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Aoshima Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4

Lamborghini Aventador
Aoshima No. 11522
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, gray, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $34.51
Pros: Body fit; perfect stance;
a pleasure to build
Cons: Thick connection points on parts trees
For its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini produced this version of the Aventador (a radical supercar that replaced the Murcielago), limited to 100 vehicles. The debut example of the car was painted in Giallo Maggio, a super- bright pearl yellow.

There are a good amount of parts molded white, black, gray, and clear. The kit has a clean and crisp decal sheet for the emblems, and a separate set of 50th Anniversario decals in various sizes for use on a display base.

The tires are extremely accurate, and are molded with a fine tread pattern.

There is a photoetch sheet for the main intake vents on the front and rear fascias.
The connection points on all of the parts trees are fairly thick throughout the kit, which makes cleanup of each part a bit of a hassle. The front steering is functional, so the wheels are poseable. 

The first step is tackling the suspension and brake assemblies. This area is simplistic, but will not be exposed on the completed model, so Aoshima did an appropriate job here. The rotors and calipers are molded together, and will need to be detail- painted to get a correct look.

The engine detail is decent; however, it is not a complete engine. It is more like a half-engine that mounts in the engine-bay cube assembly. It has separate valve covers and engine manifolds, which makes painting easier than many kits that have the top-end engine detail molded as one piece. Aoshima provides an accurate carbon decal for the center of the intake, and engine bay decals to step up the realism.

The interior is typical Lamborghini, and Aoshima did a fine job with it. The tricky part is the two-tone yellow and charcoal gray. I airbrushed the Gravity colors yellow, then hand-painted the charcoal grey using Vallejo acrylic. This eliminated the need to do tedious masking. Aoshima provides decals for the dash cluster, steering wheel, and dash emblems.

The Aventador has many sharp body lines and radical shapes; I can only imagine the intricate molds Aoshima had to create to make the body. The seven-part body fits like a glove. The functional doors are molded separately.
The body parts were painted Gravity Colors Giallo Maggio, a tri-coat paint consisting of a bright yellow, pearl, and then clearcoat – all airbrushed. The lower body cladding was airbrushed with Testors Acryl semigloss black.

The tires are directional, and Aoshima calls out the tread pattern that will need to be on the outer sides of the wheels.

The taillamps are molded clear red and orange plastic. Clear lenses that cover the front and rear lamp assemblies. Everything fits in place like a glove, and is tight and flush.

There are masks for the front windshield and side windows. The front windshield is a tight fit.

The rear engine cover hinges fit tightly enough on my model that it will stay open without the help of the supplied prop rods.

The body snaps into tabs in the chassis in the front and rear. The stance out of the box is pure perfection.

This kit was a pure pleasure to build. Aoshima hit a home run. Much more detail could have been added, but it is an impressive model right out of the box. I recommend this kit for as moderately experienced builder, because of the fine body details and functional doors.


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