With the next F1 race only 10 days away. And a race scheduled at one of the most epic temporary circuits of all time, the Grand Prix De Monaco, it was only fitting we take a look at a recent BBR modern F1 release. By BBR’s definition, this is the 1:18, diecast Ferrari SF1000 G.P. Tuscany Mugello, driver Charles Leclerc. What’s the significance? Well, it marks the thousandth race of Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One. Unique characteristics for the single race car include a rich Burgundy colour inspired by their classic ’50s race cars along with distinct livery for the driver number.
As for the model, this particular package was limited to 500 pieces and included is a leather base with Red stitching, plaque, certificate, and protective cover. The model itself is crafted in diecast metal but there are a number of plastic parts too. The paint and decal work is stellar, as it should be at this price point. The front nose is highly detailed as the photos will illustrate. Carbon fibre work is a mix of bag of matt finish, gloss and moulded product. The engine is entirely covered with a hint of the metalwork of the rear exhaust. And finally, Mr. Charles Leclerc is sitting ready to race with Ferrari gear in hand, this includes gloves, helmet and steering wheel, all meticulously detailed.
In short, the finished product is a feast for the senses and one that also seems delicate to the touch. This copy is long sold out but production for the same without the added bell and whistles is now available, also a limited production of 175. Enjoy the pics!
So in the end, it’s a “limited production” to 650 units, way more than most limited production models from other makers that cost less, but I guess it’s “normal” since they can’t make 100 variations with different stripe colours and such as BBR normally do. And having moulded plastic for the carbon fiber like in the Bburago or Maisto at this pricepoint (and I repeat, mutliplied for 650 units) is a bad joke, no matter how good the carbon in other areas where they actually bothered to put decals is.
In no way are we defending BBR, these are just our thoughts and opinions… All brands use this method of ‘limited” production, in the end, it is all marketing; it helps sales and creates excitement. And some, do appreciate the available variants, and colour options, as colour is very subjective. We all know too well BBR has made a good living with this methodically…
As for the CF methods, we think is justified based on the area and type, and in BBR’s defensive, they went a step further than most and provide intricate detailing and muitple patterns. How else would you execute this in scale?
I know I know, nothing against you guys. And I also agree that more colours is better for the consumers, but it does seem funny how they try to sell exclusivity yet they end up doing loooooots of them just by doing so many different minimal variations.
As for the carbon, that could and should have been done with decal. If people who build 1:24 and 1:20 kits can do it, a brand that’s asking this much for a sealed example and has shown that they know how to, should. It’s not much different nor harder than alining the carbon on the center of the car, or putting liveries on difficult surfaces and alinning them all around the vehicle.
Or, if they choose to go for printed carbon fiber patterns, it would be nice if they could brush the surface with graphite (like some pencil core) and seal it by spraying a few layers of transparent paint on it, using gloss with perhaps a last layer of matt transparent where needed. Graphite being carbon does a very nice job in replicating some of the shades of carbon fiber, in my opinion.
I never thought of using grafite, but I’ve done it by painting with gunmetal plus several layers of clear and smoke. The results are very good. And it works for kevlar too, by adding clear yellow.
I thought of that too, however spraying the entire surface with silver then sanding the paint back down to raw plastic from the “lumpy” surface of the whole mould and applying the smoked clear coat. Or like you advised, with gunmetal application instead of silver then clear coat all over it