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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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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Danbury Mint 1:24 1964 Thunderbird: Fly Ford

Jul 24, 2011 4 Comments

In 1964, the Ford Thunderbird was a powerful personal luxury car, with standard engine displacement that started at 390 cubes. Depending on the carburetor and intake, the Ford FE “Y-Block” motor made either 300 or 330 horsepower – more than up to the task of hauling the freshly redesigned ‘bird with surprising alacrity. For serious [...]

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PhillyMint 1:24 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T: Basic, Black, and Badass

Jul 22, 2011 No Comments

One of the constants in the hobby these days is change, and we really can’t find fault in that – especially when the shifting tides bring along models like these PhillyMint 1970 Dodge Hemi Challengers. These are contract pieces – built by Diecast Promotions to specs sent along by PhillyMint – and they’re helping to [...]

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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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Kevin Harvick / Budweiser 4th of July Theme

Jul 03, 2011 No Comments

In the spirit of July 4th Kevin Harvick ran the oval with a Red White and Blue paint scheme on 7/2/11

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LIONEL NASCAR Danica Patrick Chevrolet

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

Few race fans will argue that Danica Patrick is the undisputed glamour gal of motorsports. While this cuts her no slack on the track, it does give the nimble minx a huge advantage in the highly lucrative merchandising arena. Perhaps only Dale Earnhardt Jr. and John Force wheel more power than Danica when it comes to moving branded product. In 2011, Patrick upped the ante by [...]

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MAISTO 1964 Volkswagen 1600 Notchback

Jun 28, 2011 No Comments

California cool came in a variety of styles. In the ’60s, muscle cars were on the list, but so were VWs—and not just the Bug. The 1600 was a sweet little beach cruiser. It came in a Fastback for the sport-minded, a wagon that was perfect for the surf crowd, and the Notchback that became a favorite of performance enthusiasts. Maisto has [...]

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