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Aoshima V-Twin Custom Chopper

V-Twin Custom Chopper
Aoshima No. 000663
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Blue, black, gray
Scale: 1/12
MSRP: $56.95
Pros: Good instructions; model builds up well; nice chrome plating on parts; fun to build.
Cons: Heavy mold lines on various parts; weak decals can tear easily.
The first impressive thing about this kit is the box art. It depicts a cool drawing of an American-style chopper with its long, extended front fork and classic chopper lines.  

The model is well presented, with each parts tree individually wrapped in plastic. There are lots of chrome parts, and the chrome plating is crisp and well done. There are noticeable mold lines on the chrome parts.
For those of you who are meticulous and find mold lines to be an eyesore, the best thing to do is to remove the chrome, clean the mold lines, and Alclad the parts or send them out for rechroming.

Two rubber tires with pronounced side lettering and nice tread detail are provided. I thought it was hilarious to see the words “Bad Year” molded on the side of the tires, but this was probably because of the trademark rights from the manufacturers.

Also provided are two screws to hold the wheels against the frame and fork, but you will ultimately only use the front one. The rear tire is held against the frame using another method, and without the extra screw.

Instructions are precise and easy to follow, just keep a careful eye on the final placement of the vinyl tubing components throughout; it’s a bit tricky but not impossible.

All the vinyl tubing needed to simulate the fuel throttle, clutch, and brake lines is provided. I thought at least two gauges of tubing should have included, being that normally the brake and clutch lines are thicker in diameter than the fuel lines. For the more- advanced modelers, creativity plays an alternative and fun factor here.

Prominent mold lines are most noticeable on the frame. This makes for a challenging task when trying to remove them.

The frame construction went together well, and that’s important because the frame holds the engine, transmission and fuel tank components. I suggest the use of a strong glue – Crazy Glue or epoxy – for frame assembly. It will make for a stronger and sturdier build.

Because there are many chrome parts in this kit, I spent a lot of time scraping off the chrome on parts that needed to be glued onto each other. I found that it will make assembly much quicker and easier at the end if you patiently spend the time in the beginning scraping, cleaning, and test-fitting all of these components.

It was quite challenging detailing the rear wheel, being that it was entirely molded in silver as opposed to the front wheel, which is chrome. I decided to Alclad the rear wheel on this one and do some creative painting to get it to look right. I also went ahead and Alcladed the brake handles, and it seemed to work well in conjunction with the chromed handlebar.

Decals are few, but are designed well  for this style of bike. The color I chose to paint the bike contrasted well with these decals, but caution: the decals are weak and tear easily. Just make sure you have enough water on the part before placing the decals.

I really had a lot of fun building this kit. In my opinion, this chopper looks better than the ones Revell put out a few years back.

One word of advice: the completed model is quite fragile, because of the long extended fork, but it does give the bike an awesome look. I wouldn’t mind having a nice collection of these bikes; they truly look great on any shelf.


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