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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kinsmart 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

As much as the striking Eclipse Concept car of 2004 gained much attention to the Mattel brands, Hot Wheels and Matchbox, everyone else had little to say about the fourth and final generation of the production 2006 Eclipse that carried the concept's striking curves.  As it turns out Kinsmart did have at least one point to make by offering the 2007 Eclipse in a spyder format, and out of all of the colors the one that looks the best is this dark orange version.

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The new 2007 Eclipse shares much of the styling with the 2004 concept car, which also admires the styling of the second-generation Eclipse as well.  The front has the twin-slot grille with silver three diamond star, round silver foglight housings, and clear headlights with detailed reflector units and orange tint on the signal lights.  The smooth, cab-forward body continues on the sides with flush door handles, exterior mirrors to which I added silver on the reflector portion, and a rise to the rear hump.  The rear end shows off the negative side of this Eclipse as it looks rather big and noticeable; nevertheless it features the chrome rear spoiler with integrated brake light, detailed gas cap, detailed taillight reflectors with a touch of red, ECLIPSE and GT-V6 letters on the bumper, Eclipse license plate in gray, and a single exhaust tip in chrome where I added black to the exit tip.  Decked out in dark orange it looks great even if its missing the front corner windows next to the exterior mirrors and the 6-spoke wheels look bland when it should have the GT's 5-spoke units.

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The base, aside from the chrome muffler, mostly shows the drivetrain components at the front, to which I added detail in silver to make it stand out.  Under the hood is the 3.8L SOHC MI-VEC V6 that produces 236 hp. through a six-speed manual to the front wheels.  No turbo or AWD.  The interior looks rather plain with the all-gray look, but there are some details that are there with me adding silver to the central radio controls and black to the digital readout at the top-center of the dashboard.  The dashboard is laid-back with flowing panels, air vents, and dual pod gauge cluster behind the black 4-spoke steering wheel.  The door panels are a separate piece and continue the smooth flow, while the black shifter and parking brake occupy the center console.  The front seats are supportive with a triangular headrest cutout, while the rear seats are flat and are occupied by luggage to conceal the pull-back motor.  Finally, the convertible top stows away under a nice, flush tonneau cover.

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I would've added a two-tone interior, but the actual car has a three-tone look focused only on the front seats; the back seats are still all-gray.  So I left it as-is.  Still, in metallic orange it looks really good and with the top down look is ready for the summer vacation fun!

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