Wrangler Rubicon Brush Fire Unit Review
By: Len Schwartz
had seen pictures of a 1:18 Maisto Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon Brush Fire Unit. Well, the other day, while in a
local wholesale club I found it.
To start off, this model is a modified Jeep Wrangler Rubicon made
into Jeep Fire Dept. Brush Fire Unit 313. It has a decal on each
door and on the hood. On the doors it says "BRUSH UNIT 313". It also
has two white stripes on each side. The vehicle comes with three
removable tools, opening doors, opening hood, and an opening trunk
to reveal the extinguisher and hose. The vehicle comes with a light
bar that is surprisingly very detailed. It has a roll cage and a
small brush guard.
The inside of this car is very well detailed. You can clearly make
out everything from the dash all the way to the cup holders next to
the drivers seat. The seats in the car are very well detailed to
make it appear like they are cloth seats. Hanging from the middle
pillar of the roll cage are two CB radios. They are very accurate in
making it look like a real cord when in reality, it is plastic. This
vehicle also has a nicely detailed engine. Opening the hood on this
car, it is the same as opening the hood on the real thing.
The Brush Fire part it self is pretty detailed. As you can see
Maisto did their homework on this one by adding the decals to the
extinguisher and hose bed. The hose bed on this is lacking. The hose
is painted yellow and so is the nozzle. Also, there is a chainsaw
which is on the drivers side. I personally am not happy with the
color and detail since the holder it is in and the saw itself are
all one piece. This and the hose bed are the two worse things about
the model in my opinion. The removable tools are very detailed. The
shovel is the best of the three, but they do look great hung up on
the side of the vehicle. The mountings for the tools also look
The rims for the car are accurate, but the tires do not have any
writing on them. The spare tire is on the back. It is not removable,
but I'm sure there is a way because you can spin it.
All in all, this model is my first in 1:18 scale. It is hard to get
items in this scale, but this is one truck that you do not want to
miss out on. Maisto is not the most detailed brand, but they are
known to be VERY durable if you want to give them to a younger kid
who is a little rougher on cars. This Maisto has to be one of the
most detailed that I own/ have seen and that has been many. Maisto
went all out on this model from the interior, to the light bar, and
down to the decals on the extinguisher and hose bed. I recommend
this car to anyone who collectors fire trucks, model cars, Jeeps, or
just likes unique models that stand out. I also think that the model
has potential to be perfect for kit bash since there are enough Fire
Departments that run Jeep Wranglers.
To get one of these models I recommend visiting your local wholesale
club that sells Maisto cars.