After some teasing over the last week, the week of 1:18 is finally here. We’re starting it off with my second 1:18 ever, a Kyosho Ferrari 328 GTB.
For those not familiar with the 328, it was the replacement for the iconic 308 (of Magnum PI fame). While given a new name it is essentially a revised and updated version of the 308. In this model this is apparent in the underbelly where it somewhat comically says “Kyosho 308 & 328”. If you want more information on the 328 go read 13’s fantastic review of Kyosho’s 1:64 version of this car.
Kyosho did a truly amazing job on this car. The shut lines are all extremely tight, allowing the tasteful body lines of the 1980’s Ferrari design language to shine. The small roof spoiler on this car is a great little design detail. It visually distracts you from the point at which the rear hatch meets the roof, which might be a bit clunky without it.
The rear is another wonderfully understated piece of Ferrari design. The four large lights look purposeful, this photo make them look cheaper than they look IRL. I really like the small reflectors that flank the quad exhaust.
Headlights go up!
Under the front bonnet you can find a full size spare, something I doubt most modern sports cars feature. While I assume the doors open I’m not going to risk it. The interior has a spectacular level of detail, including that wonderful gated shifter!
Under the hood you can see the wonderfully detailed heart of the 328. The 3200cc Ferrari V8 features full wiring, engine plates, and hoses. The vents over the engine bay even have wire mesh underneath the louvers.
Overall, this is an amazing model, especially considering I picked it up for $25.