I might have cringed when Maisto announced theirs, and still no word from AutoArt. However, Maisto mentioned an Exclusive Edition, which was to be slightly nicer than the Special Edition. So I figured I'd give it a try. DMW had their 10% coupon which brought down to a darn good price, so I just had to decide between the maroon and blue with white stripes. Then the maroon disappeared; decision made.
Tonight I pulled it out of its box, and I'm impressed. Shots of the SE version online didn't give me too much hope, but man, it looks great in person. While the paint is a little thicker (shocking, I know) than more upscale models, it's very nicely done, glossy with great metallic flake, and the color's fantastic. Stripes are straight and look very good, and gaps are tight and most panels line up well, so overall the fit and finish is good. The doors are the let-down - hard to open and move, floppy, and the lower rockers stick out a bit.
The interior's not bad. Has little shift paddles, contrasting colors, and gauges. Engine looks fine - honestly, not much to go on, since the 1:1's hidden away.
Some good details - wheels, head and tail lights (especially the headlights!!), brake appearance, and carbon fiber. Not sure how the carbon was done, but it's a great effect and looks pretty convincing. It's obvious what it is!
Some which need some work - brake operation (rotors spin sometimes, but get stuck), side marker lights (a bit bright, they're paint), and all vents (no holes).
Overall, I'm very happy. It brought a "wow" when I first pulled back the tissue paper, and it displays very well. No question that it's worth the money, around $40-50. I'll see if AutoArt comes out with one and will decide later what to do...for now, no regrets!
No pics now, should be able to get some later.
Edited by GirchyGirchy, 31 December 2016 - 10:28 AM.