Wheels, Brakes and Undercarriage
The multi-spoke rims are well detailed, with chromed outer rim and black inner spokes, just like the real thing. However, the middle area between the center of the spokes are “closed” instead of being open (i.e. with holes). I believe this is a limitation of the rims being made from plastic. The center is chromed and has a very detailed BMW logo. The tires are unmarked, but have accurate feel and tread. The rims mostly obscure the brakes, but part of them can be seen. The brake discs are photoetch pieces, with decent detailed callipers. The discs move with the wheels and the calliper stays static. Kudos to AA for reproducing the full setup even though only a very limited part of the brakes can be seen. The undercarriage is boring, with a sea of black and silver. There are some minimal engine and suspension details visible. The only thing that really stands out is the exhaust system.
The engine opens up on very cool and realistic hinges, with the engine cover sliding forward a tad, and then lifting up suicide style. Not only does the cover stay up by itself, there’s a special hinge on the right hand side of the engine bay that holds it open. This is the same system present in the AA E30 M3 racers. The engine itself is very well detailed, with LOTS of detail painting. The engine is wired and is a separate piece. The cam cover has “BMW M Power” molded and painted in red. The best part of the engine, in my opinion, is the battery. It has a clear piece on top, with details underneath.
At first glance, the interior isn’t very detailed, but blame that on the boring interior colour scheme (black, black, and more black!). It’s actually very detailed in there. The dashboard has stickers for each dial, but still look realistic. The air vents and various buttons are all represented, and the steering wheel is well padded. The seats are two-tone affairs, but are still in hard plastic. Pedals are adequately detailed. Seatbelts are fabric with separate photoetch buckles. The center console is very well detailed, with all buttons molded, with numbers legible on the screen there. The gear shifter and handbrake are well detailed, but look a bit plasticky. What I’m truly surprised about is that AA didn’t forget that the 1:1 Cecotto is a limited edition, and has included the “plaque” in the center console, just ahead of the gear shifter. It’s either a sticker or a tampo, but it’s actually legible! The interior is covered by rich and realistic carpet. The doors open on new type hinges, with no wobble when open. The door sill has “M3” emblazoned on it, but sadly it’s only a tampo. The door sides are detailed nicely, with the same funky colour accents as the seats, along with a well-molded door handle. The boot opens up on small doglegs, and stay up. The inside of the boot is just a carpeted area, with no other detail.