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Here's the next review, guys. This one's for the Volkswagen W12 Nardo



PAINT
The orange paint reasonably well applied with no rough edges but the door sills are under-painted. Although the glaring omission of paint on the top door sill may look incorrect, the rear car has exposed metal in this area as well.
5/8

EXTERIOR

The model's scale and proportions are accurate and it weighs around 630 grams. The engine cover fits very well but the scissor doors fit poorly and the panel gaps are large around them. The VW logo is just a sticker rather than a 3D badge but it is well applied and doesn't look like peeling away. The headlights are simulated rather well but the mounting posts are visible but you have to look to notice them. The foglights are made by using chrome plastic and although the front air dam isn't perforated, the fine moulding simulates the effect very well. The air intakes leading to the engine just in front of the rear wheels aren't perforated either but little effort was made to hide this. Rather than use a separate piece of plastic, the windscreen wiper is moulded with the windscreen.

The plastic used for the side mirrors can easily be told apart from the painted metal and the connection pylons aren't perforated but at least they are moulded to look so. The fuel filler cap is painted on the model rather than made by a small piece of plastic. The rear lights aren't badly but the mounting posts are clearly visible, more so than on the front lights. The large central tail light is absent although there is an indentation simulating it. The VW logo at the back is also a sticker like the one on the front. The exhausts are party hollow too.
4/8

INTERIOR

For a Yat Ming, the interior is surprisingly good. There may be no carpet effect or textured seats but the detail is reasonably good. The seats are very well simulated and not was taken that the outer sides of the seats are wider than the inner sides. The diamond effect stitching is simulated by moulding and looks rather impressive. Note was taken about the plastic above the dials being smoked like the glass and the only use of stickers on the interior is the VW logo on the steering wheel and the three dials. One gripe about the interior is that the gear stick and the pedals are chrome where they should resemble aluminium. With that said, this is one of the best interiors of any budget model.
6/8

WHEELS & BRAKES
Again, the model scores surprisingly well here. The tyres aren't branded but they have the correct tread. The wheels are well defined with wheel nuts and the VW logo clearly visible on each wheel. The brake discs are grooved and they even have the red brake hubs. Brake calipers are present too are quite detailed. The brake discs rotate with the wheels while the calipers remain fixed in place. Had the tyres been branded, the model would have got a perfect score in this category.
5/6

ENGINE & UNDERCARRIAGE DETAIL

The W12 engine isn't badly rendered here although the air intakes should look like aluminium. Its compactness over a V12 is clearly shown as well. The carbon-fibre effect is quite well done in the engine bay and the large red beam across the rear suspension is well reproduced although it needs to be fully perforated. There isn't any wiring (but there should be some) and even though the roll bars are correctly placed, they should look like steel rather than chrome.
There isn't much undercarriage detail but because the W12 Nardo was built with an emphasis on aerodynamics, it is unlikely that the real car had much exposed undercarriage. The rear diffuser is well rendered.
4/8

COMPETITION
At the moment, Yat Ming is the only manufacturer who makes the W12 in 1/18 but Welly may release there own version next year.
6/6

DESIRABILITY
The quality is good for a Yat Ming but the model is unlikely to become rare in the future.
3/6

OVERALL
This model is probably Yat Ming's best effort of all. Its quality is comparable to that of Maisto's recent models although there is still room for improvement. This model will fit in perfectly in most supercar model collections.

Total Score - 33/50

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Thanks for the review CS_GT. 33 out of 50 is pretty good for a cheap model, right? I haven't seen one yet, I might order it on line if it's really that good. :mrgreen:
 

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Thanks for the review CS_GT. 33 out of 50 is pretty good for a cheap model, right? I haven't seen one yet, I might order it on line if it's really that good. :mrgreen:
I'd say that it is really that good for a budget model. If Yat Ming were asked to put their best 1/18 model forward, then this would probably be it.
 
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