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#1 OFFLINE   Justinpkw

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:47 AM

This Veyron SS was my most expensive purchase in 2013, and I had high hopes for it, based on the pictures that I had seen on eBay and here on DX.
However, I was sorely dissappointed when I collected mine yesterday.

For 240 USD, I received a model which is worth, in my opinion, less than 200 USD. It does not have the feel of an expensive detailed model, and the QC issues on it are just intolerable. More on that below.

Here's a small review on the model:

Things I like:
- Carbon Fiber pattern on most of the model
- It's a Top Gear "special" edition.

Things I don't like:
- The price - quality ratio.
- Brakes
- The model feels very light.
- The driver's side front wheel and passenger's side rear wheel DO NOT touch the ground when placed on a level surface, which makes the car wobble about     when touched, like, let's say, a really cheap badly-made toy car.
- Some of the brake discs don't spin when the wheel is rotated, which is an extreme letdown.
- The passenger's side window is not flush with the body.
- The rear wing feels plasticky, and the 'hole' which the spoiler reveals when activated is horrible silver plastic.
- The secondary, removable wing is matt black and made of plastic, and it feels very flimsy in general.
- The Stig figurine that comes with the car. Some say that the person who gave the green-light for the Minichamps Stig to be put into production was half-    blind.
- Orange detailing in the interior that would be found on a real Supersports is missing.(Thanks to Lambo for pointing it out.)

Since the MP4-12C was released, Minichamps has been drawing much criticism about their quality, and I am not surprised. This Veyron SS can join the pile of crap that they have been releasing these days. :mad2:

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Wheels and Brakes
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Interior
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Front Compartment
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Rear Wing
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This is the secondary wing, which fits into two small holes in the plastic mess.
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With the wing raised into the airbrake position:
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The "Mutant" Stig figurine:
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As compared to my unlicensed Stig:
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Some detail shots:
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In conclusion, if you have your eye set on this Veyron, please, please just keep your money for now, save up a bit more, and wait for the AUTOart version, which would most definitely be superior to this in many ways.

Thanks for looking!  :occasion14:

Edited by Justinpkw, 07 March 2013 - 08:20 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:55 AM

ah im sorry about the detail and that stig looking thing is horrid!!!! after reading this.......the only thing i can say that Minichamps will probably outdo AUTOart is CF finish and maybe an EB badge that doesn't peel.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:55 AM

I LOLed when i saw the stig!  :giggle:  They remind me of the Falcon predator and optimus prime XD

But its a good alternative for the bomb shell AUTOart veyron SS. If you don't mind the issues. Probably minichamps wanna sell theirs before AUTOart release theirs :twocents:

Edited by Red_Baron, 07 March 2013 - 07:58 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:01 AM

22/1000 :D wow.
The CF is amazing but the details aren't :P
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:03 AM

View Postmach504, on 07 March 2013 - 07:55 AM, said:

ah im sorry about the detail and that stig looking thing is horrid!!!! after reading this.......the only thing i can say that Minichamps will probably outdo AUTOart is CF finish and maybe an EB badge that doesn't peel.
Agreed, the one thing that Minichamps can do well is the CF finish. As long as AUTOart includes a small plastic piece to protect the EB badge on their Veyrons, it shouldn't be a problem IMO :D

View PostRed_Baron, on 07 March 2013 - 07:55 AM, said:

I LOLed when i saw the stig!  :giggle:  They remind me of the Falcon predator and optimus prime XD

But its a good alternative for the bomb shell AUTOart veyron SS. If you don't mind the issues. Probably minichamps wanna sell theirs before AUTOart release theirs :twocents:
That Stig is absolutely terrible, I just took it out of its plastic packaging for the shots above and threw it back into the box XD
The model isn't that bad when placed in a display case or on a shelf, but when you get close to it and hold it... Ugh. Absolutely terrible.
I would say that this is a similiar story to the Porsche 911 (997.2) GT2 RS, the Minichamps' DE version is now pretty hard to get and expensive, and was released quite some time before the AUTOart version was announced. But hey, only time will tell. :twocents:

View Postiamfat97, on 07 March 2013 - 08:01 AM, said:

22/1000 :D wow.
The CF is amazing but the details aren't :P
The COA number is probably my favorite thing about the model :D

Edited by Justinpkw, 07 March 2013 - 08:04 AM.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:09 AM

This is 100% top gear's style. Ambitious but rubbish  :giggle:
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:16 AM

I think that if it annoys you (and for the money) you should ask to return it for a better one :twocents:  If I had bought it myself & it had those problems I'd be doing just that.

I do like the way it looks though, the CF finish looks excellent. The mutant Stig figure is a complete mess lol, they really messed him up, he's bad on their 1/43 models too.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:17 AM

actually LOLed at that stig!!! Sorry bout that model, i would send it back, its like a wobbly table, I cannot stand a wobbly table.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:29 AM

View Postbtyz95, on 07 March 2013 - 08:09 AM, said:

This is 100% top gear's style. Ambitious but rubbish  :giggle:
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View PostCraig T, on 07 March 2013 - 08:16 AM, said:

I think that if it annoys you (and for the money) you should ask to return it for a better one :twocents:  If I had bought it myself & it had those problems I'd be doing just that.

I do like the way it looks though, the CF finish looks excellent. The mutant Stig figure is a complete mess lol, they really messed him up, he's bad on their 1/43 models too.
I would have returned it if I could, but the model was ordered through my local contact, and the other one that he ordered for himself was even worse, as the window gap was much more obvious and one of the side mirrors was bent.
The CF is one of the best I've seen, probably the only plus point for this model. I wonder how much Minichamps would charge for the model if the Stig wasn't included, haha.

View Postsmokeyfan, on 07 March 2013 - 08:17 AM, said:

actually LOLed at that stig!!! Sorry bout that model, i would send it back, its like a wobbly table, I cannot stand a wobbly table.
Well, the wobbly table is now in an AUTOart display case, where it isn't too obvious, so it's fine for me :P
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for helping us out ... Will wait for Autoart
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:26 AM

Sorry to hear this. I was actually thinking of grabbing one, but I will think again now at least until I see it in person.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:41 AM

Excuse me, but it looks horrible ...

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:03 AM

Too much to quote  - without sounding rude, your local contact should have rejected them both.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

i'm planning to buy one but now i will wait for the autoart

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:32 AM

Punt it off one Ebay maybe?
The CF finish is brilliant!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:30 PM

Damn Justin, you're a magnet for models with defects  :icon_scratch: , the F12, now this one, but I'll let you in on something, I have this one from MR Collection and it's not flawless either and for the price I paid, now that's something that can "piss" a person off, just return it and ask a refund or replacement - good luck and let us know how you solved it
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:51 PM

They forgot to make the interior right, where are the orange details on the steering wheel and shifter and around the instruments, where are the supersport logo's at the console?
Does it have Supersport inscription on the seats and orange seat belts?

Edited by lambo, 07 March 2013 - 01:54 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:40 PM

It really looks nice in the pics. I was planning to buy one until I read your review. Thanks! I'll take your advise and wait for Autoart. I just wish AUTOart would replicate the carbon finish just as good. Minichamps is the first one to replicate a carbon finish like the real thing.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:09 PM

Yours seem to have serious QC problems.... i'm sure AUTOart will do a better job at a ..of course higher price...  :occasion14:
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:33 PM

Well horrible or not man thanks for sharing us these photos.    On that note, I'll take it if it is given to me for birthday or somethin.'   I'll wait on the AUTOart version like you said.    This model makes a good display at a distance though.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

Cheers guys, I guess the main gist of this would be to wait for the AUTOart version.  :occasion14:

View PostJarek, on 07 March 2013 - 10:41 AM, said:

Excuse me, but it looks horrible ...
It isn't so bad from a distance, but when you hold it... *shakes head*

View PostCraig T, on 07 March 2013 - 11:03 AM, said:

Too much to quote  - without sounding rude, your local contact should have rejected them both.
Perhaps, but again, he doesn't really mind about these QC issues. I'll speak to him though, and see what can be done.

View Postguggga, on 07 March 2013 - 11:32 AM, said:

Punt it off one Ebay maybe?
The CF finish is brilliant!
Perhaps, I'll keep it with me for now though; the color scheme on the WRE version is too sexy to sell  :giggle:

View Postmikum, on 07 March 2013 - 01:30 PM, said:

Damn Justin, you're a magnet for models with defects  :icon_scratch: , the F12, now this one, but I'll let you in on something, I have this one from MR Collection and it's not flawless either and for the price I paid, now that's something that can "piss" a person off, just return it and ask a refund or replacement - good luck and let us know how you solved it
I guess that's how it is when models are ordered from a supplier, and not bought from a shop, since I can't inspect multiple models before selecting a good one. Fingers crossed that a replacement or refund will be possible though  :hope:

View Postlambo, on 07 March 2013 - 01:51 PM, said:

They forgot to make the interior right, where are the orange details on the steering wheel and shifter and around the instruments, where are the supersport logo's at the console?
Does it have Supersport inscription on the seats and orange seat belts?
It does not have those things mentioned above, thanks for mentioning those!

View Posthokuan, on 07 March 2013 - 07:09 PM, said:

Yours seem to have serious QC problems.... i'm sure AUTOart will do a better job at a ..of course higher price...  :occasion14:
Perhaps it was because mine had a low serial number, but again, who knows. Maybe they finished all the models and randomly assigned COAs to each car...
Anyway, since there is no confirmed release date so far for the AUTOart version, it gives me time to save up for it.  :occasion14:

View PostrossoGTO, on 07 March 2013 - 07:33 PM, said:

Well horrible or not man thanks for sharing us these photos. On that note, I'll take it if it is given to me for birthday or somethin.'   I'll wait on the AUTOart version like you said. This model makes a good display at a distance though.
Agreed. From a distance, it looks pretty okay.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

Sorry to hear about your disappointment...Hope you have better luck next time around...

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:44 PM

Wow I'm shocked its this bad....I wasn't expecting it to beat the AUTOart, but this is just a fail by minichamps.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:00 PM

Thank you for posting the pictures. It looks ok from  photos. The CF finish is nice but the interior looks so so. And like most of DXers here I will wait for Autoart one. BTW I think Minichamps models the stig figurine from the Top Gear China Edition episode.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:24 PM

View Postseppuku, on 07 March 2013 - 08:51 PM, said:

Sorry to hear about your disappointment...Hope you have better luck next time around...
Hopefully... I will be staying away from Minichamps for now, especially when I heard that their SLS GT3 is made from plastic.  :icon_bs:

View PostMGGMB, on 07 March 2013 - 09:44 PM, said:

Wow I'm shocked its this bad....I wasn't expecting it to beat the AUTOart, but this is just a fail by minichamps.
Agreed. When I picked up the box for the first time, I was pretty shocked at how light it was. From there, everything went downhill.
Out of 10, I'd give this model a 4.

View Postagus1108, on 07 March 2013 - 10:00 PM, said:

Thank you for posting the pictures. It looks ok from  photos. The CF finish is nice but the interior looks so so. And like most of DXers here I will wait for Autoart one. BTW I think Minichamps models the stig figurine from the Top Gear China Edition episode.
Haha, that China episode was pretty hilarious  :giggle:
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