Sunstar 1:18 Audi quattro

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Sunstar 1:18 Audi quattro

Post by Tom » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:12 am

There are two issues with this model: a problem with the basic shape and one with the year of the car (Sunstar says it's an '81) vs its appearance.

Shape: something's gone wrong with the roof- it's too short and too narrow, which makes the
windscreen too flat and too high. The side windows are curved inward too much as as a result. AutoArt did it correctly, compare the two models and the difference is obvious.

Appearance: the 1981 had quad recessed headlights and a flat grill as well as narrow 16-spoke Ronal alloys or 5-spoke Fuchs. For '83, one-piece headlights were introduced and for '85 the wider Ronal wheels came with smoked taillights, as well as a slightly more slanted grill and headlights.
Sunstar's quattro has wide wheels, slanted grill and headlights but not the smoked taillights, making it an '81/'85 hybrid.

As AutoArt already did a good late model, I would welcome a true '81 from Sunstar. Narrow wheels (or the Fuchs), quad headlights and a flat grill would achieve that. Fix the basic casting and it'd be perfect, because overall it's a nice model. And while we're at it: a little research into original colours wouldn't go amiss.

The 1:18 unfortunately formed the base for a 1:43 as well, which was made as a Vitesse, Corgi and several other names. It shares the 1:18's mistakes as well as having very 'shallow' headlights which makes the front end look weird. As Minichamps did a nice '81, it would be nice to have either a proper late model (requiring nothing but tinted taillights) or the 'inbetween' '83 with narrow wheels, orange/red taillights and the one-piece flat headlights with flat grill.
Oh, and some attention to the roofline would be great. Ironically, Corgi rebranded a DetailCars quattro a decade or so ago, and there was nothing wrong with that model's basic shape...

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Re: Sunstar 1:18 Audi quattro

Post by scalainj » Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:39 am

For those reasons i have avoided the Sunstar Quattro range with one exception - the Malboro liveried 82 Cote D'Ivorie car because the safari addenda and livery 'hide' much that is wrong with it

The latest Corgi Quattro releases in 1/43 are i believe a new tooling and are a very close match in terms of quality to the MC. They are not perfect and very colour dependant but they are half the price

Autoart have had the 1/18 81 car on their to make list for at least 10 years. One day
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Re: Sunstar 1:18 Audi quattro

Post by Tom » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:59 am

Considering that the basic casting remains untouched and it's a matter of interior, grill, lights, engine and wheels it would be a pretty cheap way to wring some more life from an old casting.

I've emailed MC to tell them they should do the reverse with their 1:43 '81, got a polite thank you not but so far nothing...

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