If you clicked on the link you most likely already read the great review from our friend Karsten Weiss on the BBR 1:18, open, Ferrari F112 tdf. If you haven’t follow the link HERE. Though the photos provided were brilliant (thank you Arkadius) they left a little something to the imagination. Well, we recently acquired our sample and thought it would be a great idea top shoot some more photos, fifty plus, I hope you don’t mind.
The team at BBR recently put their foot back in the ring with a diecast metal and full 360-access Ferrari. This is way Ferraris were intended to be enjoyed. As we all know Ferraris are more than style and tech, the monster than breaths under the bonnet has been doing it for decades at the top of the class.
Ever since Hot Wheels Elite forfeited their license to produce scale model Ferraris there has since been a void of a good mid-priced, full opening model. Yes, Bburago won the bidding war to obtain the rights, and there was the promise and hope with their ‘Signature” series that void will be filled. No, they didn’t answer the call, their scale examples lean more towards toy then prized trophy. And the waiting time to see newness from the Ferrari marque is less than one would like.
Fast forward to BBR, a year or so ago the team announced they were getting back in the game. That game was diecast metal and 360-access! The first to hit the market is the Ferrari F12 tdf in White, and shortly after that the market was filled with more colours and variants from the same platform.
So what do we think of the model? Well, in short, the list of goodness is large with their first venture back. What we like is the paint, carbon fibre work is exceptional. Shutlines and panel gaps are very good. The rear lid could use a little more finesse.
The use of perforated grilles are class with the model, the photos won’t lie. Wheels could use a little more refinement in the cleaning process, I guess this is lack of attention is slightly more noticeable with the Silver wheels here.
We like the use of struts on the rear and the functioning deck lid is a nice touch along with the moulded and painted in leather straps. Though at this price point we think a little acutal leather is more appropriate.
Motor wise it hits high marks. The use of colours, textures, and layers makes it shine above others. Those of you with a sealed resin example, we suggest you sell the static piece and upgrade! Access to this monster is a must. It’s not all roses though, the elephant in the room is the extra large hinge work, which is reminiscent of opening price point models of old. Though if you look at a true F12 tdf, in reality, they are quite large.
Interior is well executed, and again the photos won’t lie. Exceptional use of colour, textures, plastic and metal materials and scale creatively brings forward an awesome interior. Better than any we’ve since from Hot Wheels Elite. We will note the script and decal work on our example (passenger side) is a little sloppy.
In short, the model is excellent in our opinion and will satisfy those true diehard Hot Wheels Elite fans. We were also fans too! Some are complaining about the price, our example set us back about $395CND. That isn’t cheap since the average decent model is selling around $200. In the end, this is a BBR product. Their assortment of resin models has been tipping the scale at $500, $600+.
Also if Hot Wheels Elite was still in the business of scale model Ferraris would they still be pricing at $100-$150? Our recent review of the Jannes Bond Aston Martin was priced $200+. And was released a year ago and pales in comparison with overall detail and execution found here. In the end, collector’s vote with your wallet. But if you’re tired of mediocre results from Bburago Signature series and want more from your scale model than a static peice this Ferrari is a must! We love to hear what you the collector thinks. Please leave your comments below. We’re looking forward to more from BBR. Enjoy the pics!