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Aoshima Skyline R34

Skyline R34 GTR M Spec
Aoshima No. 001592
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gold, black, clear
Scale: 1/2x
MSRP: $47.69
Pros:  Chassis detail; two sets of wheels; few mold lines;
Cons: Front light house lens assembly; no rear spoiler mounting holes; swirl marks on body

Aoshima released its final version of the R34 GTR M Spec and it’s a good one. It is a curbside kit, with 82 parts.

Assembly starts with the chassis. It is quite detailed and if carefully painted, it can yield great results. I used a variety of metallic colors from the Testor’s line of Metalizer paints, as well as Alclad.

Metal springs surround the shocks. When installed and completed, the kit recreates a functional suspension. The disk brakes are chrome, with molded-in calipers.
The kit is supplied with two sets of wheels, and they look great. One set is plated in alloy and the other set is molded in a dark gold color. The rubber tires in the kit are beautiful and well detailed.

The interior is simple, with just a few parts. Door panels are separate and the dash, which is right-handed, includes the molded-in foot pedals. There is a choice of two sets of bucket-style front seats, but the instructions only call for one. They do not differ much in design.

The glass for the windows is clear, but I opted to paint mine and simulate tinted windows just like the box art.

The rear spoiler consists of four parts. There are no mounting holes on the trunk; I decided to add two small metal pins for a sturdier assembly.

A square sheet of mesh is provided for the front fascia. Instructions are clear and precise on the measurements for the placement of the mesh, and more than enough material is provided.

Even though the kit is a curbside, the hood is a separate piece. I thought the idea behind this was to make the front light housing and lens installation easier to complete. It’s quite a finicky phase on the build, and I suggest installing the light housing on the front fascia, glue the fascia to the body, and ultimately place the hood. The hood, together with the front fascia, will aid you in placing the lenses at the end.

The body is molded in gold, but ultimately needs to be painted. There are only a few mold lines on the body, and they are easily dealt with. There are numerous swirl marks on the body, which is the main reason to repaint it. Panel lines are crisp, and overall the body looks correct.

I had a blast putting this one together. Overall the kit is easy to assemble, it is well designed, and the completed model looks great on any shelf.

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