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High-Caliber Bullitts: GreenLight’s 1:43 Mustang and Charger

Mar 02, 2015 No Comments by

We just received the press release on GreenLight’s new 1:43 Bullitt duo — the 1968 Mustang GT fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T. Updated tooling, authentic movie decoration and movie-themed packaging are part of the deal, and each comes in an acrylic case. We’ve only seen photos so far, and these are pre-production (they’re [...]

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Elgin Park – a scale slice of Americana! Taking diecast dioramas to a new level.

Feb 05, 2015 No Comments by

With his creation of Elgin Park Michael Paul Smith has gone far, far beyond mere diorama displays of diecast cars. His miniature town is its own stylized world, complete with vignetted  stories told in magical photographic images that combine master-level model making, forced perspective and other optical illusion techniques to create the ultimate in scale [...]

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1:64 American Classics Sneak Peek: M2 Auto-Thentics Series 31

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments by

M2 Machines released this preview sheet of their forthcoming  31st release in the Auto-Thentics series of 1:64 American classics. Included in Series 31  are two color combos each of a 1957 DeSoto Fireflite, a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500, and a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. Here are pics of the prototypes: The DeSoto comes in Gloss [...]

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GreenLight’s Great Gatsby roadster is a Duesy!

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments by

GreenLight? Yep. The company best known for its muscle cars has come out with a 1:18 Duesenberg II SJ from the 2013 release of The Great Gatsby. It too was plenty muscular–the ‘S’ in SJ denoted the presence of a supercharger, taking the 6.9L straight-8 engine output up to 320 horses–good for nearly 140mph! That’s [...]

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GreenLight Country Roads Series 13

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments by

Dig the ’70s theme of GreenLight’s latest Country Roads release — Series 13! The crazy ‘Eagle’-theme paint on the 1972 Chevy C-10 Camper and groovy custom 1976 Dodge Van grab most of the attention, but the ’77 Dodge Royal Monaco two-tone with the maroon simulated vinyl top over Cloud silver really symbolizes the decade for [...]

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Minichamps Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments by

With all those post-nominal letters and numbers, it doesn’t take much to figure that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 is a special car, before you even see it. Once you do, it’s apparent that this hairy variant of the retro supercar was made for track antics, with a racing 6-speed transmission mounted to the rear [...]

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Japanese Classics: In Scale and at Auction

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

This morning we are reading Hemmings’ preview of the upcoming Scotsdale auction season in mid-January, specifically highlighting the emergence of classic Japanese cars as valuable collectibles. We in the diecast community have known of the appeal of Japan’s performance models from the 1960s and early ’70s, and now it seems the big auction houses are [...]

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Retrofied! Applying Retro Styling Themes to Modern Cars

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

As automobile shapes become defined more by the science of efficiency-seeking aerodynamics than by the art of design, consumers have increasingly lamented the loss of character in the sheetmetal of modern cars. It has impacted enthusiasm for the real cars and for the scale counterparts in our hobby. To combat the boredom designers and customizers [...]

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Bond 24 features the Aston Martin DB10! 24+10 = Awesome!

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

The “Spectre” of Bonds past looms large in 24th installment of the 007 franchise! From the classic nemesis reflected in the title to an all-new Aston Martin developed specifically for the film and debuting at the film’s official announcement. Meet the DB10–a taut and elemental Aston for a Bond of the same character. We can’t [...]

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Dodge and Mustang Anniversary Specials from GreenLight, 1:64 — Online Exclusive

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

Pretty much everyone knows about the 50th anniversary of the Mustang as it coincided with the launch of the all-new 2015 model. Mopar fans will note that this marks the 100th anniversary of the Dodge Brothers establishing their eponymous automobile brand. What better excuse then than to take a look at GreenLight’s 1:64 Anniversary Collection [...]

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