About the model
This review will be a comparison review between the Autoart Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R in gunmetal and the Kyosho R32 Skyline GT-R in metallic red. The Autoart comes in gunmetal and white, whereas the Kyosho comes in metallic red (LE1500), white, and gunmetal. Note that the Kyosho labels their model as the “mid production version”.
What’s in the box
Tha Autoart comes in a standard AUTOart Millenium box, meaning exterior cardboard box, with inner Styrofoam clamshell. The model is secured to the base with screws (boo!). However, it’s very easy to remove and replace the screws. The Kyosho comes in a window box, and is also held to the base with screws. The screws are very hard to come out (especially the front ones). Luckily, there are only 4 screws instead of 8 like in the very old Kyosho window boxes. The Autoart model is very light, feeling much like a plastic kit. The Kyosho, on the other hand, is very heavy.
The AUTOart comes in a metallic gunmetal colour. Paint is smooth and no orange peel is present. Metal flakes are accurately sized, but seem a bit too numerous, especially in sunlight. The Kyosho comes in metallic red. The paint is also smooth and orange peel-free, and the flakes are realistically sized and numbered.
AUTOart: Starting from the front, the stance is too low. The lights are very well made, with the correct pattern behind the light cover, and no attachment stubs. However, the shape of the lights is a bit off. On the model, the lights are very much like a parallelogram, however, on the 1:1 it’s not quite that shape. The 1:1 has a steeper slope on the edge that’s closer to the middle grill. Also, the yellow direction signals are a bit smaller and steeper sloped on the sides than the model’s signals. Moving on, all vents are perforated, and the large lower vent has real mesh. The license plate is very well attached and correctly sized. There’s also a raised part on the hood for the Nissan logo, which isn’t a photoetch piece, but is a tampo. Side mirrors are nicely detailed and secure. Shutlines on the hood are small.
Kyosho: The front end looks amazing, with correct stance. The stub-less lights are beautiful pieces, but not as nicely detailed inside as the AUTOart, especially the turn signals. However, Kyosho did get the shape of the lights correct. All vents are perforated and the lower vents are closed by real mesh. The license plate is correctly sized and very well attached. The Skyline logo on the hood is raised and looks to be a tampo much like the AUTOart. Side mirrors are sturdy and well detailed, and shutlines on the hood are very small.
AUTOart: To the side, we see the stance of the model is still a tad low. I’ve noticed that the AUTOart’s shape is completely wrong only when I compared it side by side to the Kyosho. The rake of the window is wrong, and the whole part of the windshield (the area above the top edge of the doors) is way too big (out of proportion). The little “G/T” logos on the side are also done with tampoes. The doors have full side windows, and shutlines are very small.
Kyosho: The stance of the model from the side is correct, and is higher than the AUTOart. The shape of the car, including the character lines and proportions, is perfect. If you put this next to the AUTOart, you’ll see that the Kyosho is much more accurate and doesn’t look “funny” like the AUTOart. The “G/T” logos look to be tampoes as well. Doors do not have side windows, which is disappointing, but shutlines are very small.