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Just received my Kyosho M3 CSL. Like many of you, I had a hard time deciding between getting the Kyosho or the Autoart version. So here is a comparison between the 2 and 2 cents worth of my comments on them. Not exactly a review but anyhow... please don't flame if you don't agree.

Autoart version kindly supplied by my friend for the photos.

Autoart front - Kyosho back


Kyosho left - Autoart right


Kyosho left - Autoart right


Kyosho left - Autoart right (nothing between the 2)


Autoart left - Kyosho right


Kyosho


Autoart


In addition to the stance problem on the Kyosho that many of you have mentioned before, I would like to add the following differences between the two. Of course some of these have been mentioned before...

In favour of Autoart
1/ Hood vent on AUTOart is mesh, Kyosho is solid plastic
2/ brake disk and calipers rotate independently
3/ Chrome parts done better, chrome parts on Kyosho has kind of a "done to a tight schedule" feel to them
4/ BMW badges front and back of better quality, but see 9/ below

In favour of Kyosho
1/ wheels have more detail, are shinier and more lifelike
2/ wiper blades in a more correct position
3/ interior has better seats, dash.... everything inside really, AUTOart interior is not bad, just not as good in all areas
4/ side blinkers are clear parts, AUTOart painted part
5/ roof has a nicer pattern, in my opinion
6/ hood and boot stay up
7/ more detail in boot area, including M3 CSL sports bag, folded harzard triangle (really just a piece of purple plastic but still), tool kit (really just another piece of black plastic, but...) and inside of boot lid is carpeted too
8/ Tail lights more accurate with LED on brake lights too (correct me if I am wrong)
9/ Bulging badges on all 4 weeks, flat ones on AUTOart
10/ Paint finish slightly better, a little thin in some areas on the AUTOart (around the fuel cap)
11/ working suspension

Overall, the Kyosho is a little heavier, wheels are tighter (most AUTOart models have wheels which wobble a little, well mine anyway) and feels more solidly put together. In the end, it is of course down to personal preference, price and availability. These are merely my thoughts on the models.

Group shot to finish off


Review added to the DX Model Review Database on 23-SEPT-2005
 
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This thread really helped me with my decision. Great review and pictures Chappy8p! At the end I purchased both AutoArt and Kyosho. :giggle I still prefer the Kyosho over the AutoArt, due to the higher grade of details.
 
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Thanks for the comparison.

I have been contemplating on which to get based on comments of everyone here, not any more :lol

Can't go wrong with either one, but I am going to with the Kyosho :cheers
 

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Thanks chappy8p for that series of comparison photos + the summary. :nicejob :nicejob :nicejob Of all things, do you know what caught my attention? It was the stitching on the seat of the Kyosho version. It's beautiful!

Do you know which version's wheels are closer to the actual 1:1 rims? I do see a marked difference between the two in terms of quality. The Kyosho's definitely look more realistic.
 

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I saw studying the differences between the dash consoles too. From the photos, I agree with you. SO perhaps a person should buy both models, and transfer Kyosho seat into the AUTOart car.

On a side note, the carpeting in the Kyosho looks to be more realistic as it looks less "fuzzy". (Is that what is referred to as "flocking"?)
 

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ya, the carpeting looks better on the Kyo.. And I tihnk you're right, flocking is the fuzziness :giggle

And I think Leslie or TJ have proved that the rims on the Kyo are ALUMINIUM. That's cool. But I dunno, I already have the AUTOart, don't wanna spend on a Kyo and have to fix it :help
 
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Actually, the center console of the Kyosho seems to be the correct one, from comparing it to the 1:1 CSL. The one AutoArt has is in the wrong colour, it shouldn't be black.
In regards to the wheels, they are indeed aluminium.

Anyone notice the hole on the bumper? The AutoArt has a smaller diameter than on the Kyo. Kyosho has the right size.
 
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