Oops, I did it again...
A BNIB 1:18-scale model car, bought having possibly had one too many ciders while watching live music in the wilds of Devon turned out to be TWO BNIB 1:18-scale model cars, bought having possibly had one too many ciders while watching live music in the wilds of Devon.
Still. In the words of Orbital, it's better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't.
So, what have I done this time?
This. I've always been quite keen on Revell stuff, and there aren't many Mk1 Audi TTs to choose from. To be honest I've wanted to get my hands on one of these for quite a long time, but they rarely seemed to come up for less than a brisk scalping. Ideally I'd have liked one in silver, for the full Bauhaus 'concept car made real' effect of the early launch cars. But Avus Blue isn't a bad compromise.
It is, indeed, BNIB, and again I'm the first to ever remove the plastic securing strips. FEELS GOOD.
Feels SO good.
Looks quite good, too. The main thing is that they captured the TT's shape absolutely perfectly, to my eyes, anyway.
I've never thought the TT was an especially good looking car. It's pig ugly, really. However I do recognise it as a design classic, and I can't help but admire it. A TT deserves a spot in my collection, particularly a base model TT, which has the same 1.8 turbo engine as my own A4. This is the first model I've ever bought to have a model of the engine in my own car. How very exciting.
It strikes me that this model comes from a bit of a transitional period in Revell's history. They were following the right lines, but they weren't quite nailing the detail in the way they would soon. I rate the Opel Manta of the same rough age as being markedly better, and the Renault Clio V6 and Renault 5 Turbo 2 that would follow soon after absolutely blows this TT away.
That's not to say it doesn't do some things well, though.
The interior is, for the most part, great. Certain details, such as the 'alloy' support struts, the HVAC controls and the air vents are really nicely rendered, complete with knurled, silver-finished surrounds to the latter. The steering wheel is ace, too. Only the dash cluster disappoints, with oddly small cut-outs for the instruments and a rather simplistic housing. Ha'porth of tar stuff.
Things are 'adequate' under the bonnet, too. Creditably, the engine looks pretty good. The '5V Turbo' decal is true to life, the oil filler is picked out, as is the intake manifold and injector dooberries. It's all a bit over-shiny, but it's passable. Front headlights pass muster, too.
A few dozen points must be awarded to the wheels and, particularly, the tyres. They're great, with their Michelin Pilot SX branding and dimension markings – even down to the load ratings. The centre cap is nice, too, if a bit shiny. Brake discs and calipers are modelled, too. Always nice to see.
I really like the accurate clamshell bonnet opening, and the overall feel of the thing is more model than toy. Good. I can't be letting a toy into my amassed adult collectibles, can I?
Only thing that really lets this model down for me is the rear lights. They're frankly terrible. Yes, Revell has made an effort to represent the roundy-bits in each unit, but there's no depth or detail to speak of. They're the most toylike aspect of the whole endeavour, so much so that I forgot to take an up-close picture.
So that's that. No more suspiciously 1:18 car-shaped parcels are expected, and there's a whole year until the next festival.