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In the late 80's, when i bought my first Bburago Ferrari as a kid, i was already into cars, and i remember when BMW released the 750 iL. It was so stunning that at that time i dreamed about having a scale model of that car. Although it's not exactly the same version, buying this BMW today is almost like fulfiling a child's dream. And Minichamps didn't disappoint as the model is lovely, with a very nice paint job, spot on exterior e very neat details. It's that model that will be cherised in a unique way.
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The E32 looks great and the dark blue colour scheme suits the car well, giving it an air of elegance and stately look. And the tan interior is lovely! Remind me of my previous E46 with the tan interior. I have the original release in dark red but the side panels are infested with little paint bubbles and blisters 😔
 

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One thing I don't quite get about Minichamps is that most of their models especially the old one often come without any licence plate. While it isnt a big deal and might be welcomed for people who choose to add their own custom plates but it doesnt feel a little incomplete. It looks like they are continuining with the same tradition even with these new releases.

Interestingly my dark red version of E32 comes with retro Germany car plate perhaps mine was a dealer edition. i bought it in unboxed condition so not very sure if that is the case.
 

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I really wish they improved some things with these old releases before reissuing them. You're getting Norev quality for what... 3 times the price?
A believe in this case this is a very well done model, with great engine details, well above Norev, and it's still under U$ 200 dollars. Not a bargain, but not 3 times the price too.
 

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I really wish they improved some things with these old releases before reissuing them. You're getting Norev quality for what... 3 times the price?
Genuinely curious as to what you think was poorly done? I don't have any Minichamps so can't attest to their quality, but other than the wood trim, which is blotchy and doesn't even look like wood, the rest of it looks great.
 

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Genuinely curious as to what you think was poorly done? I don't have any Minichamps so can't attest to their quality, but other than the wood trim, which is blotchy and doesn't even look like wood, the rest of it looks great.
I just meant it's done exactly as before and standards have moved on so it looks a bit ...old in places. Headlights look outdated, the chrome trim is painted on (I think) as opposed to being separate. And it retails for $180-200. Meanwhile I got the new LCD Century, a vastly more detailed model, for $180 shipped.
 

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I really wish they improved some things with these old releases before reissuing them. You're getting Norev quality for what... 3 times the price?
While I think that comparing the quality of this model to Norev's is a bit harsh, I do get what you're saying regarding Minichamps wasting the opportunity to improve it. They didn't make any effort at all.

Those very visible headlight/indicator stubs are (to me at least) a real let down. And so is the use of silver paint in the place of chrome plated trim, for example, the trim around the door windows.

In my opinion, what saves this model is the engine bay, including the nice hood hinges. And also the trunk lid, carpeted on the inside of the lid as well.

Still, it is a nice model. But not for the asking price.
 

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Are the window trims just painted silver now? I can't quite tell from the photos and if i remember correctly my original E32 release does have actual chrome but i will need to re-examine that again to confirm... I got so many models with fake chrome nowadays I can no longer keep track of what's what anymore :LOL:

The headlight stubs are indeed a major letdown me think. At the price they are asking for they should at least do something about that. Heck they updated the boxart so why not minor improvements such as the headlights. It will make the model heaps better.

I guess most manufacturers are just plain lazy when they re-release stuff I noticed the recent re-issued models from Maisto they look identical to the old one. The one maker which I think do make improvments with each iteration is Sunstar, they removed the headlight stubs for some of their re-releases like the Merc R107 350SL, and i think they might given similar treatment to the W100 Pullman as I noticed a maroon red Pullman without the very pronounced stubs on chinese based site not too long ago.
 

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Strangely, the silver one from 2006 (part #100 023000) appears to have actual chrome trim, or at least a better chrome paint, in all the photos of it I've found online.

Considering the mediocre chrome on the newer releases, it seems like a missed opportunity to do shadow line version.
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Are the window trims just painted silver now?
Except for the kidney grille, every other trim is silver. The trim at the base of the door windows are made of separate pieces, but still painted in silver... It isn't like it's poorly done or anything like that, it's just that it would look so much better with chrome plated trim.






Strangely, the silver one from 2006 (part #100 023000) appears to have actual chrome trim, or at least a better chrome paint, in all the photos of it I've found online.
Yep, you're right, it looks like chrome, you can see the reflection on the bumper trim:






Considering the mediocre chrome on the newer releases, it seems like a missed opportunity to do shadow line version.
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That would be very cool! I'd buy it just for the blacked out looks! (y)
 

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Except for the kidney grille, every other trim is silver. The trim at the base of the door windows are made of separate pieces, but still painted in silver... It isn't like it's poorly done or anything like that, it's just that it would look so much better with chrome plated trim.
I checked mine after I got home yesterday and can confirm the original red maroon version has chrome plated window and bumper trims. So it does look like Minichamps took some shortcuts on some of the re-released models :(

I can overlook the lack of real chrome treatment on budget brands like KK-Scale and MCG etc but on a $200++ Minichamps?? (and they are close to AUD$300 locally) What's worse is that the old version used to have them and it isn't like they offer any minor improvements i.e. headlight stubs while cutting back on some features. That's probably one of the main reasons that I have yet to buy their new E34 535i despite i've been waiting for one for ages. I think i will take my chances with a used deal instead. Besides I can think of a better way to spend that amount of money i.e. put it towards the new AA Diablo SE30 instead.

That would be very cool! I'd buy it just for the blacked out looks! (y)
The shadowline version would be a nice version and that offers a new variety to the collectors who want them all.
 

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I just meant it's done exactly as before and standards have moved on so it looks a bit ...old in places. Headlights look outdated, the chrome trim is painted on (I think) as opposed to being separate. And it retails for $180-200. Meanwhile I got the new LCD Century, a vastly more detailed model, for $180 shipped.
Today i don't think any manufacturer can touch LCD Models in terms of craftsmanship for the money. To me they offer almost BBR levels of refinement and details(and 360 access) for half the price. So yes, when you compare it with newcomers like LCD, ST Well and Kengfai, this 730i is a bit overpriced.
On the other hand, in person i was kind of impressed about the look of the model, the lines are very crisp and the paint jog is amazing. The silver painting on the trims that should be chrome don't bother me because they are very well done and have a very clear and bright finish, making a great contrast with the dark blue colour. If you want an E 32 7 Series you won't be disappointed.
 
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