Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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This week a package from a certain Villa Park in Illinois arrived. Another iHWEP with Shopteacher. He had the blue GT40 from AutoWorld/Car and Driver I wanted and I can get him some SIKUs so another deal was made easily. And as it’s Spaghetti Sunday let’s focus first on his Italian iHWEP-part, the grey Matchbox Alfa Romeo 4C.

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I’m so glad Matchbox returned to using boxes! Jeff sent me the red one last year for my Secret Super Santa (it featured a Spaghetti Sunday before) and I got me a red SIKU recently so we even can do a small confrontare! Let’s pull out all of the contestants!

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The red and black MBX are pretty alike, of course. Same wheels, same body, same tampos. The SIKU is a 1/55 scale so somewhat bigger. All have generic wheels but the 4C begs for big wheels if you ask me so the MBX gets some points there.

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MBX 4C Grey
MBX 4C Grey
MBX 4C Red
MBX 4C Red
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SIKU 4C
SIKU 4C

En profile the MBX again is the better looking one. The SIKU-cast seems to be tilted a bit backwards, ready to jump. Therefor it’s a bit too high on it’s wheels, same issue I had with the white SIKU M3 actually. It has opening doors and the side inlets seem to be somewhat better as it looks it really can let air go in there from some angles.

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MBX 4C Grey
MBX 4C Grey
MBX 4C Red
MBX 4C Red
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SIKU 4C
SIKU 4C

Nice details of the SIKU are the glass used for headlights and plastic for the grilles instead of just being tampo’ed on like with the MBX. The red MBX uses resembles the red Alfa uses more than SIKU’s generic red. For those who didn’t know: SIKU always uses just a certain and very limited amount of colors. For all their casts.

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One thing the SIKU definitely has better is the Alfa Romeo badge, that famous roundel sure looks like a good copy this small. Then again, a 1/55 is easier to recreate than a 1/64.

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Illustration for article titled Spaghetti Sunday: Ruote Picante Programma di Scambio

And the MBX’s come with some sort of license plate, which I approve more of than just the red piece of metal the SIKU has. All in all I prefer the MBX, just the color I’m not sure of. I used to think an Alfa should be red but this dark grey suits it pretty good as well if you ask me. It’s wicked lines and curves are better visible in red though.

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Illustration for article titled Spaghetti Sunday: Ruote Picante Programma di Scambio
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And what else did Shopteacher sent me? Well, if you’re still with me, here it goes, we’re not done yet for today.

15!!!
15!!!
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Not the GT40 that started it all
Not the GT40 that started it all
The GT40 that (re-) started it all
The GT40 that (re-) started it all
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Teutonic Police SUV, on a mission!
Teutonic Police SUV, on a mission!
With a “guaranteed for life” sticker this one WILL see some ORAT action!
With a “guaranteed for life” sticker this one WILL see some ORAT action!
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The kind a car I presume fellow LaLD’er Amoore is using this weekend
The kind a car I presume fellow LaLD’er Amoore is using this weekend
The kind a car I presume fellow LaLD’er Tinfoil hat to freak out about. UTE!!!
The kind a car I presume fellow LaLD’er Tinfoil hat to freak out about. UTE!!!
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The kind a car a lot of us freaked out about earlier
The kind a car a lot of us freaked out about earlier
The car that changed the automotive world. A bit.
The car that changed the automotive world. A bit.
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My Name is...
My Name is...
...Bond. James Bond.
...Bond. James Bond.
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Even underwater it is.
Even underwater it is.

Many, many thanks Shopteacher, always a pleasure trading with you and your payment in casts should arrive shortly! And yes: there was a small bag in the package you sent me as well by the way. But that’s for tomorrow I suppose. The tiniest of things in there...

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Ciao Tutti!

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