Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 with Cordelia Wheels Diecast Model

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AutoArt  Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 diecast car
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Lamborghini
  • Code: AA74589
  • Model: Gallardo LP560-4
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Nero Noctis (Metallic Black)
  • Points to redeem: 1,785

“We’ve got no more room to breathe” - There for Tomorrow, noted BBD apologists, from the song No Room

“I can’t see!” - Frank Zappa, quoting frustrated 1/43 collector Nanook in the song Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow.

[Ed. Note: This is Part 1 of a two part review of the Auto art Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 modeled in 1/18 (AA74589) and 1/43 scale. Part 2 can be found on the 1/43 listing (AA54618).]

If you’re an in-the-tank lover of BBD (that would be Big Beautiful Diecast) of the 1/18 plus range and started collecting a few years ago, then you’ve run across a paradox you are (probably) in denial about: There is not enough space for everything you want to collect AND the economics of BBD ensure everything you want to collect is not going to get made. You get to a point where you have to focus tighter than you want and/or sell down. Or, you hope your wife is afraid of the crawlspace so you can stockpile unopened BBD Boxes there. In my own experience, it doesn’t hurt to reinforce that you’ve heard that there are might be cave trolls down there. I’m just sayin'.

Conversely if you are a lover of MMD (Magnificent Miniature Diecast) of the 1/43 and under variety, you’ve realized that the clumsy ERTL and Bburago BBD of not too many years ago have done a frog-to-prince evolution and now CMC and Exoto contain striking subject matter and replica quality detail for often half the price of a hand-built MMD. And as you’ve aged, (and 20 years on where Pete Townshend once opined I should probably not be trusted I’m there), you’ve discovered something else: it’s just flat hard to see the little things anymore. Or you’ve had Lasix, in which case you have no money for BBD or MMD and are excused from class.

So, two sides of the hobby are increasingly casting longing glances in the direction of the other and as someone who swings both ways, as it were, I thought AUTO art’s concatenated release of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560 in 1/18 and 1/43 scale might be the perfect time to help both sides compare what the other has been missing.

Now – the true blue MMD hobbyists will point out this is apples and oranges: that AUTO art is not necessarily what 1/43 is about, which is handbuilt, special edition, unusual subject matter and limited quantity. An avid MMD collector is more apt to buy a short run, special body Ghia, rather than the umpteenth casting of a Corvette. By the same token snooty BBD fans will say AUTO art, are you kidding me? When you get an Exoto or a CMC involved call me – until then they’re going to go inventory the crawlspace.

So let’s be up front: this article compares good mid-priced models. I’m not trying to change your religion. We’re just showing two sides of the middle where most collectors live.

Now – the models in question are of Lamborghini’s latest iteration of the Gallardo, and here it sports the massive LP560-4 engine. It’s decked out here in a color with dramatic name of Nero Noctis but you can call it metallic black.

Now the first BBD-MMD difference you’ll notice is the packaging. Something I love about 1/43 models – they all tend to come with some sort of base, including a descriptor something you can’t count on in BBD. In the case of Auto art, the 1/43 is displayed on an angle giving you a full appreciation of the cars shape and aero and it’s nearly impossible to display BBD the same way – plus you have to buy cabinets (or worse, leave them in the boxes which makes your display area look like a toy store.) Try to extract the two models from their packaging/displays and you get two different experiences: with the BBD there are 5 screws, bands and hooks and wires that all have to be dealt with. More than once I’ve damaged a BBD model just trying to get at it. With the MMD? It’s loosening just two screws – which tends to involve a lot less swearing. And the neat thing is they fit right back on when the photo shoot is over.

Once freed from their containers, both models stage impressively for the camera. This is a tribute to Aa’s modeling – the BBD is not just a blown up version of the MMD which is not always the case (see Precision Miniatures). In terms of detail, obviously the BBD is going to win that battle but it does so at a cost: for example you get better interior detail but given the larger scale you also get unnatural distortion through the “glass” which, when scaled down to 1/43, doesn’t present such a big issue. In terms of the paint, this reverses, with the flaking better scaled for the BBD and results in it successfully picking up the grey note in the paint. The quality of finish is the same high quality in either model while the shut lines are sharper (or depending on your point of view, more pronounced) on the BBD because they…erm…open and shut.

[Part 2 can be found in the 1/43 listing (AA54618).]

-Rusty Hurley

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