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Hello again, fellow collectors. My F40 still hasn't arrived yet so I'll post another review while I'm still waiting. This review is for the 1/18 Ferrari 575M Maranello by Hot Wheels.



Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, Hot Wheels effort to reproduce the 575MM in 1/18 is far from great. Immediately you notice that the stance is rather tame because the model's front is rather rounded where the real car is sharper and more menacing.



The lights at the front are exceptionally poor - the headlights and indicators are a single piece of rubberised plastic that is painted silver to represent the lights - a typical cost-cutting measure by Hot Wheels - and it looks cheap. The tail lights are better but they are still no work of art - they are transparent red pieces of plastic with silver painted in the middle to simulate the reverse lights but silver is also used to simulate the reverse lights! The paint however is very nice and complete without rough edges or over-painted areas.



The interior is fair at best. Different colours were used for the seats, dashboard and floor, which is accurate but the rubber plastic used feels very cheap. It looks moulded (which it is) rather than crafted and while Hot Wheels made an effort to render the paddle-shifters for the gearbox, they are too far away from the steering wheel to be to scale (otherwise you'd need fingers 12 inches long to use them). The wheels are fairly well done and the brake discs are reasonable but at least the calipers are separate from the discs so the discs do rotate with the wheels.





The air intake on the bonnet is not perforated (as it should be) and the hood opens up to reveal a half-decent effort for the engine. The engine is made from about 6 separate pieces at the most and too much of the red plastic part used to represent the banks of cylinders shows. However the underside of the bonnet is painted black (realstically) to represent the heat reflector and this is some consolation.

The 575MM is certainly less than average in terms of quality. This is a typical model by Hot Wheels standards and I reckon that you should only buy this if you don't have the 550M by UT Models or if you really, really like the 575MM.

Ratings:

Exterior - 6.5/10
Interior - 5/10
Paint/Decals - 7/10
Engine - 6/10
Wheels/Brakes - 7/10

Overall - 6/10

Hopefully my 1/18 Maisto Dodge Viper SRT/10 will arrive soon and I'll do a review on that model next.

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It's ashame that the Hotwheels Ferrari line is as poor as it is. I only own a few of their models, the 250 GTO and '84 GTO, which in my own opinion are the nicest of the bunch. You would think that they would want to improve the quality on each new releases. But they don't.

Hopefully Kyosho will continue to sublease the licensing from Mattel and continue to make more Ferraris. I would Really like to see Kyosho remake the F360 Modena coupe, spider, and Challenge! I believe that one car could make them a fortune with the different street versions and racing lines.
 

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It's ashame that the Hotwheels Ferrari line is as poor as it is. I only own a few of their models, the 250 GTO and '84 GTO, which in my own opinion are the nicest of the bunch. You would think that they would want to improve the quality on each new releases. But they don't.

Hopefully Kyosho will continue to sublease the licensing from Mattel and continue to make more Ferraris. I would Really like to see Kyosho remake the F360 Modena coupe, spider, and Challenge! I believe that one car could make them a fortune with the different street versions and racing lines.
I agree, Eric. Hot Wheels haven't really progressed much in terms of quality despite making 1/18 mods for the past 4 years. Even Bburago have improved in quality (e.g. the VW Touraeg) since they moved their factory to China. I'd like to see Kyosho make the 360 as well as the 288 GTO, the F355 and the F40 in 1/18 but I doubt that they'll sublease these particular cars as they are probably the most popular of all Ferraris. It probably won't be until Hot Wheels contract with Ferrari expires in couple of years time that we can hope to see a really good mod manufacturer make these cars in 1/18.
 

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Great review Darren! I have to say it is extremely disappointing that yet again Mattel have produced a sub standard Ferrari model, I think Ferrari collectors have suffered enough at their hands!!!

Their 360 Modenas are ok, as is their 550 Barchetta, and I believe the Enzo model is not too bad either, but it just kills me to think what a superb range of 1:18th Ferraris we would have available if other companies had been able to make them. Ok, with Kyosho back in the game things are looking up (the new Daytonas and the new 308s are very welcome in my collection!) but wouldn't it be great if you had AUTOart 550's and 575's, 360 Stradales by Kyosho, a top notch 288 GTO with photoetched brake discs, carpeted interior with real fabric seat belts, a high end fully wired twin turbo V8....one of these days hopefully!!!
 

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It would be great if Kyosho or AUTOart did make more 1/18 mods. Those that you suggested would make some really nice additions to any collector's collection. The 360 Stradale by Kyosho would be an excellent idea, especially with those gorgeous leather seats. A 288 GTO by Kyosho would also go nicely as it is probably my all-time favourite Ferrari after the F40 and 360 Stradale.
 

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It would be great if Kyosho or AUTOart did make more 1/18 mods. Those that you suggested would make some really nice additions to any collector's collection. The 360 Stradale by Kyosho would be an excellent idea, especially with those gorgeous leather seats. A 288 GTO by Kyosho would also go nicely as it is probably my all-time favourite Ferrari after the F40 and 360 Stradale.
:iagr: :mrgreen: Either AUTOart and/or Kyosho would be just right for more modern Ferraris. I have to say the 288 GTO is probably my all time favourite Ferrari and I rate it personally as the most beautiful car ever. Which goes to show how poorly I rate the Bburrago and Mattel versions of it as I have neither of them in my collection!!!
 

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Kyosho does make a F360 for their Mini-Z line as well as an Enzo. It's a shame that don't or can't make an 1/18 version of it as well.
Thanks for the photos Eric, I've never seen these Mini-Z Kyoshos. Are they small scale slot cars? They look good I have to say.
 
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I posted a few photos of the Toyota GT One, they sure are some nice models. :mrgreen:

How does the R/c compare in pricing to the S/C's. :?
 
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