I know Wangan is not about drifting, but I thought it looked cool...

First of all, happy Chinese New Year to my fellow diecasters. May your fortunes come true, whether that be in 1:18, 1:43, 1:64, 1:1, or more importantly, IRL. To celebrate, I have this for you...

It’s none other than AUTOart’s 1/18 “Blackbird” from the Wangan Midnight anime series. I’m sure you’ve heard all the chatter and hype surrounding this model. Besides, a lot of you here are Porschephiles, so how could you not know?

This came out literally last week, and I placed an order once I found out that retailers started receiving their models from AA. It’s priced the same as the Devil Z was, so think around $180 with shipping (I can point you to one for ~$170 shipped, just drop a comment below). Oh, and just like the Z, it’s worth every penny.

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And if you haven’t watched the movie rendition of Wangan Midnight, I would like to recommend it once again. Now, as far as this model is concerned, it’s not exactly the same as the one in the movie, so it may be based off the manga instead. I’m no expert in that regard but, as Kimba kindly reminded me yesterday, I should go and check those out ASAP.

Whether you like Wangan or not, this is a model that any gearhead should love. I would say I’m a fan of this type of styling and modification when it comes to Porsches. Low stance, fat fenders, big tail. I love the GT Spirit RWB cars that have come out recently too, but I’ve been able to hold off - a decision I will likely regret once I see those prices start to skyrocket. I try not to collect vintage cars like these so that my addiction doesn’t get out of hand (as if it isn’t already), but for now this will be my lone old-school 911.

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One thing you’ll notice is the lack of badges on this model, same as with the Devil. Licensing issues maybe? Either way, it’s a modified car, so it’s not uncommon to see them de-badged.

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I will repeat once again: AUTOart is the one company that consistently nails the exterior look of a model car. Fortunately, this one slipped through the composite-conversion queue. All the little things like ride height, wheel size, proportions, paint, and fine details are done properly and accurately. They also make you feel like a professional photographer because their models are so damn photogenic, and this one is no different. I mean, just look at it!

Heavy hatch doesn’t stay up on its own

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