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Audi Q3
Audi Q3®, metallic
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by: Randy Harvey [ HARV ]


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RailRoad Modeling

HISTORY
The Audi Q3 was introduced in 2011. It is the third and smallest car in Audi's Q series of SUVs. It has the higher ground clearance of a SUV and comes with four-wheel drive and three engine options all of which give it off-road driving capabilities. The Audi Q3 comes with LED lights front and rear and has the front-end components of an Audi A3 with the rear parts of a Volkswagen Tiguan. The Audi has different engine choices, all turbocharged 2.0 litre and a seven-speed, double-clutch S-tronic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.

THE BOX AND PACKAGING
The Herpa Audi Q3 comes packed in a clear plastic form fitting carrier which sits in a paperboard insert which is inserted a light plastic box that opens on both ends.

THE CAR
Herpa’s Audi Q3 comes fully assembled and painted. I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior is smooth and shiny and features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. Its chassis has basic molded detailed, the tires have no tread detail, and the windshield, and all other glass is free of distortion and scratches.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and red tinted clear lenses are used for tail lights. The wheels have black plastic tires and chrome/silver rims. There are dual chromed exhaust pipes extending from under left side of the rear bumper. There are two side view mirrors and a rear view mirror. None of the mirrors have a silver color to them to simulate reflective glass. The interior looks nice and features bucket seats, steering wheel, console, stick shift, emergency brake handle and nice dashboard detailing. The windshield wipers are part of the black molding at the base of the windshield.

FINISH
The model body is painted in a thin smooth glossy finish of gletscherweiß metallic / glacier white metallic. The molding, the interior and the underside are black in color. Herpa also offers the Audi Q3 in schwarz / black. Audi’s logo is chromed upon the detailed black grille. There are no decals in place on this car as Herpa does not use decals.

CONCLUSION
This Audi Q3 is a nicely done model with fine plastic detail and great finishing. It has clear lenses for headlights and brake lights and detailed tires. The underside is modestly detailed. All the same this model should please modern model railroaders, railroad diorama builders, and scale car collectors. I would have no hesitation recommending this model to others.

Thanks to HERPA Miniaturmodelle GmbH for the review sample. Be sure to mention that you heard about it here when ordering.
SUMMARY
Highs: Nicely done representation of the actual vehicle. Nice finish on the vehicles color. Plastic lenses for the headlights and taillights.
Lows: Only two color choices. Mirrors lacking a reflective surface.
Verdict: A nicely done model with fine plastic detail and great finishing which represents the Audi Q3 nicely.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 034821
  Suggested Retail: 10,50 EUR
  Related Link: Herpa Audi Models
  PUBLISHED: Dec 19, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 91.62%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.46%

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About Randy Harvey (HARV)
FROM: WYOMING, UNITED STATES

I have been in the modeling hobby off and on since my youth. I build mostly 1/35 scale. However I work in other scales for aircraft, ships and the occasional civilian car kit. I also kit bash and scratch-build when the mood strikes. I mainly model WWI and WWII figures, armor, vehic...

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