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Here's the next review, guys. This one's for the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR by AUTOart.

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PAINT
The paint is perfectly applied without any rough edges or unpainted areas. The sponsors are applied by tampo-painting instead of cheaper decal stickers. In addition, all of the sponsors are present.
8/8

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EXTERIOR
The model is to scale and its proportions are correct. It's fittings are very close and the panel gaps are tight. The headlights are very well simulated as are the tail lights. Although the grille is perforated, the large air dam is not but the vents on the engine cover are perforated. The aerial is present just behind the roof scoop and the 3D three-poninted star is also present just above the grille. In addition the towing rings are separately made from the bodywork, not painted on.
7/8

INTERIOR
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The floor and seat have the carpet texture and the instrument panel is very well rendered - the buttons and other controls are moulded and painted correctly. The main faults though are that the dashboard has that plasticky shine to it and the seat belts are made from flexible plastic instead of fabric.
6/8

WHEELS & BRAKES
The wheels are brilliantly rendered with their fine spoke style. The wheel nuts are painted and the brake discs are highly detailed as are the calipers. The brake discs rotate with the wheels while the calipers remain fixed. Also the tyres have the correct tread and are correctly branded. The detail in this section is as close to perfection as one can get.
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ENGINE & UNDERCARRIAGE DETAIL
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The engine detail is very good on this model. Most of the parts of it can be easily made out. The rollcage in the engine bay is nicely simulated and although the suspension doesn't function, the rods and springs simulate it very well. The front section of the model can be removed as well to show the brake cooling ducts and the front suspension. The undercarriage detail is minimal but accurate as most modern race cars have flat underbodies to aid their aerodynamics.
7/8

COMPETITION
Maisto also makes the CLK-GTR but AUTOart's version wipes the floor with it.
5/6

DESIRABILITY
Both the Warsteiner and Original-Teile versions are discontinued so they are becoming rarer, especially the Warsteiner version which is extremely difficult to find nowadays.
6/6

OVERALL
This is another excellent attempt from AUTOart and the model hides its age very well. It is a must have for a Mercedes-Benz or racing car model collection.

Total Score - 45/50

Thanks to Project 1/18 for the use of their pictures.

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That's an excellent review CS_GT! :cheers One of those slipped through my hands recently and it was priced only at US$26. Argh!

I have the AUTOart "Original Teile" verision. I do wished they went with tampos instead of decals. The decal are lifting off at the edges slightly. :badidea
 

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StygianMax said:
Ivan d. said:
Excellent review CSGT!
I have several images of my own GTR by Auto Art (and Maistos too) to share:

CLK GTR Page

http://groups.msn.com/MercedesBenzDiecastm...in118scale.msnw
Thanks for the link. Over the past few days, I was trying to recall which member had the great pictures of the #35 CLK GTR. That's a terrific looking model. :drool
Thanks for the link. Over the past few days, I was trying to recall which member had the great pictures of the #35 CLK GTR. That's a terrific looking model.
No problem Styg.
The only Mercedes GT Racing models missing are the Saubers C-11 and C-291, which have been announced by Exoto to be produced in the coming year(S!). After that, there is the CLR of the 1999 Season (the flying Mercedes), which will probably never be produced (where is the criying Smilie?)
 
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road warrior said:
nice review Darren :nicejob :nicejob :cheers ,
is Maisto the only maker of the CLK GTR street version in 1/18?
Yes, but you can convert a racing CLK-LM (the one made by AUTOart) into a homologated street version. I've seen it in photos, both the 1997 GTR and the 1998 GTR (the LM version with the large air intakes on the hood)
 
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