Aoshima Gra-chan: C210 Review
This is the 3rd kit I assembled in 2020 - I had the C110 completed but decided to re-work the body and it’s not yet finished.
Being one of my favourite cars, I had to get this kit. As with most gura-chans, there are two versions of this kit - I opted for the wide-body version.
Unlike the Hasegawa kit, most Aoshima and Fujimi kits do not include the engine unless stated. What I do like about this kit is that the overfenders are optional. I wasn’t too fussed about perfection so I glued them on and then filled the gaps with putty - most kits will require putty to look good. For the welded-on look I didn’t smoothen or sand the putty.
Like most kits, there are optional accessories and parts included in this kit. Unlike the C110 kit, this came with two choices of wheels - SSR MK-III and Racing Hart Turbofans. The MK-IIs are from the C110 kit. As for headlamps and tail lamps, you have the option of the 2000GTX twin-round headlamps with hexagonal grille, facelift square headlamp with mesh grille, and 2000GTX or 2000GT-ES tail lamps. Also worth noting is they included a police light/road warning light along with 3 choices of steering wheels and various audio equipment.
The normal-body version of this kit has some nice artwork in blue - I really liked it, but not as much as I liked the livery on a certain sharknose kaido-racer, so I ended up with purple by mixing metallic blue with metallic red.
I searched for decals for a long time, but eventually settled on painting the stripes myself. Afterward, I found an LB-Works decal set for sale. As you can see it didn’t turn out so well being painted, so I stripped it back and re-painted the car.
I would love to see a decal included in this kit, but you really should be looking at the LB-Works kit if you want that livery.
For the final touch I added takeyari - or ‘boso-pipes’ as the internet calls it. These were not included in the kit and I had to fabricate them out of another part of the kit, however they may be more of a ‘kaido-sharknose’ style - not that I didn’t consider adding a sharknose.
For the interior, I could have left the original black, however I saw a nice Skyline for sale with a beige interior so I made a flat-beige paint and coated the seats with gloss for that Burger-King look.
Aside from the overfenders, this was a fun kit to make - but not as fun as the 037. I thought that the arches were a bit too wide giving the car a very square wheelbase:track, and I was probably expecting the LB-Works kit instead of a widebody Japan, but there were many optional parts to choose from to make it interesting.
I leave you with an image of what I was thinking of while I was building this kit - this was for sale in Japan for an eye-watering amount.