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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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Glendale Heights, IL. Home of Sun Star Diecast

Aug 09, 2011 No Comments

The last week has been nothing but traveling for me.  I made my way through Indiana and then Illinois with my final destination being RCX, but what kind of diecast buff could I call myself if I did not take every possible opportunity to visit our diecast friends along the way.  On Thursday morning I had the honor [...]

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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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The #1 Place To Visit In South Bend, Indiana

Aug 03, 2011 No Comments

  Have you ever been to South Bend, Indiana?  I put a new push pin in my map today!!!  I spent the day at South Bend’s #1 automotive tourist site – did you guess where yet?  Round 2 (Ertl Collectibles American Muscle, Auto World, AMT, MPC and more)  I spent the better part of the day [...]

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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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Die Cast X Magazine wants YOU!

Aug 01, 2011 No Comments

We are searching for the most passionate diecast hobbyists from around the world to feature in Die Cast X Magazine.  It makes no difference what brands you collect or the quantity of pieces in your collection, what does matter is your passion for the hobby.  You do not have to be a professional writer; our [...]

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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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Kyosho 1:18 Cadillac CTS-V: Bad Caddy

Jul 28, 2011 2 Comments

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

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