Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

It’s probably been about 6 months since I last posted on LaLD (work’s been really busy). In that time I’ve acquired quite a few cars... and had opened none of them. Upon the rival of the 917K yesterday I had to change that.

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Norev 917K #31, as it ran at Watkins Glen. I’ve been eyeing this thing for months, curious about the quality of Norev’s very affordable models.

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First impressions:

Holy smokes this thing is heavy for such a small car. Even more so considering it’s a sealed body.

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Looks pretty good sitting on my kitchen table, especially from the front.

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Upon closer inspection:

The graphics are weird... my best guess is that they’re some kind of vacuum shrink wrapped plastic sheet. This has two consequences. First, the color of the upper graphic blue is ever so slightly lighter than the lower blue paint. Second, the graphics aren’t sucked down completely flush with the body details. This looks a bit strange and makes the graphics extremely brittle. Just handling it a little bit to take photos caused some of the graphics that were “floating” to crack.

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I will say, despite the obvious flaws, it looks pretty good sitting next to models that cost twice as much. However, you’d never mistake it for an AUTOart or Minichamps cast. I bought it because I’ve been longing for a 917K since I started collecting and the price was low enough to gamble on.

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My dad brought me the 2 Maisto’s that he bought from Costco because he can’t pass up $13 cars either. The Charger is kinda weird because its roof is plastic, not diecast, but for $13... why not?

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The HWs are a combination of HAWLs and a purchase from a fellow LaLD-er whose name I’ve misplaced. It’s now official, I’ve filled all of my wall cases, so I clearly need to move out of the apartment and buy a house.

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Overall, it’s great to finally have use of my kitchen table back and these cars are all great.

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Continuing my goal of collecting Porsche prototypes, if anyone has a lead on an AUTOart 917L that’s not priced absurdly, I’m interested to find one.

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