A recent thread on the Die-cast Car Collectors Club Bangladesh group on Facebook had a discussion on the pros and cons of closed shell die-casts (not resin). Some collectors opined that these 1:18 scale models are hardly a significant step-up from 1:43 scale models. The general consensus was that of disappointment, as major manufacturers like Minichamps releases closed shell die-casts in the pursuit of cheaper models that offer better build quality than most entry level items.
Case in point—KK Diecast’s limited edition 1:18 VW Type I. For near about 7000 TK, you get a top shelf die-cast that stands apart from others in paint/build quality, detailing and packaging. There are no openings—the doors stay shut, as does the rear engine hatch—and the foam packaging doesn’t come with a window. Tt still looks fantastic and carries the weight of a top-end die-cast, though. While you can’t display the guts of the car, it still does look fantastic on a shelf or desk, provided you invest in a clear acrylic case which protects the paint. Considering the alternative is paying at least double the amount for an Autoart or Kyosho model, it’s not a bad deal for what is essentially a display collector’s shelf fodder.