CMC Magic: 1:18 Maserati 300S is Another Bolt from the Blue

Nov 13, 2012 No Comments by

CMC’s 1:18 Maserati 300S is another bolt from the blue (well, okay, it’s red, but you get what we mean) from a company with an almost Thor-like capacity to hit their target time after time. The selected subjects are always just edgy enough and historical enough to be worth doing, and the “CMC Effect” – replicating every bolt, screw, and bit of hardware, even those hidden below the model’s skin – turns the images into wee wonderlands worth hours of serious adult exploration.

Of course, it’s a multi-media model… these fellows love to mix things up, and this time around, we’re seeing a mix of stamped, cast, and hand-formed metal for the Maserati’s beautiful shell, a by-now-standard set of excellent “Borrani” spoked wheels, correct to their laser-etched knockoffs, and astounding – if a little frustrating to operate – body hardware, including real leather straps and buckles on the hood and trunk deck, and a set of scary little twist handles that trigger working latches for these lift-off pieces.

No problems; once opened, those panels reveal a vista of incredible depth and scale engineering. Every  fitting, clamp, pipe, and cable is here, from the front of the 6-banger’s crank pulley to the Maserati’s over-the-top polished stainless steel fuel tank out back. In between is a gratifying model car that will never leave the owner wondering where the money was spent.  Everything works; steering, fully-realized and articulated suspension, doors, the little access flap on the front fender, and even the hinged cap on the model’s gas tank. Tweak the knockoffs, and those Borranis pull away from beautiful finned and cross-drilled brake drums; pull the trunk and hood, and the spring-loaded latches are revealed to be intricate on a level usually seen in watchmaking.

Bill Bennett has the full review on tap for the Spring 2013 issue of DCX;  in the meantime, enjoy these photos – we surely enjoyed taking them.  - DCX

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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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