But there are exceptions. ModelZone teamed up with Corgi to produce this ‘exclusive’ version of the XR3i casting.
Reminiscent of the earlier Hidden Treasures range that was available a few years back, this model re-creates many a XR3i that were ragged stupid or had an altercation.
Let’s look at the casting. This is one I really, really admire – it is handsome and fits well – I love the detail on the model – front fogs, the go-faster stickers, the attention to detail is really good here – and shows that research has been done on the type of clapped out motor the Essex wideboys used to drive.
Regular readers of the blog will class me as a grumpy git at times – even the current MB Amby has said so. and nothing get’s on my wick like the poorly re-created wheels on models. However, in the style of Borat, I can confidently say “GREAT SUCCESS!”. The wheels are 110% spot on – totally capturing the essence of the early XR3i.
Is there anything to grumble about? No, not really – alles in Ordnung. What would have been a humourous touch would have been to see, say, the indicator light missing at the front or some other manner of ding on the car – but lack of this detail does not detract from the overall casting.
I don’t think that exclusives like this are going to be made in a hurry and more to the fact is that this is truly unique product for the British Isles. The ridiculous nature of Modelzone’s overseas postage policy means that it is not really worth buying the model and having it sent abroad – so if in England, why not buy one in the shop.
This is a fun model – it is not going to be displayed within The Garage, but I am happy in the knowledge that this is a firm part of the collection.