So, I was absent for a while, mainly because I’m busy and made no new additions to my collection. Well, I’m back and this time, with a pretty unique model to write about.
Before we go into anything about the model, let’s talk about the car itself.
If you are not from China, you might be wondering “Wait, there is an ATS-L?” I wouldn’t be surprised if you did. The ATS-L is only avalible in China. The one miniaturized here is a 2016 - 2017 model in Neon Red (Fun fact: The box of mine actually said the car to be white. I guess someone at Paudi’s packaging department didn’t really know English). Announced in July of 2014, the Cadillac ATS-L is a China only model, manufactured in China by Shanghai GM. The car offers a wheelbase that is approx 3.3 inches longer than the normal ATS’s wheelbase and is powered by a 2.0L petrol engine paired with an 8 speed automatic gearbox. 2014 and 2015 models had GM 6T70 automatic gearbox instead.
Now for the manufacture. Paudi Models is a company based in China that seems to specialize on dealership models with high level of details. Their models are mostly 1/18 though they also offer 1/43. Prices are usually lower than that of AutoArt or Minichamps models but the level of details is brilliant. Folding mirros, movable front seats, opening sunroofs, carpeting, (kinda bad) moving driveshaft is present in most 1/18 models of theirs. They always come with Chinese badges however. Their models are mostly sedans and suvs. They have a pretty impressive range of dealership models for Cadillac and Skoda which I’d recommend.
Now, for the centerpiece: The model. After all, you are here for it, right?
The model is well made and highly
detailed though, let’s talk about the cons:
-Methods of cost cutting can clearly be seen, mostly through the basic curved hinges for the boot and the hood though the hood has an extra set of pretty much decorative hinges that adds realisim
-The boot never fully opens. It opens halfway and then decides it’s too good to keep opening. At first I thought it was to make sure people won’t realize it doesn’t have carpeting but, after some inspection, I realize it does have a carpet there. The curved hinges that were used are probably the cause.
-When you just got it and opened the box, the smell of plastic and paint is just plain awful. Though it’s not a big issue, I just hate that smell.
-The seats kinda feels crude and cheap. The material is somewhat similar to those on cheaper offerings from companies like Welly or Maisto.
-The driveshaft creates a rattling sound if you roll the wheels.
Now, we can go and see all the good things about it :3
The model is sharply detailed and well made. The interior is highly detailed, even featuring the entertainment console with detailed screen, wooden panels that looks realistic, carpets and opening sunroof with movable sunroof cover (though that cover is a pain to open and close, even with the included opener). The lights are great and realistic, the badges are reflective (in some cases, like some AutoArt models, the badges aren’t reflective). The brakes look beautiful (Really) and the wheels are beautiful, even with tiny silver Cadillac emblems. The engine bay is also pretty detailed too. The panel gaps are tiny and you won’t be able to open things without the included opener, with the exception of doors which have handles. The mirrors also can fold though it’s quite pointless to have it, in my opinion. The paint is realistically glossy and beautiful. The model itself feels solid in my hands as well.
Even with several shortcomings, the model is overally great and would be a fine addition to anyone’s collection.