And The Winner Is... Scale Model of the Year •

And The Winner Is… Scale Model of the Year

Voting for came to a close at the beginning of February.  And the winner by only 119 votes is BBR Models with their 1:18 Ferrari LaFerrari.  Congratulations BBR, a well-deserved award and honour!  The BBR LaFerrari we believe checks off many must-haves for the collectors in general.  a comprehensive effort with attention to detail, that is provided with full 360 access.  And it’s crafted in diecast metal, for those that still equate quality with metal models, the appeal is definitely here.

First comer LCD Models did make an impact! And if we’re honest with you did receive our vote (given to Mclaren 600LT) – quality and price are exceptional.  Two of their examples made the final candidate list, and if combine the totals for both they actually exceeded the BBR total with 670 – with the McLaren 600LT beating its counterpart Pagaini Huayra Roadster by only 6 votes! The team has now seen both examples in the flesh, very capable pieces. Which doesn’t make their showing here not surprising at all.

A notable mention is KK Scale, in 2nd place, which isn’t too shabby at all. And again, reinforcing the power of the Ferrari marque, and one cannot discount budget-friendly brands, as they carry some serious weight.  Though we do have to mention, certain individual(s) did find a way to circumvent the voting process by falsely inflating the vote for the KK Scale Ferrari 288 GTO.  We reviewed logs daily to ensure accurate and fair voting as much as possible.  In the end folks, the award is for fun and in the end an unscientific platform to recognize the efforts of manufacturers over the year.

First-time AUTOart doesn’t make an appearance in the top five.  Does this indicate their lack of passion for truly 360 efforts – meaning interiors and engines are on par with the exterior elements?  Or is the affordability of their models lending some to move to other brands?  Almost Real, winner of two consecutive awards for 2018 and 2019 placed 10th with only 107 votes.  Expectations are high for 2021, hopefully, they will not disappoint.

In total, just over 3100 votes in came through.  Again, the team extends congratulations to BBR Models on their win, we’re looking forward to more full 360 examples in the near future.  To the rest of the brands, thank you and continued success.  We’ll see you in December 2021 for the next round.

2020 Final Results:

[BBR] Ferrari LaFerrari (diecast metal) (18%, 556 Votes) 
[KK Scale] Ferrari 288 GTO (14%, 437 Votes) 
[LCD Models] McLaren 600LT (11%, 338 Votes) 
[LCD Models] Pagani Huayra Roadster (11%, 332 Votes) 
[CMC] Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman (W100) (7%, 227 Votes) 
[AUTOart] Koenigsegg One:1 (6%, 174 Votes) 
[Bburago] Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (4%, 120 Votes) 
[AUTOart] McLaren 720S (4%, 111 Votes) 
[Kyosho] Toyota Land Cruiser 60 (4%, 109 Votes) 
[Almost Real] Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine (3%, 107 Votes) 
[Peako] De Tomaso P72 (3%, 99 Votes) 
[Norev] Mercedes-Benz 500 SL (R129) (3%, 88 Votes) 
[Solido] Porsche 964 Turbo/ RS (3%, 88 Votes) 
[Maisto] Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (2%, 64 Votes) 
[Bburago] Ferrari Monza SP1 (2%, 64 Votes) 
[TSM] Bentley Blower #1 (1932) (1%, 45 Votes) 
[Solido] Ford GT40 Street/Race (1%, 42 Votes) 
[ACME] 1965 Shelby GT350R (1%, 34 Votes) 
[MR Collection] Bugatti Divo (1%, 32 Votes) 
[GT Spirit] Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV (1:8) (1%, 25 Votes) 
[GMP] Chevrolet Camaro Street Fighter Inferno (0%, 11 Votes)

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27 Responses to "And The Winner Is… Scale Model of the Year"

  1. KATSTAR says:

    Fair decision, congratulation BBR, waiting for next Ferrari in diecast full open

  2. Giorgio262 says:

    I’d love to have one of those LaFerrari, but my “price per model rule” puts it well out of my reach. I gotta have rules to protect my finances :D

    I cast my vote for that model as it was the one that interests me the most, but I was very impressed by the review of the 600LT and also the Mulsanne limo by AR was a particularly striking model. the Mercedes by CMC is beautifully detailed, although not without issues.

  3. Mario says:

    I found an interesting rule that one of the products produced by sum will definitely win the first place, either AR or BBR.

    BBR and KK won the first and second place through Ferrari’s flagship model, which I think is the credit of Ferrari.

    I am most optimistic about the development of LCD, it has the most potential!

  4. Atalante says:

    Congrats to BBR and this great diecast model !! We need more like this one.
    Great performance from LCD with 2 great models in a tight race.
    Special mention to the CMC, nor for everyone but a fantastic model nonetheless.
    As for KK-scale, given the irregularities that took place, not sure it has it’s place…

    • DS Team says:

      Well said. Based on what we saw with KK Scale their examples are hot and cold… It more price and marque that fueled their success on here we believe. Yes, CMC is a GREAT model. The niche factor and price don’t truly afford the approriate accolades here.

  5. Paolo says:

    This platform will remove negative comments from BBR. Not very objective.

    • DS Team says:

      Yes, well we, you and the few others had your soapbox platform. NO more bashing, we heard your arguments, please direct your energies to the brand manufacturers. Enough is enough!

  6. Karsten says:

    I would like to join my fellow collectors in congratulating BBR on their well-deserved win of this year´s award. The LaFerrari ticks all the boxes that a collector can have on their checklist. I agree, that LCD absolutely deserves to be in the top three and congratulate them on their stunning efforts. With just a little more refinement it will go all the way to the top to join BBR and Almost Real in the hall of fame. I further agree with all the comments DS made on this year´s award. CONGRATULATIONS!

  7. Vitaliy D says:

    OK, guys. You started this! I’m very happy with the LCD Models 1:18 McLaren 600 LT overall, but if we come to the discussion of unpleasant details, then read on!

    1. When my McLaren 600 LT arrived, both of its side spoilers (right after the doors) were broken out. I had to glue them myself. I’ve never experienced that with 1:18 AutoArt.

    2. Both side mirrors have obvious gaps where their base is connected to the doors. Whereas 1:18 AutoArt always have side mirrors perfectly connected to the base (either to the doors or to the car body).

    3. Wheels feel too lightweight on this model and they slightly shaking while rolling. The front right wheel had an outer part of its rotor dismembered from the inner part, so I had to glue it myself.

    4. While a pretty nice mesh covers the bottom side of the back of the model, a careful person can inspect there is nothing behind of this mesh! I.e. there is just an empty space inside, where the motor should be!

    Well, it may seem like I’m trying to blame the 1:18 McLaren by LCD Models, but no! Apart from the mentioned things, the model is either very good or even perfect everywhere: in its painting, carbon fiber, interior, door hinges, engine details. But it is you, guys, who are talking about perfection! So I’m just doing the same as you do!

    • DS Team says:

      What we’ve learned no model is ever perfect. It’s how the brand or retailer deals with the after-sale service to correct a wrong and make it right. For some, it can NEVER be right, that is okay too.

    • Vitaliy D says:

      Just to bring the context back, initially I was replying to one of those collectors who pointed to Chinese forum blaming the 1:18 LaFerrari for certain inaccuracies. One of the mentioned inaccuracies was a wrong color of the exhaust. Seriously?! For me it does not look like a serious reason to mark a model, which is overall accurate and detailed, as a “bad” model. So I decided to share my experience with issues with the 1:18 McLaren.

      • DS Team says:

        Yes, we saw that. Unfortunately, that group had their time to stand on the soapbox and this article won’t be another one for venting…

        LCD Models is good but they have their share of challenges too. For that matter all companies due. As a collector, you need to vote with your wallet, and if a particular model does meet your requirements or standards on execution don’t buy and move on to the next.

  8. P930 says:

    Although the TSM 1932 Bentley Blower #1 only finished in 16th place, I would like to thank TSM and those who voted for it. It is much appreciated that occasionally a manufacturer provides something for those of us who who read, study, and collect models of motor racing historical significance.

    • DS Team says:

      Agreed! Just be recognized for something within the community means something! Thumbs up to something outside the box from TSM!

    • Karsten says:

      As a Bentley fan, I fully agree.

    • Giorgio262 says:

      I have a Bentley Blower, but that’s a 1930 model by Minichamps. I got it used and with some damage I’m trying to restore, but I love it and I’m happy to have it. I’m just not into resin sealed models, which is why I would not cast my vote for the model made by TSM.

  9. Fede Roloff says:

    I don’t think BBR is great, but there is no better choice,I see a lot of BBR problems on Facebook, and I hope I can buy the perfect product.

    • Karsten says:

      ” What we’ve learned no model is ever perfect. ” (DS, see above)

      But if you´re still hoping to buy “the perfect product”, you´d better save your pennies and be prepared to pay in excess of 750 $ (sealed resin by Amalgam) or well in excess of 1000$ (Exoto) or have it handbuilt just for you for “just under 3000$ to over 100.000$” ( – and might still not be fully satisfied. Good luck, and please submit a review after buying!

  10. Jonathan says:

    The real winner has to be the KKScale 288 GTO. Price and detail. Great for all collectors budgets.

    • DS Team says:

      Great for budget collectors, all is a stretch. There are some who wouldn’t give this model a second look.

    • Karsten says:

      Well, very few declared it the actual winner by cheating and casting multiple votes in favour of it when it was really one man, one vote. You could argue, that it could have been disqualified. That would CMC come out in 3rd place in terms of manufacturers. The better 288 GTO will be Amalgam anyway. Sealed, too, but resin … and 750USD.

  11. . says:

    Now LCD Models it’s time to make a 765LT or a Mclaren F1

    • Vitaliy D says:

      I’d love to see 1:18 McLaren F1 road car, McLaren P1 road car, SSC Tuatara 2020 and 4-seats Bentley Continental GT (2003 – 2011) from LCD Models!

  12. Jorge says:

    When I was younger, back in the 90’s I got a few Bburago 1:18 models, and from what I remember I think they were better made than the new ones but they lacked a lot of detail and still looked amazing.

    While I think that’s still true, it pales in comparison to some models from Autoart, BBR and specially CMC. This again from my experience.

    While I agree we as consumers have the right to get our models the same way as announced in the photos, and companies should put effort to better quality control, there’s a difference in faulty factory build as difficult to “translate” the real thing into a model.

    People expect the models to be perfect, but forget even the real thing isn’t and that is a good thing. After all, when we drive our car’s regardless of being our dream car or not, they are far from perfect and that in my opinion is what makes it worthwhile, since those quirkiness is what make them have a “personality”.

    Fortunately, I was able recently to purchase both BBR La Ferrari and LCD McLaren.
    Hope to receive them soon and I think those will look perfect at least in my eyes.
    Great little miniatures they look amazing from the photos I doubt they will disappoint in the flesh.

    In conclusion, I look forward to more fully open Ferrari models from BBR and what models LCD will make in the future, but If I was to guess this year’s, 2021, best model I would say CMC if they launch their Ferrari 275 GTB.

  13. Ryosuke Hozumi says:

    That makes me wonder. Are they ever gonna release 430 scuderia in full diecast that they promised years ago?

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