Now that Bburago has the license to produce Ferrari models, we will begin to see more of the Bburago diecast models as the Hot Wheels models are out of production. This is the Bburago Signature Ferrari 458 Speciale. This review will discuss some of the production differences between the Bburago and Hot Wheels version of the same car.
The Bburago comes in a flimsy cardboard box. The model is packed in a clamshell and screwed to the bottom one. There are no additional straps.
The Bburago model has great road presence. The paint is shiny and without orange peel effect, it is very smooth. The decals are placed precisely and consist of a twin black stripe with silver pinstripes. In combination with the dark red paint and black wheels, it looks the business. The Hot Wheels Elite is a brighter red with white/blue stripe. The decals of many Hot Wheels Elites were poorly placed. Gloss was good, but the paint was thin on several parts, causing the diecast metal to shine through on the edges.
Ride height seems realistic. The Hot Wheels Elite has a higher ride height. For anyone who wants to lower the Bburago, it has a full spring suspension. All panels close perfectly and gaps are small. The movable parts of the diffuser are colored bright red. The Hot Wheels Elite has the movable parts of the diffuser colored also.
The Bburago loses a few points to the Hot Wheels version on the front of the car. There is an awkward ridge in the grille. I have not seen that on pictures of real cars. The front lights fascia has the correct dark silver color, but lack sharpness. The front lights fascia of the Hot Wheels Elite are too light and on many cars damaged by a hot glue gun. The casting of the fascia and clear plastic on the Hot Wheels Elite is sharper.
Logos on both models are photo etched. The Bburago has no photoetched mesh, it’s all plastic imitation. The Bburago has side chin vanes that are actually open. From the front it looks great.
Bburago has taken huge steps with the wheels, brakes and tires. There are some flash lines visible on the wheels, but the casting is fine, the brake discs have the correct color, the calipers are sharp and properly decaled. Thumbs up for the Bburago, the Hot Wheels Elite comes close but just misses out on details and sharpness. Tires are unmarked on both cars, and the Bburago ones have a bit too much tread.
Bburago has made giant leaps with the interior of the car. I am in shock and awe, it’s AUTOart quality. Stitching and flocking on the door cards and dashboard, decals, and a proper metal floor, amazing. Just too bad Bburago installed a normal black safety belt. Hot Wheels Elite has a nice looking safety harness, only spoiled by glue stains. The Bburago seats have a bit too much gloss, they should be Matt since it is fabric. Hot Wheels Elite is slightly better with the matting of the seats but loses big time with sloppy detailing and poor paintwork.
Obviously, and much criticized, is the lack of windows. I would like to add to that the fact that the doors have very heavy and brightly colored -thus visible- springs. They are heavy to open, have a limited opening angle and the hinges are obtrusive. In contrast, the Hot Wheels Elite has proper and easily opening doors with invisible hinges, but the interior is no match for Bburago.
Another leap by Bburago and a victory over Hot Wheels Elite. Better detailed, tiny decals, good looking carbon fibre and multiple layers with visible cam covers and plug leads. Wow, so beautiful. Just one problem, the hatch is very difficult to open, I used a pin to pry between the gap. It needed quite a bit of force on my model.
Both models have doglegs, but the Hot Wheels Elite has them in the corner so they are less noticeable. Bburago should fix this with their future models because it’s plain stupid. Also, no mesh on the Bburago. The Hot Wheels Elite has mesh beside the hatch window, but poorly glued. In contrast, the 430 Scud is perfect.
Bburago has delivered a strong contender with beautiful paintwork, decals, engine, interior and wheels/brakes. The open side chin vanes are a bold design feature but the resulting missing chunk disturbs the line of the nose. Also, the terrible dog legs and inferior tail and headlights spoil a bit of the fun. I would call it almost even, but the Bburago has a very competitive price of less than 60 euros and takes the win.
End verdict is a 8/10. It is a bright start for even better models to appear. Please Bburago get better lights and fix the hinges issue.
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