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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Kinsmart 1:38 2014 Chevy Camaro SS vs. Maisto 1:43 2010 Chevy Camaro SS



Pretty soon there'll be the new 2016 Chevy Camaro in replica scale at the end of this year, so before that let's take a look at the sole post-facelift version of the current Camaro from Kinsmart against the common 2010 Camaro like the one from Maisto.



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After the success of the new 2010 Camaro's return there was no reason to change it, but there was a few modifications that were sorely needed, plus a new Z-28 was also revealed as well.  The 2014 redesign includes new headlights, taillights, and an improved interior with a new center stack to now finally house a navigation touchscreen on higher-end models.  Powertrains are unchanged including the SS 6.2L V8 that produces 400 hp. with a 5-speed automatic transmission.  The Kinsmart is clearly larger than the Maisto and that's a given as Kinsmart goes for a larger size, but unlike most other Kinsmart's i've reviewed this one does not seem as big as it is.  Colors are red, yellow, dark gray, and white with the yellow and red only offered with black hood stripes with a revised center hood vent to extract air from the hood (better than the mail slot on the 2010.  The new grille is narrower while the lower grille is now larger and the foglights are now inside outer scoops.  Kinsmart did a great job with the details like the bowtie and SS on the grille and the headlights with the halo glow rings and signal lights; the Maisto looks lame with a flat-faced front and no details to the signal lights.






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Both cars have the same side profile with the exterior mirrors (I added detail to the Kinsmart mirrors), with the wheels going for a lame 5-spoke design on the 2014 compared to the artistic and deep details of the 5-spokes on the 2010 model.  The shark fin antenna is more like a fin on the Kinsmart version, with the trunk lid now incorporating a rear spoiler, revised taillights with integrated reverse lamps (at last!) with optional LED's (I added the silver LED inner myself), center brake light above the bowtie in the center, SS logo's, and the lower bumper, like the new Corvette Stingray, has a blacked-out panel with chrome exhaust tips; this has the advantage of hiding the exposed muffler eyesore of the 2010 model.  None of these cars have good base details: expected for Maisto but a disappointment for the Kinsmart.





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The interior's both have rear seats taken over by the pullback motor and opening doors.  The Maisto lacks inner door panels, correct steering wheel, and the dashboard is rather flat but at least it has the auxiliary gauge package on the center console.  The Kinsmart version goes further with the correct and new 3-spoke steering wheel, dual gauge pod, pedals that signal the automatic transmission, center gauge cluster, supportive front seats, and side inner door panels.  I spiced the blacked-out interior with red trim package to the door panels, dashboard, and inner seats, as well as silver dash and console accents and silver pedals.  Afterwards I realized the color package only comes in orange and blue, not red, and is not available in any red color (Darn! Should've researched first.), but hey it looks good anyways.







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In the end I must say the Kinsmart version is very impressive and an improvement over the Maisto version, especially considering this is the only way for now to get a replica of the updated 2014 and 2015 Camaro before the balloon of 2016 Camaro's start to arrive.  Now how about a replica of a 2014 Z-28?










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