Our way of testing model vehicles

Packaging - 50 points max.
Ideally, the packaging provides best possible protection from damage. Nevertheless, unpacking the vehicle should not at all be a problem. Apart from that, we expect high information content because customers should know as much as possible about the product and its manufacturer.

Visual overall impression - 350 points max.
Besides accurate measurement and careful examination of the model vehicle, its overall appearance is very important. Usually it is the ‘first impression‘ that counts, so recognisability of the real vehicle is a very important point. Especially when a car is fitted into a diorama very few people will pull out their magnifying glasses at once to explore it carefully. The majority however will judge its closeness to scale by just looking at it. Of course, any modelling product should be in perfect condition, intactness of the vehicle should not be an issue at all. Fitting accuracy must not give any reason for criticism either and a flawless assembly should be self-evident. Most people will get a subjective impression of the model quality from its 'look-and-feel', so our test objects can score in this respect as well. Wealth of detail and the manufacturer’s attention to detail will help to create a perfect overall impression, too. Modern production methods allow copying even tiniest details, and this high-tech manufacturing should result in an amazing fineness of detail. Lights, wheels and tyres should look just like the ones of a real vehicle. Finally, in terms of harmony of colours, the model must not disappoint with a combination of colours that every sales executive would have advised his customer against.

Vehicle body - 200 points max.
Closeness to scale: Measuring has to prove that the tested vehicle is a perfectly scaled down reproduction of the original. If every manufacturer keeps exactly to the same scale you will not have any problems putting different models side by side on your layout. Otherwise some vehicles might appear too big or too small compared to others. Regarding wealth of detail / attention to detail, we expect from a perfect reproduction that it shows all characteristic and important details of the original. Fineness of detail is essential, too, and only vehicles made according to highest production standards will score in this respect. We also have a closer look at the colour quality of the plastic and, if applicable, the paintwork quality. We don't want to see any streaks in the plastic nor discolourations. Metallic paint should be glossy, like in reality, and the metallic particles should be as tiny as possible. Other applications of paint - prints or enhancements with a fine brush (usually found on more expensive special editions) - must be of high quality: accurate and precise as well as properly covering. Chrome applications have to be evenly applied and shiny. Therefore, manufacturers can only score for the quality of prints, colour and chrome applications if their work exceptionally pleases the eye of the demanding customer. Finally, the model vehicle should not only show all the interior and exterior mirrors but these important features should look absolutely realistic as well.

Lights - 150 points max.
They usually give a car its characteristic look, so we always check for completeness / presence of all lights. Attention to detail is just as important in this respect. One of the biggest challenges for any model vehicle manufacturer is to get the colour of the lights right. Especially with dark body colours, they often look dull and not realistic at all; nevertheless our tests have proven so far that some companies do 'have the hang of it'. So closeness to reality in terms of colouring is another important test criterion.

Interior / Dashboard / Seats - 100 points max.
This chapter is important when testing convertibles but also deserves some attention regarding the possibility of reconstructing or modifying model vehicles according to your own notions. Talking about wealth of detail / attention to detail, we expect from a perfect reproduction that it shows all characteristic and important details of the original. Modern high-tech manufacturing allows copying even tiniest details, therefore points will be deducted if the model interior lacks fineness of detail. In this context, alas, the steering wheel is an often neglected feature.

Wheels - 150 points max.
Regarding closeness to scale, wealth of detail, attention to detail and fineness of detail, the same criteria apply as for the chapter 'overall visual impression'. The colour quality of the rims influences the appearance of the entire vehicle  and therefore contributes to the total points score as well.


Overall evaluation

overall verdict: outstanding 1000 - 950
overall verdict: very good 949 - 880
overall verdict: good 879 - 810
overall verdict: average 809 - 740
overall verdict: in need of improvement 739 - 670
overall verdict: not worth the money 669 - 600
overall verdict: usable as spare parts only 599 - 0
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