The Subaru Brat : A pick up that tastes like chicken
The decision to reproduce the 1/18 scale model car Subaru Brat 1985 by DNA Collectibles is directly linked to the success of the 1978 version launched in 1/43 scale earlier. Who knew that this American Subaru had a hardcore fanbase? We took the bet and we won. Enough digressions let’s review this exclusive scale model car.
Let’s first focus on the exterior, and there’s a lot to say!
The choice of the light cosmic blue body paint embellished by the red B pillar “BRAT” sticker and by the white rims were requested by our followers to pay tribute to this iconic pick-up. It was hard to find this colour as it was not common, we had to dig into old paint reference books. But that’s what it takes to offer the most realistic replica car. Please note that we selected the classic 4x140 rims which is the only true specification for a lot of purists. Have a look at the photo-etched chromed trims all around the bed trunk and along the wings, this is harder than just putting a sticker, but it is much more valuable! Talking about the bed trunk, you can see that we didn’t miss any detail from the multiple engraved surfaces to the 2 perfectly reproduced jump seats with their true fabric seat belts. The 4 mud flaps with the 4WD stickers brings realism to the beautiful scale model car replica.
DNA Collectibles loves to add very tiny details that distinguish us from other manufacturers. Note the badges all around the car (the logo, the Subaru inscriptions, the 4WD, the “Brat”, the Subaru GL...) but also the accurate locks on the doors and the gas tank hatch. Finally, do you also see the splitted rear windows as well as the T-Top split roof windows? Just like on the real Subaru Brat!
Now it’s time to have a look at the interior.
First of all, the 2 tones blue and grey interior color is just beautiful. As usual, we dedicated a lot of attention to the details on the dashboard and central console, but let’s be a little bit more specific: can you read the 4WD logo on the 4WD selector? Very tiny but still visible! Now please focus on the steering wheel where we added the Subaru logo. Behind the steering wheel, DNA Collectibles reproduced precisely the very specific commodos and side round switches for the lights and wash-wipers (you can actually read these small inscriptions on our scale model car!). To bring as much realism as possible, we added several separate parts to the interior of the model like the hand brake, the 4WD selector, the door handles, the seatbelt locks…