OTTO 1:18 Volkswagen Corrado: Go Wagen

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments by

OTTO Model VW Corrado G60  1:18 | $115.00

Introduced in 1990 here in the States, the Volkswagen Corrado didn’t take long to make itself known as more than a Golf on PEDs; the automotive press fairly fawned over the car, and some went so far as to call the Corrado an almost certain classic in the making. It drove fast, and rode hard, and had a wedgy, mildly blunted look that wore well on the eyes. It still does – if you can spot one. Finding a good example isn’t easy these days, unless you’re tuned in to OTTOmobile’s release schedule. In resincast 1:18, the trippy Teuton makes for a very impressive model car, and the sharp casting and utterly perfect  ”Bordeaux Red Poly” paint give the image an almost eerie level of realism on display, an illusion that only gets better after a gander at the lenses at the front. Deep, clear, and highly reflective, they join their multi-faceted counterparts at the car’s rear to make the VW look road ready. Inside the car, all of the details you could wish for are on tap, from the wrinkles cast into the door panel trims to the tiny red release buttons in the seat belt catches. What’s lacking is any deep chassis detail. That’s the norm for this maker (and most resincasters, in general), with only a stylized suspension and a painted exhaust system, set in place to give the car a correct profile on the shelf. OTTO keeps putting out some of the highest quality, most reasonably-priced images in the segment.  - Joe Kelly, Jr.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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