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Land of the Rising Sunday: 1/18 NISMO GT-R (R35) by GTspirit

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As promised!

I rarely ever buy 1/18's, but when it’s a GT-R, I have to make amends. Done up by GTspirit, a company which I’m not familiar with at all, this is a resin model. Thus, no steering (doh!) or opening parts. The wheels don’t even rotate unless you apply a good amount of force. But as eye candy, it fits the role quite well. This marks my third high-end piece, after a pair of wild R33's, and it certainly does not disappoint. You really never go back to budget models after getting something of this level.

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Illustration for article titled Land of the Rising Sunday: 1/18 NISMO GT-R (R35) by GTspirit

Limited to 1500 pieces as stated on the base, I have number 978. Not that production numbers matter to me, but the moment I found out this model was on the market, I had to get it quickly. I don’t think I’ve ever purchased an expensive diecast model (of any scale) on a whim like this before - normally it takes me a few days to decide. But in the past few months, I’ve been quietly searching for a nice R35 GT-R replica, any form or trim, in 1/18. AutoArt and Kyosho no longer make theirs; resale prices are through the roof, easily into the $200-300 range. I lost out on a couple of auctions for each. Just a few days ago, I found this and all problems were solved. Though I still would very much love to acquire AutoArt’s R35 SpecV in Ultimate Opal Black one day, this will keep my happy for a very long time.

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Illustration for article titled Land of the Rising Sunday: 1/18 NISMO GT-R (R35) by GTspirit

How does it compare with my AutoArt and my Otto? I’d say somewhere in between. I definitely prefer diecast simply for the steering, which is actually very useful for photography. I would say the detail on this resin model is better than Otto’s. It has photo-etch badges which the Otto R33 does not have. The carbon-fiber work is impressive; the brakes are glorious. The plastic window inserts are still paper thin. While none of my 1/18's are devoid of quality issues, it’s not something that bothers me too much.

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Illustration for article titled Land of the Rising Sunday: 1/18 NISMO GT-R (R35) by GTspirit

One thing that I really love about 1/18's, however, is that they’re sooo damn fun to photograph. Just something about them makes the photos look completely different than with 1/64's, even with my poor lighting which I really need to fix ASAP. All that detail and realism really comes out. After that, it kind of just sits there on the shelf collecting dust and I question why I ever bought it in the first place.

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Illustration for article titled Land of the Rising Sunday: 1/18 NISMO GT-R (R35) by GTspirit

However, this one likely won’t just be sitting on the shelf for eternity. I’m in the process of building and designing this exact car in LEGO form, fully R/C and all. It’s a project that I started early on in the year and has been on-and-off at times. I’ve been using my little TLV NISMO GT-R to judge proportions when working on my project - I no longer need to do that as this is a much better “guide”. Just another excuse for me to spend big money on toy cars!

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Illustration for article titled Land of the Rising Sunday: 1/18 NISMO GT-R (R35) by GTspirit

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