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Aoshima motorcycle kits
Posted by Foxy on Sunday, June 14, 2020 9:55 AM

As the title says.... Finding the selection of tamiya motorcycle kits not quite up to what I'm looking for as a model.... Does anyone have any experience with or knowledge of Aoshima motorcycle kits? 

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Posted by Foxy on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 9:51 AM
Any aoshima kits at all? lol
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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 1:11 PM

I don't have any experience with them personally, but they do build up nice from what I've seen.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 1:40 PM

I have not bought any of their bikes, but their car kits are nice, so I’d expect the bikes to be the same.  Just check the vintage - there might be some older tools that are not up to snuff.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 3:25 PM

Their ship models were nice.

I recently built an Italeri 1/9 Norton 750 Commando. Very nice model.

One challenge. There was a rubber wiring harness. It was about a foot long and had taps coming out every which way. I made use of a diagram of the real thing- otherwise I would never have figured it out. Low voltage positive ground too.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:02 AM

Foxy,

You might try YouTube and see if anyone has done a build of the kit your looking at.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:21 AM

I built up the Aoshima "Thunder Chopper" several years ago and I remember not being able to shake the feeling of deja vu during the project. It turned out that it was a rebox of an Imex "American Chopper" (Easy Rider) which I had built sometime back in the mid-90s.

What can I tell you about it? Typical Japanese manufacturing - decent quality, minimal flash, light parting lines, and good fit. It has the typical areas that many modelers feel need to be improved with most bikes (spoked wheels, drive chain, slightly oversized tubing for simulating wiring, etc.), but overall, the Imex/Imai/Aoshima bikes were fun to build.

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Posted by Foxy on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:55 AM

Thank you for the replies much appreciated.. Being a tad on the older side Aoshima actually have some kits for bikes that I've personally owned... So would be nice to build them.. So thanks again I think I'll take a punt on some. 

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, June 19, 2020 2:42 PM

I have three Aoshima Motorcycle kits in my stash, however, I've never built one. I have the the Yamaha V-Max and HD Road King. Both of which I wished I owned, and both which look to be on par with Tamiya kits. Hope this helps.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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