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Posted By: carl parrish
Posted On: Monday November 26, 2018 at 5:26 AM
My love/hate relationship with Neo
Just a follow up to my first post yesterday, thought I would share with you my thoughts on Neo, as it was the brand which got me into resin collecting in the first place. It seems well documented on these pages that the earlier Neo range is far superior to the later ones, with which I completely agree. I base my buying decisions on looking at photos on the net, and am rarely disappointed. Despite resin's propensity for things to fall off and disappear into the carpet, I still prefer the delicacy, and finish of them. I reckon examples such as the 60 Dodge Polara, 57 Imperial, 60 Buick & 52 Chevrolet Styleline are magnificent, just to mention a few.

Apart from my love for American cars in general, I think maybe one reason I like collecting these type of model is that I am unaware of the imperfections in the model, whereas if it were a British or European brand I would immediately think 'that doesn't look right'. There are exceptions though, reading about the criticism of the Neo 57 Cadillac Brougham made me sell it pretty quickly, it looks pretty poor even to my eyes. And just looking at pictures of Neo's 56 Chevvy Belair, well, I just wouldn't go near it. One of my biggest annoyances with Neo and most resin brands is that the tyres look far too wide on a lot of them; I'll change them if possible.

Occasionally I like to improve a model, which can be difficult as they are so fragile. As only a few of them have chassis detail I decided to add some to one of my favourites, the 59 Dodge as it looked a little odd with the flat underside. And I know the recent 60 Impala has many issues but it's one of my favourite cars so couldn't resist it. I though the addition of aerials and some different wheels (OK, from a Plymouth I know!) improved it as the original wheels looked awful.

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My love/hate relationship with Neo by carl parrish #24917
NEO definitely has a quality issue. I collected several a few years back, but stopped because... by John Merritt #24917.1
I'm still buying them occasionally. I agree about the quality issues. I had issues with about 50% by Mark Sweeney #24917.2
I agree with you, guys, and it now occurs to me I was wrong by Alex Taylor #24917.2.1
I presently have over 6,000 models in my collection covering all scales. by Bob Jackman #24917.2.1.1
Looks like "Buyer Beware" still is a wise recommendation. This Forum remains a valuable by Randall Olson #24917.
+1 Agree completely. Neo pales compared to Goldvarg. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #24917.
Excellent points, Bob. (EOM) by Mike DeTorrice #24917.
+1 (EOM) by Skip Johnson #24917.
Despite issues, I still prefer resin mfrs vs Brooklin. Their models look toy-like to me. (EOM) by Randy Portwood #24917.3
Randy, I assume you refer to early Brooklin models, since the ones by Alex Taylor #24917.3.1
I agree, Alex. There's nothing "toylike" about such recent Brooklins as by Rick Thompson #24917.3.1.1
+1 Agree. Their main differences are resin vs. metal and PRICE. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #24917.
Depends on the model. Safari looks nice, but I disagree with regards to... by Randy Portwood #24917.3.1.2
I guess it also depends on one's definition of "toylike," Randy. I agree by Rick Thompson #24917.
I love to hate Neo also. They started good but have now lost it. (EOM) by David Crowe #24917.4

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