By Maz Woolley
The latest issue in the Atlas Jaguar Collection has been released recently. It is an F type Cabriolet in metallic blue. This follows and earlier issue of the F type “R” Coupe reviewed elsewhere by MAR Online http://www.maronline.org.uk/atlas-jaguar-collection-jaguar-f-type-r/.
Checking images on the web this model appears to use the same casting as the Lunar Grey LHD model already issued by Ixo and an orange LHD model issued by Whitebox.
Here the model is in RHD form and in a blue metallic colour which is attractive but fades at all the panel gaps under any lighting as can be seen on the photograph below. As usual the wheels and tyres are good with brake calipers showing nicely, though one tyre on my model has a chunk out of it.
As can be seen the above the printed leaper logo at the rear is a little thin and one dimensional and as shown below the badging at the front is not as good as Ixo usually manage either. The inserted light clusters front and rear are good but the bonnet and wing inserts are a little basic and the wing ones are not neatly printed as the silver edges are “wavy”. The grille is a little basic, not capturing the mesh detail particularly well, and the silver line round it is not properly printed on the driver’s side either.
The interior again disappoints. Although the seats and door cards are nicely done the dashboard has been crudely moulded with detail far from being crisp and only two instruments printed on. One wonders if a rush job was done to make a RHD format dash assembly. The picture below also shows how the front screen is not a good fit to the frame leaving an unrealistic gap.
So all in all this is a nice casting which has been let down by small details and the standard of finish. This perhaps indicates the cost pressures that are now being felt by Chinese producers.
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