Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Diecast Model

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AutoArt  Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 diecast car
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Lamborghini
  • Code: AA54618
  • Model: Gallardo LP560-4
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Color: Nero Noctis (Metallic Black)
  • Points to redeem: 591

[Ed. Note: This is Part 2 of a two part review of the Auto art Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. It begins on the review for the version modeled in 1/18 (AA74589.]

In terms of the BBD boot and bonnet both require extra support to actually stay open. As far as the engine goes, the modesty panels in current supercars detail is only meaningful in terms of tags and finishes – plumbing and wiring are minimal. It is easy to see in the MMD through the lens and the minimal detail is appropriate for the scale. Opening parts are hard to engineer in 1/43, so it is not looked upon as a shortcoming if a model doesn't have them. This is quite the opposite of 1/18 scale where models with non-opening parts, better known as curbside models, are typically openly flamed on forums and message boards as being examples of lazy model building.

One area that is very different between the two are wheels and tires, the BBD featuring excellent detail on both with special edition Cordelia Wheels with Lambo enameled badging – sweet. Steve Magnante commenting on Speed’s Barrett-Jackson telecast said he thought about 50% of a car’s appearance comes from wheel-tire combination. If you subscribe to that line of thinking, than BBD is the way to go. The BBD model has incredible shelf presence.

So let’s get to that final frontier: space and money. If you were to buy 4 BBD Gallardo models (keeping in mind AA has made 17 of them thus far) you would need about $500 and probably another $75 for an acrylic display. Four MMD (and there are 18 available from AA, Kyosho, Minichamps and Norev) would cost you about $140 all in with no display cost….or if you want to get technical, for every BBD you can display 3 MMD – so in that same space of 4 you could fit 12 MMD – and probably have a pretty good representation of Lamborghini’s entire history if you had individual models - and $400 to put toward your Lasix surgery.

So, is there a winner? Yes – and that would be you. Today’s 1/43 are well made, plentiful and relatively inexpensive in the mid-range. They offer far greater scope than 1/18 cars and display well. There are far more custom models available which makes it easier to re-arrange and/or move a collection. In terms of 1/18 far more detail has an extraordinary cost in terms of space, money and heartbreak because all the models will never be made. One of the models I’ve always wanted to see made is a Shadow DN4 of which several have been done in 1/43 while in 1/18 we’re still (and will be) stuck on zero. Any commitments to collecting contrasting colors or model types will severely limit the scope of what you can collect in BBD.

Had they been available, an alternative comparison for this article might have been something like a Sunstar Platinum Series American subject versus a Brooklin – but I doubt the outcome or conclusions would have changed in a meaningful way.

Now, these two scales can combine in a BBD-MMD can abide together in a collection vignette: I have a Maserati display with BBD models of the CMC 250F and Birdcage combined with a 1/43 Bartoletti Transporter and two Brumm 1/43’s including the Boyle Special TC35 which raced at Indy and will never be made in 1/18.

The bottom line? It’s a great time to be a collector….

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