WHILE auto brand’s online “configurators” — the function which lets a user spec his new car in great digital detail — are a delight to play with, a 3D analog piece of metal and plastic and rubber that can be held in hand offers an extra dimension to one’s “car ownership” experience. And, anyway, if all what one really wants is to add a shiny new garage queen to his collection, then scale model cars — especially highly detailed ones — allow a taste of what it’s like to own really nice cars at a cost laughably small compared to buying nice real cars.
The examples featured here are just some which can be ordered in the brands’ online shops (not to mention these are but a few of the car brands offering scale models). Some can be bought in the brand’s dealerships in the Philippines, too. And, as seen here, a couple of car makers even sell models of their historical products.
Getting these scale models throughout the year isn’t a bad thing at all. But having them parked under the Christmas tree would be nice, too.
Lego Technic 42096 Porsche 911 RSR
Not sold by Porsche, but by Lego, so a lot of assembly required — the set contains 1,580 pieces. Measures 13 centimeters high, 50 centimeters long, 20 centimeters wide.
Bentley Continental GT RC
Radio-controlled Bentley Continental GT3 RC can travel up to 20 meters at its top speed of 9kph. Detailed interior, authentic GT3 livery, and functional headlights and taillights.
Audi R8 Assembly Kit
Meant for hobbyists, Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupé model kit contains 37 parts, various decals and rims in two colors (silver, black). Glue-free assembly means it be taken apart again. Scale 1:24.
Made of resin. Highly detailed exterior with real rubber tires.
Porsche 356 C Cabriolet
Limited to 1,963 examples, with own serial number. Exterior in enamel blue, cabin in fawn brown. Made of metal.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE (W108)
Made of metal. Highly detailed exterior (with real rubber tires) and interior. Scale 1:18.
Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe
Made of metal. Collectors grade die-cast. Scale 1:43.
Range Rover Classic
Made of metal. Collectors’ grade die-cast with highly detailed exterior and interior. In period-correct Tuscan Blue paintjob. Scale 1:18.