Looks like I’m officially a 1/18 collector now. What did I get this time?
Just another R33, duh. This time, it’s bone stock, and in the best color ever.
Introducing, the AutoArt 1/18 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33) V-Spec, in Midnight Purple.
In many of the following photos, it will look like this car is black. There’s just a slight tinge of purple in it, that’s hard to see even in person. Honestly, I could use a little more purple. However, I can’t be certain of its accuracy as I’ve never seen this color on a real R33 before.
Nonetheless, I got the color I wanted. I couldn’t quite pull the trigger on the blue, silver, or white models from AutoArt because I always knew deep down that I wanted that Midnight Purple. I believe this colorway is discontinued, as I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere, not even on eBay. Luckily, I stumbled upon an online dealer that sells largely model planes but also has quite a few AutoArt pieces are very competitive prices: ezToys. If you’re looking for something by AA, you might want to take a look first, as they have a number of models on sale, this one included.
This one came with a few complications, which you can read in more detail on my blog. Bottom line is the mirrors broke off, an issue which ezToys claims is AutoArt’s fault. I was able to fix it with some Krazy glue and was compensated with some of my money back. No biggie though, as it looks just fine now.
The model is the usual AutoArt. After a couple “boring” resin models, it’s finally nice to get some steering so I can pose the car for photos. Opening parts are a bonus. This is a 90's Japanese car, so there are no fancy features or details that would stand out on a model like this. No carbon-fiber work, no flashy interior trim. Just a good, clean design, which is why I love the R33 so much.
Being in stock form and not one of those maniacal NISMO versions, this one looks very tame when you put it alongside the other two R33's I have. As the R33 fanatic that I am, this is one variant I can now cross off my checklist. Next in line: the Otto R33 LM, perhaps?