You've been to enough races to know how much variation there can be from one to another and even from practice to qualifying to race day! There's a lot of images on Flying Liz's web site to check but I'll leave it to someone else to dig through them all - I'm off to bed!
I've only been to the races at Mosport. :wink That said, you cannot dispute the fact that the following would NOT vary from race venue to race venue:
Actually I can dispute some of that. I've seen sponsor decals change literally as the cars were being wheeled out to the grid. Position and size can change from venue to venue depending on the sponsor's market at that venue and relationships change all the time. I suppose it may even be possible for there to be sponsor conflicts from race to race. The ALMS and IMSA logos are to appear on bonnet and both sides so AUTOart missed that one. As for the lights you are correct - they have been required for ALMS since 2002 and were finally adopted by Le Mans this year. Come on AUTOart - where are our working leader lights? :giggle
You've only disputed ONE, not some. :lol
No not at all - but I don't have the time or the interest to determine which race-specific version this may be and the greater likelihood is that it is sort of a "generic" version anyway. They may have relied on pictures from pre-season testing for all we know, they may be forced to "ignore" certain sponsors because of licensing issues, they may just be lazy or all of the above!
I agree with your there. How many collectors really want to go through the effort to figure out which particular race that rendition of the car appeared in?! Unless the car was for a special race like Sebring, Le Mans, or Laguna Seca, we want the model to look how the car appeared the majority of the races.
You keep saying "these days" as if it is something new that models are not totally accurate but it's always been this way. In many ways we are very fortunate as some of the early diecasts and white metal or resin kits were nothing more than poorly cast lumps of zamac. Accuracy of body shape, sharpness of casting, detail of casting, quality of finish, wheels, tires, tampo printing, wiring, photoetch details and on and on all put us way ahead of collectors of 20 years ago when a $35 Bburago F40 was the hottest model around. Yeh, okay, we shouldn't still be putting up with dogleg hinges - BUT - the manufacturer has to consider that some of these things are actually going to be (perish the thought) played with and have to withstand a certain amount of abuse. Life expectancy of a McLaren F1 hinge in the hands of my 8 year old nephew? Anyone? That's right, measured in milliseconds.
When have you known ME to whine....ever??? :lol For the record, I gave similar thoughts to Ebbro's Flying Lizard (2005 Le Mans #80(?) car) in 1/43. My beef there was that Ebbro is typically very good with their models. But that car ended up being off the mark in a couple of very visible areas. So, THEY don't get my hard-earned money either. I'd like to see if Minichamps can do a better job.