Finding good deals on eBay is like a hobby in and of itself. So when a brand new 1/18 AUTOart Murcie like this bad boy pops up for about sixty bucks with free shipping, you say hell yeah! 

Mercy, mercy me.

Thirty-some models into the collection and I finally have a ‘Ghini. This is the original Lamborghini Murcielago in its signature yellow color. I love the wheels on this iteration; to me, they resemble the face of a watch. V12 Lambos are the best Lambos, and the Murcielago is, and has always been, a looker. The Diablo may be my current favorite, but the Murcielago was one of those dream cars when I was a kid.

As an older AUTOart model, it has its share of flaws but one thing’s for certain, and it’s that the detail is excellent as always. The wheels are fantastic as are the brakes. P-Zero printing on the tires is a really nice touch.

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When you handle the model, it feels plasticky. That’s because a lot of the supporting pieces are made of plastic, the most egregious of which is the whole panel below the doors. I don’t know what happened to the Lamborghini badge on the back - my guess is the glue deteriorated over time and it fell off somewhere. That’s OK, but I find it interesting that it would be the only photo-etched part on the entire car. (The hood emblem is printed)

Most opening compartments don’t stay up on their own. Speaking of which, there are plenty of them throughout the car. Obviously, the doors, frunk, and engine bay. But...

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Yes! The rear air inlets open up as well. I believe the rear spoiler also does, but I couldn’t get it to work and I’m not in the mood to break yet another model. I swear these things (read: high-end 1/18's in general) fall apart if you breathe on them.

As a whole, the model looks nothing short of awesome. Aside from being a little droopy up back, it looks perfect. Certainly on par with models from today. I don’t know how old this is, but I’m gonna guess it’s been around for at least a decade, and that’s impressive.

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I’m not a huge Lambo fan, but I would say that my interest in AUTOart’s Lamborghini models has significantly increased with this Murcie. I got it because it was such a great deal; I didn’t expect it to suddenly become one of my personal favorites.

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