In Pictures: 1959 1:18 Cadillac Eldorado by Maisto
Here's what you can create with an entry-level 1:18 model, a brilliant Samsung Galaxy phone camera and some decent lighting!
If, like me, you also have a passion for model cars as well as the real deal, you'll know that they do cost a pretty penny to buy if you want supreme quality. However, I've found that the entry level models by Maisto, Bburago and Welly give you excellent quality models (if not quite as nicely rounded as models by Norev and AutoArt) for a very reasonable price. The following photos are un-edited and have been created using one of these budget, but brilliant models: a 1:18 scale 1959 Cadillac Eldorado by Maisto. I did this using my Samsung Galaxy S7 camera, which is a few years old now, but still has one of the best phone cameras ever produced. In addition, trying to be as professional as possible, I used my motorbike-style lamp to bring out the lighting in the photos and showcase the features of this model.
Come to front of the model, you are met with that traditional 50's 'in-your-faceness' that I absolutely adore! The decals are well laid out, although the chrome strips (on the front and the rest of the car) are a little on the tacky side.
Hop onto the back seat, and you'll see the dashboard is well laid out. The steering wheel turns the front wheels and even the front seats recline! All these interior details are in some form of plastic, not fabric, but they still don't feel cheap.
Probably the most distinctive angle of the car, the rear end has the same achievements and downfalls as the front, but all in all, it comes out positively! The car also features an operational boot, which is surprisingly a decent size.
The side of this huge, American boat of a car, reveals neatly printed initials and straight body lines. The highlight here though are those vintage white-wall tyres.
Under the bonnet you are greeted with the powerhouse of this vehicle; the 6.4 litre, 390 cubic inch V8! The engine is one of the most detailed aspects of this car and apart from the materials, looks very realistic.
Lastly, here is a nice side view of the car, showcasing the functioning doors the lower layer of the dashboard.
To conclude this media accompanied article, this model by Maisto is a prime example of how you can get a very realistic model... for not that much cash. Of course, the more expensive models are always going to be of a higher standard, but these types of models add a nice touch to a 1: 18 collection. This also model features working suspension springs at the front and rear to make manoeuvring over bumps that bit more realistic. Speaking of bumps, don't forget to do just that if you liked this post. Also, do you think I should do more of these kind of articles? Let me know in the comments!