Here’s a little something to brighten your Monday, literally and figuratively. It’s another 1/18 R33, another NISMO R33, in fact. Why do I need two of them? Because it’s the best GT-R.
This one’s the NISMO 400R by Otto Mobile. The previous one I showed was a NISMO R-Tune by AutoArt. This one is resin; that one is actually diecast. Cost-wise, they’re separated by about $30, with the diecast being more expensive. At this level, the cost is a non-factor. The most important thing is that you like the model you buy, and I most certainly do.
Of course, you know the drill with resin models. No opening features, no steering, no suspension. I wish the wheels at least turned, for photography reasons, but it makes no difference when it’s just going to sit on the shelf. At least this one won’t be a dust/fingerprint/scratch magnet like the AutoArt.
One thing that surprised me was how heavy it is. Holding both in hand, the Otto is a lot heavier. When you flip the car around (not pictured), you can see just how thick the plastic is. I feel a lot safer moving this one around and handling it than I do the AutoArt.
I’m not one to complain about packaging, but I have to in this situation. The packaging absolutely sucks. It’s essentially two styrofoam shell halves taped together with shipping tape and then put into a cardstock box. The styrofoam is absolute crap of the lowest quality. It falls apart easily, leaving bits of foam all over your model, a lot of which gets trapped in the seams and creases (and especially between the wheel/tire fitment). Furthermore, some of it ends up on the interior. Good luck getting that out. Ugh.
Still though, it’s a fine piece that does its job admirably. One can never have too many Skylines. Would I consider getting another Otto? Definitely. Am I officially a 1/18 collector now? Probably not.
You can also see and read about this one on my blog.