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Bburago 1/18 Ferrari FXX K #15

Have you ever wondered just how far $15 can go in the world of diecast?

As a college student on a relatively limited budget, I ask myself that question a lot. Thankfully, Maisto answers this question from September to December of every year. This year, I was able to buy seven models from my local Costco the day they put the model display on the warehouse floor.

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I love them equally, but one is more equal than the others.

Enter this lovely Bburago (branded as Maisto) 1/18 Ferrari FXX K in Giallo Modena with contrasting Blu Pozzi and blue tinted carbon fiber. As much as I wanted the Rosso Corsa one, this one looks even nicer in person. In case you weren’t aware, the real Giallo Modena #15 FXX K is owned by the wife of a Google executive who actually tracks it. It has since been upgraded to FXX K Evo status with the full length rear wing, but anyway, onto the actual model.

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As much as I’d like to think Minichamps, Norev, and Kyosho have spoiled me, this humble little FXX K is here to remind me that Bburago and Maisto can occasionally make a car well beyond what the name on the base suggests.

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At first glance, you can see why I decided to take it home despite the fact I originally wanted a Rosso Corsa one. It oozes presence like nothing else I saw in the display cases. Although we can sit here and admire Ferrari’s track-only masterpiece, we have to hand it to Bburago for painstakingly recreating it to look like you took the car from said Google executive’s garage and shrunk it to 1/18 scale. Pictures can never do it justice. This is one of those models you have to see to truly appreciate.

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The quality is much better than expected too. It feels heavy and well built, unlike some other recent castings of theirs. The doors open smoothly and close with a 1/18 scale version of a Ferrari door thud. The Giallo Modena paint looks consistent and of good quality throughout the car, which is nice. The rear wings are plastic, but they managed to paint them to look like they’re metal. There’s no paint difference in person, despite the slight difference in the picture.

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When we look at the rear, we find the amazing amount of detail that went into all of the aero bits to make this recreation as faithful to the original as possible. The dual spoilers feel solid and are used to lift the engine cover. The exhaust tips are even finished in chrome to make them stand out.

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The car even has a visible carbon fiber pattern along with rear canards. But the best part? The LED taillights are intricately detailed to look like the ones on the real car.

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I initially felt sad that I didn’t find a LaFerrari, but this is certainly just as good as one of those.

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Another detail I absolutely love? Like the real FXX K, the engine cover stays open with prop rods. These move together and have their own little slot to keep the cover up.

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Both the 6.5 V12 and electric wires for the hybrid system are nicely detailed. What’s more, the carbon fiber looks absolutely exquisite in general.

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Nothing looks disproportionate throughout the entire car. It seriously looks perfect.

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In case you confused it with the Lincoln FXX K.

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The fuel cover even has the label from the real one printed on the cover. It stays in place when you lift the engine cover.

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One of the neatest displays of attention to detail is the carbon fiber. Not only do the weave and pattern in the plastic look realistic, but it’s also tinted blue like the real one.

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Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a frunk; it has two fans presumably to cool the hybrid system while out on the track.

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I’m sure ingress and egress on the real one are a pain in the ass, but thankfully, all you can do here is open the door and enjoy the view.

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Unfortunately, like the real one, there’s not that much to see on the inside. The LaFerrari’s high quality materials were replaced with utilitarian track focused ones when they made the car into the FXX K. It’s nicely detailed for what it is, but there’s nothing to write home about. At least the carbon fiber looks nice, as well as the paddle shifters and seat harnesses if I may add.

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The center lock 10-spoke wheels are nice enough that I may just consider buying another one just to retrofit its wheels onto a LaFerrari just like some real owners have done through Ferrari themselves.

Oh, and did I mention it has working suspension?

As critical as some people are over Maisto and Bburago, they seem to be missing a point. These aren’t meant to compete with high-end resin and diecast models. These are simply for those of us who run on a limited budget and want to enjoy the best possible car without breaking the bank. Not everyone has hundreds, if not thousands, to spend every year on models. Some of us are perfectly happy with these.

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I appreciate having the opportunity to have this $15 FXX K in my collection. It exceeded my expectations for what’s possible at this price.

Would I recommend this car? Definitely. Do yourself a favor and buy it. Even if you only like production cars like I do, you’ll find yourself mesmerized with it. It certainly earned its place on my 1/18 shelf. If you haven’t already checked, go to your local Costco and pick one up.

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Get a hot dog and churro while you’re at it.

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