Aoshima 1/24 Aventador LP700-4 Roadster Kit First Look
By Phil Cooley, Front Range Auto Modelers (FRAM)
|Date of Review||January 2015||Manufacturer||Aoshima|
|Subject||Aventador LP700-4 Roadster||Scale||1/24|
|Kit Number||08669||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Great details||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$69.95|
To most gearheads, the name Lamborghini brings mind-blowing thoughts. Aventador is no exception.
The Aventador LP-700 Roadster has 700 horsepower, a 215+ mi/hr top speed, and does 0-62.5 mph in 2.9 sec! How you describe a car like this?
Maybe the factory literature says it best…
"Built in Italy. Just arrived from the future!
Lamborghini has a history of revolutionary thinking--whether in terms of design, like the iconic scissor doors, or in terms of technology such as the V12 engine and carbon-fiber technology… . Going far beyond what was previously thought possible is just as much a part of our brand as our core values: uncompromising, extreme, Italian.
These values are the reason why every single Lamborghini is breathtakingly unique. The Aventador LP-700-4 represents a while level of performance, sets new benchmarks in the super sports car segment, and provides a glimpse into the future. With its uncompromisingly crisp contours is the essence of our brand, poured into an extreme, awe-inspiring look – eternally different, unmistakably Lamborghini. It's a car that's already achieved legendary status."
To a guy who started building models with the AMT 3-in-1 kits of the 60s, just opening the box of this kit from Aoshima was intimidating! I didn't see a skill level rating, but the "12" on the box end might be it!
At first glance, there are a heck of a lot of parts in this kit—over 150 by my count! There are 3 trees just for the clear parts, an orange transparent tree for the front turn signals, and a red transparent tree for the taillights. Included is a mask to simplify the process of painting the black window surrounds.
There are 4 trees molded in white primarily for the body parts. There are 2 trees molded in grey—1 of them is for the engine. And you have a choice for the interior—one is molded in white, the other in grey.
The chassis is molded in black, though there are some body and engine parts in that color, as well. Wheels are matte colored aluminum and the headlight buckets are in chrome.
OK, let's look a little closer at the engine. As the factory says "Handcrafted in Sant'Agata Bolognese, naturally balanced and installed in a central, longitudinal position, they relentlessly power the Lamborghini legend and represent the driving force behind our cars and our brand". The 1/24 scale version is made up of 13 pieces, most of which is molded in grey. The engine is mounted in an engine cradle and is topped with a Lamborghini engine cover, both molded in black.
The brake, wheel/tire and chassis assemblies are around 30 pieces and take 8 steps to put together. They include detailed painting instructions (in 5 languages no less—English, Italian, French, German and (presumably) Japanese).
The decal sheet is small, but includes instrument panel details and 2 sets of license plates.
The dash and interior is made of 12 pieces and takes 5 steps to assemble. As I said earlier, it has parts molded in either white or grey.
35 of the 48 assembly steps are devoted to assembling the body. I'm not even going to try to count all of the body parts—but there are a boat load of them! You even have the option of doing an extended rear spoiler, if you want! And it should be noted there are metal hinges so that the iconic scissor doors mentioned earlier are fully functional!
I have no doubt that this will build up to be a beautiful and authentic 1/24 scale Aventador. I just hope my modeling skills are up to the task.
My sincere thanks to DragonModels USA for this review sample!