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#1 OFFLINE   Autobellissima

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 03:49 AM

My birthday passed just before the new year and my GF bought me a diecast...i was expecting a cmc testarossa (i gave her a wishlist) nearly got one but she instead got me the hyper hyped koenigsegg ccx which isn't that bad of a consolation...a very very cool car (and was included in the list too).

unfortunately...despite that it has a very very low number in it's certificate, the model she got had a flaw (at least for me). the back engine cover despite having already two supports would not stay up!!try as i might, the only way is to put something that keeps it ajar, since the ccx is a really nice car to display while open this however isnt good for me esp for taking photos. does anyone have this problem?

the car isn't bought online but as i try to replace the car with the shop, there weren't much options left as there were a limited imported and most if not all had been sold out. oh dear me...i hope this little problem can be fixed.  

is there anyway to fix this problem manually without looking for a replacement?(making the two piece engine struts stick?) happy 2010 to all!
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#2 OFFLINE   hokuan

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 08:57 AM

you mean the other CCX in the shop also have flaws  :occasion14:
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 09:03 AM

Sucks man..mine is tight as a drum. Hope you or someone has a solution. I'm interested to know which number you got. Care to share or PM me lol  :occasion14:
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 09:43 AM

I don't think that it is the struts holding the weight of the rear cover. I believe it is the pair of scissor hinges that attach the cover to the body of the car. If you look closely there are a number of fine philips head screws that hold the assembly together. Maybe they are loose causing the full weight of the rear cover to come crashing down on the faux struts.

Try to tighten those screws up with a fine screwdriver from an eyeglass repair kit. Maybe have some flat black touch up paint handy in case the screwdriver slips and scrapes some of the paint.

Good luck on either the repair or the return!

Oh, my copy was also tight as a drum.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 11:00 AM

View PostAutobellissima, on 04 January 2010 - 03:49 AM, said:

is there anyway to fix this problem manually without looking for a replacement?(making the two piece engine struts stick?) happy 2010 to all!

Have you tried tightening the double hinge screws of the bonnet?

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 04:45 AM

View Posttonyg54, on 04 January 2010 - 09:43 AM, said:

I don't think that it is the struts holding the weight of the rear cover. I believe it is the pair of scissor hinges that attach the cover to the body of the car. If you look closely there are a number of fine philips head screws that hold the assembly together. Maybe they are loose causing the full weight of the rear cover to come crashing down on the faux struts.

Try to tighten those screws up with a fine screwdriver from an eyeglass repair kit. Maybe have some flat black touch up paint handy in case the screwdriver slips and scrapes some of the paint.

Good luck on either the repair or the return!

Oh, my copy was also tight as a drum.

I haven't taken it out of the styro in hopes to preserve my chances on changing it when a better one comes in the shop my gf got it in. i will try to see if i can check the hinge without compromising the car. i'd rather have it tight like you guys. cant imagine putting something to keep the cover up.




hokuan:
you mean the other CCX in the shop also have flaws

yup, went back to the shop, unfortunately the model i looked at to replace had a left door that was too loose for my liking, though i reckon it may just be me.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 05:32 AM

View PostAutobellissima, on 05 January 2010 - 04:45 AM, said:

yup, went back to the shop, unfortunately the model i looked at to replace had a left door that was too loose for my liking, though i reckon it may just be me.

I don't think it's just you. When I bought mine at a shop in HK, I had to open up and go through 3 units before I found the left door that was not loose in closed position ! There was some play when you move the door fore and aft when in closed position.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 06:52 AM

my first CCX had a similar problem with its engine cover, would hardly stay up at all, my second was a bit better but all you had to do was breath on it and it would collapse and make a horrible noise lol,
my third one though is A OK   :rolleyes:

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 07:02 AM

View Postinitiald, on 05 January 2010 - 05:32 AM, said:

I don't think it's just you. When I bought mine at a shop in HK, I had to open up and go through 3 units before I found the left door that was not loose in closed position ! There was some play when you move the door fore and aft when in closed position.

View Postpastysmasher, on 05 January 2010 - 06:52 AM, said:

my first CCX had a similar problem with its engine cover, would hardly stay up at all, my second was a bit better but all you had to do was breath on it and it would collapse and make a horrible noise lol,
my third one though is A OK   :rolleyes:

It seems that these CCX's are a "third time lucky" affair   :icon_bs: . I think I might be able to do perfectly fine without a CCX sitting on my shelf, thank ye very much.
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:30 AM

ill show you all a pic later of something i just descovered with my latest ccx, something very very shocking on AUTOarts behalf   :tongue4:
im begining to think that AUTOart never made 1 decent ccx

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 11:43 AM

You all are just making all of this up because all we do on this site is criticize AUTOart. It's all we have to live for. Posted Image

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 05:45 PM

View Postpastysmasher, on 11 January 2010 - 09:30 AM, said:

ill show you all a pic later of something i just descovered with my latest ccx, something very very shocking on AUTOarts behalf   :tongue4:
im begining to think that AUTOart never made 1 decent ccx

Did you order it online? Very curious on the defect. Don't know if yours can top out the steeting-less model on the Lamborghini.   :tongue4:

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:00 PM

its not realy a defect, its the way the struts are placed on the rear engine cover, theres scratches and thick glue marks everywhere. it looks terrible very shoddy craftmanship

i ordered it where ii get most of my models, granprixlegends :]

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:33 PM

View Postpastysmasher, on 11 January 2010 - 06:00 PM, said:

its not realy a defect, its the way the struts are placed on the rear engine cover, theres scratches and thick glue marks everywhere. it looks terrible very shoddy craftmanship

i ordered it where ii get most of my models, granprixlegends :]
That is nasty, are you gonna get it exchanged?
But...but...but the Chinese labor rates!

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:51 PM

I got an AUTOart DBR-1 from a site vendor and they told me they couldnt replace it cause they weren't stocking new autoart items because of cost. I had to just get a refund and since then have decided my money is best spent on other brands.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:33 PM

this is what i was talking about,
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 10:06 PM

If they claim it's new, then that's bad.  http://www.diecastxchange.com/forum1/public/style_emoticons/default/yikes.gif

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:24 PM

I am not having the same issue as the OP with the engine cover struts.  They seem to be fairly tight.  But I am having the loose left door issue.  I checked throughout and couldn't find anything loose.  Another thing is that I found a tiny screw inside the box.  I couldn't seem to locate where in the car is missing.  Maybe it's an extra?

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 07:20 PM

Typical Autoart, I was already scared to buy a Veyron because so many of them have the EB badge crumbled off.  I can just hope that the CCX and Veyron will depreciate in value over time.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 07:56 PM

It's somehow expected. For me, the latest AUTOart purchases were defective (well, 2 of 3)...
But AUTOart apologists will surely chime in. It will be amusing to hear their pitch   :occasion14:
But...but...but the Chinese labor rates!

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 01:47 PM

View PostFlorin, on 19 January 2010 - 07:56 PM, said:

It's somehow expected. For me, the latest AUTOart purchases were defective (well, 2 of 3)...
But AUTOart apologists will surely chime in. It will be amusing to hear their pitch   :occasion14:

You able to say which models and what the defects are?  Just curious to see if the defects are the same as experienced by other collectors   :lol:
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:39 PM

View PostJoe33, on 20 January 2010 - 01:47 PM, said:

You able to say which models and what the defects are?  Just curious to see if the defects are the same as experienced by other collectors   :occasion14:
With pleasure!
1/3 Porsche 997 GT3 RS (DE), missing shifter
2/3 Porsche 997 GT3 RS (DE) "the replacement" - rough paint (bubbles)on hood
3/3 Porsche 928 - nonoperational flip open headlights and white paint residue on right headlight. This is the only one that I can get exchanged, since it was bought locally by my wife as a gift to me.

I will post a thread with pictures and will have to make one mint GT3 RS out of 2 and sell the damaged one at a loss, or keep it for parts. I don't have 928 pictures of the paint residue, since the car has been returned - I am waiting for the replacement.
But...but...but the Chinese labor rates!

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 01:55 AM

Surprised people are still buying Auto Art myself, it'll be a long time it I do again that for sure.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:54 AM

Believe it or not, I stopped buying AutoArt models online. Luckily I have a diecast store near where I live so I always go there to choose the model personally. I've received USED Kyosho models in 99% perfect quality and just one tiny flaw (keep in mind it was used) and BRAND NEW AutoArt models with snapped off or wobbly wheels, grilles and awfully applied paint. Couple of years back the things were much better. Today, ordering an AutoArt online is like playing the lottery.

The only solution is to find a friendly seller who will take time to open and inspect your model before shipping.

The even sadder things is that Minichamps follows their steps! I had more than one problem with their models too...

Edited by Ivaylo, 21 January 2010 - 02:55 AM.


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Posted 21 January 2010 - 06:17 AM

ahaa so im not the only person who has had an AUTOart with wobbly wheels.....ive always asumed it was me being carless or something




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