Countach Color Conundrum!

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Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by protzenegger » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:11 pm

Hey folks,

Now that I've got some display space and can marvel at my 1:43s in all their glory, I've had more time to contemplate my AUTOart Countach 5000S, which looks like this one:

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This appears to be the same blue that the 1:18 Kyosho 5000QV is famous for. However, my research into this color has turned up no evidence that the 5000S was ever painted in a solid blue from the factory. The closest I've seen for that version is Tahiti Blue, a metallic and slightly darker shade:

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A few solid blue examples seem to exist of the 5000QV, like this 1988.5 US import with rather unfortunate 5-mph bumpers...

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...but I've got nothing on what this paint is called. Presumably it's original? :? I know AUTOart is no stranger to "fantasy editions" but why this blue when there were multiple factory shades to choose from? It's not like they even had their 1:18 available in this color. They even took the time to make a new interior color for this version. Does it actually correspond to a 1:1 I don't know about?
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by JSB33 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:24 am

I surely cannot help except to say I think its a great looking color. Accurate or not.
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by David MG » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:45 am

I'm a bit confused here. If the authenticity of the colour is an issue why buy it? :?
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by LUW » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:34 am

That's 1:43???
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Tom » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:51 am

I like the '80s Countach in the proper colours of the day- black, white, red.

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Paulius43 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:01 am

Hmm and since we are getting picky, the real cars had white leather interior, not tan..
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by dcast » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:28 am

Is it possible to customize the order for supercars like Lamborghini? They may have certain colours "in stock" but perhaps customer can also order, for extra money of course, whatever colour he/she wants? Maybe the AA Lambo is replicated after someones custom painted car, either painted in the factory or afterwards? Or then it is just a "fantasy" colour but great looking model anyway.

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Jager » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:44 am

This famous LP400 sold for $1.4m at Bonhams in 2014. Maybe AA were lazy and simply copied the colour scheme for their 5000S ?

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by protzenegger » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:57 am

David MG wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:45 am
I'm a bit confused here. If the authenticity of the colour is an issue why buy it? :?
It wasn't an issue until long after purchase. Thought red was maybe too "obvious" a choice and there wasn't one available for the price I got this at).

I don't care for these in black, and wasn't keen on the dark interior in the white ones. Remembered seeing some blue Countaches online & didn't realize they were QVs and not the S.

Also, I didn't use to be this nitpicky - in my 1:18 "stash" are a black GT90 and gold VT Coupe, which never existed but figured the idea was interesting when I got them. But these days I prefer my models looking the way I'm likely to see them IRL, so fantasy colors are out. It's why I went to a Bentley dealer to look for EXP10s instead of just getting one of the 20 red ones on eBay.

Probably gonna replace this with a red one after all. Although red is a bit over-represented in my collection, this would at least look just like the first Countach I ever saw in the metal. Plus I've come to prefer the lighter interior over this tan version.

(Bonus: I have an orange AA 1:18 Murci from AA, the green Make Up Miura I posted a while ago, blue Diablo SV reserved from them, and hope to add their silver 25th Ann. Countach as well. The 5000S in red will make the array of colors on my Lamborghini shelf look absolutely mental. Did someone say "group shot?" 8-) )
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by protzenegger » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:58 am

Jager wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:44 am
This famous LP400 sold for $1.4m at Bonhams in 2014. Maybe AA were lazy and simply copied the colour scheme for their 5000S ?
Seems likely. But then I'd rather get a model of that LP400 if I want the color scheme :D

ETA: Seems that's actually Tahiti Blue, same as the 1:1 5000S I posted above - with metallic flake.
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That's 1:43???
Indeed it is. AUTOart's best, IMO. The shutlines are insanely small when it's closed, too. Now that's precision fit!

Apropos, Kyosho/MR collaborated on an LP400 with about the same level of detail. You should check it out!
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:21 am

I have the Minichamps LP400 in this blue and MC call it Bugatti Blue , but after looking at colour charts for the Countach , no such colour exists . Maybe , like Porsche , customers could order any colour they wanted for a price.

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by LUW » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:29 am

protzenegger wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:58 am
Indeed it is. AUTOart's best, IMO. The shutlines are insanely small when it's closed, too. Now that's precision fit!

Apropos, Kyosho/MR collaborated on an LP400 with about the same level of detail. You should check it out!
Wowzers! I was thinking of maybe getting a Countach so maybe this is the one to aim for.
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:35 am

LUW wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:29 am
protzenegger wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:58 am
Indeed it is. AUTOart's best, IMO. The shutlines are insanely small when it's closed, too. Now that's precision fit!

Apropos, Kyosho/MR collaborated on an LP400 with about the same level of detail. You should check it out!
Wowzers! I was thinking of maybe getting a Countach so maybe this is the one to aim for.
It will cost you around £100 for the pleasure of owning one Image
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by scalainj » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:51 am

This is the MR Kyosho

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by LUW » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:11 pm

Galaxy Gaz wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:35 am
It will cost you around £100 for the pleasure of owning one Image
Party pooper :|
scalainj wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:51 am
This is the MR Kyosho
Don't even want to ask how much that one goes for.
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by protzenegger » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:32 pm

LUW wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:11 pm
Party pooper :|
Worth every penny if you ask me. What's better, this or a non-opening resin for $180+? ;)
LUW wrote:
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Don't even want to ask how much that one goes for.
There's one just like it on eBay right now for €200 :cry: Quality doesn't look any better than AA though.
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by AdamYip » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:11 pm

The AutoArt Countach is the best looking Countach made by any 1/43 manufacturer by far. I've got an MR Countach 5000 QV and it seems a bit too big in scale. The IXO Countach was nice and would have been the best if AutoArt never made a 1/43 Countach. I've chosen a white AutoArt 1/43 Countach as its my favorite Countach color. I sure hope that AutoArt will make a 1/43 25th Anniversary Countach in either silver or pearl white.

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:10 pm

I liked my Ixo Countachs

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by AdamYip » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:06 am

I've got those IXO Countach too and also the Walter Wolf Countach in blue. IXO did a pretty good job on the Countach in terms of scale and proportions.

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by dcast » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:21 am

My only one is the white one by whitebox. Looks like I can't afford to the AA version :P
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Tom » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:15 pm

That looks excellent.

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:53 pm

This is a shot of my Countach collection:

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Front row: Minichamps (blue), PremiumX (yellow), Partworks (red)

In the middle: Starter (red)

Around the group, starting from the left: Partworks (black), Kyosho/MR (yellow), Ixo (white), Ixo (black), Ixo (grey)

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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by LUW » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:44 pm

Simple solution: buy them all. The famous Gary approach
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Re: Countach Color Conundrum!

Post by Tom » Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:37 am

Wow, that is impressive Julio!

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