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This Capri RS3100 competed in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, or DRM, which is seen as the predecessor to the DTM series. The championship began in 1972 and underwent various changes of regulations and names until the DTM took over as Germany's foremost saloon car series in the mid 1980s. This car competed in the 1975 championship and was piloted by Klaus Ludwig (who started the season driving an Escort). The model is said to represent the car as it raced at Hockenheim, and from the records I can find I think Ludwig took the car to victory in that race.



The model is a beauty. Paint is superb, and the blue element of the livery is tampo painted, although the smaller details still appear to be decals. Fit and finish are great, as is the general detailing all round. Engine and interior are both pretty nice. One unexpected feature is the little catches that must be released to open the boot.

Downsides are little things like molded seatbelts, exhausts not hollow, stickers for dashboard dials, and the rather cheap looking windscreen wiper. Also, I'm not sure how great the brakes are, but I actually can't see enough through the wheels to tell, so I guess it's not too crucial either way.

It's easier to list the few tiny negatives that I found than it is to list all the things that are good about this model, but make no mistake that overall this is an excellent model, and I was sold as soon as I saw it.

 
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Whoa, sweet new addition Dave. :cheers where do you get ur moey from as well as being at Uni? Or is it College? :confused

Pic's are as always, Cool! :10
 

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Thanks Matt. I was a lot happier with this set than the Cobra set that I took today. If I say so myself there's not a lot I would change about the top pic - it looks great on my desktop when it hasn't been compressed at all.

Congrats on yours Jim. It's a great looking car. When I was researching the championship earlier I was amazed by the number of classes and cars that competed over the years. Some of the group 5 cars like the 935 and the BMW CSLs are incredible machines.

Thanks Kyle. It's uni - currently in my final year at Southampton. I have a student loan to cover the cost of accommodation fortunately, and my parents have been kind enough to pay my fees for the course. After that I work on Saturdays to earn some 'spending money'. My mum still insists on giving me a bit more from time to time. A combination of those two things cover living costs like food and bills, and anything left over is for me - diecasts, CDs etc My parents don't seem to mind me spending some money on myself as long as (a) I have earnt at least some of it, and (b) I don't just waste my time and money at uni :cheers

I take it you're a fan of this one as well then Jeff?!
 

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guitardave_1 said:
Thanks Matt. I was a lot happier with this set than the Cobra set that I took today. If I say so myself there's not a lot I would change about the top pic - it looks great on my desktop when it hasn't been compressed at all.
Indeed - perhaps a higher-res version can be made into a DX Desktop.

Gotta sayl I do like your 'open' pictures. Shot 4 of the Capri, the M3 DTM and the 190 DTM. They look really good. :coolpics

What set-up do you use? Light-tent?
 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again...modern race cars simply can't compare (in the looks department) to those from the '70's. An absolute beauty, Dave...great pics too!
 

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Great buy!

I am in the process of trying to order for one of these, the No. 5 car. Like someone else said there was something really special about the racers from that Era! :10

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Congrats Dave on getting one of the best looking 70's racers.
I would love to have one of this series, but i'll leave that to you and Gazzer :giggle

great pics as always :coolpics
 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone. It really is a fantastic looking car - I could really get into a few more of these classic touring cars.

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Thanks Matt. I'll send a 1024x768 off to Darrick for use as a wallpaper.

My set up is pretty straightforward. I have a light tent that I bought a while back, with a plain piece of white cardboard for the backdrop. I then have a mini tripod which can be positioned to take both the exterior and the close up detail shots, and keep them really sharp. I don't have any additional lighting, I just shoot outside, or in the brightest room I can. I hate artificial lighting because of the colour cast that you have to try and correct.

The rest of my 'set-up' consists of photoshop! These particular pics had some levels adjustment, a bit of a boost to the saturation, some shadow lightening, and some sharpening! Mostly only in small amounts but enough that I can see a difference and the overall result is that much more pleasing :cheers
 

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Need to get something similar for myself. I've many wonderful models, but no real means to get decent pictures of them! How much did you pay for your light tent? What brand was it? I've seen a few cheapish ones on eBay, but to me, a light tent is a light tent...
 

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I'm not sure of the brand Matt. I can't imagine they're very different though. I just picked one on ebay and so far I've been happy with it. It folds up really neatly (once you learn how!) and I can set it up in seconds. I don't know if it will eventually get bent out of shape too much by constant unfolding and refolding, but I think I only paid £20-something for it anyway.

The important thing is to get a decent size. I think mine is a 60cm one, and that's only just big enough - I have to be careful not to get any edges of my backdrop in the pictures. Go bigger still if you want to do group shots. Also, get a sheet of cardboard as a backdrop, and cut it to fit inside if necessary. In my experience its much easier and more effective than some of the fabric ones that come with some light tents.

Finally, grab a mini tripod too - it needn't cost much though the cheaper ones aren't cut out for big heavy cameras - I really need to upgrade mine. It allows you to compose the shot exactly as you want then use the self timer so there's no fear of shaking the camera when the picture takes.
 
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