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8458 and spare parts

This week, I disassembled my 8458 to build Nathanael Kuipers Sportscar alternate model. After having alle the parts separated I cleaned them mostly of the little dust that had assembled.

I build the sportscar of course and found it to be a rather enjoyable build. I’ll do a separate review then. What I didn’t realize before is, that I was missing some parts. I assumed, that most parts that came with 8458 would have been used in the main model and only the usual spare parts would be left. But as I built the Sportscar I realized, that I was obviously missing some gears. That is no real problem, because I just used gears from my collection. I checked all the instructions and found, that the gears I was missing would be used in the B-model (racetruck). So much for that.

On the other hand, I somewhat assume that the seller cheated on me a little. Having had all the single parts before me and building the car, I realized I had 2 bent liftarms in dark bluish gray and the same two liftarms in black. The instructions needed 4 of those in black. I checked the partslist and the model should have had them. Strange. I then inspected the pins and found them to be different. The 2L black pins are not consistently the same. Older pins have a shinier look to them, whereas newer ones are somewhat dull. I guess this wasn’t a display model after all as it was described, but part of a collection as it will now be again. No real problem, but I somehow feel cheated.

Also, I cannot really complain. The model itself was complete except for a 8L gear-rack and simply the extra parts were missing, for which I can’t blame the seller. After all, it was used. And if you consider the age of the set, I am really lucky. The stickers are all still there and in excellent shape. Go buy the Williams F1 racer with good stickers and you’ll see.

The big question is, does anybody else have 8458 with some liftarms being the wrong color? I would guess not, but I’d like to know.

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