AUTOart Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera

May 18, 2014 No Comments by

The gonzo edge of supercars is a lofty place where mere mortals (read that: working stiffs like us) seldom get to play. Here, a specialty air intake can cost a few grand; specifying a different wheel, tire or brake combo, four times the amount. Want a special color with that, too? Better raid that lock box you never told the wife about. Lamborghini’s Gallardo is such a car.  In base form, it’s a V10-powered screamer that can scare most folks bloodless. But for seekers of the aforementioned edge, there are variants like this LP570-4 Superleggera, a more powerful, lightened (by 88 pounds) and more expensive version. We’ll spare the laundry list of what Lambo has hacked, unbolted, or otherwise pared down to make the car lighter, so we can get right to this excellent (and very orange) model from AUTOart. This “Arianco Borealis Pearl” (a close-to-four grand option) covers a great casting that rolls on black wheels fronting ceramic brakes with orange calipers (sixteen thou, please). The parts and pieces – including real screening in the nose — are sweet; so is the model’s full  — and fully detailed — interior, which includes a legibly-gauged dash, and a center stack wearing readable buttons. The lenses are the real deal, and so are the tamped-on and foil-based markings all over; for fifty bucks – options included – this is a hell of a cool little car. — Joe Kelly, Jr.

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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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