I was reprimanded the other day when I reverted back to my usual blank white background for the M3 photoshoot. So this is what you guys get for today. I am not responsible for any seizures, hallucinations, or permanent damage to the eyesight.
The subject for today is Looksmart’s 1/18 Ferrari 430 Scuderia. Black paint, silver stripes, gold wheels - the last of which is an instant recipe for success, as you guys already know. This is a resin model and is available in a plethora of color combinations, with each combo being limited to just 25 pieces. It’s an unusual marketing technique, but it gives collectors a better chance to find that exact color scheme they want. Obviously, I fell for this one because of the wheels.
I knew nothing of this brand until I happened upon one of these models in the “related items” area of eBay, at the bottom of the page. Damn them for even including a section for that. At first, I thought these models went for BBR-like prices until I saw that past auction-style listings typically ended for less than a bill. That makes it cheaper than the HWE version of the 430 Scuderia, a model which I’ve been tracking on and off, and I instantly knew I had to go after one of these. I paid a total of $125 for this one, spending a little more than some other color alternatives if only for the gold wheels.
With the dazzling background, it’s pretty easy to overlook the model, so I’ll just sum it up for you: it’s good. Just good, not really great. For what I paid, it’s a fair deal. I believe retail was closer to the $200 mark, which is definitely punching above what the model should be worth. Proportions are great and detail overall is pretty good inside and out. The carbon fiber work is comparable to that of GT Spirit - in other words, excellent. One area that lacks detail are the brakes, and that was my only visual gripe about this one. The real shocker is something that cannot be depicted in photos: the weight. This thing is by far the lightest 1/18 model I’ve ever held in my hands, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can be a deal-breaker for some. I believe it does not have a diecast chassis/backbone, which explains its featherweight characteristics.
The model also comes with a wooden display stand, but I found that to be rather cheaply made, so I’m keeping that stored away in the box for the rest of its life. Speaking of the box, it’s gorgeous, if you’re into that kind of thing.
I’m sure there are many fans of the 430 Scuderia here. If so, this is one you should look into should you find one for a similar price or less. I really couldn’t get myself to spend $175-200 for an old HWE model, so I opted for the Looksmart. I’d say that’s a decision that makes me look rather, umm....smart.
That concludes today’s test, which I feel was a moderate success despite the slightly blurry cameraphone pics. I better not hear anything from a certain somebody here.