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This latest review is for Guiloy's McLaren F1 Prototype LM.



PAINT
The model is available in a multitude of colours including Red, Cyan, Yellow, Navy w/ silver stripes, Black w/ orange sideskirts and several others. The application is very poor - there are many unevenly painted areas and numerous unpainted areas.
2/8

EXTERIOR

The exterior is almost unbelievably bad. The model is clearly off-scale and disproportionate - the length is fine but the model is too wide. The panel gaps are huge and the doors fit very poorly. The details are poorly defined and the side air intake is only simulated by moulding in the metal and paint is applied over it making it look even worse. The lights are crude even though they are made from plastic. The windscreen wiper sits proud of the windscreen as well.
1/8

INTERIOR
The interior is another big let down but less bad (I refuse to say better) than the exterior. The interior is mostly made from a single large moulding, so there is little fine detailing. The controls by the gear lever are stickers and only two pedals are present. The inner roof is clearly exposed with all of the door fittings. The rollcage is also completely absent. The only positive feature about the model is that the driver's seat has a racing seat belt. Also the "windows" to the rear are black plastic.
2/8

WHEELS & BRAKES
The wheels are far too small for the model and the (unbrnaded) tyres are too thick. There is no brake disc detail either.
1/6

ENGINE & UNDERCARRIAGE DETAIL
This is probably the only part of the model that is vaguely good. The engine is a separate piece of plastic from the chassis but the exhausts are incorrect rather strangely, the plastic is actually orange plastic painted silver.
3/8

COMPETITION
UT Models made the McLaren F1 LM as well. Predictably, their rendition of the car is vastly superior to Guiloy's effort in every way.
1/6

DESIRABILITY
This model is of extremely poor quality. It is easy to find at a number of toy/model stores so it is hardly rare.
1/6

OVERALL
Put simply, if there were an award for "Worst Diecast Model Ever", this model would certainly get a nomination for it. The quality is exceptionally poor and you shouldn't waste your money on it unless you're willing to make some serious changes to it. You should even question whether or not you want it even if it were offered to you as a gift. Frankly, I feel ashamed to have owned this model thinking that it would have been a substitute for UT's own F1 LM but this certainly isn't the case.

Total Score - 11/50

Thanks to http://www.bryanf.com and http://www.zagato.co.kr for the use of their pictures.

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I'd like to see how Motormax's Saleen S7 compares. I don't have one but I've heard that it is one of the worst models ever made, so I'm going to request a review in the 1:18 scale section of this forum.
 
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I would be interested in seeing how the Saleen compares as well. What a battle of the loser that would be. :angel:
 

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I would be interested in seeing how the Saleen compares as well. What a battle of the loser that would be. :angel:
I'd be interested in knowing whether the MM Saleen S7 is worth buying to modify. You'd certainly need to take it to the "chop shop". But if the shape of the body is accurate and worthy of re-painting, I might scoop one to do a "Frankenstein" on it.
 
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well now i'm baffled- the UT LM's are too expensive, and the Giloy F1s suck a**.

What am i to do?!?!?!?!?

seriously!! When i CAN find a UT LM, they're above my price range, but i really want an LM in my collection.

:x i guess i'm just :x ed then

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well now i'm baffled- the UT LM's are too expensive, and the Giloy F1s suck a**.

What am i to do?!?!?!?!?

seriously!! When i CAN find a UT LM, they're above my price range, but i really want an LM in my collection.

:x i guess i'm just :x ed then

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I've seen the blue/silver Guiloy. The review is bang-on accurate about the poor paint quality. My suggestion is that you bank up your money for UT's LM. If you go for the Guiloy (esp. sight unseen) I guarantee you will kick yourself after. My $0.02 worth.
 
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Whenever I come to this forum, I always find this review to read for a quick laugh :angel:

I sure can't wait for that S7 review, should be quite the piece. ;-)
 
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well now i'm baffled- the UT LM's are too expensive, and the Giloy F1s suck a**.

What am i to do?!?!?!?!?

seriously!! When i CAN find a UT LM, they're above my price range, but i really want an LM in my collection.

:x i guess i'm just :x ed then

:x
Here's an idea: when Maisto was just starting out, they did a model of the McLaren F1 that's long been discontinued. It's actually above average in quality, and comes in some really nice colors (I've got an orange one). On eBay, they still go for under $50, although I was lucky enough to buy one for just $25 (incl. shipping) two years ago. Here are a few pics, and a link to a review of one on my website (these pics are pretty old, so excuse the quality):







Click here for the review
 

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The red looks very deep & rich....almost like a crimson hue. I looked at your site....very nice! Is that scrolling picture an animated gif of some sort?? I've never seen that before.

Not to sound like I'm belittling your car, but I bet it'll look even more awesome with some fancy racing rims and cross-drilled rotors.
 
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looks good- but i must have the LM. its this complex i have, the only mclaren i'll get is a street LM. looks like i'll save up for the UT.. :
 
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The red looks very deep & rich....almost like a crimson hue. I looked at your site....very nice! Is that scrolling picture an animated gif of some sort?? I've never seen that before.

Not to sound like I'm belittling your car, but I bet it'll look even more awesome with some fancy racing rims and cross-drilled rotors.
Actually, it's not too much of a red and not very deep and rich! It's on the border of red and orange (actually, the last pic shows the color the best - the rest were a bit too dark) and the paint is a little thin. Still, for 1995 it's a really good effort. Wheels could have been a lot better: there aren't even any brake discs and calipers! Still, this is one of my most favorite models. It displays REALLY well. It's nowhere near what current Maistos are like, but it's still a cool model.

The scrolling animation is a neat script I picked up from Dynamic Drive, a source for DHTML scripts. This one is really easy to implement and works on all browsers.
 
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