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2007 BMW 335i
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release date: 2007 - Currently in production
Catalog number: 06163
Date Purchased: June 2008
Date Completed January 2009
Number in collection: 13

While the BMW 335i is not exactly a something that I'd go out of my way to own, the replica featured here, looked good enough in the box that I felt it would make a nice addition to my collection. I also suspected that this would not be one of the more popular models sold by Maisto, so I'd better buy this one while I had the chance. I made the right call, as while it is still listed the company's catalog, I've yet to see another one for sale in any stores I have visited since.

This scale model is made by Maisto, as part of their Power Racer series. Like all other cars in this series, it features a spring-loaded, 'pull-back' type of motor at the rear wheels. It does have nice exterior details and opening doors. The interior isn't bad, but the room needed for the motor intrudes into the back seat area. The back cushion is OK, but the bottom cushion is shallower than it should be. The wheels are in the style of the actual car. The chassis make it clear that these are intended as toys, as it has minimal detailing.

I was unable to find a picture of this car in the original packaging that mine had. The closest I found was labeled Power Kruzerz. I have never seen anything from Maisto using this name. My only guess is that this is a car sold in markets outside the US.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'after' pictures were taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.

Disassembly was started by removing two screws that hold the chassis to the body. The remainder of this process, as well as the resulting parts breakdown, is as follows:
  • The bottom half of the interior, with the rear seat and console moulded to it as a single piece. The front seats are a separate piece that fits from the bottom through holes in the floor. Both pieces are black plastic.
  • The front axle, with wheels and tires pressed onto the axle. This falls loose once the bottom interior is removed. I didn't see any way to remove the wheels from the axles without damaging them, so I stopped there.
  • The rear tires, wheels, axle and pull-back motor assembly. This snaps free from the chassis plate by carefully flexing the chassis until the motor pops loose. Once again, I didn't see any way to remove the wheels from the axles without damaging them or the motor assembly, so this is as far as I went.
  • A one piece black plastic chassis That has minimal and unrealistic detail cast to the bottom.
  • a steel spring that locates between three pins cast into the underside of the body. The purpose of this part is to allow the doors to spring back closed after being opened, and to hold them in place when closed.
  • The two doors, which are easily removed once the retaining spring is removed. These are painted the same yellow as the body, and have door panel detail lightly cast into the inside surface.
  • A black plastic dashboard and steering wheel. The steering wheel is glued the dash. This whole assembly is pressed onto a rivet cast into the underside of the body. It was removed by prying a tab on the part from the rivet.
  • The clear windshield, which snaps to the inside if the body. Another clear piece is for the rear window and side quarter windows. This one was carefully pried from the retaining rivet inside of the body.
  • The die-cast body, painted white, with tampo-printed and adhesive-backed markings. Two clear plastic headlight lenses and a two clear red plastic tail lights are attached by heat applied to moulded-in pins. I cut these bonds and removed the parts.

After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to add details.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear.
  • Chassis: Painted entire piece Testors acrylic flat black. Highlight the few moulded in details with Tamiya semi-gloss black and flat steel. I left the pull-back motor attached to the chassis, as there was no need to remove and detail this part.
  • Interior: Painted front and rear seats Testors flat red. Floor, dash, and steering wheel are Testors acrylic flat black. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Highlighted the inside edge of the rear window with flat black, to simulate where it mounts to the body on the actual car. The windshield already had this printed on, so it wasn't needed.
  • Body: Painted entire underside of body Testors acrylic flat black. Drew in body panel seams with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Side window trim, door mounted mirrors, fog lights, and front grille trim were added using Bare-Metal foil. This foil was also applied to the inside of the head and tail light lenses for a reflective effect. Additional detail was added to these lenses with Tamiya clear orange and Testors flat white. Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Disassembled parts, before reassembly To the left is the car prior to reassembly.

The car was reassembled by reversing the procedure used to disassemble it. No glue was needed.

Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)

The proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 4526 / 178.2 109 / 4.28 4578 / 179.8 1:42
Wheelbase 2761 / 108.7 65 / 2.57 2730 / 107.8 1:42
Width 1816 / 71.5 43 / 1.70 1806 / 71.6 1:42
Height 1420 / 55.9 34 / 1.34 1428 / 56.2 1:42

According to my calculations, this car is probably as close as you can get to the 1:42 scale moulded onto the chassis plate.

This is the first time I've really looked at this car in any detail since I bought it in 2008. I'm generally happy with the way it turned out. The only change I made was replacing the foil behind the head and tail light lenses, as I was not totally pleased with my original attempt.

As I mentioned earlier in this article, I'm glad that I bought when I did, as I haven't seen a new one for sale since I bought it. It must be popular somewhere, because Maisto still shows it in their current catalog. I also had a difficult time finding any additional information and pictures of it through on-line searches. Maybe that helps this one be just that much more unique.

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