We’re a few days away from completing another year.  2018 has had its share of memories and highlights.  The shift from open to sealed is once again a large topic of concern, even the materials are creating divisions with collectors.  The pendulum is heavily in favour of sealed resin over diecast.  Thankfully there are still some brands taking the lead and continuing with good old faithful diecast metal with full 360-access.

Our 2018 list of candidates has been narrowed down to 13.  Thank you to all who took the time to provide feedback through our various media vehicles.  And to those who did not please don’t be a keyboard hero, respect the process, and yes, we totally understand our methods aren’t truly perfect.  There is a good mix of diecast metal and resin models, each has something to offer.  Be it the subject matter, level of execution, value, price point or a mix of all of the above, each is rightfully recognized for their outstanding efforts in 2018.  Some of our favourites include the Almost Real 1:18 Land Rover Defender 110 “Camel Trophy”, a beautifully executed model from head to toe, though not the most accurate piece when looking at it from a granular level.  A notable mention is definitely game for BBR’s re-introduction to open and diecast metal replicas.  Their first effort in years is the 1:18 Ferrari F12 TdF, absolutely solid achievement.   And the team from Solido is holding down the affordable aspect of scale model collecting with their version of the 1:18 Bugatti Atlantic SC release in both Blue and Black.  Absolutely superb effort on their part.

All we ask from you the scale model collecting community now is a few seconds of your time.  Place your vote for your best of the best for 2018 below.  Thank you all in advance for helping us define this list.  We’ll announce the winner sometime in early 2019.  Happy collecting folks!



  • Almost Real Land Rover Defender 110 “CT” (22%, 609 Votes)
  • AUTOart Koenigsegg One:1 (21%, 579 Votes)
  • BBR Ferrari F12 TdF (17%, 460 Votes)
  • CMC Ferrari D50 (11%, 303 Votes)
  • Norev Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL (5%, 147 Votes)
  • Schuco Volkswagen T3a Westfalia Joker (5%, 143 Votes)
  • OttOmobile Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (5%, 138 Votes)
  • GT Spirit Dodge Challenger Demon (3%, 91 Votes)
  • Maisto Datsun 240Z Tuner (3%, 74 Votes)
  • Ilario Bugatti T57SC 1937 Atalante (2%, 64 Votes)
  • MR Collection Lamborghini Terzo Millennio (2%, 63 Votes)
  • Solido Bugatti Atlantic SC (2%, 53 Votes)
  • AutoCult Stutz BB 145 Schumacher Special (1%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,738

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  1. Charlie says:

    Placed my vote for the Almost Real Landie. I would have voted for the CMC Lancia D50, but my car had serious QC issues, and the absolutely abysmal service I received from CMC USA really gave me pause.

    • DS Team says:

      It is not the first time we heard of horrible customer service practices from CMC. People are shelling out $500-$700 for their product. It better arrive in perfect condition or you make it right! It is that simple.

      • charlie says:

        My trouble with CMC was entirely with CMC USA, not CMC GMBH (Germany) After getting very poor service from CMC USA, (that included having to pay return shipping on my defective model, receiving a defective replacement, and having to pay return shipping on the defective replacement as well) I contacted GMBH. The ONLY reason my issue was resolved was CMC GMBH put pressure on James & Jason at CMC USA to make things right. Inexcusable on such an expensive model.

  2. Vitaliy D says:

    I think Almost Real Land Rover Defender 110 “CT” deserves its 1st place.
    I’m surprised, however, that AutoArt Koenigsegg One:1 managed to leave BBR Ferrari F12 TDF behind. I assume that probably half of the voters just did not have these models in their hands. And the voting was simply based on “ah, dog legs” against “the spirit of Koenigsegg One:1”, which clearly does not reflect the quality of both models in whole.
    As for CMC, probably their Jaguar C-Type would be a more successful choice, but anyway 500 euros is just too expensive. And here I do believe that most of the collectors definitely did not have this model in their hands. Otherwise, just a simple comparison of the CMC’s Jaguar vs. AutoArt’s Koenigsegg would clearly show where is a scale model and where is a toy.

    • Tomcatters says:

      The One:1 is better than the TDF and not just because of dog legs. I have the Bianco Avus TDF and silver One:1. The paint on the One:1 is flawless with nice metallic flakes, the TDF has a very thick layer of paint, smoothing some lines way too much. Additionally, the One:1 has realistic tyrewalls whereas the TDF has blank ones.
      Both models are overpriced when comparing them to other “benchmark” models, but I am honestly not surprised that the TDF gets left behind. It’s a very nice model, but the price is 100$ too much for what you get.

      • Vitaliy D says:

        Thank you, I think you are right here.
        What you have mentioned is even more clear if we compare the AA One:1 with the classic die-cast Exoto Ford GT40 Mk II. The exterior of AA One:1 looks obviously more accurate… Until the comparison comes to the details of the engine and the interior.
        Basically, initially I was expecting that the AA One:1 would be near the quality of AA’s die-cast Pagani Huayra, and in terms of the exterior it is true. But when it comes to the details of the engine and suspension (a lot of nicely made metal details in Huayra) and the interior (a lot of nicely made small details in Huayra), the One:1 just does not look serious at all. This fact, plus the overall spirit of high quality die-cast in BBR’s F12 TDF, makes me prefer the F12 TDF model over the One:1.

        • Tomcatters says:

          Yea, I also have the Agera as diecast model from AutoArt. I really wonder why they did not use it as a base for the One:1. Oh well, I really like both of them (TDF and One:1), but they are still both overpriced when I think of models like AA’s Huayra or even the normal Agera. It’s really a shame.

          • Atalante says:

            “Composite” models require a diecast sub-frame because the plastic body does not provide sufficient rigidity by itself. So that is probably the reason they could not reuse the base of the previous Agera and had to design a new base. Still looking at the costs of redesign vs keeping the existing I would have expected it to make business sense to keep a diecast body at least for this one. That would have been a home run !!!
            I own both the One:1 and the BBR F12 TDF and personally prefer the TDF. Openings are too flimsy on the One:1 for my taste.

    • DS Team says:

      Seeing multiple One:1’s and the BBR Ferrari, the better of the two in our opinion is the BBR. We’re surprised in the last week or so AUTOart has moved into second place. Voting will close in the later this month. Our plan is to present a trophy to the winner!

  3. RYO says:

    Is it just me or is Autoart actually gaining even on Almost Real? I don’t see how that’s possible as I must say Almost Real is superior in every respect; pricing, material (metal vs composite), and overall execution of the model. Well, maybe except for the long lead time…

  4. Karsten says:

    So far, I have abstained from making any comment because I consider it inappropiate to campaign. DS has reviewed all of the models and so the facts are on the table. But now that the discipline is broken anyway, I would like to give my view. First of all, I personally do not mind who wins, because I have all of the first three in my collection. Having said this, impartially speaking without favoruing or even telling you what I voted for, I do agree that Almost Real deserves a price, both for the model in itself and as a reward for the efforts that the company has made. Almost Real do this hobby a great service.
    I am as surprised as DS, though, to see how the Almost Real has overtaken BBR on two levels. Although I agree that the Koenigsegg may have a better paint job, the carbon fibre imitation and the interior are so much better on the F12tdf. I own both models in white, so I have a fair comparison. The second level on which BBR derserve our vote more than AUTOart is how BBR does a service to our hobby in their effort to return to diecast and aim for excellent quality.
    We need to consider what mesage our vote will give to manufacturers who are prepared to listen to what the collectors´ community says.

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