I’ve got a few of these to review, so let’s get started on this one. This is the Ferrari F430 from the 1/24 Bburago Ferrari Race & Play series.
This casting existed prior to Maisto/Bburago acquiring the exclusive Ferrari license and it was done by Maisto as a 1/24 Assembly Line kit. I never got any of the assembly kits, so this is my first foray into Maisto’s (or Bburago’s now) F430. Since I don’t have the previous version, I can’t really tell you whether or not this current version has been updated. From the product that I have in hand, I have to say that it definitely looks a bit dated and not up to par with some of the more current releases such as the F12 Berlinetta and LaFerrari.
I got the F430 because it’s a car I like very much. If I were to rank the modern V8 Ferrari’s, it would go something like 355 > 360 > 430 > 458. It doesn’t make any sense mathematically but there’s a noticeable trend, and it’s that I find the newer ones to be less desirable. That being said, the F430 is still a very pretty design and I was very eager to get this one for my collection.
One thing that really jumps out at you at first glance is the ride height, especially in the front. Here, you get the signature Maisto “stance” with all that negative camber and what not. I’d much rather have a model with no suspension at all. For all you customizers out there, I’m sure this is an easy fix.
The air inlets at the front of the car are all painted in a gloss black. It should’ve been rather easy and cost-efficient to have the black inlets just be a part of the base of the car, but for some reason Bburago decided to do paint.
Here we have the interior of the F430. Everything looks to be fairly good except the tan interior looks rather plasticky and cheap. Well technically, it is plastic, but something doesn’t look right. Also, the door hinges are rather unsightly and large. It doesn’t work quite the same as the other Maisto/Bburago 1/24’s I have. The doors on this one stay either opened or closed, no in-betweens.
Engine details are sufficient. It’s too bad the rear windshield doesn’t open up to reveal the engine. Instead, we get an opening trunk in the front.
I like the little F430 logo detail on the side mirror.
Wheels look great. There are no brake discs, however. Also, the tan plastic from the interior shows through the wheel wells in the front and the back. There’s no black plastic from the base to cover it up. Clearly a sign of an outdated casting.
Front and rear shots of the car. The license plate is not centered properly. The rear air outlet is just some more paint. The exhaust could be better but I’ll give it a pass at this scale and price point.
So for $14.99, it’s (I assume) a rehash of a model that Maisto’s done for years. Again, I assume that Bburago hasn’t made any improvements or changes as there are still some glaring flaws that need some attention. Comparing this and the F12 from my previous review, it’s clear that Bburago has stepped up its game with its new releases. Nonetheless, I still like this F430 very much and I would gladly display it any day of the week. Bottom line: if you like the F430, get this one.