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Danbury Mint 1:24 “Grabowski T”: Red, White, Blue, and Chrome

Jul 04, 2011 No Comments

Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie’s T” is among the most recognized hot rods ever built, and hands down, my favorite rod from Danbury Mint. And I thought that the red, white, blue and chrome scheme was just perfect for today. I’ve had this one a while, but it’s one of those models that you never get tired [...]

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Sunstar’s 1:12 Morris Minor and VW Cabriolet: Cheap Thrills

Jul 02, 2011 No Comments

In a lot of ways, Sun Star’s 1:12 offerings of late define their very own segment: heavily featured models of historic, humble cars. “Humble” is an understatement. These ain’t Lamborghinis, guys… if you somehow strapped the full-sized versions of this pair together and fed the result a diet of high octane fuel, you’d still be [...]

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NEO/American Excellence 1:43 1966 Cadillac Ambulance: Siren Song

Jul 01, 2011 No Comments

For a while, Dutch model maker NEO’s models were woefully hard to get here in the States. Then along came Stateside distributor-cum-storefront American Excellence, and things got better – just in time for cars like this 1:43 1966 S&S Ambulance. Sure, it looks familiar, especially to anyone who’s seen (or even better, owns) the 1:18 [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari FXX: Special FXX

Jun 30, 2011 No Comments

Given its rarity, the thought of taking a Ferrari Enzo and morphing it into a track-only machine (especially one that you can’t drive unless Ferrari says you can, despite a two-mil plus tip-in) almost seems criminal… until you actually see one of the 30 hyper-exclusive, close-to-800 horsepower FXX Evoluziones built in addition to the already [...]

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Kyosho 1:18 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan: Well-Warmed

Jun 30, 2011 1 Comment

Cadillac’s CTS is a solid performer in base, V6 trim; add in the V series’ supercharged 556-horsepower 6.2 liter V8 and hyper-performance bells and whistles, and you have a world-class sedan with “fastest production V8 sedan in the world” cred. This model of the vaunted V comes via Kyosho, and it follows up the sweet [...]

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Diecast Delight – Clean Sweep

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

A lot of guys have been asking me about polishing their pride and joy models, and there have been a lot of products that have come through here. First we tried some off-the-shelf car polishes and waxes – which did a pretty thorough job of toasting the comparatively fragile paint on the models. Then, a [...]

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Kyosho 1:12 Ferrari: Mondo Enzo

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

At over a million dollars US, per copy – pre-owned – any of the 400 Ferrari Enzos built to celebrate the life of company founder Enzo Ferrari are rare sights. Some are actually famous in their own right. For example, the very first Enzo, which was detoured from its debut at the 2002 Paris Motor [...]

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Minichamps 1:12 Maserati Type 61 Birdcage “Shelby”

Jun 28, 2011 2 Comments

The ghosts of Moreno Valley are a restless crew. Wearing spectral race suits and coveralls, they wander and glide amid the shopping malls and rows of houses where once a great road course track lay, chuckling at the minivans and SUVs, and nodding together in silent accord when a Ferrari, Aston Martin or Jaguar passes [...]

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CMC 1:18 Mercedes 300SLR “Uhlenhaut” Coupe (Original Release)

Jun 28, 2011 1 Comment

“Desmodromic” sounds like some sort of ‘fifties-era sci-fi rocket propulsion; the kind of thing a Brylcreemed Hollywood astronaut in a silver suit would mention as he flipped a switch. Replace the celluloid spaceman with a flesh and blood race car driver of the same vintage, however, and the whole thing rings true: Desmodromic actuation – [...]

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NEO’s 1:43 U.S. Luxury Cars: American Beauty

Jun 28, 2011 No Comments

Perspective is a powerful thing, especially in hindsight. Case in point: In the late 1970s and early 1980s, despite being rocked by a suitcase full of oil crises, corporate mileage mandates, and federal insurance and air pollution regulations, Detroit’s product planners and stylists somehow managed to keep the cars coming – and even made some [...]

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