There been a lot of noise with this particular manufacturer as of late. For one, they are currently leading the DiecastSociety.com 2017 Model of the Year race. And our team has previously reviewed their brilliant, 1:18 Bentley Continental GT3-R back in December (one of their first 1:18 production models). The brand, the manufacturer is Almost Real. Suggested retail for this model is $188US. It is currently distributed by Minichamps in North America and Europe.
Almost Real continue to stir the conventional norm with their latest release, the 1970 Land Rover, Range Rover. Our example is finished in the OEM Tuscan Blue. Right out of the box the exterior paint is simply striking. Application for the most part is completed with care and attention. Our example however has somewhat paint build-up or thickness area around the passenger side aerial. This is nothing overly large, and only visible under certain lighting conditions. The model itself has some bulk. It doesn’t feel fragile or cheap while you play and admire all the bells and whistles it has to offer.
The exterior lines of the Land Rover, Range Rover is true to form, and represents the 1:1 well. The little details are found throughout the exterior. Some of which include the roof section with metal indents, exterior hinge work, and all the way to the precision crafted little key-hole on each door. These guys are all about attention to detail and it shows!
The Land Rover is 100% fully accessible. With that our example proved excellent in visual shut-lines and panel gaps throughout. It seems to us everything is measured to a fault, perfection for lack of a better word.
Moving to the front you will notice the quality is evident in all elements. First off the fit and finish is near perfect. Materials used for headlights and turn signals are top notch. Centre grille is clean and crafted with care. We enjoy seeing the cross-member bars and horns apparatus in behind the grille, adds to the over realism of the piece.
The top section of the hood features a vented scope with perforated grilles, beautiful hinge work and mirrors at the tips complete the section. And finally we have the included hole/opening in the centre of the bumper for the starting handle.
One element that exemplifies their attention to detail is the front metal antenna. It is fully functional. Something that is rarely if ever seen in scale. Operation here was flawless as well. Note the quality Range Rover decal underneath.
The rear section has even more to offer than the front. Again we find quality components that encompass the rear package. This includes taillights, bumper, decals, and more. Where this model excels once again is the full access to the rear storage compartment. Almost Real completes entry with a two stage system.
First you open the upper glass section, and second you move the lower tailgate down. The hinge work and applicable engineering here is off the charts and operation is seamless and smooth. While some manufacturers would have taken a cost effective approach, Almost Real goes that extra mile! The only thing we see wrong is the missing lighting apparatus for the license plate assembly and toe hook (underside, rear driver side).
Note the model does ship with a full spare tire. Almost Real does take caution to wrap and separate the wheel within the styrofoam housing to minimize any chance of damage to the model or spare itself. The spare sits on the inside/left in applicable cavity. The right features complete hardware/tools. Attention to detail is excellent.
Access to the motor is granted, and what a special offering this is. We’ve reviewed many models here at DieastSociety.com in the last few years, many unfortunately of the sealed variety. It is sooooo refreshing to see something so authentic and real. With their use of materials, colours and attention to the little things the team has created a truly complete engine compartment.
There is also a fully functional and removable prop-rod. Some would regard this as the icing on the cake, but no there is more. Note the two stage hinges, OEM badging and magnet. We believe the magnet aids in completing a smooth shut-line. Read on…
Flip this model over to enjoy an array of detail for the senses. Possibly a sensory overload due to the overwhelming views of the cookie cutter sealed/resin undercarriages as of late. Note the fully detailed working suspension front and rear. Yes I said working!
The drive train is amazing too. The team at Almost Real utilized metal pieces with various paint and texture techniques to provide the collector with some truly remarkable representation of the actual 1:1. The kicker, as you rotate the rear wheels the centre drift shafts rotate in sequence. We haven’t seen since since the Kyosho Cadillac CTS V. So cool! Honestly some of the best work we’re seen in awhile here at DiecastSociety.com.
The wheels on the Land Rover, Range Rover are simple and to the point. Almost Real’s representation is flawless and executed well. Top marks would have been given here if there was some script was added to the side walls. Unfortunately there is none.
Inside the Land Rover the quality assurance is once again the main theme. Flocking is found throughout. We suspect even the overall quality of flocking found within this model is elevated over the typical scale piece. The remaining interior elements, this includes dash, seats, door cards, and centre console mirror the original well. You can definitely see the use of colour and quality material throughout. Finish work is superb.
One thing that is evident and missing is the seat-belt hardware is not where to be found. We understand the Range Rover, Land Rover is pushing 50 years. Was this an option back in the day? We are unsure.
Hinge work on the doors is excellent as well. And operation is flawless once again with almost 180 degree swing. Makes taking photos a lot less challenging too!
We thought the Almost Real Bentley Continental GT3-R was a well rounded offering. Well it seems the Land Rover, Range Rover is taking it up a few more notches. The model excels on all fronts, and dare we say almost perfect? Yes there are a few minor oversights, and we probably missed a few others.
This is a great model period. Almost Real is pushing the status quo, and we like it! I think many have forgotten what a truly GOOD scale model offering is all about. Sorry folks, it isn’t all about a stagnant visual perspective either. The team is bringing back memories of what this hobby was in the mid to late 90’s. If and when they enter the supercar arena their market share and popularity will gain even more momentum. Is this sustainable? We sure hope so. Looking forward to future releases from the brand, Almost Real. Enjoy the pics!