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Here are some pictures I took this evening. This car by Spark is a real gem! I just wished they hadn't messed up on the drivers' flags.

The actual car did well in qualifying. It placed 3rd on the grid with the team of Jean-Marc Gounon (F)/Christophe Bouchut (F)/Ricardo Zonta (BR). Sadly, it did not get very far in the race due to engine trouble. It retired after 31 laps. Its sister car, the #35 placed 1st on the grid. But it fared even worse during the race as it was forced to pull out also because of engine troubles. It didn't make it past the 19th lap. Autoart makes that in 1:18 and I'll have to find that for my collection one day.

My artsy shot :giggle I took with low-light to accentuate the curvy lines of the LM.


Turned up the light a little to reveal its beauty


The front grill is awesome!


Its rear is very nice too. :giggle Click picture below for 800x600 image
 
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Felix, congratulations on getting such a gorgeous race car! :happy

I see your lovely pics and cannot believe the level of detail this model has to offer. I definitely wouldn't mind getting one of these... :cool

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Great pics! They'd make some really nice posters
 
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this car would look so great next to my AUTOart 1/12 CLK LM :giggle

but PLEASE Spark, bring out the Nakes Lady livery one
and the rest would also be appreciated :lol
 

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I know quite a few Canadian who are fans of Greg Moore would like that released so they can mod it for the two races he competed in. For now, only Maisto made that car in 1:18. Here's a picture below of mine:



Does your AUTOart 1:12 CLK have problems with the tires turning whitish? :confused I've seen quite a few cars like that.
 

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That car really looks long and low compared to the Maisto 1:18 :cheers
Terrific addition Felix! :nicejob
 

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Be very careful Gian. Once you get one 1:43, your eyes will start wandering and discover a LOT of other 1:43s you'll really appreciate.....AND want to add to your collection. :tempted :tempted Thanks for your kind compliment too. :cheers
 

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Thanks mox. That's really kind of you to sat that. Though, I don't think my pictures are quite THAT good. :giggle All the same, I appreciate your encouraging words.
 

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Maybe (hopefully) the future "extra livery" releases will get the flags correctly. :lol Until then, we'll just have to pretend the drivers back then had multiple passports. :lol
 

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Thanks! (Is Mike your name? Sorry, I have temporary brain-fade! :badidea ) On your #35 car, did Spark mix up all three flags for the drivers or only Mark Webber's (as being an American when it should be Australian)?

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Thanks Jeff. :cheers These 1:43 are like fine Belgian chocolates. They're small, very tasty, not cheap, and never seem to satisfy your craving for them not matter how many you get! :lol The Maisto CLK LM and GTRs seem to ride pretty high. They definitely ought to have a lower stance. (For that matter, same with UT's McLaren F1 GTRs :badidea )
 
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Thanks! (Is Mike your name? Sorry, I have temporary brain-fade! :badidea ) On your #35 car, did Spark mix up all three flags for the drivers or only Mark Webber's (as being an American when it should be Australian)?
The name is Mike indeed, nothing wrong with your memory.
Spark made Webber an American, Schneider and Ludwig still are German :lol

It happens Spark more often lately. Last year i bought the Pagani Zonda. On the windshield it said Hexemans in stead of Hezemans ... :eek:ops
 

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Yes, but they sell for about ~C$80/kg. My mother (with a partner) actually had one store that was part of a very small franchise that sold chocolates made by Gartner. The fresh cream filled chocolates would be flown from Belgium to Ottawa every two weeks. The store was situated in a shopping mall. One time in the middle of August, there was a power failure in the entire mall for about 1.5 days. Because some of the chocolates needed to be refrigerated, they could have spoiled. Quite a few of the regular choclates looked like they were sweating. To not jeopardize any of the patrons, all the stock had to be taken off the shelves and written off. BUT, since half of the chocolate was likely still okay, our family was gorging on Gartner chocolates for 2 or 3 weeks!! :happy :happy :happy
 
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well, you know i'm Belgian right?
people that know me know that i love to eat good wine & food, so that also includes chocolate, yeah well, no wonder, i live in the correct country for that :giggle
BUT i REALLY don't know Gartner chocolate, and i know a lot of our chocolate, heck, since i love my country i feel obliged to support our (chocolate) economy :lol and try them out on regular basis :tempted :woohoo :tongue
 
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The CLK-GTR (1997) and the CLK-LM (1998) are two different cars and body shapes. The GTR was a V12 and the LM used a V8. The CLK-LM had a slimmer nose line for aerodynamics which later was used for the infamous '99 CLR design.

in my opinion, Spark did a pretty good job depicting the CLK-LM, but I think the canopy is to low hung. They had a similar issue with the Lotus GT-1 as well. Spark forte is with open cockpit cars, which are easier to design. I think they still need some work on the overall shape of their closed cockpit cars.

Here's a picture of the actual CLK-LM:



Tell me your thoughts. . .
 

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Yes, I do know that. :wink Nice location to reach so many of the races that take place across Europe.

As for Gartner, I did a little digging to see if they are still around. Here's what I found out:

Thorntons, the chocolate maker and retailer, is closing its Flixborough factory and transferring production to Belper, while at the same time it has sold Gartner Pralines, its Belgian subsidiary, to Pauwels. 05-Jun-1996

As I understand, Neuhaus still continues to big one of the big players in the high-end chocolate industry.
 
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