A friend needed this Audi to be built quickly so it could be given as a gift. It turned into a very quick New Years Day build!
She’d purchased the kit from an Aldi supermarket about a year ago where it carried a RRP of under $10. It’s made by the Hong Kong based Welly Diecast Company in 1:24 scale.
The metal body is already painted, as is the detail on many of the plastic parts. The kit only required assembly.
What’s inside the box. Instruction sheet is very basic and one-page only
All the parts. You get a screw driver in the kit, but no glue.
Above & Below: All the pieces need to be put in place, but this is greatly assisted by significant guide holes and tabs on the parts. Considering the price (or lack of!) the parts fit surprisingly well and required little clean-up.
For attaching parts to the diecast body, I used 2-part epoxy Araldite and put an extra dab on the back of each part to stop it from falling out. Many of the plastic pieces could also have been secured by using a hot soldering iron to melt the tail of the lug, a technique that’s used in mass production. The large screw is the hinge for the door.
Driver’s side inner door skin. The door handle and window controls are already detail painted. Door skins just pressed into position and required no glue.
Paint finish from the factory is sturdy with acceptable coverage. The window trim has already been mask sprayed at the factory. Note the nice snug fit of the tail light lens. Door alignment not so good.
Decent wheels with soft rubber tyres. A basic brake disc is already fitted, but there’s no caliper. The hardest part of this entire kit was fitting the wheels onto the metal axles which were a fraction too fat.
Interior is made from several parts which need to be glued in before the assembly is sandwiched between the base plate and body. Again, all the detail paint work to highlight belt buckles, console etc is already done.
Dashboard/pedals/steering wheel is one-piece, ready to fit
Dash fitted. The door hinge is massive and nothing like a scaled down version of the real one. Door gap isn’t too bad for a budget model, but the aligned isn’t perfect.
The completed model. The photo is partly ruined because I failed to notice the rear tyre was not seated on the rim properly 🙁
No decals to apply; the TT and the Audi rings appear tampo printed and have good definition
This is a basic budget model that offers outstanding value. It’s certainly no Exoto-like scale replica, but man, it was under ten bucks!
The only additional cost is glue – no paints required (unless you wanted to pick out further detail, or do some type of custom job).
I can’t give this a Wixy500 rating because I’ve no idea about production numbers to rate it’s collectibility (plus, I’m not in the habit of rating kits).
But if I was to rate it, it would go something like this:
wixy500 rating (out of 5):
Collectability – no idea
Finish – 4.0
Accuracy – 3.3
Value – 4.8 (a solid 1/24 scale diecast with opening parts for under $10)