Welcome to Working Top Wednesday, the series where I feature models with working convertible tops. We are now down to the penultimate post in the series. As with last week’s CLK, this model is made by Kyosho, and it was made during roughly the same time period. As such, the overall build quality is about the same, but it doesn’t suffer from the cost cutting that inflicted the CLK. That means we get realistic door hinges and actual metal discs for brakes. The seats aren’t leather like the CLK, but that allows you to see the seat detail, and it comes across visually as being of better quality.
The biggest difference between the models is due to how their 1:1 counterparts choose to let the sun shine in. The CLK is a classic softtop, but top up is not its best look. The 3, however, has a folding hard top that only looks slightly better when raised. Getting the panels to line up is next to impossible, and the painted on trim strip makes that point obvious. To Kyosho’s credit, the 1:1 looks rather ungainly top up as well. All the more reason to leave the top down. Until next week...