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Autoart BMW E30 M3 Cecotto Edition Review
Authored by Gary
 
 

Manufacturer

 

AUTOart

 

Scale

 

1:18

 

Category

 

High End

 
 
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About the model

This Autoart E30 M3 Cecotto edition comes only in red. However, Autoart also produces the Sport Evolution, which is a more potent E30 M3, in red and black. Both models are very similar except for minor exterior and interior differences.

What’s in the box

Model comes in the AA Millenium packaging, with cardboard outer box, and Styrofoam clam shell. There is an instruction sheet that teaches one how to remove the metal wire holding the boot closed. The model fits well in the Styrofoam shell, and does not move around. There are no screws used to secure the model. I’m puzzled about the use of the metal wire though, as the boot wouldn’t open in the box anyway, but AA still decided to secure it. The model itself is quite heavy, which is unusual for an AA model.

Exterior

The model comes in Misano red, which is a non-metallic red. The paint application is even and rich, with no sign of orange peel. It’s also the perfect thickness as well.

Front stance is low and correct when compared to 1:1 pics. The twin headlights are beautifully done, with great detail on the light fixture, and textured lense covers. The turn signals are just as well made, with detail inside and on the cover. The foglights are badly done, however. They look okay from afar, but once you get closer, you’ll realize it’s just a silver “sticker” inside, with a clear lense. This is unacceptable, but I know why they decided to do this. As on the Sport Evolution, these foglights are hollowed to become brake-cooling ducts, and AA decided to use the easiest and cheapest way possible to replicate the foglights on this model. I should give them kudos for actually making the lights instead of leaving it the same mold as the Sport Evolution, but it really looks bad. All lights on this model have no attachment stubs though. The top grill is not perforated, but the kidney grill is exquisitely chromed. The “M3” and BMW logos are separate raised pieces as well, with beautiful details. Lower intake is perforated, and the details around this part are very good. All of the molding for the small details (rectangular grooves) is very sharp. Side mirrors are strong and shaped correctly. Shutlines on the hood are very small.

The side of the model looks great, the small wheel arch bulges really capture the 1:1’s perfectly. Stance again is correct. The black outlines on the windows are painted nicely, with no overpaint. The doors have sidewindows, and have very tight shutlines. Door handles and key hole are represented, and are detailed as well. What I’m truly amazed with here is the antenna. It’s still the hard, easy-to-bend-or-break type of plastic, but the detail is amazing, especially at the base. It’s attached very securely to the roof, which has an indentation for the sunroof as well.

Rear looks good for the most part. The spoiler is nicely placed and detailed. The lights are just as well done as the front, except for the back-up light. That light also uses the “silver sticker” technique like the front foglights. I can offer no explanation of why AA decided to do this here though. This silver sticker really makes the rear look unrealistic, and worse, it’s much more evident than the foglights up front. The details on the bumper are very sharp, especially the tow hook. BMW badge is a raised piece, whereas the “M3” logo is a tampo. The license plate is correctly sized and positioned. Muffler tip is chromed and hollow. Shutlines on the boot are almost invisible. You’ll see the wire holding the boot closed in the photos above.

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