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Beginning my exterior look-around with the nose of the car as always, the carbon fibre splitter is as authentic as it gets on a model. The grille also is moulded superbly. I’m surprised at how well this car pulls off such a large grille. On the hood, the carbon fibre continues with two large air vents. My favourite part about this car is the choice of wheels. The gold and dark grey five spokes compliment the red paint very nicely. The wheels face straight and are fixed in a perfectly upright position. Other than a few minor imperfections that I will elaborate on in a new section lower in this review, the reproduction is solid. One of the best at this price that I have seen.

I couldn’t get a super-close-up examination of the interior because the doors don’t open, but my view through the windshield and side windows show that TopSpeed worked wonders with the interior. The seats look spectacular, with Z’s covering most of the seating area as well as the door sills. The brown “leather” interior is fabulous with carbon fibre accents.

Given the slightly messy painting on the center console, my positive thinking assumption is that it was hand-painted. If my assumption is correct, I applaud TopSpeed for going the extra step. If not, it could have been done cleaner. And last, to tie everything nicely together, the center console buttons are labelled clearly and neatly.

As you can probably tell by now, I am a detail-oriented guy and I look at all of them, big and small, in my reviews. Here are a few of the fine details that if corrected would make this Shooting Brake nearly perfect.

Unboxing: I would have liked an actual base plate for the car to rest on such as those provided by other resin brands such as BBR and Fronti-Art. Yes, models by those manufacturers can cost more than double the $150 spent on this Shooting Brake, but still.

Paint: Love the paint finish on the resin but upon close inspection, I found a small air bubble on the hood. Nothing I can’t Photoshop out, but knowing it’s there irritates me. What can I say?

Wheels: Not all the Shooting Brake’s wheels touch the ground which I found odd. I figured something may have gone awry during the drying of the mould. Additionally, the Aston Martin wings on the center caps aren’t straight. That bums me out because the wheels are in a fixed position.

Carbon fibre: You know how much I like carbon fibre. Unfortunately, the carbon fibre above the left-side exhaust looks “warped” as if it didn’t dry correctly.

Badges: Unlike the metal-plated logo on the hood, the Aston Martin wings badge on the back of the car is merely a sticker.

Interior: My only main complaint is about the gauges. Even though the car is sealed, I could still tell that they look like they came directly from a low-end Bburago. Nothing against Bburago, I’m just pointing out that this car deserved better.

$150 is a lot of money for sure. And as a diecast metal fan, I still consider resin to be the “dark side” of 1:18s. But I’ve got to say, this model is astounding. Sure, there are a lot of small things I would change if I could but as a display model, it’s pretty darn good. Plus, at the risk of getting crucified by your comments, it’s a shooting brake which I believe is the best body style! All in all, I recommend this model to both resin and diecast collectors alike. It is still available in this shooting brake body style, and as a convertible in black. Get it while you still can!

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