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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Burch View Post
    The gaps don't bother me at all.
    +1. I've been reading this thread trying to figure out what it's about but been too shy to ask...
    Last edited by Trnsl8r; 04-15-2012 at 09:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsm363 View Post
    Yeah!. Can't be unseen now. Is pretty cool to hide the arrow there though. Funny how many years you can look at something like that and not even notice it.
    Was it intentional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trnsl8r View Post
    I've been reading this thread trying to figure out what it's about
    It's about the door panel lines:
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    Various shots where they have the frunk or trunk cracked started me looking and now I can't unsee it
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    If it still bothers me in person, I'll go Red I guess, though from the videos I've seen it's not really noticeable, so it's probably just staring at blown up photos

    ElS: I went to the FedEx site this morning and was able to unsee the arrow though

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    The FedEx arrow is intentional.

    From the Fedex Wikipedia site: The FedEx wordmark is notable for containing a hidden right-pointing arrow in the negative space between the "E" and the "X", which was achieved by designing a proprietary font, based on Univers and Futura, to emphasize the arrow shape.
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    Photos usually up the contrast somewhat, making lines look more obvious. Some cameras even do slight edge enhancements (high pass filter) to make the photos have more "snap". So I would look at the car in person before making a decision.

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    And another company containing hidden info in plain sight:

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    In this case the number 31 as in the flavors of ice cream they offer.

    Now back on topic, I think the light colors will not show scratches, dirt and wax swirl marks as much as the darker colors so for me that offsets any exaggeration of the gap lines that are visible on the white or silver as compared to the darker colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnOutsider View Post
    It's about the door panel lines:
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    OK maybe I'm dense, but... don't those exist on all light colored sedans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trnsl8r View Post
    OK maybe I'm dense, but... don't those exist on all light colored sedans?
    Refer to the first post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trnsl8r View Post
    OK maybe I'm dense, but... don't those exist on all light colored sedans?
    Yes, but they make each extra micrometer of gap that much more visible, and they put in sharp relief any variation in panel gaps (i.e., different between panels, or different at the top of a gap vs. the bottom). If you have confidence in Tesla's QC, there's nothing worse on the Model S than any other light-colored car. But completely accurate panel gaps are really hard to master.

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    Isn't that space for the plastic door protection strips (the ones that protect the car next to you--not your car)?
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    Panel lines to not bother me - in fact I think they highlight the design by breaking up the large expanse. That chrome strip at the bottom however.... THAT makes me crazy as it makes the doors look like they are longer than the fenders.
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