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Following on from my first review of the 1:18 Autoart BMW 635CSi #10 Genuine Parts car, I bring you another overly detailed review of another classic 1980's racer. I hope you've got a bit of time for a read, I took loads of pictures so this may take a while.

Now, I am one for getting a good deal on my models, usually buying more undesirable cars or getting them a bit cheaper any way I can. So, very unusually for me, I paid probably a fair bit over the odds for this model, just because I fell in love with it when it came out a few years ago and I just had to have it when I saw it on ebay for the princely sum of £160. I believe this is a 'recycled' mould from an old Carousel 1 series of 935s from the early 2000s; this particular model was released around 2009ish.

To quote from this article - http://www.cultofmac...an-actual-icar/

"The car itself was a beauty, boasting an 800 horsepower, 6-cylinder, twin-charged boxer engine. Driving the car were Allan Moffat, Bobby Rahal and Bob Garretson as part of Dick Barbour's racing team. Apple sponsorship, a killer car and a driving team that consists of some of the legends of the sport? How could the first iCar fail?
Yet fail it did. Spectacularly. Dick Barbour's team was forced to withdraw from the 24 hour race with 13 hours to spare, due to a melted piston. It raced a couple more times, but it never did particularly well, coming in 7th place and 3rd place in its next two races."

So, a somewhat unfortunate racing career for this car, but it certainly makes for a striking diecast, with TrueScale giving a memorable diecast experience. Let's take a look, starting with the box.

20150326_100908 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

This box is a pretty thing to look at. Whilst this example is a bit shelf-worn, I think you can still appreciate that it is nicely illustrated and looks very classy with the dark red background colour scheme and simple detail shots on the rear.

20150326_100920 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Upon opening, this little display plaque is the first thing that comes to hand. A neat touch for sure, colour coded for this model with all the info you need to know.

20150326_101010 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

You also get a little card of certification, with the production number of the model displayed in the bottom corner.

20150326_101046 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

The styrofoam clamshell is held together with these little plastic squares, something I haven't seen before. Sandwiches the car nice and secure inside.

20150326_101110 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

The bonnet/hood and the engine cover/trunk lid are separate castings that are not hinged, but removable, and as such are packaged in their own little wrappings up top on the inner box.

20150326_101146 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

There's an aerial hiding in there too.

20150326_101238 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Opening the shell up reveals the car securely wedged in place with a couple of bits of foam. The details are looking promising from here...

20150326_101327 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Unfortunately my model came with these two grilles for the rear ducts detached from the car and floating around in the box. This appears to have been caused by weak glue trying to hold these flat metal pieces in shape around curved rear fenders, so they just popped off after time.

20150326_101523 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

For an older model, there are some crisp details in this engine bay.

20150326_101605 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Detailed throttle linkages, separately cast fan and fan shroud, and the real metallic braided hose and appropriately coloured AN-style fittings are all very nice touches.

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Some lovely details up front with the bracing, fuel system and other ancillaries.

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You can almost read the battery label and it's even got it's own power cables!

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Moving round to the interior, it's fairly basic in here but the dials are very well represented, along with real fabric seatbelts, a nicely textured dash and tiny little stickers for the switchgear to the left of the steering wheel.

20150326_101847 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

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Another sweet detail here is the soft-touch coverings and separate metallic clamps on the roll cage bars around the cockpit. The grey bits are squishy.

20150326_101921 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

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These stickers on the rear side windows are very well done in my opinion, considering just how small they are.

20150326_101950 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr77

Much like these stickers.

20150326_103518 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

The front bumper area shows a nice bit of mesh grille covering the cooler intake, and some nicely done driving lights on the corners.

20150326_102345 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

20150326_102353 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Decals on the bonnet. The decals used on this car by TSM don't exactly blend in well with the surface, they're so shiny, but the colours are so vivid and it really isn't too noticeable unless you get catch it under the right light.

20150326_102401 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

It is a shame the front fender vents aren't cutouts. The decals don't conform well over the contours of the slats either.

20150326_102412 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Delicate details on the scuttle panel.

20150326_102711 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

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The edges of the decals are a bit rough all over the model, they seem quite thick and actually have an orange peel of their own.

20150326_102419 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

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But boy is it an attractive livery.

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Again, the wheels are a little 'rough' but still very cool to look at with the big sidewall lettering and centre lug nut.

20150326_102452 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Just try to imagine the original shape of the 911 somewhere underneath all this bodywork. What a beast.

20150326_102508 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

These adjustable rear winglets are well done, with real slots and crisply painted bolt heads. The lensing is nice too, but once again the roughness of the finish can be seen on the lens surround and the black inlays in the engine cover.

20150326_102558 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

If you're getting bored, the best of this model is yet to come... let's take a little peek underneath. Looks like quite a bit going on under there.

20150326_102611 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

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Let's hold the engine for a moment and go to the front end of the belly-side.

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Brake cooling ducts.

20150326_103047 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Back to the rear end, and to the very pretty engine hidden under here.

20150326_103124 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Awesome brake discs too.

20150326_103144 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

These little UJ driveshafts spin in the gearbox with the wheels - how cool is that! Note the two photos below show different angles of rotation on the shaft.

20150326_103211 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr
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Transmission and engine oil lines.

20150326_103229 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

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Mmm, turbos...

20150326_103305 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Air intakes come down through the wheel arches. Also note the individual spark plug wires.

20150326_103324 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

As a finishing shot to show the dodgy quality control on this model, take a look at the lovely paint inside the big rear duct, alongside the coincidentally orange peely apple logo on the outside.

20150326_103655 by svenicusminimus, on Flickr

Well, that's where I stopped taking pictures so I guess this is where the review ends. Overall, it is a very cool model car, with an incredible livery and some really nice details. If the QC issues weren't quite so prevalent in the paint/decals all over the car then I'd say it was almost worth the price I paid, but this compulsive buy left me feeling like I should've waited for a better deal to come along.

Cheers everyone

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I still think that it's a smart model even today. The livery is fantastic, the different colour wheels were my favourite part (well, aside from engine detail etc)

I had this one a while back (I scored it new for £67 but that was ages ago) I didn't have any of the QC problems though. I only sold it as a Jagermeister one came along.

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I have always like this Porsche, one of my favorite race car models ever, great review.

Gee I wonder why Apple did away with that wonderful rainbow color scheme

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Nice car! Congratulations, always liked the 935!

BTW I've seen that they mispelled the word "heures", they wrote "houres" or it is my impression?
Wonder if that's one of those licensing things, where if you don't spell it right, you don't have to pay to get permission?

We've seen it on some other models over the years.

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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Thanks for the comments and feedback guys!

It's good to know the QC issues aren't widespread, I must've just got a bad one.

I didn't notice the "heures" misspelling, good spot!

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I didn't notice the "heures" misspelling, good spot!
TSM messed up that whole logo. Both the flag and the text are hugely over-sized, the font is wrong too. (They also left off the indicators from inside the front lights and the side marker lights, but that might be because this is the recycled Carousel 1 mould)

Spark got it right on their 1/43, but then they missed the wheel covers, which are one of the most distinctive features!

(Both photos from the web)

The TSM is a great model regardless, to my eyes the K3 is the best-looking 935 by a long way - it looks like a racing car should, and is well-proportioned from every angle.

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It's a huge amount of model detail for the price point, especially the Apple car which has remained low. Oddly enough, the later Coca-Cola car had tampos, almost all the others have decals(it also has number plate side marker lights on the doors). Mine has no QC issues, bu yours still looks great even with the paint flub(very easy to touch up on white hidden in that well, could of been in a much worse spot). The carousel mold keeps it down a bit on detail over the Exoto, but the engine and some aspects of the interior on the K3's are actually better.

The little Spark looks really good too, being that it DNF'd at Le Mans, but does run in many heritage events without wheel covers is probably why they modeled it that way, although in its current guise it does not run with the big orange disk marker lights.

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Nice review...I've been tempted by this model & other TSM 935's...but since I have 2 of the old Carousel 1 cars, I've held off. The C1 cars were very good for their time & it seems that TSM has made them even better.

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One helluva model with exquisite detail in the engine and interior - thanks for taking the time to share your excellent pics MrOtter!

Would love to add one to my collection....

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I ended up with the Coca-Cola one as well, it has the window net and more unique details, with excellent tampo graphics. My wife ordered it on a whim as she found it for $100. It's actually become one of my favorites overall.
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