He does get in your ears...
I did not think of that at all!
So I guess I'll be spending a lot of time in the "Miscues" forum, since I'm more finicky than ever with my collecting and try to do obsessive research before I buy anything. Next up is the Spark Lotus Elise GT1, a model I very much wanted because of its classic Need For Speed heritage, until had a closer look.
Here's the 1:1 for reference:
And here's the Spark:
First thing that jumps out is that the color is completely off. Spark seems to be trying to model this after that specific GT1 because of the windows and the P498 PPW license plate from the original car - so why is this thing gloss black and not metallic grey? The finer curves of the side intakes get lost in darkness as a result. Who knows, maybe Spark didn't get a sample from Lotus, but they could have at least tried to match it themselves. I'll forgive the absence of a windshield decal (hard to tell from the 1:1 image, but there is one).
Secondly, while I appreciate the detail on the side windows, that is one MASSIVE molding around the perimeter. And since the whole car is black, the windows look about 20% smaller than they really are, even in spite of the omitted molding on the rear edge of the window. The mirrors are also in the wrong place - should be on the door, rather than the front fenders.
Last, but definitely not least, are the wheels. Not only are they actually
too small, but the form of the spokes is quite soft, lacking any trace of the machined edge they have on the 1:1. On top of this, the rear wheel on the original car is a deep-dish design, with a completely flat version of the spokes from the front. Spark, meanwhile, seem to have simply duplicated the convex front wheel and shod it in a meaty, bulbous tire. Looks completely wrong. You know how wheels can make or break an entire car? This is an example of the latter.
Even IXO, whose model of the GT1 has way bigger problems than Spark's, got the wheels right: