I have a love/hate relationship with resin models. I hate them because I want my cars to open, but I love them because cars that typically will never see the light of day in diecast are often made in resin. One such example is this Volkswagen Passat R36 wagon. Otto initially released this model in my favorite color, blue, but that whole love/hate thing had me in no particular rush to get one until the asking price exceeded what I was willing to pay. I got a second-chance when model retailer Car Lover Diecast commissioned their own run of the R36 that even included a Thule roofbox. And I missed out again because it quickly sold out during the pre-order phase. But good things come to those who wait, and I eventually came across one for just a little more than original MSRP.

The model is a typical resin model. The paint is great, the thin plastic windows are not. And what has become obvious to me with resins (or at least Ottos) is that the interiors are something of an afterthought. A quick glance doesn’t seem to show anything is amiss, but look closer and you see that the infotainment and HVAC controls are merely represented by a decal. My biggest grievance though is reserved for the instrument cluster which is also just a decal laid flat on the angled face of the dash when it should be individually inset dials. But I didn’t buy the car for the interior, I bought it for the roofbox. There’s not much to say about it though, as it’s just a solid chunk of resin that is heavier than you would think. Placed upon the sturdy roofrails of the R36, and those interior issues are forgiven. I guess I love it.

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