Battle royale on the library – die-casting or resin? Help me choose!

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Stop what you are doing and help me make the most informed decision … do I buy a cast or resin model for my bookcase?

Dear … audience? This time I need your help and your experience.

I found two 1:18 scale models of a black Mercedes-Benz 190E, and I want to get myself a Christmas present to sit on a shelf at home. Both models look great, one is an AMG variant, the other a Cosworth, and since my car is a mix of the two, either one performs well.

I already have one Superkings Cosworth Matchbox, and a small Hotwheels Evolution II, so the AMG car would be different, but considering the 2.3-16 the model has the same body kit and wheels as my real car, this is a more “technically” correct representation.



Bottom line, they’re both equally attractive except for one thing.

One is resin, the other is die-cast – and I need your help deciding which way to go.

Die-cast miniature cars are the most “regular” of the breed. These tend to offer doors that open and other features and are stronger and heavier due to the zinc alloy used in construction.

A resin model tends to be more detailed, but is strictly meant to be displayed “as is,” since the light weight of the building material is not strong enough to support the hinges and thin pillar members.

When these two models are the same price, a resin model tends to be more expensive to make because the molds are not as sturdy and require smaller production. The resin also allows for finer details, and Otto the models have a good reputation.

But a die-cast model is arguably more realistic in construction and perhaps more “durable” for display. I did not meet the NoRev mark before, but it looks very good in the photos.



With both not really an option, I reach out to the beehive spirit and the audience’s collective experience – what’s better, die-cast or resin?

Let us know in the comments below.

James ward

James has been part of the digital publishing landscape in Australia since 2002 and has worked in the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW, then returned at the end of 2019 to lead the management of the content of Conduct.

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