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Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:57 pm

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Pack one in advance of the first shipment. Woo Hooo!!!! Let's see what we get!

Unfortunately the instructions aren't quite ready yet, so I haven't put anything together. OK, so it's simple and I could assemble it without instructions, but I don't think it's fair to second guess them and perhaps make a foolish assumption.

First off, a very nice poster. Folder A2 size. Here's the front. Very nice!

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

We also get a nice black (microfibre?) cloth for cleaning the model, and a cross head screwdriver. The screwdriver feels very high quality. Made from aluminium, it's far superior to most of the 'free gifts' you get with subscriptions. It's got the nice feel of a quality tool, and the handle is thick enough to get a decent torque on it. I would use it. It's certainly note cheap rubbish!

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The parts come in 6 individual packs to make up the complete pack one. This gives us the front spoiler, driver's door and a seat.

Pack 1. Front spoiler and bumper.

The main part is a really nicely finished casting, pre-painted with the white and metallic blue stripes. Compared to the photos, the colour looks spot on. You'll have to forgive the colour cast on the photos. They were taken under artificial light and the photos look slightly yellow. In reality, the white is a clean white.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Anyway, back to the parts. Very clean casting, no flash or defects that I could see, and the paint finish is superb.
The bumper is chromed plastic. Again, a brilliant finish on the chrome. I thought it was going to be metal until I picked it up. It fits nicely on the front spoiler. There is a slight bow, but it will pull back perfectly when it's screwed it.
The headlights are nicely made, with the bowl and lens already bonded together. There's a hole in the back of the headlights for the LED. The lights will work, of course. Nice texture to the lens too, which look completely realistic. There is even the maker's name 'Wagner' moulded in, perfectly readable under a magnifying glass. A nice touch, is the L and R cast on the backs, so no excuses for getting them the wrong way round!

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The last main part is the photo etched grill. Like the other parts, perfectly made. Screw holes line up perfectly.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

There we have it. The first part of pack one. The quality and the detail is everything I expected, more in the case of the headlamp lens. If I were to guess, I'd say they 3D scanned an original and tooled it from the scan. It's spot on.

The review of the rest of the pack one will follow shortly. I've run out of time at the moment. SWMBO wants to go shopping........ Something about sales :? :? :? :?
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Mustang » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:26 pm

Hi Mark, it will be interesting to see how this build goes.

Having built the DaAg version with some mod's I'll be interested to see which parts they have retooled, as to the first issue it looks exactly like the DeAg version down to the small detail :think:

I presume most of there retooling would be down to the engine and possible some of the interior detail and the wheels.

So I'll be watching this one, I would have gone for it but another 1/8 scale mustang I can't justify it when there's possible other cars coming out soon. GT40 :pray:
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:16 pm

Hi Mustang, it's a completely new product, owned by Agora. It's not a partial re-tool of the DeAg model.
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Mustang » Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:27 pm

Mark wrote:Hi Mustang, it's a completely new product, owned by Agora. It's not a partial re-tool of the DeAg model.


Hi Mark, yes I know it's a new venture as I know Liam.

All I was implying was it will be interesting to see what's different.
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:41 pm

On to Stage 2. This gives you the start of the door.

The main door panel is nicely finished, just like the spoiler. There is a button already fitted. I'm not sure what this button is. It looks like a key hole, but looking at the photo of the real car on the Agora web site, I can't see a hole. There is also a plastic chromes handle and mirror. The mirror has a reflective sticker. Although, it's not much more reflective that the chrome. The chrome is very shiny.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The parts put in place and they fit nicely.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 3. This continues the door, with the window and the hinge.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The window is moulded in clear plastic, which is very clear. The frame is chrome plated directly onto the plastic. It's very cleanly done, and it's only apparent that it's plated when you look at the other side of the window.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

From the inside, the frame is well rendered. The quarter light handle is already applied.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 4 continues with the side door frame. You get the main part with the thin chrome trim already attached. This is a separate part, and neatly attached. There are two larger trims. One clips on, and one is screwed. There is also the window winder handle and the door handle in chrome plastic.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The panel fits the outer door panel very nicely. There is no appreciable gap between the two parts.

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That more or less finishes the driver's door.
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:06 pm

Stage 5 starts the driver's seat back.

The back of the seat back is moulded in black plastic. Then comes some chrome trim, followed by the cushion which is moulded in soft vinyl type plastic, authentic to the original car.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 6 gives you the driver's seat cushion.

Again, the frame/base is hard black plastic, then some chrome trim followed by the soft vinyl cushion.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

A quick work on the packaging. It came in a nice blue cardboard box with the Agora company name and the car on the box. A nice touch. The parts are in plastic packing where they need to be protected from scratches and damage. These are all in the photos. Stages 4 and 6 are in plastic bags as these parts are not prone to damage. However, the chrome trims in stage 4 are in separate bags to prevent scratches.

The parts all fit together nicely, and end up looking something like this. I'm really excited to be building this one. A new product from a new company! They are certainly making a good first impression.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

That's it for the first pack. My first impression is that it's a very nice quality product. The instructions are expected in early Jan, then I'll start my build diary.

Please ask if you have any questions. If I can't answer, I know a man who can!!
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby royjess » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:07 pm

Looks like a great detail and quality product
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:19 pm

If you want a second opinion, Wayne from the World of Wayne YouTube channel has also reviewed the parts. He seems quite excited about it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQPCj-pgJi8

Here is a link to Agora's web site.

https://www.agoramodels.com
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby chill » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:22 pm

Mark wrote:If you want a second opinion, Wayne from the World of Wayne YouTube channel has also reviewed the parts. He seems quite excited about it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQPCj-pgJi8

Here is a link to Agora's web site.

https://www.agoramodels.com


Was about to say i saw Waynes upload on youtube.
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby casper » Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:55 pm

Looks a very nice kit and well presented with the blue box. Seat looks nice as does the door, button does look like the key hole :think:
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Bfam4t6 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:05 am

Lookin' good Mark! I'm really happy with how those seats look. I'll be watching this one closely.
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby asiris28 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:13 pm

Hello Mark.
I also receive the same in France.
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby asiris28 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:19 pm

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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby Samets » Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:49 pm

To be honest, everything looks very similar to DeAgostini's kit. Even the way parts are screwed together and the baggies the screws come in.

Just my observation.
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby asiris28 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:18 pm

Here is a photo of our prototype showing the Ford Big-Block FE 427 used in the Le Mans GT40. It is a completely different engine than what you find in a 1967 Mustang GT500. Note that this is a prototype and that there are still some corrections that will occur on our production model.

(Edit by Mark: the above text and below photos are from Agora’s web site - please remember to credit other sources)
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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby asiris28 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:19 pm

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Re: Agora Models GT500 Super Snake

Postby casper » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:29 pm

Superb photos, chromed cam covers would look cool 8-)
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