Aoshima re-releases a kit first introduced in Japan only back in 2012 with a focus on two of the space crafts from Gary Anderson’s acclaimed supermarianation series Thunderbirds. This is the Thunderbird 2 & 4 kit. Brian Messier was kind enough to share his review of this kit with us here.
Thunderbird 2 & 4 Kit
• Maker - Aoshima
• Space Science Series
• Model No. 03905
• Scale – 1/350
• MSRP - $42.99 US
The Thunderbird 2 & 4 kit comes in Aoshima’s standard slip-top box with a classic Thunderbirdsscenery for the box art. On the side, there are pictures of the built model pictures; a nice feature in my opinion.
• 4 – Green colored styrene hull sections
• 2 – Green colored styrene sprues
• 1 – Yellow colored styrene sprue
• 1 – Clear styrene sprue
• 3 – Decal sheets
• 1 – Set of instructions
The kit comes in four major sub pieces and 3 sprues. Two green sprues and one yellow sprue, as well as a clear plastic sprue for windows are included. Parts are very crisply detailed and completely flash free. There are some ejector pin marks in some fairly visible places but they are subtle enough that I believe a quick sanding will hide them under paint. The biggest shortcoming I can see is that the vehicles stabilizer legs have flattened ejector pin marks on the cylindrical legs.
Three decal sheets are provided and all decals are sharp and cleanly printed with very little edge flash. The instruction sheet is printed in Asian dialect and English, and the instructions feature easy to follow 7 step construction instructions, a single decal placement page, and a parts call out page. It is a tri-fold design and the images are large enough for simple construction to be completed.
My overall impression of Aoshima's Thunderbird 2 & 4 kit is one of a well-designed, simple to assemble kit of a classic marionette kid’s TV show, the Thunderbrds. I can’t wait to crack open the box and get busy on a build review of this kit!
Highs: interesting subject matter, crisply molded details with very little flash. short easy to follow instructions ensure a pleasurable buildLows: ejector pin marks in some locations will require some work, but should not be out of the range of even beginner modelers.Verdict: Although not yet built, I fully expect this one to be easy, quick, and look great with very little sanding or filling.
About Brian (fhvn4d) FROM: MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES
I am middle/late 40s, and have been modelling in plastics most of my life. I started around 7 years old, mostly aircraft and armor. I work full time as a Lieutenant on a career fire department. I also currently am the secretary of the organization Armor Modeling Preservation Society.