SPY SHOTS! ACME Re-Fires Real Art Replicas!

Aug 08, 2012 No Comments by

You’d think that the hyper-slick photography we usually employ (if we do say so ourselves) would be the type of image we’d get excited about around here. But you’d be wrong. The photos we love – like these, from an undisclosed location far away, via ACME Trading – are the grainy, badly-lit kind you usually see when someone is sending first shot snaps of works in progress.

ACME is resurrecting a name from their past – real Art Replicas – and these spy shots of an upcoming 1:12 Lotus 49, and a giant, well-in-progress 1:8 So-Cal Belly Tanker show that the top-tier brand from the Winder boys (yep – they’re still there, folks) is not only running – it’s moving in leaps and bounds. These huge resin models will come across as museum-style pieces with extraordinary detail, and truly limited production runs.

Stay tuned – we’ll have lots more in the Winter issue of Die Cast X, with more photos, more background, and links to exclusive video of the models and the people who stand behind them. Excited? We are, too. Over and out.

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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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