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It would be really nice to add another Le Mans winner to my collection (Mclaren GTR, GT1-98, V12 LMR, 2 R8s) It's just that it really bothers me that AUTOart decided to come up with closed body shell editions. It's like going to your local pet shop and admiring the puppies from the outside. I bought the JGTC Skyline #23 in a heartbeat, ignoring that fact that it lacks openings because I never thought I'd see one in 1:18 scale. Lately though, it's been in its box and the thought of its teasing looks being so limited kills me. I would much rather not see it. :scared

Good news is there's a 2002 Speed 8 that's been on its way for quite a while. But who needs ANOTHER podium finisher? The '99 GT-One #3 is BEAUTIFUL, but it would have been much nicer if it had been a winner.

It doesn't even sell on Ebay :crying

Other good news is that AUTOart will also be releasing a '91 787b in the near future (3-5 years :lol ) Let's hope this one doesn't also end up as a 'shell'

(clearing throat)

So would you get the Bentley? If so which one?
 

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I do not own the model, but I have seen it.

Despite it being sealed, it still has great detail and it looks amazing.

If you go ***HERE***, there is a review on the model.

As for which number to buy, I would get the #7 as that is the one that won Le Mans.

Try to find it at a reasonable price though, as it is sealed.
 
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I'm waiting for the opening version too. I think it's from the year before.... which is a nicer looking car in my opinion.
 

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If the opening version is really comming out, even if it's not the winner, I would go with it. I hate curbside models.
 

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I just won't support AUTOart's decision to release sealed models :ranting
Like I have said many times before.
If this one sells well you will see other diecast makers jumping on the sealed model bandwagon which to me, is a step backwards :ranting
 

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Is it a fact that AUTOart will release a decent version of the Speed 8?

I was feeling bad with myself about caving in and buying the curbside, because I think the same way MP does about AUTOart's stupid policy. But if a opening version is comming out, even though it's not the winning car, I would get it so that I can have that gorgeous car and sleep with a clear conscience.
 

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I can't say I've gotten to really like the shape of the car yet. So, I'm on the sidelines for now. If/when I do come to like it, I wouldn't get it unless the price is really good.

I recently bought AUTOart's sealed Skyline JGTC #22 and #23 for a great price. They are real lookers and am glad I scooped them when I had the chance.
 
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A friend of mine said these curbside models actually still have an engine in it (his example is the Skyline), it's just that it doesn't open? :feedback
 
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Well I dont have one yet , but sealed or not , its a beautiful model and its on my wanted list .
I , like Rat , dont display my models open , so Im not worried about opening doors , engine covers etc . Maybe my collection of 350 or so 43rd scale cars , 99% of them sealed , has something to do with my way of thinking .

I would much rather the detail be where it can be seen anyway .

Beautiful picture Rat :cheers :cheers
 

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I've just ordered my No7 LM winner! I'm not that happy about the idea of the sealed body, but I love having LM winners and the exterior and wheels on this model are first rate otherwise. Plus, if they do release an opening body 2002 car then I will probably get that one too at a later date. I have the Nismo Pennzoil Skyline with a sealed body, and although it is a shame it is sealed, it really does look outstanding!!!
 

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kkwhung said:
A friend of mine said these curbside models actually still have an engine in it (his example is the Skyline), it's just that it doesn't open? :feedback
No, it doesn't have an engine.

If I didn't care for opening parts I would be collecting 1:43 instead of 1:18.
 
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Yeah, don't get me wrong, the exterior detail of these cars, including my #23 Skyline, is AMAZING. I would be happy if the steering wheel worked like it should with the front wheels.

Ronan, your website has been on my favorites for years!! I always look forward to your updates :nicejob . We need your throughts on that Yokohama GT3 RS on the front page.

What do you all think about AUTOart releasing the 1991 Le Mans winning Mazda 787B?
 

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Yeah, don't get me wrong, the exterior detail of these cars, including my #23 Skyline, is AMAZING. I would be happy if the steering wheel worked like it should with the front wheels.

Ronan, your website has been on my favorites for years!! I always look forward to your updates :nicejob . We need your throughts on that Yokohama GT3 RS on the front page.

What do you all think about AUTOart releasing the 1991 Le Mans winning Mazda 787B?
:lol That's great! I'm delighted you enjoy my site! I'm really excited for one that the 1991 LM winning Mazda is going to be doen by AUTOart, it should be a superb model. I'm working on a ton of new material for the site so I shall get a new page made up for the Yokohama 911! :cheers
 

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I thought they put the weights in the car so that it would feel heavier, since it's stripped down. :confused
 

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I thought they put the weights in the car so that it would feel heavier, since it's stripped down. :confused
I thought those JGTC "penalty weights" looked kind of big and heavy! :lol :lol

AM: Is this the Impul Calsonic that's just been released by AUTOart? :confused
 
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I thought those JGTC "penalty weights" looked kind of big and heavy! :lol :lol
:lol I think that's AUTOart saying they are "down" with JGTC's philosophy.
 
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