Hot Wheels Elite 2012 Ferrari FF

May 12, 2014 No Comments by

Introduced at the 2011 Geneva Show, the Ferrari FF (“Ferrari Four”) broke new ground in several areas.  Its 6.2 liter, 651-horse V-12 was the biggest engine ever stuffed into a street-legal Ferrari, and while it’s not the first four seater from Modena, its high-roofline (“shooting brake” in Euro-speak) Pininfarina body is the first to carry two pairs of adults comfortably for long distances. Finally – maybe most importantly – it’s the first Ferrari with 4-wheel drive… driver selectable, in this case. Hot Wheels has the curvaceous shape exactly right from the nose to the subtle ducktail spoiler. The same for details; if it’s visible in photos, it’s there, to scale, on the model, including the tiny (really tiny) Pininfarina scripts, the trim tab in the rear aero tunnel, and almost-invisible Ferrari badges in the wheel hubs. Behind those accurate wheels are detailed discs with Ferrari-badged calipers. This sample’s highly glossy red paint does have a little orange peel on the sides; interior detail is just as complete as the outside highlights, with accurate high-relief seats and side panel upholstery, separate belts with photo-etched hardware in back, photo-etched  switch panels and chrome trim on the doors, and a dash full of accurate details, including the yellow face on the detailed tach.  Dimensions are accurate, too. Hot Wheels really nailed this one.  – Wayne Moyer

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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