One of the positive spins of collecting scale model cars and being associated with DiecastSocety.com is learning about something new in automobile history that you did not know once existed. In my pursuit of the ultimate 1:18 sport and supercar collection, it is truly exciting when something off the beaten path comes your way. In this case, it was the Cult Scale Models Jaguar XJR-15. The replica was actually released in 2019, though I just got my specimen last August. The Jaguar XJR-15 is based on the Le Mans-winning XJR-9. The exterior shell was designed by Peter Stevens, who went on to co-design the McLaren F1. How cool is that! Do you notice the similar design subtleties between the two? Let’s just say the Jaguar XJR-15 is fashionably cool and extremely rare…
As for the model, you do pay a premium for a Cult Scale Models piece when compared to others in the sealed and resin category. Is it worth the extra coin? It depends on what is important to you… The Orange Metallic exterior paint on this example is extremely good. Under intense lighting, you’ll bring forward the metallic base. Auto Cult also does well in defining the panel gaps throughout the model too. Very clean and meticulously detailed, a must for sealed examples. Wheels are a nice touch too; the chrome work is stellar! A neat feature with Cult Scale Models is the ability to steer the front wheels. This option is usually static 99% of the time on resin pieces.
On the negative side, most if not all of the openings, combining all front to rear elements are capped with solid plastic bits. I would give this a pass if the actual area or part location was tiny but in the case, of the Jaguar XJR-15, a perforated piece should have been used. Also, the motor is quite primitive too. It consists of a flat piece of plastic with the basic elements of the motor etched in, all in Black too. The only colour added is a couple of chrome/Silver tubing parts from the passenger side.
In the end, each collector must gravitate to the model in some way for him/her to make the purchase. What Cult Scale Models do well is deciding to craft the 1:18 Jaguar XJR-15 in scale. That is a win in its self. From an exterior presence, the model is superb, but hints of cost-cutting measures are evident on closer inspection. Would I purchase it again, absolutely! This is a perfect candidate for expanding one’s sport/supercar collection, and possibly one that will never be made in 1:18 scale again. Enjoy the pics!