This is what I signed up for: to introduce you to the new brands on the 1/64 stage, especially if they’re bringing things like this to the hobby:
This is the Koenig Specials Competition by 1/64 newbies Stance Hunters. Rolling collectors look away now: this is a strictly display only model fashioned in resin. But when it looks this good, do I even care? No. And nor should you.
Koenig Specials are renowned for making some of the most insane modified supercars of the 1980s and 1990s. Founded by racing driver Willy König in 1977, the company became the go to for supercar owners high on the pursuit of more power, more aero, more everything!
The Ferrari Testarossa based Koenig Competition Evolution was one of the company’s more infamous creations. Taking the Testarossa’s 5 litre V12, Koenig bolted on two turbos and a less than subtle bodykit, creating a monster with a claimed 1000bhp and 230mph top speed. The modifications came with a huge $595,900 price tag, and perhaps unsurprisingly, only 14 of them found buyers.
The Stance Hunters replica is a brilliant indication of what the brand is capable of. The wheels don’t turn but heads do. When I shared this on my Instagram it proved very popular, and rightly so. The proportions are good and the detail is top notch from the 5 spoke split rims to the sharp decals.
It looks awesome as a static model, and the fading sun provided a rather fitting backdrop.
Koenig cars can split opinion like Marmite: you either love them or you hate them. Enzo Ferrari was famously so against the Koenig cars that he took legal proceedings to stop them using the Prancing Horse logo, should they ever be confused with one of his creations. I’m firmly on the “love” side here though, as much as I love a Testarossa it’s awesome to see the excess of a Koenig car. And now I’ve got the perfect miniature. Stance Hunters are here, and this is a great first step.