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Audi A3 Sportback
Audi A3 Sportback, teak brown metallic
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


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Audi A3 Sportback, teak brown metallic
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2013 / 01-02


Audi premiered a new A3 Sportback at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Herpa kicks off the sporty four-door in teak brown metallic and brilliant red.

Audi A3
The Audi A3 is a small family car (C-segment in Europe) produced by the German automaker Audi since 1996. The first two generations of A3 were based on the Volkswagen Group A platform, which they share with several other models such as the Audi TT, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Caddy and Volkswagen Touran as well as SEAT León, SEAT Toledo and Škoda Octavia. The third-generation A3 uses the Volkswagen Group MQB platform.[1]

The third generation A3 Sportback was launched at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It has a powerful 300 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre four engine, traction on all wheels, and does 0 - 60 fast!

The Model
This new model type joins over 150 other Audi models by Herpa, including 10 A3 models. The model is fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray secured in a light plastic box.

I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. The tires have no tread detail except for the very edges.

Slamin' the door
Individual clear lenses simulate the headlamps and tinted lenses simulate the tail lights.

Separate side view mirrors are attached. Soft plastic tires encompass detailed rims.

The buff interior is very impressive, featuring bucket seats, the steering wheel, console, rear-view mirror, stick shift and dashboard detailing. The rear view and side mirrors lack reflective surfaces. It is easy to see through the clear windows.

Only basic molded detail is found on the underside. Faint windshield wipers are molded onto the black chrome on the windshield. Two exhaust ports peek out from below the rear bumper.

Paint and Finish
This model is beautifully finished in teakbraun metallic / teak brown metallic. It is also available in brilliantrot / brilliant red. Chrome accent strips extenuate the windows. A chrome Audi logo emblazons the grille and rear, and "A3" is stamp-painted on the back. These emblems and markings are sharply printed and not decals. Herpa does not use decals. The paint is thin, glass-smooth, and opaque.

Kicking the Tires
Herpa has released an impressive model A3 Sportback. It has fine plastic detail and excellent finishing. It features lenses for headlights and brake lights, a detailed interior, and applied side view mirrors. Printing is sharp. Even though it lacks tire detail and underside detail, I happily recommended this model for collectors, model railroaders, and diorama makers.

Please remember to tell vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoadModeling.
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Sources

[1]. Wikipedia. Audi A3. [Web.] 4 September 2012.
SUMMARY
Highs: Clear and tinted lenses for headlights and brake lights, a detailed interior, and applied side view mirrors. Printing is sharp.
Lows: The rear view and side mirrors lack reflective surfaces. Tires lack tread detail.
Verdict: An impressive model Audi A3 Sportback.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 038256
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  PUBLISHED: Feb 20, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.42%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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