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Aoshima Datsun 720

Datsun 720
Aoshima No. 028438
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
MSRP: $26.95
Pros: Parts fit; wheels and tires
Cons: Headlights
Datsun’s 720 short-bodied single cab pickups have long been a mainstay  in the world of minitruck customization.

The molding on all body and chassis parts is clean, with only some cleanup of minor mold lines.

It was mildly disappointing that the clear and chrome parts were wrapped in the same bag, and movement within the box had badly scratched the chrome on the front bumper and muffler, along with the driver’s-side window glass.

The kit is a curbside and does not have an engine. On the chassis plate there is some relief to represent the bottom of the engine along with a 4-wheel drive system molded in.
Attaching the 11-piece front suspension with disc brake detail and poseable steering was trouble-free, and all mounting points lined up beautifully.

The kit’s 11-piece rear suspension was a little more finicky, with some warpage to the rear end housing, which created some minor fit issues when attaching it to the chassis.

The five-spoke chrome dagger-style wheels are wrapped with beautiful Bridgestone Potenza RE71 Optima real rubber tires with correct tread pattern and sidewall markings.

The 10-piece interior is basic at best, but has enough detail to make it look correct. The two-piece dash makes it easy to detail the rather shallow engraving of the gauges.

The body is sharply cast, with next to no cleanup required. Dimensionally it all looks correct; even the oversized flares that may have been a little more suited for a 4x4, but overall do not hurt the lowrider experience.

Puzzling, though, is a rather large square cutout in the bed floor, which is filled with a panel matching the bed ribs. Building this kit and painting the bed with bed liner texture hides the filler panel a little, so it is not so noticeable.

The scratched bumper was painted to match the truck, and a strip of Bare-Metal foil was applied to make it look like a custom piece.

Decals consist of two Datsun and two ALOHA Hawaii license plates, stripes for the surfboard, some Lotus  flowers, and LOVE DATSUN and NATIVE HAWAIIAN scripts.

Final assembly was a breeze, with no fit issues. With the glass polished and the bumper fixed, the truck could fit in on the West Coast, with its optional rear window rack and surfboard.

Recommended for anyone who is looking to build a nice rendition of an iconic pickup without the muss and fuss of an over-the-top detailed kit.


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