Onemodel is one fish in the sea of up-and-coming, lesser known brands in the resin model world. The majority of their catalog consists of Hondas, from the pure-bred sports cars like the Integra, S2000, and NSX, to sporty takes on economy cars like Japanese-spec Civics and Accords. They’ve even got a base trim Honda Fit, because who doesn’t want to drop $300 on a fake Fit? You could probably go to a junkyard and get a real one for less than that, but anyways…
There are also a smattering of Mitsubishi Lancers and Nissan GT-R’s, but Hondas are, by and large, Onemodel’s bread and butter - at least in their early stages as a company. Priced in the high-end realm of scale models, they’re a tough sell with all of the more established brands to choose from out there. However, I was able to snatch this Imola Orange Pearl NSX Type R, first generation and pre-facelift, for a paltry fraction, allowing me this opportunity to put it through the ringer.
I should preface this by saying that I am, in no way, a fan of the NSX, though I respect its abilities, design, and icon status (oh, and by the way, the greatest taillight design in automotive history). The Integra is just more my cup of tea. Nonetheless, this is one of those cars that every collector should have at least one of.
The NSX is always an eye-catcher. It’s also very deceiving. When you see the car in photos, you picture it as being big and wide, like the Italian exotics that it was designed to beat. Then when you see one in the flesh, you realize it’s actually dwarfed by all other cars on the road; its roof is at the same level as your seat, it feels like. For this reason, I once saw a pickup truck back into one in a Fry’s parking lot, puncturing a hole in the innocent NSX’s rear fender. “I couldn’t see you!” the driver exclaimed. It’s okay dude; none of us would’ve been able to either.
Its compact dimensions, along with its all-aluminum sheetmetal, make it light and nimble - the NSX’s greatest asset. The Type R, or NSX-R, takes the weight reduction even further by eliminating creature comforts such as the car’s air conditioning and sound systems, because those won’t be necessary on the track - the Type R’s home turf. This model is of the pre-facelifted version (codename NA1), which means it has the pop-up headlights and dual exhaust layout. Additionally, this model represents the rarer Japan-exclusive variant of the Type R, which you can tell by the larger 7-spoke wheels in white, as opposed to the 5-spoke Enkeis on the “regular” ones (see: AUTOart’s model of the NSX-R).
I already have the AUTOart, so why would I want a second NSX, let alone a plastic one? Two reasons: the variation that I just talked about, and the color. You never see them in orange, but it looks so fabulous in it that you’re left wondering why they didn’t make more of these. Throw on the larger, sportier wheels - in stark Championship white, no less - and you have a Type R that looks better than the one AUTOart put out. If I ever need to downsize, this is the one I’m keeping.
The AUTOart is going to win all the objectives, though, with its fancy, working pop-ups, plethora of opening features, hidden details, and superior build quality. This Onemodel isn’t exactly a slouch with the details that it can show, but there should be mesh all around - not just on the main intake - for a model in this price range. There’s noticeably less detail in the visible engine bay, as they’ve omitted all of the wiring in there. Interiors aren’t a point of emphasis on sealed models, so it’s no surprise that the Onemodel doesn’t come with carpeting, though everything else in the sparse 90’s interior is there as it should be. The stance and offset of the wheels on this model are too aggressive to truly represent stock form, even if it does look good this way.
I also compared the two and found that the dimensions are larger here, and I’m inclined to believe that the AUTOart is the one that’s correctly scaled.
So, for overall accuracy, you won’t find it here. For overall value, you won’t find it here either; you’re better off looking elsewhere and getting two models for the price of one model (get it?). But, if you’re a fan and want to have all the variants, Onemodel has a number of enticing ones for you. Think NA2, NSX-R GT, and so on. Or, if you’re like me and want an Imola Orange one, this is where it’s at.