The Australians call it a Holden Commodore, but you might know it better as a Chevrolet SS. This is a 1:18 scale Holden VF Commodore SSV Redline II in Slipstream Blue by Australian brand Biante Model Cars.
Ford and GM of Australia have been going at it since forever. Ford Falcon vs Holden Commodore. Ford vs General Motors. Everybody picks a side. Being somewhat isolated from the rest of the world allowed them the luxury of building and engineering the best cars that Australia wants with the best talent that Australia has to offer.
However, globalisation has made so that Australia isn’t quite as isolated as it once was and pouring money into engineering and manufacturing for one market didn’t quite make sense to the bean counters and stock holders. Ford of Australia stopped manufacturing in 2016 and Holden stopped the year after.
This Holden Commodore was Australia’s last hurrah before GM started importing badge engineered Opel Insignias.
Onto the review.
This is my first model by Biante and one of my first higher end models and I’m quite impressed. The quality isn’t quite as high as a Minichamps, but it’s almost there. However, their price is... quite a bit more.
The paint is spot on with the actual car, it’s got the right amount of specks in the paint and the finish is smooth. However, to my eye something seems off. Side to side with an Audi TT by Minichamps it just seems less like a realistic diecast and more like Maisto diecast. Aside from that the negative stops there.
The shell of the diecast is beautifully done. The edge and creases of the real car have been translated faithfully into this model. The panel gaps are tight and consistent. The chrome pieces are nicely done with no blemishes and the plastics used for the windows are of high quality allowing for little to no distortions looking in. The headlights ad taillights are beautifully detailed and shelled in clear plastic.
Likewise, the interior is accurately done. The floors are carpeted and details are plenty.
Even the headliners are nicely done!
The trunk/boot is carpeted and I love how they painted the rim of it so it looks like there are rubber seals.
The same attention was also given to the door seals.
The engine compartment is nicely done, with a single strut propping it up, as with the real one. Although I wished they had a better way of hingeing it.
Nice Bridgestone Potenza branding in the tires/tyres, not like with my last review, which had acres of sidewall.
Not even the bottom was spared, detailed was poured into every facet of this model. I love it.
Well, I hoped you enjoy reading this as much as I liked writing it... and staring at my model while writing it. I think it’s a beautiful model that’s definitely worth getting if you’re into Australian cars. On Biante’s website they have a lot more Fords and Holdens that I wish I could get my hands on. I think they do beautiful models and I hope to get some more someday.
Just for fun, if you look through all my pictures again the Holden logo on the hub of the wheels will always be facing the correct way up... except for one.