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Sunstar 1:24 AEC Regent Bus: Double Decker Fun

Aug 21, 2011 No Comments

Bus models are a big part of the Sunstar lineup, and we’d seen some of these 1:24 double deckers before – but this 1946 AEC Regent really grabbed us, with its tall, skinny architecture, petite stairways and railings, and the artful little details that abound everywhere. Sunstar’s really good at making the big and little [...]

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Danbury Mint 1:24 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville: Golden Boy

Aug 14, 2011 No Comments

It’s hard to believe that in the midst of the chrome-crazed ‘fifties, a design as elegant and sedate as the ’57 Eldorado was allowed to leave Detroit. But it did, and it still stirs the soul. Part of that has to do with sheer rarity; fewer than 4,000 Eldos were built that year, emerging from [...]

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Sunstar 1:24 Bedford OB: Magic Bus

Aug 13, 2011 No Comments

Research has its rewards. For me, the payoff came when a little Internet crawling returned photos of the actual bus that Sunstar used to tool this outstanding model of a 1949 Bedford OB. Bedfords were built from 1939 to 1951, and a little more than 12,500 were made; very little change took place during that [...]

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Minichamps 1:43 BMW Z4M: Ultimate Bull

Aug 12, 2011 No Comments

You would think that a German model car company making a model of a German car would be a perfect match – and in the case of this Minichamps BMW Z4M “Red Bull” racing coupe, modeled after the winning car shared by Quester, Mullen, Stuck, and Werner at the 2006 24 hours of Silverstone, you’d [...]

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Minichamps’ 1:43 Audi R8 LMS: Phoenix, Risen

Aug 10, 2011 No Comments

Stuck, Biela, Stippler and Basseng isn’t a law firm – but pity the unfortunate who comes before them on a track, especially if they’re taking turns piloting the likes of this Audi R8 LMS. That was on the docket in 2009, when Team Phoenix brought the car to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife to claim a GT3 victory [...]

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Diecast Reproductions’ 1:24 “Junker” Corvette: One Man’s Trash…

Aug 10, 2011 No Comments

Done to a truly putrid turn by the master of scale mayhem, Manny Solano, Diecast Reproductions’ thoroughly crapped-over 1982 Corvette coupe is a forlorn, fermented piece of the barn find variety. To be sure, this kind of simulated decay doesn’t come easy. Though the car is bereft of a single glossy surface, Solano’s artistry shines [...]

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Round 2 “Authentics” 1950 Olds: Rock It

Aug 06, 2011 No Comments

Round 2 / Auto World’s 1950 Olds Rocket 88 wears a set of license plates that say “ROCK IT”, and I agree, right from the car’s wide whitewalls to its 150-decibel red and white paint job. This latter-day mold set from the Ertl-nee-RC2 “Authentics” series (inherited by AW/R2) was a hit when it emerged a [...]

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Sunstar 1:18 Mercury Montclair: The Full Monty

Aug 04, 2011 2 Comments

It’s getting to the point that Sunstar’s origins as a maker of budget-minded models has started to fade into the past. Far be it for me to keep those hoary old days alive – especially in light of the maker’s far more successful string of exceptional, “Platinum Collection” cars. Here’s the 1956 Mercury Montclair they’ve [...]

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Minichamps 1:43 Porsche “Mark Donohue” Set: Calling Captain Nice

Aug 02, 2011 No Comments

Like Rudolf “Rudi” Uhlenhaut before him, Mark Donohue was an engineer who also happened to be a gifted race car driver – a dual personality that allowed him to return from the track with a head full of ideas on how to improve a car’s performance, and the nuts-and-bolts knowledge on how those improvements could [...]

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Hubley 1:18 Duesenberg Town Car: Zinc or Swim

Jul 30, 2011 9 Comments

Popping the box on a vintage Hubley metal model is a lot like entering a scale auto Oz. But to the less experienced modeler, the happy feeling can wear off quickly. Truth is, like that Merry Old Land, casual wandering amid the (parts) trees often resulted in panic attacks delivered not by flying monkey, but [...]

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