through the plating in some spots.  

The engine is made up of five pieces. Three of these are chromed, and should not be. The rear suspension is mostly molded together, with the coil-over shocks being separate parts. Careful detail-painting of the chain and sprocket is needed to bring it to life.  

The multipiece front suspension was easy to build, yet took a lot of patience to get right.

The front and rear luggage racks are nice, but their assembly was tricky.

I decided to mimic the box-art photo, so I painted my bike in Testor’s Hemi Orange lacquer. A coat of clear followed to give the decals a nice surface to adhere to.

The tubing is included to represent various wires and cables. Its inside diameter was too small, so I left it off.

The kit builds up well, and looks good on the shelf.

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