Aoshima 1/12 scale Honda CBX400FII Review

Mike Crespi builds & reviews this Aoshima motorcycle: I’ve been under the impression that Aoshima kits are pretty close to Tamiya kits in quality. Well this will be my first Aoshima to build. I will be building this kit box stock as there are no aftermarket detail kits for it and I can’t find anything on the 1:1 bike for detailing information. I just have the instructions and box art. Here is a picture of everything laid out that comes in the box:

Figure 1

Well, the first step is assembling the wheels. So the wheel centers and spokes have to be painted semi- gloss black. This requires some tricky masking of the rim. See Figure 2.

Figure 2

Looks like the masking worked pretty well. I sprayed the semi-gloss black and removed the masking. I had to then put back the silver radial lines from the cooling fins on the wheel. That was real easy with a Molotow pen. See Fig 3:

Figure 3

Well, I can see now that these kits do not compare to Tamiya kits. They lack detail. The chain only has the links molded on the outside. Tamiya has the links molded on all four sides of the chain. Tamiya kits are way better. But so far this kit has been building easily. Below are the wheels installed on the front fork and rear swing arm. The swing arm has some nice sink marks. See Figure 4.

Figure 4
The engine is fairly simple as well.

Now I’m getting somewhere. I have the rear suspension and the engine attached to the frame. This kit does assemble easy enough and the parts fit together well. But there are sink marks in the rear swing arm. See Figures 6 and 7:

Figure 6

Now I have the fork installed with the headlight and front turn signal assembly. I used BMF for the reflector in the turn signals and used Molotow Chrome for the reflector in the headlamp assembly. So far everything has been easy to assemble. See Figures 8 & 9 below:

Figure 8

I glued the exhaust system together. The mufflers were done in two haves. The chrome quality is very nice but having a glue seem down the center was quite unsightly. I tried to get away with Molotow chrome but it looked bad. So I did sanding and used AlClad Chrome which came out pretty good. See Figure 10:

Figure 10

It sure wasn’t easy gluing the exhaust system to the bike. There were a couple of holes on the inboard side of the mufflers that went onto pins on the frame. But it has four individual header pipes that went from the crossover assembly to the engine block. Only the two inside cylinders had rings for the pipes to fit into.

Then I assembled the seat and gas tank to the frame. The seat had a few fairing parts around the back and sides. And after all that was done I applied the decals. They came off the sheet fairly quickly. I didn’t do a perfect job either. That last thing I did were the side view mirrors and the license plate frame. The mirrors have some nice sink marks right in the middle. All in all I was not really enthusiastic about this kit as it did not meet up to the standards of the Tamiya motorcycles I’ve built Here is a finished photo:

July 2019 Modeler of the Month

Name:  Jim Shepherd

When did you start building models?  Around the age of 7 or 8

Why?  I always liked cars and like the idea of building miniature cars that I liked.  Also, the box art caught my attention and still does.

What was the first model car you built?  It was a 1963 corvette – that my uncle repainted while I was asleep.

What types of models do you build?  I like factory stock and restomods.

What brand(s) of models do you build the most?  Revell and AMT

What do you like most about model building?  I find it relaxing.

What part(s) of model building do you find the most challenging?  The sanding and polishing to get that brilliant shine!

Anyone special who provided you guidance/inspiration/support?  I would build models occasionally, but when I met the guys from the ACME Club I really started to build a lot of models.

If you could have one older kit reissued what would it be?  The one I am searching for is the MPC 1985 Pontiac Trans Am

What new model would you like to see issued?  I would like to see 4 door cars and wagons from the 1950’s & 1960’s.

Revell 1969 Boss 302 Mustang Review

Bob McAllan built and reviews Revell’s new 1969 Boss 302 below:

The Mustang for 1969 was the first major restyle of this iconic Pony Car class from Ford. The Boss 302 was a special model that emphasized the importance of winning on the racetrack with a regular production car. The phrase “Race It On The Weekend-Drive It On Monday” was a major advertising lead-in for Ford’s print and television marketing at that time. Since the rules for racing in various classes varied so much Ford offered accessories to buyers all the parts that race teams of the day needed to be competitive on many levels. The styling of the Boss 302 was done by Larry Shinoda and gave the car its distinctive appearance. The car offered a special version of Ford’s thin-wall small block V-8. To add to its appeal to young buyers and racing enthusiasts Ford added front and rear spoilers and special paint and decal markings. This kit represents the 69 Boss 302 very well as the most popular vintage Mustang currently on the collector market.

Start with the 21-piece V-8 engine assembly; it makes into an accurate example of this iconic engine. The 302 engine became the basis for many of Ford’s engine platforms over the past 50 years. It  assembles into a stock version of this engine with a single 4-barrel carburetor, separate distributor and coil, a detailed front cover with water pump detail, a separate oil filter unit, upper radiator hose, starter and generator, fan and drive unit. It has well detailed exhaust manifolds, chrome valve covers w/ breather cap and air cleaner with accent decal. While the engine appears complete when finished and painted it lacks a fuel pump, a bracket for the alternator and a lower radiator-to-engine water hose.

The kit contained Tampo printed Firestone Wide Oval tires and stock wheels to build a very realistic factory stock appearing model. I substituted Cragar 5 spoke deep offset chrome mag wheels from my parts box to add a more aggressive look.

The kit has a generic 6-piece interior tub carried over from Revell’s previous variations of the 69-70 era Mustang cars. The tub did not have separate door panels and back seat. The center console was molded into the floor between two 2-piece generic bucket seats. The interior had minimal molded in detail on the door panels but did include excellent wood grain decals to accent the dashboard gauge surrounds and gauges and shift lever area on the console. The decals are thin and needed a lot of fiddling to make them lay down around the gauge surround areas. There is a chrome gearshift lever that needed some rubber paint to reflect a real appearance and has a ting accent decal for the knob.

Next is the 7-piece chassis with a molded in front suspension assembly, a 1-piece driveshaft, axle and spring unit, a 2-piece exhaust pipe-muffler system and four detailed shock absorbers. I painted the chassis Krylon matte black and the front and rear suspension units Krylon semigloss black. The exhaust system and the masked off gas tank were painted dull aluminum to look better than the call out colors recommended by the instructions. I modified the ride height of the front spindles by snapping off the mounting pins on the front end and reset them about 4 scale inches to give the car a more aggressive stance.

The clear window glass was a 1-piece unit that went in well. The 4 clear headlight lenses were mounted into chrome buckets that fit into fender the headlight areas and the other two were mounted into the rear of the grill assembly. The 2 read clear taillights mounted into the rear body fascia panel. The only problem with the grill was it was supposed to be a chromed unit. But when Revell redesigned the front fascia unit to correct prior design errors on earlier model editions they had it cast as a white plastic part. The chrome accent edges are very thin and it takes a steady hand to pick out the chrome surround with whatever trimming material you prefer. I tried both chrome foil and Molotow chrome pens unsuccessfully and ended up using chrome paint and a very fine detail brush as a last result.

The kit was molded in white polystyrene. The 6-piece body consisted of front and rear fascia units, the main body, hood and two door mounted rear-view  mirrors with chrome mirror inserts. The only mold lines were at the ends of the front fender areas. The most serious issue was that there was a large molded indentation area on both sides of the roof just behind the door small side glass area. These indentations were not on any of the earlier Revell versions of this 69 Mustang car. I had a devil of a time securing body putty into these areas until I drilled a hole into each of the indentations to act as an anchor. Then sanding it to form the correct curve of the roof sides. The body and hood had some fitment issues after the radiator top was installed during assembly and required some sanding and fitting to allow the hood to fit even with the grill and front fender lines on each side.

I painted the body, hood, front and rear facias and side mirrors with Tamiya TS-11 Maroon lacquer. I obtained one of the best rattle can paint jobs ever with no need for a clear coat and minimal polishing. My difficulties began with the paint call out for the requiring a masking of the hood and cowl area  to apply the satin black hood paint. I used Krylon Satin Black and it looked great, but after repeated attempts to align the decal to define the satin painted area failed I said to heck with it since the edge of masked area did not have the same sheen and the decal was so thin I opted for no other distinctive body graphics decals for the side and trunk lid either. I used the front Satin black spoiler and the rear window louvers but omitted the rear deck spoiler.

All the assembly units fit together well except for the trouble with attaching the side mirrors and the front spoiler. If I were to attempt building this or any other model with this type of attachment points, I would drill a small pilot hole into the body and then place a thin wire or round mounting pins to these parts to keep them from constantly falling off. This was the reason I left the 3-piece rear spoiler off.

The chrome pieces were excellent, but someone needs to have Revell include the reworked grill into the chrome tree.

Overall, I enjoyed the model build and with a little more pre-assembly drilling holes for parts attachment and fabricating mounting pins it will likely be easier to replicate a more accurate replica of this highly collectable muscle car.

ACME July 2019 Meeting Recap

A great turn out for our post 4th of July meeting, about 35 members attended with 22 models on display. The 35 people attending included 3 new members:
1. Kevin Hetmanski enjoys building various truck models and will be opening a RC hobby shop in the near future. I’ll share more details as they become available.
2. Leigh Guarnier collects diecast and I am looking forward to seeing some of the items from his collection.
3. Tony Sciarrino builds mostly 1/43rd race cars and believe has some actual racing experience as well.
Welcome to ACME, we are glad you are part of our club.

Happy Birthday to the following folks celebrating birthday’s in July:
Pico Elgin, Jim Sheperd, Mike Hackey, Bob McAllan, Paul Wehner, John Gum, Eric Cole, and Leigh Guarnieri.

Bob Downie delivered the review of our joint build of Aoshima’s Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Bob did an excellent job of correcting the body flaws, laying down an awesome paint job, and fighting with several issues regarding the headlights, rear fascia, etc. My contribution included the chassis and engine, both of which were very easy and hassle free. Look for a full review on the website in sometime in July.

Four additional models were handed out for reviews at the October 2019 meeting.

Mike Crespi took additional pictures of many of the models on display during Show & Tell and will be adding these to an album on our website in the near future.

After the raffle Jim Sheperd did an incredible how to about adding working lights to models. He brought along a Camaro Indy pace car which has to be seen to be believed, I counted eight working LED’s in the light bar alone. Not sure how many total there are but it has to be close to 20. While there are multiple sources for LED products Jim likes Evan Designs based on there selection and in particular their customer service: Evan Designs