Welcome again to Forty 3rd which tackles models within the 1/43 scale and smaller.
Months ago I posted a series about the birth of the Skyline where one of the models is a 1/43 4 door Hakosuka GT-R.
You may also have seen this as my entry in the 2018 Car Week as well.
On that blog I indicated that although a lot of collectors liked resin for being able to show better detail, I would still prefer die cast as it is more sturdy. Now a new Skyline model in die cast has joined the family.
This 1/43 model is by Kyosho and comes in an acrylic display case inside a sturdy cardboard box. I like this packaging style as it gives extra protection to the acrylic case. When I opened the box I was surprise that there was bubble wrap around the acrylic case as well. I am not sure if it came like that from the factory or the seller was kind enough to include it. It indicated on the box as Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R 4 doors (1969) which was before the coupe was born. Not only is the model die cast but it comes with opening hood. The price was way less compared to the blue Ignition Model. Those are definite pluses.
Now let there be comparison.
While both are indicated as GT-R, the blue model has headlight covers, external oil cooler and no bumpers while the red is more stock.
The blue is lowered and has 14" deep rim steel tin wheel, rear spoiler, oil cooler, front lip spoiler, special racing fenders and roll bars while the red is standard height, standard wheel rim and is made for every day driving. The blue resin is lighter in weight compared to the red die cast. Being nit picky aside, my complain on the red is the chrome door handles seems a little less refine/detail compared to the blue. Also the feature that allows the hood to be opened can be a disadvantage in photography as the gap is more visible. The red allows me to handle it more as long as I am careful on the more delicate parts.
I love the 2 as they both compliment each other. In conclusion, to me there’s not much difference in the detail between the resin and die cast model. What do you think?