The most difficult question was to be solved at the beginning. In what color would I order the Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet (2005) from DNA Collectibles. Lime Yellow, Black or Chili Red? It ended up being Lime Yellow, because a splash of color on the desk never hurts. The decision, she was right. Because even in 1:18 Lime-Yellow looks as if the sun is rising over Lake Vänern.
Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible (2005)
The Saab Cabriolet is the first open Saab to which the model makers of DNA Collectibles approached. The question of how the Swiss would solve the problem with the convertible top was exciting. Because it was supposed to be removable and I had a very specific idea that didn't come true in the end. Unfortunately, but this is a disappointment at the highest level of model building. More on that later.
When unpacking, the first thing you get hold of is the cover, which DNA comes with separately packaged and protected. Depending on your mood, you can attach the hood to the model car or not. When variants make a good figure.
The Cabriolet itself presents itself in top form. A highlight is certainly the design of the interior, which is of course completely open. The dashboard with its countless small buttons is perfectly hit.
It's almost prettier than the original. All other details in the interior fit, too. The straps, which are typical of DNA collectibles and are made of fabric, are particularly attractive. They make the seats look particularly authentic, and the headrests in the rear, which can be automatically extended in the event of a rollover, have also been taken into account.
It goes on in this way. From the inside out, the eye likes what it discovers. Small details such as the Saab-typical door handles are perfectly reproduced, as are the aero rims, headlights and grille. The long wait, the convertible was presented in the summer of 2021, was definitely worth it. Even the workmanship is right, which is not a matter of course.
Is everything perfect? In principle yes, the Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet from the Swiss model construction specialists is once again a hot candidate for the home showcase. In general, the relationship between price and performance is right and maybe delivers DNA even a little more love for the small details than one could expect from the first prototype pictures.
Of course, the Swiss also read here. That's why I come back to the convertible top and my little disappointment. The soft top is well made, but if I had one wish, I wouldn't want it to be made out of plain plastic, but with a fabric look. Then it would be model building at a very high level - both the Saab brand and DNA Collectibles appropriate. Maybe the idea can be implemented in an affordable way? For one of the upcoming 1:18 scale Saab models?