Minichamps’ 1:18 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3: OMG AMG

Apr 27, 2013 No Comments by

There a lot of letters attached to the track-ready version of Mercerdes-Benz’s  6.3-liter, mega-buck SLS, and to that jumble, Minichamps has added another three: ABS. As in plastic. That’s the material that the German maker has used for the sealed body shell of this latest model of the triumphant Teuton, seen here in its debut form wearing “AMG” and “Facebook” livery.

We’ll get right to it: in this white, the model is a stunner, mostly because the sealed plastic body sells the proportions of the racer from its gulping front end to its Cessna-sized rear wing. Add in the crisply cast and satin-toned comp wheels and fat (but no-name) rubber, and you have a package that can stare down all but the hairiest models in any race collection. The add-on decos are decals – high quality transfers that hug the casting well (apparently not the case in some early versions of another variant in red – but the factory has said they’re making amends, and we believe them).

The interior detail is great, and not all that hard to see, thanks to good glazing; take a wander around the car, and other neat notes, like the lensing front and rear, and the photoetched struts for the big wing, make the model a study in beauty and aggression, as told by a manufacturer always looking to leap forward with their scale model offerings.

Our verdict? Great stuff. Though the plastic hasn’t the resolution of resin, it’s a whole lot crisper, not to mention less expensive, than a comparable diecast tool would be. Curbside models are becoming more and more popular among race car collectors. If ABS – long a staple in smaller scales – proves itself yet another way for new models to appear, we’re all for it. We’ll be watching.

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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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