It's a nice little red model with rally numbers, rally plates, the correct registration numbers and spotlights in the right places. But it's left hand drive and nearly all Safari VWs were right hand drive as they were locally purchased cars. In East Africa, like Britain they drive on the left (well, most of the time!). Poor research or no research by Vitesse.
It annoys me when a model maker goes to the trouble of making a special model and gets details wrong. It happens at the top end as well as the bottom end of the price range.
Mike Hawthorn insisted on a four-spoke steering wheel. He liked to push on the spoke with his thumb. But many models of the 1955 Le Mans Jaguar have standard 3-spoke wheels as did the model of his 3.4 saloon. Possibly taking the mickey, Moss had a 3-spoke wheel in "722" when he won the Mille Miglia but most models have 4 spokes.
A "budget" model of a Gold Leaf Lotus 49 with high wing had race number 6 and I can't find any instance of that car running with number 6.
Caracciola's Mille Miglia Mercedes with a nicely modelled toolbox - but on the wrong side of the car.
A large scale top of the market Auto Union with "Dunlop" tyres with the wrong tread pattern.
A rally Austin Healey with the standard road car grille but the correct bootlid with a bulge to accommodate a spare wheel
As for Brumm - they deserve a chapter of their own. But in fairness, they do seem to be improving.
I accept that basically you get what you pay for. But, I would think that compared to tooling costs the additional costs of researching the details correctly are relatively low.
Having got that off my chest, I have to say that I would rather have an inaccurate affordable model of a particular car rather have none at all.
Edited by D-Type, 01 September 2012 - 20:40.