Spark/Bizarre Miscues

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby TouringCarExclusives » Fri May 11, 2012 2:32 pm

I like every detail on my models accurate and when comparing this with the real thing there's one slight complaint.

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If you can't tell, leaving aside some missing decals the orange stripe on the window which they never put on when he raced with it on all year round and is used to tell them apart! I'll add it myself at sometime but that's not the point ;)

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby k1w1taxi » Fri May 11, 2012 8:20 pm

Actually that is quite a bad miss. Aside from your stripe it is also missing the kill switch decal which would be a constant all year (on bonnet at base of windscreen) and the Castrol and that one on the sill below the rear door. Only explanation I can think is was the supplied info (to Spark) of the presentation car?

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby TouringCarExclusives » Sat May 12, 2012 5:25 am

I found this which was taken January 2007 of the presentation car it would appear you are correct. Looks just like the model except the number.
http://www.motorsport.com/business/photo/main-gallery/btcc-team-rac-bmw-320i-car-2/?i=6049&id=445681&s=2

Hopefully i can get most of the decals and that orange stripe myself.

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby thetrooper » Sat May 12, 2012 3:35 pm

The cars were based on the presentation cars and not the race cars.
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby guitardave_1 » Sun May 13, 2012 6:49 am

thetrooper wrote:The cars were based on the presentation cars and not the race cars.

In which case we surely can't call it a miscue? The model is correct - it just isn't the version that collectors might want.
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby TouringCarExclusives » Sun May 13, 2012 11:06 am

It might not be an error on Sparks part but i'm still disappointed that they modeled the presentation cars and not the race cars. I really don't see the point or why they would unless they couldn't be bothered to make the extra decals or were in a rush to bring them out before the season started. Hey ho i'll just have to do it myself.

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby thetrooper » Sun May 13, 2012 1:42 pm

I think it came down to the time they wanted to release them. The only spec they would of had at the time would have been the presentation car. It's just the way things are these days. I'm just glad to have the model as any BTCC models released these days are few and far between.
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby philsaunders » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:49 am

An odd Spark error, if only because they've corrected it in 1/18th but not in 1/43! Hard to believe they missed such a bold feature of the livery, especially as they managed to correctly reproduce the similar Tour de Corse version of this car. Big bummer for me as I'd love to have a model of this car as I've seen it in person at the Rennsport.
I suppose it would theoretically be an easy fix with the right color decal sheet...

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby dannyboy » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:50 am

Strange! Very atypical Spark. And what happened to the colour on the 1/43?!? :shock:
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:33 pm

...the rear wheel seems to be completely off, too! :?
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby PDS » Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:39 pm

JasonPotato wrote:I like every detail on my models accurate and when comparing this with the real thing there's one slight complaint.

My model made by Spark
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Real one
http://www.cmw-motorphoto.co.uk/images/BTCC%20Brands%20Hatch%202007%20-%2005.jpg


If you can't tell, leaving aside some missing decals the orange stripe on the window which they never put on when he raced with it on all year round and is used to tell them apart! I'll add it myself at sometime but that's not the point ;)

There are THREE main problems with this Onslow-Cole BMW.
As it has been mentioned the model is based on how it looked at Media day.
But when the racing started:
1, the roof decal is upside down. The one shown is how Turkingtons car looked.
2, the RAC logo on the bonnet has moved (check the location of the bonnet pins)
3, the wheels are wrong as they raced on BBS BMW wheels.
As for the smaller decals, I think there were 5 different variations during the season..

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby Jager » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:53 am

This is in my "what have you bought thread", but thought I should post it here as well. Its the Bizarre 1959 #24 Cooper T49 Monaco Mk I, but as you can see below, the rear of the car and the silver stripe is totally wrong. Still, given the car raced more than 50 years ago and pictures from this era are hard to come by, we shouldn't be too critical :

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby JSB33 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:57 am

On the other side of the coin, you were able to find a picture. You would think the people that do it for a living would have the same success.
Even with the miscue its a nice looking model.
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby scalainj » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:01 am

Interesting to note the differnet placement of the 24 roundel as well
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby Jager » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:04 am

While I'm at it, here's one of my purchases from earleir this year. This is the 2002 Le Mans Cadillac Northstar LMP, which is several shades of grey lighter than it should be.

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby mikeC » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:03 pm

I'm not sure whether this is a genuine Spark miscue, or whether it is just an error on the part of 43R, but I haven't seen Michael Schumacher in the 2013 Mercedes yet!
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby thetrooper » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:03 am

mikeC wrote:I'm not sure whether this is a genuine Spark miscue, or whether it is just an error on the part of 43R, but I haven't seen Michael Schumacher in the 2013 Mercedes yet!


Unless Lewis Hamilton is sitting on Schumacher's lap you won't see him in this years Mercedes ;)
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby Stu935 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:20 am

i spotted an error on Sparks 1982 Le Mans JDavid 935. The wheel covers used on the model are incorrect compared to those fitted to the original car. The ones on the model are concave, while on the original car are flat....

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby David MG » Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:23 am

Case of the modeller excercising cost containment ?
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby Rat » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:59 am

It's unusual for Spark to make mistakes like that but all the pics I've seen show the flat covers... good catch.

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby EDWARD FITZGERALD » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:28 am

STU 95 , I have found a photo of the 79 car at lemans using the flat disc wheels , I was there and must have photos ,photo is taken before the race so Spark may have been using practice shots unknowingly .

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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby dannyboy » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:46 am

It def. ran with the flat discs during the whole race. I have yet to see pictures that shows differently... As I see it, a mistake by Spark.
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby Jager » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:02 pm

Good pick-up guys. I hadn't noticed this before even though I have this in my collection.
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Re: Spark/Bizarre Miscues

Postby IFHP » Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:18 am

Has any one here bought Spark's 1963 Ford Galaxie yet. It is on my list and it looks pretty good EXCEPT for the area between the bottom of the grille and the top of the bumper. the 1:1 has a discrete twin vent (barely noticeable), but for some strange reason Spark has turned it into a chrome monstrosity.

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