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Aoshima Nissan R35

Nissan R35
Aoshima No. 044612
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, transparent red, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $32.95
Pros: Left-hand-drive parts; no ejector-pin marks; accurate body; good detail
Cons: Door-handle detail too light
The latest R35 from Aoshima is a modified reissue, with parts to build the US version with left-hand drive. The parts from the original right-hand drive kit are still there, so you can build it either way.  

The box was stuffed with 12 parts trees. Clear parts are bagged separately, and were scratch-free and optically good. There is also a small decal sheet with black or white Nissan license plates, instrument panels, and various badges and underhood details.

The underside of the chassis is kept clean and flat, to optimize the airflow. There isn’t a lot of detail to be seen, but what is there is crisp. My kit’s chassis had a slight twist that straightened when the interior tub was attached.  

Oddly, the rear portion of the exhaust (some of which is hidden by the rear diffuser) is a separate piece, and the most visible portion in the center of the chassis is molded in. Not terrible, but I’m not sure why
they didn’t just make the whole thing separate.  

The front and rear struts are a bit generic, but feature a spring suspension.  A little gimmicky, perhaps, but makes it real easy to drop the ride height 1⁄16  inch if one desires. Stock height looks just about perfect, though.  

The huge, cross-drilled brake rotors are well detailed and will rotate with the wheels. Brembo decals are included for the separate calipers. Decals are also included for the center caps. Front and rear Pirelli
P7000 tires are slightly different widths, and have excellent tread and sidewall detail.

Take note when selecting the base pan, as there are only minor differences between the left- and right-hand-drive parts. The rear seats are molded into the base pan, but all other pieces are handled separately.  

The dash has good molded detail, and a couple of decal options for the display screens. Find some good reference photos, because the instructions don’t go into much detail for painting.  

The side door panels have very nice deeply contoured details and fit is perfect.  The parts breakdown is such that it is quite easy to paint/flock the pieces in the color of your choice.

The basic body consists of the main shell, front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and hood.  There was a slight mismatch in the fit of the front and rear bumpers to the body, but a little gentle stretching while the glue set took care of it.  

The front grille is a separate piece, making painting a little easier than in the Tamiya or Fujimi offerings.

The chrome headlight buckets need a little careful painting before adding the clear lenses. I had to trim the mounting tab on top of the headlight covers to make them slip in a little more easily.  

Assembly of the four-piece rear wing was just a little bit tricky to get both sides even in height.

All windows are molded into one tub, but clarity and fit is nearly perfect. No window masks are provided.                  

The seven-piece engine is a pretty basic affair. Detail for what can actually be seen when it’s in the car is quite acceptable.  

I’m pleased with the results; no real fit issues to speak of, no ejector-pin marks or sinks to fix, and only minor cleanup of mold lines. Body proportions look accurate, the stance looks right, and detail is good.

If I had one nit to pick, it would be that the door handle detail is light and is nearly washed out after a couple of coats of paint.


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