The 9 best miniature car kits in 2021

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If you are an automotive fanatic and enjoy building things, chances are you are also an avid model car kit enthusiast, or at least have thought about buying a beginner’s kit and try it out.

One of the great things about miniature car kits is that they can give you hours of activity for less than what you would pay for a meal in a restaurant. Chances are, if you love a car, there is a kit to build it, whether you love classics like a 1960s Ford Mustang or a 2013 Lamborghini roadster.

Read on for an overview of the great options, as well as what you need to know before you buy.

What to consider

If you are new to model building or looking to gift a toy car, the first thing to know is that you have the option of purchasing a die-cast kit with painted metal parts ready to assemble, or a model kit with a plastic molded car that needs glue and paint, which are not included. There are also some Lego building kits for adults which are incredibly popular, but expect to shell out at least $ 100 if they interest you.

If you like to DIY and follow directions to put things together, a diecast kit is the way to go. If you are artistically inclined and good at detailed work with paint and decals, challenge yourself with a beginner’s model kit.

Most retailers provide a kit’s level or age range, and some also provide an estimate of time to completion. You can get an idea of ​​the size (or small) of the finished product by checking the scale, a ratio shown to express the size of the model compared to the real thing. Beyond that, it’s about finding kits to build the cars you love.

How we chose

Each kit we cover has an average rating of at least 4 starts, with the majority of our picks at 4.5 stars and above. Our selection includes die-cast and miniature car kits from top brands known for making high-quality products, such as AMT, Revell, Tamiya, as well as a few from Lego. The kits we offer cover skill levels ranging from beginner to expert, and at several price points. Most of our picks range from around $ 20 to $ 50, with an extravagant Lego kit over $ 300.

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1

The Chevrolet Impala

AMT 1967 Chevy Impala Model Car Kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches
  • Climb: 1:25
  • Equipment: Plastic

The 1967 Chevy Impala features a Coke bottle style, with flared fenders and a narrow center. This miniature car kit captures every curve of the vintage muscle car and includes over 100 parts, complete with chrome rims, rally wheels, detailed interior and chassis, and a 427 cubic inch V8 engine. It also comes with a sheet of full color decals. Over 400 customers give the kit an average of 4.7 stars.

2

The Ferrari

Lego Ferrari 488 GTE Car Model Kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 19×8.5×5
  • Climb: Not listed
  • Equipment: Plastic

The Lego version of the iconic Ferrari 488 GTE features a ton of authentic features including racing decals and original paint colors, a V8 engine with moving pistons, and incredibly precise interior details. There’s also a working steering wheel and opening doors, as well as front and rear suspensions.

The 1,677-piece set is intended for experienced Lego builders, and although its scale is not listed, the car model is quite large at 19 inches long.

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The Dodge Challenger

Revell Dodge Challenger 70s 2 in 1 Model Car Kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 9x7x4.3
  • Climb: 1:24
  • Equipment: Plastic

Fun fact: The 1970 Dodge Challenger was the company’s first pony car, a sleek, compact and affordable car. This two-in-one model kit gives you the option of building the original version or the street machine and includes chrome parts including rims and bumpers, black vinyl tires and a realistic detailed interior .

The kit is intended for mid to experienced model car builders and comes with decals, but paint is sold separately.

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The Ford Mustang

1960’s Ford Mustang Model Car Kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 13 x 5 x 3 inches
  • Climb: 1:13
  • Equipment: Plastic

The Lego Ford Mustang Model Car Kit comes with parts to customize your creation, including tailpipes, ducktail front and rear spoilers, and a nitrous oxide tank.

The mini muscle car from the 1960s features realistic details, such as white racing stripes and five-spoke rims, as well as a V8 engine, air filter, hoses and battery under the front hood. The trunk and doors open as well, and other highlights include a removable roof panel, dashboard with radio and console shifter, as well as an operational steering wheel.

The 1,471-piece kit is a customer favorite, with an impressive 4.9-star average from over 3,400 reviews.

5

The Ford GT

Model Tamiya 2015 Ford GT

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 13.8 x 7.8 x 3.2 inches
  • Climb: 1:24
  • Equipment: Plastic

In 1966, the first model of this car, the 1966 GT40 Mk II, beat Ferrari’s 330 P3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (If you want the full story of the saga, watch the movie Ford vs. Ferrari, with Christian Bale and Matt Damon.)

Fast forward decades to this stylish car, which was unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Tamiya’s miniature car kit does a remarkable job replicating the 2015 Ford GT, with this set, which does not even ignore the design below.

There are also buttresses, door side air tunnels and front and rear lights with several parts, in addition it comes with a metal plated wheel, an oil tank and a full set of stickers, including including optional racing stripes.

6

The Chevrolet pickup

Revell ’65 Chevy Stepside Pickup Diecast Car Kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.8 x 2.7 inches
  • Climb: 1:25
  • Equipment: Plastic

We had to include at least one badass truck in our roundup. This Chevy Stepside ’65 pickup kit gives you the option of building a factory or custom model using the original decals and graphics included.

There’s also a 283 V-8 engine with optional parts including disc brakes, and chrome wheels with moon covers to pair with whitewall tires or five-spoke mag wheels with profile tires. low.

The miniature car kit comes with illustrated instructions and is ideal for mid to upper level builders.

7

The Bugatti Chiron

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Car Model Kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 22 x 9 x 5 inches
  • Climb: 1: 8
  • Equipment: Plastic

This madness-worthy Lego kit is a collector’s dream: a 1: 8 scale Bugatti Chiron which was created in partnership with Bugatti to ensure that every detail is true to the over-the-top luxury car. The 3,599-piece set includes a W16 engine, 8-speed gearbox with paddle shifters and active rear spoiler, as well as a detailed steering wheel, spoked rims, brake rotors and booklet collection.

The interior of the car is exceptionally realistic and there is even a unique serial number under the hood.

8

The Dodge Dart

Revell ’68 Dodge Hemi Dart 2-in-1 Diecast Car Kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 7 inches
  • Climb: 1:25
  • Equipment: Plastic

This Revell 1968 two-in-one Dodge Dart model car kit includes parts to build the serial or limited edition racing version shown. The kit includes 172 pieces and includes decals for factory stock markings as well as fun and colorful drag racing graphics.

It also comes with two engines: the stock car’s 440 cubic inch engine with one carburetor and the race car’s specialized 426 cubic inch HEMI engine with dual carburetors. Experienced builders should expect to spend at least 7 hours creating this popular classic car.

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The Lamborghini

Maisto Lamborghini Aventador Roadster miniature car kit

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Climb: 1:24
  • Equipment: Metal, plastic

This miniature car kit is a great choice for beginner builders because there are only 24 pieces, no glue or paint is required to complete the job.

All of the Lamborghini’s die-cast metal parts are painted and snap together easily or are attached using an included tool. The end result is impressive and realistic – the doors open and there’s a steering wheel that works – to whet any beginner’s appetite to try out another more difficult kit.

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