Maisto’s 1:18 2014 Corvette is HERE!

May 31, 2013 2 Comments by

Deadline is always a crazy time for us. But sometimes, something comes along that tears us away from the files and photos. That time happened yesterday when an overnight package arrived here straight from Maisto, containing not one, but two examples of their 2014 Corvette. We’ve been following the development of this C7 since Maisto first announced they’d be bringing the new Stingray out in scale, and it’s entirely possible we set a new record for opening a box once we realized what was probably inside.

Now, before you get all worked up, don’t start looking for any exotic materials or advanced operating features. There aren’t any. But there is a very good take on the new ‘Vette’s angular shape, painted (on this sample) in Laguna Blue Tint – the same color the Indy Pace car wore this past weekend, and rolling on the base Corvette 18-and 19″ wheels. The plastic used for the grille and some of the other trim is a high-quality grade, cast in black, and fitted into the casting really well. The casting itself is nicely prepped with no parting lines,  and the dead-on paint is decorated with nine tampo strikes for the Stingray’s markings all over. The paint doesn’t make it all the way into the body’s recesses where the opening hood, rear deck, and doors usually cover, but it looks like some of the body color was hand-applied at the factory before final assembly, to at least dress these areas.

Yes, things like that are reminders of this one’s budget-level price point. But the interior, engine bay, and boot all have moderate detail to offer, thanks to good, deeply struck castings that have been decorated with paint and the occasional adhesive-backed print. Add in the spring-loaded suspension, and the chassis with its peek-a-boo chromed exhaust, and you’ve got another hit from one of the best budget-minded makers in the business. From what we’re hearing, the car will be on shelves mid-June; more variations and colors are sure to follow.   - 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.

2 Responses to “Maisto’s 1:18 2014 Corvette is HERE!”

  1. David Dole says:

    Joe,

    I’m a subscriber and have a red 2014 ‘Vette on order. I hope its as good looking as you say. I am also a collector with about 240 1:18th scale cars as well as a very few other scales in my collection. I read and enjoy DiecastX every issue.

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hello, David –

      Thanks for writing. We were surprised at some of the “love it, or hate it” responses for this model – but then again, given how polarizing the real car’s design is for some folks, we should have expected that. The model is right in line with Maisto’s usual quality and value; no exotic materials and not too much detail, but a great shape, a very nice presentation, and a great basis for anyone who wants to do a little homespun detailing on their own.

      Let us know what you think when yours comes in. And thanks again for writing – and for reading Die Cast X!

      Joe

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