Going bigger in a scale sense, at least...
This is the Ferrari 308 GTB QV in 1/18 from Hot Wheels. I generally don’t collect larger scales anymore, but I fell for this one.
I’ve documented my love for the 308 before here:
So this should come as no surprise, and I figured if there’s one car I need in 1/18 it’s one of these. For $39, this one is ok given that the only readily available alternatives are another $30 plus, at best. One of those alternatives is the HW Elite version of this, and as far as I can tell the main differences are opening headlights that look worse when closed and a slightly better interior. Not worth the premium to me, as I really never open the car. There’s a Kyosho as well, but that’s well past $100.
OK, that’s it for the artsy fartsy shots.
Admittedly, there are some nits to pick: The driver’s door is a slightly different shade than the body, which is annoying. The interior is faithfully rendered but not well detailed, and suffers from too much obvious plastic. The paint texture is inconsistent, though good overall. The taillights are a bit ill-defined, with no reverse lights inset in the signals, and their exposed bases make them look too big (the Elite does look better in this regard). There are brake calipers behind the wheels, but they’re all black. In profile, you can see the engine cover hinges through the 1/4 windows with the lid closed. The engine is a roughly engine shaped silver piece of plastic. Finally, the side intakes are closed off. Of all the things to half-ass on a 308, why that? I’d call it on par with most Maistos.
But you know what? Ain’t care. It’s a 308 that looks right on display so I’m good. I’m pleased with it, especially because of the unique color as I seem to gravitate to dark blue cars, and because it’s a GTB, to me its purest form.
Dream car, right there. Happy New Year, LALD. Looking forward to all the great stuff you guys have to share.