AUTOart 1:43 Lamborghini Aventador: Little Lamb-O

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 AUTOart Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

1:43 | $165.00


One of the myths about 1:43 is that models can’t be made with opening features. To which AUTOart says, “watch this”. Arriving on a mirror-topped display base, “this” is an  astonishing Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the second of two little fully-featured Lambos we’ve reviewed in recent months (the other is AA’s screamin’ little red Countach, also reviewed on this site).

Painted in a dark grigio, this Aventador comes along with swing-up opening doors, an opening rear hatch, and an opening front boot. It’s also got steerable wheels, and  – we’re not kidding – a poseable rear spoiler and side wings. That’s pretty much note-for-note what this maker’s 1:18 version of the car can do.

In the larger scale, those features are a trip; here, it’s like poking around on a 400-year-old hand-built watch, and you’ll have to dial back your grip and fingertip skills. It’s true: some of the hinges are delicate – as you might expect – and the specter of snapped hinges and broken parts had us a little concerned. But once you get the hang of micro-manipulation, the doors and panels front and rear swing and pivot smoothly, revealing a Lilliputian vista of carpeted floors, fully detailed dash and seats, a plumbed engine and engine bay, and a carpeted trunk up front.

When everything’s closed, the panel fit, while not scale correct in its gaps, is very good… hell, excellent… with even seams all ’round the jagged angles of the car’s design. The complex lensing, impeccable paint and polish, and the photo-etched vent screening and “Lamborghini” script at the car’s rear had us grinning like school kids. So did the micro-fine brake detailing behind the wheels, and the tiny little Lambo bull on the car’s nose.

This wedgy little beastie is really entertaining. The small size, great detailing, and holy smokes  full-access opening features take it far beyond being merely another pretty display piece. Score: AUTOart, 2; myth, 0.  – 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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