Versus Fine Handbuilt Models

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I finally decided write about Versus so that model collector will know better what was this brand that disappeared in 2011 as everyone knows now with the Tsunami that destroyed few towns in the North East of Japan. Especially Rikusen Takata where Versus was making its modelcars The purpose is to share informations about this famous brand. So that the Versus work of art still remains in collectors memory.

The builder of the brand, Masanori Akashi, was a hand craft builder that started to be world famous in 2006/2007. Early, I guess he was already famous in Japan where he was producing 1/18 scale models mainly from resin kits or transkits provided by APM. Fisrt the products he was realizing were under another brand M&H (at this stage, we are several persons to think that it is the names of Masanori's daughters Maria and Hikari). In 2006/2007, the brand has already changed to Versus. On the Japanese market, another brand was used called Veloce because Masanori made also cars for Veloce who adapt transkits on real cars.

All the cars were made in very limited quantity but this is not for that reason that the cars have value in my eyes. The accuracy and the building of the cars are the best result achieved for non industrial 1/18 model cars (I only know this scale…) in my opinion of course. The car choices were in a word "Super cars and super tuned cars" I know this is already six words, but also "one off models under customer request also in 1/24 scale and 1/12 scale", sorry I should have said in many words...

I list here the models I have in mind but will certainly forget many cars, sorry for that… and fell free to add all information that you want One other particuarity is painting method, all painting has been completed with the PPG system (same as the Ferrari factory in Maranello), the best quality worldwide.

Super tuned cars:

Strosek: Only the Diablo Strosek Based on an APM resin full kit

Koenig:

  • First the F48 which was a resin transkit for the Burago 348 TB, there are two versions, the TB and the TS;
  • The Testarossa Koenig Twin Turbo, KS1, KS2, also in spider for the last two. All are APM resin kits;
  • The F355 light tuned: based on a UT F355;
  • The 512 BB based on an APM resin Kit.

Fabulous: Only the F430 based on a hotwheels with an APM resin transkit

Hamann:

  • The 360 coupe and spider based on a hotwheels and enhanced with an APM resin transkit;
  • The F430 coupe and roadster, fisrt edition with an APM transkit for a Hotwheels and the second based on an Elite F430 with a resin transkit (home made?);
  • The 599 Fiorano: based on a hotwheels with a resin transkit;
  • The California: based on an Elite with a resin transkit;
  • The Murcielago Hamann coupe and roadster based on an autoart Murcielago.

Gemballa: The Testarossa and the MIG- U1 are both full resin kits (not from APM though)

Veilside: Only the Murcielago rodster and coupe based on the norev Murcielago

LB Performance: Only the Murcielago based on a Norev Murcielago

Novitec Rosso:

  • The California: based on an Elite with a resin transkit;
  • The F430 : based on an Elite with a resin transkit;
  • The 599 Fiorano: based on a hotwheels/Elite with a resin transkit.

Other serie models:

  • Diablo 6.0: Based on an APM resin full kit;
  • Diablo SV: Based on an autoart with an APM resin transkit;
  • Diablo VT: Based on an autoart with an APM resin transkit;
  • Diablo SVR: Repaint of an Autoart Diablo SVR;
  • Diablo SE35th: Based on an APM resin full kit;
  • Scuderia 16M: based on a hotwheels with an APM transkit;
  • F430 Super GT: based on a resin JP Model full kit in a different livery, Rosso Corsa, Carbon and Jim Gainer. This one is special in the fact that it is kind of a premium version called "PREMIER" with an evea base (but few cars come with an aluminium base).

GT Concept cars:

  • F50: Based on an APM resin full kit;
  • Enzo 2005: APM kit or transkit;
  • Enzo Evoluzione (BBS rims): APM kit or transkit;
  • 612 Scaglietti: APM kit or transkit;
  • FXX: Based on an APM resin full kit;
  • 360 Modena GTC Présentation.

One Off models:

  • F40 GTE: Based on a burago with a scuderia modelli transkit (and perhaps robustelli transkit);
  • F40 Evoluzione: Based on a burago with a Robustelli transkit;
  • F40 Taisan #34 red/black: Based on a burago with a Robustelli transkit;
  • F40 Taisan #40 red: Based on a burago with a Robustelli transkit;
  • F40 LM: Based on a kyosho with an APM resin transkit;
  • 288 GTO: Based on a burago with a Robustelli transkit;
  • Diablo SE30 Purple coupe and Roadster. If you want to add more information feel free to do it.

Usefull links about Versus work:

1/ Veloce website developped for Versus : http://www.veloce-2009.com/

2/ A Japanese collector: http://ameblo.jp/hir...0048396241.html

3/ Unusual43 retailer in Singapore: http://www.unusual43...display_type=14

4/ Tribute from Raccoon shop: http://www.raccoon-a...rsus/index.html

5/ A chinese collectors website: http://www.modelclub...type&typeid=112

6/ A chinese collectors website 2 : http://www.modelclub...3943&highlight=

7/ My website: /118modelcars/

Let me present you some fabulous cars made by Versus:

Koenig F48 TB

Koenig F48 TS

F40 Evoluzione

Diablo SE 30 Roadster

Diablo SE 30

Diablo Strosek