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Has anyone ever built one of these?

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Just saw this AOSHIMA truck kit on eBay.  The listing has the interesting title "1/32 Eternal first-generation Moon Mochumaru Aoshima Fukusuke model."  This looks like one of the "show trucks" often listed on eBay from Japanese vendors.  I've seen references to a Japanese fad of Show Trucks but don't know much about them.

I'm really intrigued by this description in the listing: "New Full-Half specification Refrigerated bunbody."  Other features include "New front grill ·New front panel - New aluminum wheel - New front step ring ·New tail lamp - New rear arm - New shaft guard ·New body harness - New marker lamp - New decal."

The listing includes a photo of the box contents, but everything is still plastic-wrapped inside, so not much can be seen.  I wondered if anyone has ever built one of these, or knows anything about them.  I'm sort of interested.  But at a Buy-It-Now price of $272 for a 1/32 kit, not THAT interested.  (With free shipping, though!) 

 

 

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Interesting looking truck.  Reminds me of the ones I used to see in Thailand, many years ago.  They really believed in decoration.  Think that Buy-it-now price is a bit over the top.  Hobby Search offers similar vehicles for around USD $50 + shipping from Japan.  Here is a link:  http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ1_c=112&cat=&state=&sold=0&sortid=0&searchkey=Aoshima+1%2f32

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If you follow Ricky's link, Hobby Search has got pictures of completed models on each kits listing. I want one of these:

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Ebay is such a rip.  I post 1/18 diecasts on there and lucky to get 2 or 3 bids for $20.  But some "SOLD" listings for same thing show $100+ sales.  WTH?  I know the stuff isn't "hot" anymore, but still...  you can post it for whatever BIN you want.... I'm sure they'd take that money if someone clicked it...  I would.

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If you follow Ricky's link, Hobby Search has got pictures of completed models on each kits listing. I want one of these:

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What made them thing that writing "Crazy Prostitute" on the back was a good idea?!

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What made them thing that writing "Crazy Prostitute" on the back was a good idea?!

Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth I was stationed in Japan for 2 years.  In the same manner that Kanji, the Japanese "alphabet" makes no sense to our eyes, so English is a mystery to them.  The random phrases and very "interesting" words that was printed on clothing etc would be jarring at times.  It is best to consider it simply as an attempt at decor and not read anything more into it.  (How many of those Asian script tattoos the young ones get really say "Sucker" when they thought is said "Peace" or "Strength" or whatever?)

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When a group of friends visited Tokyo around 1991, it was all the rage for the local teenagers to wear T shirts with English writing on them, and they didn't seem too concerned with what those words meant. One young guy had one on that said "cassette tape" across his chest. 

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When a group of friends visited Tokyo around 1991, it was all the rage for the local teenagers to wear T shirts with English writing on them, and they didn't seem too concerned with what those words meant. One young guy had one on that said "cassette tape" across his chest. 

Verified! I made several trips to Japan in the 90s and saw that.  Especially in Roppongi, the late-night Tokyo party district.  It would have been weird to see a Japanese person wearing a shirt with Japanese on it.   Like The Junkman said, best not to read too much into anything.  Japan is its own unique culture, and I goofed just about every time I tried to translate anything in it over to Western culture.  As far as just walking around Tokyo, I really liked the ultra-modernistic Shinjuku district.  Place looks sort of like a giant spaceship landed and covered several acres.

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