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I'm looking to purchase a diecast model car of the Fiat Abarth at a 1:18 scale.

I'm not too familiar with the industry and my search online yielded me two companies that make such models.

The first is by Bburago seen here:

http://www.xdiecast.com/?p=1145

The second is by Mondo Motors seen here:

http://www.marksmodels.com/?pid=10029

Does anybody know anything about the quality of these two companies and which makes better models?

Both can be found for <$50 online.

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Hi

I have a Bburago 1:18 Euro Spec Lounge model that I bought off eBay, and its a pretty nice model. I'm very happy with the quality.

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My sales rep surprised me with a red lounge Burago diecast when I picked up mine but their quality isn't what they used to be long long ago. I'm surprised Autoart doesn't make them yet but then you'd probably be looking at $120 plus rather than $35 plus. For the money Burago's version is alright, I haven't seen the Mondo up close so can't comment on it.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I looked at autoart and I was disappointed they don't carry the model.

I did some further looking and found some up close pictures of the Mondo Motors variant here:

http://forums.project118.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8320

Exterior wise, both the mondo and bburago ones look similar. The mondo has half down front windows while the bburago ones are fully down I believe. Also, the bburago has more coloring for the engine compared to mondo. Other than that, being that they are both 1:18 in scale they are comparable.

I think I might end up getting a mondo variant as they have more color choices.

Thanks again for the input!
 

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the Bburago I'm familiar with and they usually tend to be pretty decent for the money. Mondo.....not so much IMO.

as for color choices, you can always take them apart and PAINT THEM! I did that with a Charger to match my last car. usually just a couple screws in the bottom and they just snap apart. get your matching paint from your Fiat Studio and there you have it! :)
 

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I haven't read scale modeling magazines in years, but I've seen several articles on stripping and repainting die-cast models, and it's not all that hard. I believe they used Kleen-Strip or something similar, but the hardest part is popping the pieces off without damaging them.

The hardest part would be matching up the wheels, interior, and body parts. The 1/18th diecast Sport sold on the Fiat merchandise site, made by Norev (better pics on 500 Madness: http://500madness.com/500madness/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37_72&product_id=232 ) looks pretty close. The wheels look right, but the front and rear bumper will need some work. The good thing about diecast versus plastic is that you can use regular Bondo and automotive paints to do the body work.
 

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I didn't know no rev made models too. That sport model is the first of it's kind I've seen and actually looks pretty good. I will have to consider them.

I'm unfortunately terrible with plastic models so I probably won't consider the fujimi models. Thanks for the input tho!
 

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Bringing this up from the dead, rather than start a new model.

Does anyone have the Maisto version of the Abarth? Maisto are normally quite good while Bbugaro are sometimes questionable (although my 60's 500 is very good).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Maisto-Spec...71270?pt=Diecast_Vehicles&hash=item27ee506746

Hard to tell if this is just the Bbugaro version in a Maisto box.

Also, does it look like you can remove the chequers and scorpion?


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i have the maisto from ebay for $16. not the $24. the cast itself is good but the addition bits are ****** quality. the wheels are not even, they have little lumps from the plastic extruder. also the tires dont fit the wheels very well either. they are too big. the steering wheel wobbles all over the place and the front tires dont really steer. the wheels themselves are snapped on to a plastic pole so they dont do smooth turning. but the paint is nice and detail is good. i emailed them about the quality and they said they fixed the most of the quality issue with the july 2014 production batch which is on ebay for $24. aka the special edition.
 
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