Exterior continued ...
Moving to the side, the AA’s stance looks good. The flat black wheelarches stand out and are perfectly done. Side marker is painted on only, sadly. At least the little vent there is chromed nicely, complete with the “S” logo. Door handle and gas cap are separate chromed pieces, and are done very well. The AA does not have side windows on the doors, but shutlines are small here.
The Kyosho has a lower stance than the AA’s, and the same flat black wheelarches. The side skirts are different from the AA’s and are well made, and amazingly, the little vent is actually perforated. Side markers have separate clear pieces, with a slight hint of an attachment stub. The little vent and “S” logo area is chromed, as are the handles and gas cap. All chrome is done beautifully. Side windows are present on the doors, and shutlines are small.
Moving rearwards, the AA has a nice wing attached to the roof. The brakelights are in the correct colours, but there’s an attachment stub present in the middle. Third brake light near the spoiler is a separate piece of red clear plastic. Reverse light on top of the muffler is PAINTED only, and not a separate piece. Chrome surround around the brakelights are nicely done. Mini logo is a separate piece like the front, but the other badging is by tampoes (which look a bit like photoetch, but aren’t). The rear grill is real mesh again, and of course is perforated. Muffler tips are excavated. The antenna is very fragile, and is slightly bent on mine. Defroster lines are present on the rear window, which is a nice detail.
The Kyosho has a different wing compared to the AA, there is no space between the wing and the rear body. The brake lights are white, with an attachment stub in the middle. Third brake light near the spoiler is a separate clear red piece. The reverse light on top of the muffler is another separate clear piece, but with attachment stub. The chrome surround around the brake lights is very well done. All badging beside the Mini logo is done by photoetch, hence the little clear pieces covering them. The Mini logo is a separate piece, like the hood logo. Rear grill looks to be a metal piece, and is perforated. Muffler tips are chromed and excavated. Note the Kyosho does not have the defroster lines on the rear window. The rear bumper is different from the AA’s as well, with a different shape and larger vents.
Moving up to the roof, the AA antenna is very fragile, and is slightly bent on mine. There’s also a large sunroof/skylight on it. It’s in a clear brown and looks good. Too bad the covers in the interior don’t move.
The Kyosho antenna is made with soft plastic, so it will not break even when you accidentally swipe it. There is no sunroof present, probably because of performance issues.
Advantage: Kyosho. The AA exterior slightly disappointed me, with the use of paint for the sidemarkers and reverse lights. The lack of side windows on the AA doesn’t help either.
Wheels, Brakes and Undercarriage
AA makes some amends here, with beautiful multispoke rims. The spokes are painted silver, but the surrounding ring is chromed. Lugnuts look like separate pieces, and the center Mini logo is well placed. The tires are unmarked, but have realistic feel and tread. The brakes are standard photoetch pieces, with adequate detailed callipers. Callipers stay static and the discs move with the tires. Undercarriage is quite boring, with decent exhaust system and some suspension details present.
Kyosho fails a bit in this area. The special John Cooper rims look good, with detailed multispokes, 3D lugnuts, and JCW logo in the center. The tires are unmarked, but have realistic feel and tread. The brakes are what really bring the Kyosho down in this category. The brakes are plastic pieces, and aren’t even done to make it look realistic. The callipers are only adequately detailed as well. Callipers stay static and the discs move with the tires. Undercarriage is just as boring as the AA, if not more, since the exhaust system is all silver. The detail is there however.
Advantage: Autoart. AA has never disappointed in the wheels/brakes department, and this time it’s no different. The Kyosho plastic brake discs tell us it’s an old mold, as the newer Kyosho models use photoetch brake discs.