Maxichamps 1/43 Mercedes-Benz 230TE (S123)

Merriam-Webster defines the term chain reaction as “a series of events so related to each other that each one initiates the next.”

Want to see that in action? Buy a single classic high-end diecast Mercedes. I guarantee you that you won’t be able to stop. After I bought those W140s and the recent W126, I only found it logical to step it up with another 1/18 and 1/43. While I won’t be revealing the 1/18 until this week, I would like to share the 1/43 today.

I was studying for a senior level financial investments midterm earlier this week when I decided to open Instagram during a coffee break to find that Model Citizen Diecast had literally just posted about the arrival of four new Maxichamps models at a reasonable price. I liked the 911SCs and the 914, but oh boy, there was a Mercedes S123 in the mix. About two minutes later, I became the proud owner of one of the cars Patrick had listed minutes prior.

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Meet my Maxichamps 1/43 1981 Mercedes-Benz 230TE (S123) in Cypress Green Metallic over black. I received it yesterday, just two days after I bought it.

If you were wondering about Maxichamps, they’re actually budget version of Minichamps using the same castings, but slightly less detailed. They’re still as detailed as some Minichamps, so don’t go around thinking they’re inferior in any way. I’m just as happy with this as I am with any other Minichamps product.

As for the car, it’s just as stunning as any true Minichamps product. The Cypress Green Metallic paint looks delicious in direct sunlight, which is the only place you can truly make it shine as intended.

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Sacco’s W123 design may be almost 45 years old, but it still looks handsome and dignified to this day. Just as with a Minichamps Mercedes of similar vintage, this model has a very thin, but sturdy metal hood ornament. Don’t even touch it just in case.

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I was disappointed to find a lack of 230TE badging in the back, but the base and box say it, which is fine for me. Interestingly enough, the bottom of the car has two different models listed for it depending on what the box says.

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This is my first 1/43 wagon. What a way to start that segment of my collection. I don’t think anything outside a Panamera GTS Sport Turismo can match this in terms of how amazing it is to look at.

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This might’ve been a simple impulse buy, but boy am I happy with it. The bottle cap wheels and intricate detailing up front are much nicer than you’d expect from any 1/43.

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In case you wanted to see just how metallic the Cypress Green paint is in the sunlight, this should be a clear indication.

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Just like with the Matchbox W123 Wagon, this Maxichamps model has shot past my expectations for what a budget model can provide. If this is how Minichamps is going to make their Maxichamps models, I can easily find room for them in my collection.

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Would I recommend it? Absolutely. If you like older Mercedes, but don’t have enough room or money for Norev 1/18s, this is an excellent alternative that’ll leave you just as satisfied.

Want this exact one? Visit modelcitizendiecast.com and get one there. I’m not paid by Patrick to write this, but my repeat experiences with his top notch customer service are good enough that I want to write this into my review out of satisfaction.

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