I had to move Spaghetti Sunday forward one day to make way for Godzilla tomorrow.
Whoops. You did not just hear that.
Today’s subject is this Kyosho 1/18 Lamborghini Veneno. It’s from their Ousia (how do you even pronounce that? ohh-zia? ooh-zee-uh?) series which, as you may know, is sealed diecast at a bargain price. Naturally, you would wonder why they didn’t just go with resin, but it is what it is, and I’m just glad that there is another high-end 1/18 line at an affordable price for those who don’t want to pay $200 for AUTOart alternatives. Being my first foray into this “experiment”, if you will, I was expecting Kyosho-level quality and detail without the opening parts.
The Lamborghini Veneno is the perfect kind of subject matter for scale models. Its overly complex design makes for great details, and hypercars like these are always insanely photogenic. I wasn’t a fan of this car initially, but it’s grown on me.
For about $55 on CK, I added this model to my collection because why not. You can typically get these on eBay for $80-90 shipped, so the price alone grabs your attention right away - forget whether you like the actual car or not. However, I honestly believe Kyosho dropped the ball with the Ousia series. The detail isn’t all that great. You may have noticed that I also got a Huracan in addition to this bull, and that one isn’t even as nice as this Veneno is. Even for the sub-$100 prices, I was left wanting more, as resin models in this range are way better detailed. For $50, it’s forgivable, and knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t pay that much more for one of these.
To me, the biggest demerit here is the carbon fiber - or lack thereof. Kyosho went into cheapskate mode and gave us textured CF instead of a decal/print type of CF. I should only be seeing this on budget models. It doesn’t have the glossy finish that real CF has, and it leaves this model looking less exquisite than it should be. If Kyosho had done this the right way, I might be sitting here praising this model right now instead of telling you guys not to buy it.
Elsewhere, there are some minor areas that are lacking. The brakes are pretty bad for a model at this price range. Some of the plastic parts (i.e. mirrors) are very roughly molded. Solid grilles all around. It’s nice to see that the taillights and foglights/indicators are plastic parts though, and the wheels look great here. Also, no complaints about proportions and stance.
Want this model? Grab one on CK and don’t pay the eBay prices. If you’re OK with this model in red, it’s only about $40. While you’re at it, go nuts and take a look at their reduced items. Your wallet will thank me.