So what is this “very bad” car, you may be wondering. It is a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-30, made by Ertl in 1/18. It’s not overall terrible. In fact it is good overall, but with such large problems that they can’t be overlooked. Ertl has been in the business long enough to know a lot better than to sell this as is.
Also, as a note to shop-teacher, I do not blame him at all for anything wrong with this car. I should have researched it more before getting my expectations up. (I got this car in a recent HWEP with him).
It is very rare that car scores this low in accuracy, but I feel that this car deserves it. The wheels are spot on, the engine is perfect, and the size and shape is spot-on. Wait, what? What’s wrong with it? The rear taillights are paint, not lenses, and there is no chrome around the windows and wheel wells. The underside, excluding the engine bay, has no color. But that’s not my biggest problem with it. The interior is. It is almost entirely black plastic. My car:
The real car:
No radio detail, no vent chrome, no fake wood. The doors are just one big plastic piece as well. No chrome anywhere except on the center console and shifter. Truly a let down.
Fit and Finish: 4/10
I’m used to Maisto, which aren’t the best but are generally sturdy. This Ertl is bad compared to them. The paint has more orange peel than an orange, the red outline striping put on similarly to HW tampos, which is completely unacceptable for 1/18. The hood doesn’t open well, the doors don’t align with the body, and the panel gap is awful. At least nothing has fallen off, right? Well, a mirror is missing, but other than that, nothing.
Its got an opening hood and doors, but I wish it didn’t even have those. No opening trunk or suspension.
These are selling for around $35 on the ‘Bay, which I feel is around $15 to $20 too much. However, I got mine in a trade, so no money lost.
6 total on eBay, 4 sold and 2 current. I’d say that’s pretty rare.
Total: 27/50 or 19/40 without rarity
Should you get one? No. Well, only if it is around 10 or 15 shipped, but even then only if you really like the car. Or if you want mine.