Fri - yay! Time for some action courtesy of Maranello and Atsugi (or a location in China to be very accurate).
It used to be the prime 1/64 option for Ferraris, but with the TLVN arriving with guns blazing, the Kyoshos have been slightly sidelined. They seem dirt cheap next to the uber expensive TLVNs too, but do not lose much to the more expensive alternative.
Case in point - the 512TR. Unfortunately my means do not permit forking out the list price for a TLVN 512 for a comparison, but prior to the arrival of the TLVN, this used to be the go - to option if you wanted a prime 1:64 example, and for reasons.
This particular example is from a more recent wave of Ferraris from Kyosho, where the person who initially bought had a chance of getting one from a select group of cars (you could never know the exact model; this lottery scheme is very popular in Japan when you have to access something of high value) and you have to assemble the package contents. If you are hunting for Kyosho Ferraris on eBay or other location, it is best to stick with these Circle K / Sunkus versions because they have better detail than the previous offerings (for example, the new Testarossa gets full taillamp treatment, while the older versions make do with the plastic grille). For those who are not too familiar, it gets a plastic base, rubber tires with authentic alloys, seat set and the interior tub which need to be screwed to the die cast body.
I would actually take this over the TLVN, not just because it is the one I can have anyway. May look like the typical sour grape story, but it is not without reason. The TLVN 512 is a masterstroke without doubt, packing a superbly detailed engine within that little dimensions, but I noticed that most examples don’t fit flush when the engine lid is closed. It is unfair to nitpick on such small details, but that is why I prefer these curbsides for the 1:64 scale, there is no need to worry for doors that don’t seal or mega panel gaps. Of course then there is the price gap; you can easily have multiple Kyosho examples for the price you pay for one TLVN 512. The catch is getting a red color one though, as they traditionally command mega premiums over other colors (hence the blue color of this example, but it is far from bad IMO).
Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend ahead!