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Look Back 1:18: Ricko Cadillac V16 “Aero-Dynamic Coupe”

Feb 04, 2012 1 Comment

A few years ago, Ricko (or RickoRicko, if you want to be picky picky) was a little known German company that was being distributed in the U.S. in fits and spurts, which was a shame. They actually had a few neat, fairly inspired images in 1:18, including a wee BMW “Dixi” sedan, a substantially more [...]

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MORE FROM NUREMBERG: Muscle Machines, TrueScale Miniatures, Ghostbusters II, Schuco Cobra

Feb 02, 2012 No Comments

Yes, it’s Super Bowl Weekend, and most of the free world will have salsa on their breath and both eyes glued on the game this Sunday. But the first week in February means one thing to hardcore collectors this year:  the International Toy Fair in Germany. Nuremberg is hopping with new releases for 2012, and [...]

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NUREMBERG NEWS! Greenlight Mustang II / MIB3 Movie Car is a Galaxie 500 / New BBR tooling….

Feb 01, 2012 2 Comments

Our man in the street – actually man in the showrooms – Andy Goodman is starting to send back images from the 2012 Nuremberg Toy Fair, and there’s some great stuff on the horizon, as seen in these quick snaps. GreenLight is tooling up an all-new Mustang II in 1:18 high-detail; this resin looks like [...]

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Look Back 1:18: Lane 1968 “Nickey” Camaro

Jan 29, 2012 No Comments

Lane Automotive was – and still is – a supplier of high-performance automotive parts, based in Watervliet, Michigan. In the late 1990’s, they also became a supplier to the 1:18 diecast hobby, offering re-pops of Ertl molds that were built to spec for sale to an image-hungry musclecar collector base. Those early models were fairly [...]

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Look Back 1:18: Revell Germany’s Messerschmitt KR200 “Kabinenroller”

Jan 28, 2012 1 Comment

Park the Prius; unplug your Volt; use those do-it-yourself fuel cell plans you just bought for the Mini to spark up the backyard barbecue. All that physics-stretching, newfangled technology is namby-pamby stuff. If you want to make mileage like they did in the old days, think microcar. These ’fifties-era spawns of the European postwar economy [...]

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Look Back 1:18: Precision 100 Ford Mustang Convertible

Jan 27, 2012 No Comments

There are a few milestone models in the 1:18 hobby. On the one hand, there are the early, inexpensive Bburagos and Ertls that attracted most collectors to the scale in the first place, and on the other, the super-detailed (and far pricier) one-to-eighteen offerings from makers like Exoto, Lane Exact Detail, and GMP that introduced [...]

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Alfa Male: Minichamps 1:18 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior

Jan 26, 2012 1 Comment

Minichamps’ model of the 1972 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior is an outrageous looking thing, much like the real car it’s patterned after. All bulging fenders, riveted-on bodywork, and molto bad attitude, it come out of its box looking… angry. And that would be just about right; these were ripping little cars. 1290cc DOHC inline fours, [...]

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Look Back 1:24: Yat Ming’s Presidential Limos

Jan 25, 2012 1 Comment

In case you’ve been dozing ‘neath the bituminous for the past several months (or you think those debates on TV are some kind of new reality show), we’d like to remind you that we’re gearing up for an election. For the really big job. As in, President of the United States. It’s with that in [...]

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They’re Back……Muscle Machines Are Back………..

Jan 17, 2012 5 Comments

MAY CHEONG GROUP ACQUIRES MUSCLE MACHINES BRAND The May Cheong Group (MCG), manufacturers of the die-cast and radio control brands Maisto and Bburago, have announced the acquisition of tooling and intellectual property of the Muscle Machines brand from Bodylines/Bruce Schultz, the famed 3D artist who worked on the original models. Terms of the transaction were not [...]

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The Phantom Rises: Automodello Releases the Phantom Corsair in 1:24 Resin

Jan 15, 2012 2 Comments

Rust Heinz’s Phantom Corsair was a standout machine at a time when streamlining and aerodynamics (or at least styling that looked aerodynamic) were making profound changes to car design – and, by extension, what folks considered stylish and modern. The Phantom cost twenty-four grand to build at a time when a mini-mansion could be had [...]

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