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I just got a favorite 1:1 of mine replica, the YatMing Shelby Series 1, which I was hoping to be better than the Bburago I already own. But is it? You be the judge of that, as I can't decide...

It's situations like this that get me very confused and pissed: same model produced by different brands, each seeming to have opposite pros and cons. Namely, where one gets something right, the other manufacturer messes-up and viceversa. :confused :pullhair

So here they are, my two Shelby Series 1 by Bburago and YatMing. Which one is the better choice? Tough question!

Exterior:

Both models are the same size, so they both might be offscale or dead-on (I have no real situation to relate to). The paint job (the silver one, at least) is much better on the YM, mostly because Bburago's is spoiled by molding seams (especially visible on silver paint). Panel gaps? No more than usual for budget models, except, maybe, for YM's strange progressively increasing in size as it goes up gap between doors and rear body. It's almost as if the car's rear body was bent... Pitty! Other noticeable differences are the door handles, better profiled on the Bburago, and the side air intakes, which on the Bburago are drilled (but fragmented due to them being made from separate pieces) piece, while YM's add more fluidly to the body, but aren't hollow. Both models have (unnatural) chromed headlights, separate-piece front signals (with visible mounting posts), separate-piece fog-lights (better looking on the YM) and decal rear side signals. Rear lights are, in both cases, nicely done, different coloured plastic being used for signal and brake lights (namely, orange and red). The red stripes are, on both models, decals.

Wheels:

Yet, another confusing detail. Both cars have nice wheels, but in different ways. The Bburago's rims have a nice matt silver colour, the tires are correctly marked, and the brake discs are perforated, but there are NO brake calippers. Unforgivable! YM's wheels, on the other hand, do have calippers and and the brake discs rotate, but they aren't drilled, the tires are unmarked and the rims are chromed (although nicely, not realistic, or at least not by the pics of the 1:1 Series 1 I have seen).

Interior:

I'm tired of wondering "why they couldn't do this like the others did?!", so I'll just point out the differences and pros and cons for each model. Bburago decided, as usual, to use stickers for functional dashboard detailing on their model, so everything looks as flat and unrealistic as possible. YM, on the other hand, used the same method, but somehow, they did it better, be it because of the colours they used or the fact that the decals are placed deeper in the central console. Speaking of which, YM managed to catch the carbon look for it, while Bburago's central console looks just like it is: cheap plastic. Door panels are visibly better done on the Bburago, with drilled door handles and more clearily contoured detailing. As for the Carol Shelby signed seats, while Bburago's look/are quite plasticky and hard, YM's soft ones seem to be more like 1:20 scaled! Maybe they're baby seats, who knows... Also, a weak spot on the YM are the speakers between the seats, which are just crudely looking stickers, while Bburago's - tho also decals - look more like the real thing. Last but not least: door hinges. Yes, the Bburago has - what else - dog legs, but at least the doors open firmly. YM opted for more discrete and modern hinges, but, when opened, the doors wobble so much up and down it makes you wonder if they were meant to be suicide-opening doors!

Trunk: what trunk?! :giggle
Engine:

To put it simply: Bburago's sucks while YM's is much more detailed. The pics should make the difference.

Undercarriage:

Bburago's is definitely better here: less chrome than YM, better detailing (except, maybe for the visible air filter on the YM, which is a nice detail, absent on the Bburago) and last, but not least, Bburago's correctly chromed muflers clearily marked BORLA. Nice one! Never seen muffler brand detailing on another model!

Well, that's it, hope it was helpful!

Burago

YatMing

YM(left) / Bburago(right)

YM(left) / Bburago(right)

Bburago

YatMing

Bburago

YatMing


:cheers

Review added to the DX Model Review Database on 24-JULY-2005
 
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Good comparison Catalin. :nicejob

I would have thought the scale of the Yat-Ming was more accurate as Bburago have a habbit of producing models in 1:16.

:cheers
 
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Thanks for sharing the review.

I remember this model being one of my very first model, I believe it was a Bburago.
 
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