We already hae enough this type of leg humping going on - certainly don't need another magazine to mislead collectors any more than what is already available.This rendition of the 2003 GT class winner at Sebring is yet another perfect example from AUTOart of their ability to create a model which rivals models costing a hundred dollars more. AUTOart has simply perfected a knack for creating highly detailed, quality pieces. This piece is certainly no exception. Being a fan of the American Le Mans Series and Alex Job Racing, once I spotted this car I quickly purchased one for my collection. AUTOart has done a magnificent job of this first class presentation.
From the looks of that article it certainly looks like it.
Allow me to welcome and congratulate you on your first issue relating to diecast models and the hobby. This hobby can certainly needs some print and exposure in an effort to elevate it into the mainstream. Therefore, I commend you on your effort. I'm not one to knock your work as I presume you have put a lot of time into launching this magazine, however, after reading the first few reviews - I couldn't help but come to the conclusion that I was reading a "paid advertisement" and the first thing that came to my mind was "oh great, another industry whore".
Your reviews on the AUTOart Porsche' - Carrera GT and Alex Job Racing Porsche really left me scratching my head. You do realize the CGT has mismatched paint from bumper- to body, a inaccurate carpeted front boot and in all honesty isn't that much better than the $10 Maisto Carrera GT. I've read non-biased reviews which prove this fact. As for the Alex Job Racing Porsche, that you so eloquently described as accurate, detailed and better than most $100 models. Well either AUTOart got it wrong or AJR got their 1:1 car wrong as the model looks nothing like the pictures you have posted to compliment the review. Not to mention this model is a GT3 R but is suppose to be designated as a GT3 RS. AUTOart just screwed that entire line up of 911 racers up - inaccurate sponsors, wrong race numbers and incorrect designations on the wrong cars. I wrote them a letter about this and their reasoning is they have limited research time and in some cases are not able to see the actual car with the exception of a few pics. How comforting is that for collectors who are paying big money for a inaccurate product?
As I commended you earlier on your effort for creating an online magazine for collectors to use as a informational resource. I plead with you to travel the road less traveled. We already have enough resources which feature articles on diecast models that are nothing more than a company leg humping session. These articles indicate every model is great, every model is a must have and the company who provided them the model for the review is the greatest thing besides the air we breath. These authors have no credibility and are nothing more than a "Famous Nobody" because they are less than truthful about the articles they write for their fellow collectors to read. Its a terrible state of affairs when someone goes out and buys a model based on one of these reviews only to get the model home to find the author and his article have misled them with false propaganda. I truly hope that your venture will be one in which collectors can come to know and trust as a credible solid resource for model information and entertainment. Anything less will certainly be a waste of your time as collectors are getting smart errand catching on to the company men posing as collectors selling them a pipe dream of a model. I look forward to reading the next issue - hoping for a good read and not some cheap "paid advertising skit".
-- Darrick P
Forum Founder/ Owner DiecastXchange.com
Seems like a nice guy at the controls - I hope he steers that ship right.Dear Darrick,
You have taken time to write us and we certainly appreciate it. I guess I have to plead guilty on some of the valid points you have made in your letter. As I'm sure you can imagine it has been nothing short of a nightmare to get some of these die-cast manufacturers to participate in DCM. This including submitting product for review.
I wanted to be more of a nice guy on our first issue to try and get companies comfortable with us, and to entice others to take part in our monthly publication. But, I did feel that I had been truthful. I was impressed for example that the Carrera GT model even featured a fabric boot and wasn't just plain molded plastic.
AUTOart was a company that surprised me because they could have easily blew our editorial request off. Especially being a corporate giant. But AUTOart (AUTOart) actually went out of their way to help us get started by loading us up with far more items to review then any of the other few manufacturer's that had. But, I honestly have to say that I was really impressed with AUTOart's product's. Especially for the money. I do have other AUTOart model's in my collection that I had prior in my collection and I still really think they offer collector's a great value in their products.
Although nobody likes criticism, I know your letter has raised a very valid point and will be taken into consideration with future DCM issues and reviews. It goes back to that point that we didn't want to insult anyone with our first issue and wanted to encourage other companies to participate. But, we do owe our reader's, and have a duty to them to a truthful and un bias review. You obviously have a few more facts on the AUTOart line of 911's then we do. The only 911 we've seen from Porsche is the Alex Job Racing example.
Your input is certainly creditable and will reflect on future reviews. Truly the last thing we want to do is to have one of our reader's make a purchase based on our reviews and be unhappy with the product. I do believe wholeheartedly that AUTOart offers a truly exceptional value to collector's. Maybe I should in fact become a salesman for them, because I really am a big fan of their products. I have a particular love of road racing and for instance, the Alex Job Racing car (I'm a big AJR fan) that was reviewed was one I had purchased last year for my own collection and was not one submitted by AUTOart. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that many of my favorite cars in racing would not be available as scale models to enjoy and collect if it weren't for AUTOart.
I did get to speak with the folks at Alex Job Racing about AUTOart's version and they seemed to be very pleased with the recreation of their Porsche. As far as I can see and know, the markings on the scale model were accurate. However, please be assured that if I do catch something that I'm going to point it out and be truthful about it.
In closing, I am familiar with your organization and have great respect for both you and DiecastXchange. I appreciate your writing us and please know that your letter has been a considerable benefit and your advice has been taken to heart and this has been a learning experience.