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Aoshima motorcycle kits
Posted by Foxy on Monday, October 12, 2020 3:14 PM

As per title... Has anyone bought and made these kits.. I bought a Honda cb400 super four kit from them and on opening the box I've never seen such a poor quality kit... Excessive flash everywhere scratched and damaged parts... I took out the 2 halves of the petrol tank and tried fitting them together and when I say tried I mean tried.. They didn't line up properly.. There is a huge gap between the 2 parts... So have I just been unlucky or is this the usual quality of their kits? 

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Posted by LonCray on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:29 AM

I think I have one Aoshima and a few Hasegawa bikes in my stash.  I don't recall the Aoshima being that wildly bad, but I think Tamiya has spoiled us all.  The engineering on a Tamiya motorcycle kit - especially lately - is so good that everyone suffers by comparison.  I'll go look in the box and see if my Aoshima matches your experience.  

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Posted by Foxy on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 2:27 PM

LonCray

I think I have one Aoshima and a few Hasegawa bikes in my stash.  I don't recall the Aoshima being that wildly bad, but I think Tamiya has spoiled us all.  The engineering on a Tamiya motorcycle kit - especially lately - is so good that everyone suffers by comparison.  I'll go look in the box and see if my Aoshima matches your experience.  

 

thank you that woukd be appreciated... I knew they wouldn't be on par in quality as tamiya... But I was expecting a little more than what I got.... I've had to sand literal gouges out if some parts... 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:05 PM

I haven't done one - but thanks for the heads up!  I've done a couple Tamiya kits and as said, they are a joy to build.  I have 6 more in the stash.  I just recently bought a hasegawa bike as it's close to the bike I had when I was 18 - KZ400 - the kit is a KH400, the hotrod version but it's as close as I'm going to get.  Inspecting the sprues it looks pretty nice.

Post up a build thread and share your pain Stick out tongue

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by Foxy on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:45 PM

keavdog

I haven't done one - but thanks for the heads up!  I've done a couple Tamiya kits and as said, they are a joy to build.  I have 6 more in the stash.  I just recently bought a hasegawa bike as it's close to the bike I had when I was 18 - KZ400 - the kit is a KH400, the hotrod version but it's as close as I'm going to get.  Inspecting the sprues it looks pretty nice.

Post up a build thread and share your pain Stick out tongue

 

yes this is why I bought the kit as it was a model of the first big bike I ever owned... Thought it would be a pleasure building it.... But so far nothing but heartache.... I have made a start... But its slow going... The instructions are vague and not very clear unlike tamiya kits... For example I'm used to bulding an engine block in full... But this seems that you build half then install it in the frame then add the rest... And unfortunately my knowledge and experience doesn't give me the artistic license that I'd like to just go.... Nope I know better I'm going to build it like this lol 

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Posted by LonCray on Sunday, October 18, 2020 2:22 PM

Took a look at my Aoshima cycle - it looks great in the box.  No flash that I can see, parts look sharp.  Not engineered like a Tamiya kit and I didn't look at the instructions, but it is up to Hasegawa quality at least.

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