Not exactly die cast, (at all) but hope it is okay here.

My Christmas gifts came from none other than myself, as I finally decided to get the Aoshima 1/32 Suzuki Jimny kit. Aoshima's 1/32 range, branded SNAPKIT, is a simpler variant than the (much) more labour-intensive 1/24 range. The Suzuki Jimny had long been an ignored competitor in the serious 4x4 market, despite being a capable machine of its own. The fortunes changed with the 2018's JB74, which propelled the tiny SUV to widespread acclaim and fame for being a thoroughly competent off - roader. Interestingly enough, the new Jimny has been widely replicated by die - cast makers as well, particularly in 1/64 and 1/18 scales.

It comes pre-painted, uses stickers for almost all the details, and does not require glue for assembly. The range has some intriguing models, such as the GT-R, Vellfire, 86 and 2000GT. The sticker - based detailing method, and the ultra skinny tires make them look a tad toy-ish though. However, the plastic moldings are pretty nicely done, and is well worth an extra effort of manual detailing if you have the tools and time. On the other hand, the simpler assembly saves a lot of time and effort, and all the hassle in painting (prohibitive if you live in very constrained, rented dwellings).

The kit comes in five colors - the famous "Kinetic Yellow", "Chiffon Ivory Metallic", "Jungle Green", "Pure White Pearl", "Brisk Blue" - and I opted for the bright blue color. Assembly takes a little more than an hour at most.

Assembled interior. Reminds me of the interior shots in catalogs.

Assembled interior. Reminds me of the interior shots in catalogs.

The wheel assembly. Anemic tires not a major issue since the standard wheels on the Jimny are skinny as well.

The wheel assembly. Anemic tires not a major issue since the standard wheels on the Jimny are skinny as well.

The finished product was not too bad, even with the terrible workmanship.

The Jimny is probably the best Snapkit released to date, and is a very good option to have a mid-scale Jimny with reasonably decent details.

JB, meet your Gachapon-ized granddad.

A variant of the SJ series was produced by Maruti Udyog (Maruti Suzuki Gypsy) until very recently, and extensively served in the Indian military as well.

A variant of the SJ series was produced by Maruti Udyog (Maruti Suzuki Gypsy) until very recently, and extensively served in the Indian military as well.

Incidentally, the kit haul turned out to be the penultimate haul for 2019, as I ended up spending way too much on another haul today. Ah, the endless cycle of die-cast conundrum (drool - buy - regret). More on that later.

Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome week ahead, the last one for this decade!

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