Flash and Fantasy: 1:18 Spark’s Dauer Porsche 962 Le Mans

Mar 10, 2012 No Comments

There isn’t a car guy worth his oil rag who hasn’t had the fantasy of taking a racing machine on the highway. You can come close, if you’re piloting a Dauer 962 Le Mans. These street variants of Porsche’s 962 racers were ultra-playthings for the ultra-wealthy, with composite bodies, proper mufflers, a hydraulic suspension (to [...]

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Here Come Da Judge Acme 1970 “Promo GTO”

Mar 09, 2012 2 Comments

After pen-and-ink illustration passed away, but before the advent of computer- generated imaging, automobile ads featured carefully staged and shot photos of real cars. When Pontiac introduced the new-for-1970 GTO Judge, the car in those ads was a white Ram Air IV-powered Goat with all the bells and whistles the Judge package offered. That’s the [...]

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Spark 1975 Porsche 911 RSR 3.0

Mar 08, 2012 No Comments

Spark’s 1975 Porsche 911 RSR 3.0 is going to answer a lot of 1:18 Porsche collectors’ prayers. This model of the 3-liter, naturally aspirated car that former French skiing standout Bob Wollek drove in the GT class in 1975 – winning at the ADAC Super Sprint GT race at the Nurburgring’s Betonschleife circuit – brings [...]

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Kyosho 1:18 Master Piece Collection CTS Coupe

Mar 08, 2012 2 Comments

Kyosho keep rolling them out as they recently announced a new addition to their 1:18 Master Piece Collection - a Cadillac CTS Coupe.  Featuring opening hood, doors and trunk and knowing the attention to detail that Kyosho puts into their releases we except this will nothing less than another exquisite model for their 2012 line-up . We will bring you the [...]

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GreenLight Collectibles Daytona 500 Pace Cars

Feb 21, 2012 1 Comment

Coming to the table with two new licenses, GreenLight is offering its first set of 1:18 Daytona 500 pace cars, the result of a team effort between GreenLight, NASCAR, and the Daytona International Speedway. These detailed pace cars come from two very important years in NASCAR and DAYTONA 500 history; the 1979 Daytona 500 was the [...]

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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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Who You Gonna Call?: Ecto-1 In Collectors’ Hands at Last

Jan 31, 2012 1 Comment

Well, well, well – at last, one of the most desired movie car icons of the last quarter century has arrived in true 1:18, and the ripple effect is catching up “serious” collectors  as well as movie car fans. Hot Wheels Elite’s new 1959 Cadillac limousine-style Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex – a handful of a name [...]

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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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