“Needs more Rallylights!” I often hear or even say this my self. This one however, has plenty. And the car is derived from one I’ve shown before, the R8 Gordini. But this one is prepared for Groupe F. And it’s a bit bigger than my usual stuff.
There’s not much online to be found on this particular Groupe F category. I suppose it was a local French rally class, although the FIA approved it. I do know it allowed for numerous modifications to be made to cars to improve their handling and performances on the track.
I also know the Groupe F-cars were limited to two-wheel drive and that there were several displacement classes: up to 2000 cm³ (F18), 1600 cm³ (F17), 1300 cm³ (F16) and 1150 cm³ (F15). And all over 2000 cm³ (F19). This R8 Gordini with it’s 1254 cm³ would fit in that F16 - 1300 cm³ class of course.
Luckily, despite all these modifications, it still looks like a Bread Box. Sure, the fenders were pretty widened to house those massive tires but en profile it still looks like some stacked bricks. With acne if you look at that nose.
No huge wings, just small spoilers. Although that rear probably didn’t need more downforce due to all that weight of the engine in the back...
The model is an Otto-mobile in 1/18. Definitively bigger than my usual stuff and I have this rule about anything bigger than 1/43 has to be about a 1:1 I (used to) have but when Otto was announcing this one for their May 2016 releases I had to get it. And seems like I’ve opened Pandora’s box as I’ve bought a few since...
What keeps me surprised is the weight of these Otto’s: they’re resin but sure don’t feel any lighter than a metal diecast. Paint and decals appear to be awesome. The passenger side wiper seems to be somewhat too much distanced from the windscreen, maybe even too high positioned. But those deep-dish Gotti 3-piece/lugs wheels simply look epic.
But this is probably my favorite Otto thus far. In possession that is because they did the Alpine GT Le Mans in the past. In Alpine bleu. However, it will definitely not be my last Otto as there’s one from the September 2016 release coming over as we speak. Definitely not a Bread Box profile though that one.
C’est ca! And to end this post: I’m thinking about re-using/stealing an idea from monsieur Treize. I would love to do a Bread Box Week after his Shark Week but I’m afraid I can’t do this all on my own. Well, maybe I can but I doubt I can do more than 2 posts next week. And I’ll have to search for those boxes. Anyway... Bon Week-End!