My love of HPI Racing scale models continues in the form of this blue 1:43 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Hi.Fi. This model replicates the extremely exclusive ‘HF Integrale Hi Fi’ version, of which only 20 examples were made for members of Lancia car clubs.
While this miniature version is not limited to 20 pieces, it was difficult to track one down. On eBay, it pops on occasion but always be out of my price range. However, on alternative bidding sites like Yahoo! Auction Japan, the variety and prices are a lot more accommodative. It all made sense since HPI Racing is a Japanese operation.
Unlike eBay, navigating these auctions and the hoops and loops to acquire an items is a very alien landscape to me. After seeing someone’s success with, Buyee, a proxy bidding and shipping site, I decided to give it a shot. The attempt was successful, and I was very relieved to finally have this in my hands. The experience was rather neutral but having to pay shipment twice (or more depending on the items you have bid on) will give me pause when using this service again.
The result shows it was a gamble I had to take; looking at eBay moments ago presented none of this example for sale - at least ones that will ship to Singapore. After teasing this car at Car Week, I hope LaLDers are happy to see it given its own post. Please enjoy!