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Aoshima F1 McLaren GTR 1997

McLaren GTR 1997
Aoshima No. 007495
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, gray, clear
Scale: 1/24
Pros: Clean, crisp detail; high- quality thin plastic; decals
Cons: Instruction sheet; door design; brake/suspension detail
The Aoshima McLaren kit is probably the best it has done to date. The kit is a mixed bag of good engineering and a few compromises.

The brake detail is a little soft; however, with the tires installed, it doesn’t show much. The wheels are good and represent the 1:1 wheels well.

The way the exhaust system goes together allows a visible mismatch to the headers.

I wanted to build the car with one door open and the other closed, but had to finally leave both doors closed because of fit problems that I couldn’t resolve. The hinges – there are two sets, one for opened and one set for closed – are finely detailed, to the point of being fiddly and fragile. I broke one.

The windshield and side glass is thin, fits well, and mounts from the outside.

The body and chassis parts are nicely molded and have a realistic scale finish. A masking sheet is included for painting the window glass trim.

The engine, transmission, and most of the rear suspension builds into a box that attaches to the chassis plate. The engine has no oil pan or bottom, but won’t show after it is installed anyway.

The headlights and taillights sit in chrome-plated housings and are individually molded. The taillights are molded in red and orange, with the front turn signals molded in clear and orange, which gives a realistic appearance.

The decals went on without any problems, and settled down well with only a small amount of MicroSol. I had an additional decal sheet that had carbon-fiber detail for the engine valve covers and air box. Oddly, there was no mention about these decals anywhere on the instruction sheet or where they go, but placement wasn’t too difficult to figure out.

The bottom of this mystery sheet has “designed by Scale Motorsport” printed on the bottom. I’m glad Aoshima included the preseason testing livery, because it allows for building the first long tail, and was used as the factory test mule, chassis number 019.

The lack of seat belts has been a problem for all Aoshima kits I have built. I know they have a nice detail set for this kit.

I enjoyed building this kit, and may build another one day. I recommend this kit to any motorsports fanatic or collector


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