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Japanese Aoshima Truck Kits....Some Favorites of Mine


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#1 traditional

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:09 AM

Until I started travelling on both business as well as vacations, I didn't give a lot of thought to foreign trucks, but I must admit, I now really 'love-em-all'.
Aoshima 1/32 Japanese truck kits are somewhat overpriced, and they're rather simple builds (no significant engine detail or tilting cabs etc.) but the mold quality is second to none......smooth crisp molding with no sink marks, excellent fit, and high quality plating and glazing.
I wait for bargains to come along on ebay and, ultimately, I find these very satisfying kits to build.
The main effort on these kits is in the paint detail....window gaskets and grill/trim detail etc.
I've generally used automotive basecoat/clearcoat for the main bodies, with Humbrol, Testors, and Tamiya for trim and small details.

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Isuzu Giga tractor with modified trailer and added gladhand air lines etc.

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Fuso 'Super Great' (actual name of vehicle) dump truck

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Hino side opening van

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Isuzu dump truck

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Older style Hino van

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Medium duty Isuzu 'drop-side' flatbed

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The Isuzu Giga Dump truck posed with a lighter duty Hino 'Cruising Ranger' dump truck

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 03:56 AM

I promised myself (and off course the wife :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ) I would stay to 1:24/25 otherwise I would have a lot of these kits in 1:32. Now I'm limited to the Mitsuwa Fuse and Hino. Maybe we could try to get Aoshime to make 1:24/25 kits as well.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:21 AM

I promised myself (and off course the wife :rolleyes: :rolleyes: ) I would stay to 1:24/25 otherwise I would have a lot of these kits in 1:32. Now I'm limited to the Mitsuwa Fuse and Hino. Maybe we could try to get Aoshime to make 1:24/25 kits as well.

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I just buy and build what I like....in any scale. My collection is all over the map in both origin and scale.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:14 AM

They are nice kits and they are expensive. But for about 150 pieces, they have a decent amout of detail. You could convert a few to North American GMC brand. They are not easy to local either. A very well stocked hobby shop could order them or you could order them from Dragon Models.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:57 AM

You've done an excellent job building those kits!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been thinking about getting one or two of those. The detail on the parts is very crisp. It's too bad they don't have the full engine detail.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:06 AM

Fine looking work.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:55 PM

Also Beautys!
Love these too.
I have one of the "Decotora" Truck kits.
I am looking at building it Standard, but the orange interior & Chassis do not go well with the
Metallic red cab!!

I do watch for these on the 'bay, but VERY Few US sellers ever have them.
All are from Tokyo Hobby, Go-Boy Store, Tom-China, or other Japan/China store
I can't play with those. Have to pay by Money Order, or Cash on pickup!

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:08 PM

These are very nice models...I have no personal experience with them, but I'm game to try....I've seen some, or rather one, plastic-models.com, but a little rich for my blood...But these are excellent looking examples....