Lets Get Small: AFD-Model Announces new “Macro-Micro” line in 1:350

Apr 01, 2012 No Comments by

Like small models? Want to have a collection of a couple hundred cars that could fit into the average hat? Check out this new line from a previously unknown manufacturer going by the name “AFD Models”.

These are brilliant (if a little difficult to see), and if the factory photos and press release are correct, the cars will feature full opening panels, activated by a neodymium magnet that repels the hinged panels and opens the doors, hoods, and trunks when brought within five inches of the models’ bottoms.

Scaling at approximately 1:350, the lineup will be comprised of Ferraris at first; the maker says that negotiations are under way to include other Italian marques, with an eye – a very small eye – on expanding into other collecting areas such as English sports cars and light trucks, any of which would easily fit on the back of a cockroach.

No pricing has been set; company spokesman Wen P. Flei states that the company first has to secure a US distributor. We’ll keep you posted.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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