Another V8 Ferrari. This time, the 458 Italia from the Bburago 1/24 Ferrari Race & Play series.
I’m generally indifferent to the current crop of Ferrari’s, starting from the 458 Italia and onward. I dislike the design of the front end, largely the shape of the headlights and the big mouthed grille. However, after seeing this model on the shelves, I knew I had to pick it up. Why? Because Bburago has done such a great job on this one.
The Bburago 458 Italia has none of the issues that plague the F430 (as well as a certain Ferrari I have saved for tomorrow) that I reviewed yesterday, namely the ride height. This one stays true to the real thing. It makes a huge difference in the aesthetic appeal of a model, and I think Bburago has finally realized that by improving on its newer releases.
I have a certain soft spot for Ferrari’s, and even though I may not really like the 458, I can appreciate a replica that’s well done. In my opinion, this model looks really great from the side.
The shade of red on this one is slightly darker than that of the F12 and F430. I’d even say it’s a little more dull. From what I’ve seen, the 458 also comes in yellow, which I did not find in any of the three Walgreens I’ve visited thus far. But I want my Ferrari’s in red anyways...
On this model, Bburago decided to ditch the black paint in favor of black plastic inserts for the front and rear. I think it’s a wise decision.
This one also has brake discs and contrasting yellow calipers! It’s strange how some of them (F12 and California T) don’t have this feature yet others (this and the LaFerrari) do.
After having a few of these Bburago Ferrari’s in hand, I have to say that their interiors are pretty darn nice. This one is no different. Frankly, for $15, I really didn’t expect them to print out all the buttons and knobs but they did. Or maybe it’s just my lack of familiarity with 1/24’s....
One thing I should note is that the doors do not open all the way. My guess is that Bburago wanted more compact hinges as to not ruin the look of the interior. Not a problem for me as I don’t display my cars with their doors open.
The engine compartment opens up for a better view of the beast lurking inside. Even though it’s just your typical Maisto/Bburago engine, the printing is spot-on.
In summary, I think this is a fantastic model. I really can’t think of any substantial flaws with this one. I plan to collect most, if not all, of the 1/24 Ferrari’s when it’s all said and done. So far, I’d have to rank this one among the top three in the lineup, with the other two contenders being the F12 and California T, in terms of overall accuracy and detail.