The Minichamps 1/18 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Also known as, the Gullwing.
Pardon the cliche, but this car really needs no explanation. Always loved the design of this car, a modern take on the classic 300SL. The essence of the original icon remains the same: extended front end, shortened back, and those signature doors. Oh, those doors. They make for rather majestic photos, as seen above. Seriously. I don’t think there’s a more powerful, yet beautiful, shot you could ever take for any car than a Gullwing in full flight.
This model came as part of that eBay deal I posted a few weeks ago. Fifty bucks plus another ten for shipping? Hell yes. I even picked up the roadster for the same price just for the heck of it; that one will have to wait for another day.
Unless I’m missing something other than the Norev, the Minichamps is probably the best option as far as SLS AMG’s in 1/18 scale go, as none of the other big boys in the game produce this car. This particular model is in the ideal configuration, IMO. Silver paint, split five-spoke wheels (as opposed to the 9-spokes on the roadster).
It’s been noted by fellow AMG fanatic, dtg11, that the rear badges fall off very easily on the model. I can confirm this, so I would advise you not to even touch that area of the car. One of the “S” badges came right off and is currently held in place via static friction. I’m not even sure I would be able to glue it back without messing everything up as these badges are tiny.
Otherwise, no major flaws to be found here. Minichamps did a great job with the lights, brakes, and wheels on this model, all of which are rather impressive when compared to the other Minichamps cars in my collection. Solid vents aside, exterior detail is pretty good. Interior detail is what I would call decent, and engine details are nonexistent - not so much a fault of the model as much as it is modern engine bay design and excessive use of plastic covers.
For $60, this is a model that should be in every Mercedes/AMG fan’s collection. It looks fantastic as a display piece, as Minichamps generally checks all the boxes with regards to overall accuracy. And go ahead. Spread those wings!