I’m not the biggest fan of sealed models. I’m not the biggest fan of the Mercedes W123 model line (coupe excepted). But yet here before you sits a sealed Mercedes 250T (S123) from KK-Scale. Why? Because more than what I’m not, is what I am. And what I am is a completionist. Having all of the other mid-size Benz estate cars, I had to have the S123. So after a few years of putting it off, it finally found its way to my hands.
For those of you that are not familiar, KK-Scale is a mid-priced manufacturer of sealed models like Ottomobile. But unlike Otto, their models are diecast, not resin.That distinction has it’s pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you get a working suspension with steerable front wheels, and thick plastic for windows that you don’t have to worry about damaging when you handle the model. On the minus side, the paint, while good for the price, cannot touch what you get from resins.
Exterior accuracy seems to be pretty good, and kudos go to KK-Scale for making the upper and lower body side moldings separate pieces rather than molding them into the body and covering them with silver paint. The upper grille is sealed as is the norm nowadays, and the lower opening is represented by flat black paint. The headlights are very well done with the reflectors having a decent amount of depth to them. Atop that sealed grill sits a photo-etched star and out back you get foil decals. The interior is a bit of a letdown however. The main issue is there is no attempt at replicating the cars center dash controls; it’s just flat black plastic. I could not find any online pics of the center stack, so I don’t know if my car is just missing it’s decal. One final interior nit-pick is the lack of a headliner. It’s not the end of the world, mind you, but even Maisto will slap some plastic on the roof of their models.
If you like the W123 and don’t mind sealed models, the KK-Scale is worthy of consideration. Two versions are available; red with color matched hubcaps, and blue with the famous Bundt cake pan style wheels. Prices are creeping up as the model has been out for a while, but you can still find them in the $70 range. I guess I need a W123 sedan now.