Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:56:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fujimi “Ultimat Vodka” Ferrari 458 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/29/fujimi-ultimat-vodka-ferrari-458/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fujimi-ultimat-vodka-ferrari-458 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/29/fujimi-ultimat-vodka-ferrari-458/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:24:57 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205911

In a world of “Absoluts,” it’s refreshing to know that there’s an alternative for those who imbibe the clearer spirits. Ultimat vodka (what is it with these guys and a final “e”?) ran this chrome and blue Extreme Motor Sports 458 Italia at the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta in October 2012, and won in [...]

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In a world of “Absoluts,” it’s refreshing to know that there’s an alternative for those who imbibe the clearer spirits. Ultimat vodka (what is it with these guys and a final “e”?) ran this chrome and blue Extreme Motor Sports 458 Italia at the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta in October 2012, and won in the GT class, placing 12th overall. This one is hard to miss, with its chromed resincast body slathered in race day decals. All of the lensing and glazing is correct for the car as it raced at Road Atlanta, and the screened sections at the car’s nose and tail have even more detail lurking behind them. From the dash, to the cockpit electronics and belt-equipped race seat, to the piped-in topside engine and structure visible beneath the glass, we loved the interior. It’s pure competition Italia, and done very well. True, the decal film does get noticed here and there against the chrome, and we had to do a bit of buffing with a cotton swab in a few spots to get the model looking its best, but the overall detailing, race rubber and wheels, and stance of the car are terrific. And who wouldn’t love a chromed Ferrari? — Joe Kelly, Jr.

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M2Machines “Chip Foose” series 2 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/24/m2machines-chip-foose-series-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=m2machines-chip-foose-series-2 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/24/m2machines-chip-foose-series-2/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:28:41 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205916

M2’s Chip Foose Design collection had us at “hello” in its first release. The six cars were all related either to the master designer/builder’s career, or episodes of his Overhaulin’ TV show. Now, the cars are back, in secondary colors for release two — and we’re liking them all over again. Suckers? Hardly. These repaints [...]

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M2’s Chip Foose Design collection had us at “hello” in its first release. The six cars were all related either to the master designer/builder’s career, or episodes of his Overhaulin’ TV show. Now, the cars are back, in secondary colors for release two — and we’re liking them all over again. Suckers? Hardly. These repaints are true to what Foose did with each machine to start with, done in alternate hues. The best part is that these finishes have been applied beautifully to the cars, and the decos, including the striping and color separations, are faithful to the originals and are really well done. The six car set includes the 1932 Ford “Foose P-32” roadster, the 1970 Ford Mustang “Gambler 514,” the 1967 Chevy “Cherry Nova,” the 1969 “Foose ’69 Camaro,” the 1968 Pontiac Firebird “Uncle Sam’s Nephew,” and, of course, the 1956 Ford F-100 “Overlord.” Each has separate headlight lensing (where applicable), an opening hood and well-detailed engine and interior, and comes on a diamond-plate plastic base. If anyone was going to overhaul this lineup, M2 was. Hello, again. — DCX Staff

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Hot Wheels Elite “Dirty” A-Team Van http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/22/hot-wheels-elite-dirty-a-team-van/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hot-wheels-elite-dirty-a-team-van http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/22/hot-wheels-elite-dirty-a-team-van/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:14:25 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205900

TV fans are hardcore when it comes to collecting images from a favorite show. Viewers of a certain age will remember the misfit semi-criminal do-gooders in the A-Team series back in the 80s. The show featured an a-list of TV actors, including Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, who drove the team from job to job [...]

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TV fans are hardcore when it comes to collecting images from a favorite show. Viewers of a certain age will remember the misfit semi-criminal do-gooders in the A-Team series back in the 80s. The show featured an a-list of TV actors, including Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, who drove the team from job to job in his 1983 GMC G-series van. We saw a 1:18 version in the Spring 2012 issue of DCX, and we even had the 1:43 in hand a while ago in all its pristine glory. Now, Hot Wheels Elite is throwing mud — actually, very judiciously applied airbrushing — to the model to create this “dirty” version. The wee truck beneath all the crud is the same highly detailed piece, with every crease of the G-van done in high-grade diecast, with wire antennas, flawless windows, complete lensing, and even a full interior, visible through the sunroof and dirty “glass.” The turbine wheels and tires are crisp and completely filthy. This isn’t just a slap-on job; the quality of the medium used and the technique are actually very good (check out the masking on the windshield to replicate the arc of the wiper blades). Like the other versions we’ve seen, the exhaust is wrong, but that nit aside, this one is filthy fun. — DCX Staff

1:43 | $125

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Sunstar 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/20/sunstar-1955-pontiac-star-chief-convertible/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sunstar-1955-pontiac-star-chief-convertible http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/20/sunstar-1955-pontiac-star-chief-convertible/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:11:43 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205897

Pontiac’s 1955 Star Chief convertible was the upper-crustiest offering from Flint, and though it wasn’t exactly a performance machine — remember, Bunkie Knudsen and the “wide track” days were still in the future — it was a great-looking car. Sunstar thinks so, too, and this isn’t this mold set’s first time at the rodeo. By [...]

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Pontiac’s 1955 Star Chief convertible was the upper-crustiest offering from Flint, and though it wasn’t exactly a performance machine — remember, Bunkie Knudsen and the “wide track” days were still in the future — it was a great-looking car. Sunstar thinks so, too, and this isn’t this mold set’s first time at the rodeo. By our count, there have been more than 10 iterations, including a special I Love Lucy version with resincast figures of Lucy, Desi, Fred, and Ethel, as seen in the “California, Here We Come” episode. If that’s a little too past tense for you, consider this: given the palette of colors and two-tone combinations available in ’55, and the different body styles that Sunstar will offer — hardtop, top-down ragtop, and closed convertible — there’s plenty of life left in this old Poncho’s bones. And that’s good news; Sunstar’s gotten everything right, from the browed headlights to the stylized “V8” badges on the car’s nascent tailfins. Everything opens on real-aspect hinges, including spring-and-scissor units under the hood. The first-year OHV 287 V8 is all there, and it’s got enough detailing and markings to keep fans of “mint”-level replicas entertained. This pre-production sample’s Persian Maroon and Avalon Yellow paint contrast beautifully with the white boot and seat tops, and at the end of each spring-loaded axle, the wire wheel covers and whitewall tires set the whole thing off perfectly. Sunstar always gets these all-important notes right in its top-shelf “Platinum Collection,” but somehow, the clear and red lenses look even prettier and more authentic than usual on this one. Keep ’em coming, guys. — Joe Kelly, Jr.

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TSM Model Pit Crew “John Player” http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/17/tsm-model-pit-crew-john-player/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tsm-model-pit-crew-john-player http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/17/tsm-model-pit-crew-john-player/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:09:22 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205894

We can’t recall who it was who wanted to thank the “little people,” but we’re happy to see this bunch of small folk, thanks to TSM Models. This is the latest iteration of their very cool pit crew accessory set, done in “John Player Special Lotus” costume. The cold-cast resin maquettes are caught in mid-move, [...]

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We can’t recall who it was who wanted to thank the “little people,” but we’re happy to see this bunch of small folk, thanks to TSM Models. This is the latest iteration of their very cool pit crew accessory set, done in “John Player Special Lotus” costume. The cold-cast resin maquettes are caught in mid-move, crouching, grasping, holding a pit signal board, talking on the radio, or holding a clipboard. The two radio headsets are neat, with steel microphone booms, and the hand-painted faces and small details on the clothing, right down to the “Valvoline,” Good Year,” and John Player team markings on their shirts, add a lot to the visual. All you need to add is an appropriate model car. Here’s the best part: the sets are also available in 1:43, and in other teams, too. Little people is a big idea. – DCX Staff

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Minichamps BMW Z1 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/15/minichamps-bmw-z1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minichamps-bmw-z1 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/15/minichamps-bmw-z1/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:03:32 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205888

The BMW Z1 was built as a design study for the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the crowds loved it so much that BMW decided to take the car into production. As the first drop-top roadster to emerge from Ingolstadt in 30 years, it was loaded with groundbreaking design features, including doors that dropped down [...]

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The BMW Z1 was built as a design study for the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the crowds loved it so much that BMW decided to take the car into production. As the first drop-top roadster to emerge from Ingolstadt in 30 years, it was loaded with groundbreaking design features, including doors that dropped down into the sills and a sleek aerodynamic body with swappable body panels that allowed for damage repair or color changes at (almost) a moment’s notice. A bit more than 8,000 were built between early 1989 and mid-1991. Minichamps’ latest 1:18 offering of the Z1 is painted a deep metallic “Swimming Pool Blue.” Only one Z1 was painted this color, and it was presented to Dr. Ulrich Bez, the leader of the Z1’s design team at BMW Technik GmbH. This is a sweet little model with the Z1’s signature doors fully scaled and operable. The stance and paint are close to perfect, and the badging, glass, and wheels are dead-on. Open the articulated bonnet and the engine is beautifully detailed with wires, hoses, cables, and a hyper-realistic fuse block. The cockpit is a muted black, but the detailing on the console and central stack is quite nice. Under the short rear deck, the boot is flock carpeted; flipping the car over reveals a textured black undertray covering most of the car’s bottom, with a few “alloy” pieces of the drivetrain and suspension finished in flat aluminum. Altogether, a very nice model. Dr. Bez, your ride is waiting. — Bill Bennett

1:18 | $139.95

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GreenLight “Hollywood” Series 5 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/13/greenlight-hollywood-series-5/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=greenlight-hollywood-series-5 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/13/greenlight-hollywood-series-5/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:01:06 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205884

We’re pretty convinced that nobody ever gets a moment’s rest at GreenLight, what with their incredible knack for coming up with the coolest little (and some not so little) cars. On the small side of showbiz is this latest batch from their “Hollywood” series, and it’s a riot. Not only are the castings for each [...]

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We’re pretty convinced that nobody ever gets a moment’s rest at GreenLight, what with their incredible knack for coming up with the coolest little (and some not so little) cars. On the small side of showbiz is this latest batch from their “Hollywood” series, and it’s a riot. Not only are the castings for each model dead-on, but the cars themselves — the ’79 Trans Am from Rocky II,  the Ford Crown Vic from Twilight, the ’87 Mustang GT from Ghost, the Crown Victoria from CSI: NY, the 1977 T/A from Old School, and even the Dodge news van from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy are detailed and decorated with a great eye for completeness, right down to the eye-scrunching little wheels they roll on. We like the packages and card art, too, because it replicates the movie posters associated with each film or show, and gives an almost-complete view of the models. Even better, we scored a “Green Machine” — a special chase car with green wheels and chassis — in the factory-boxed assortment. Yep — it’s the Rocky II car. Can we get a “Yo”? — DCX Staff

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Sunstar 1960 Plymouth Fury Hardtop http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/11/sunstar-1960-plymouth-fury-hardtop/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sunstar-1960-plymouth-fury-hardtop http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/11/sunstar-1960-plymouth-fury-hardtop/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:57:16 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205880

A while back — Summer, 2012, to be precise — we got a late pre-production sample of Sunstar’s then-new 1960 Plymouth Fury convertible, and there was much rejoicing among the masses (okay, there were only a couple of us here, but we were really happy to see it). The reasons for the bliss were simple: [...]

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A while back — Summer, 2012, to be precise — we got a late pre-production sample of Sunstar’s then-new 1960 Plymouth Fury convertible, and there was much rejoicing among the masses (okay, there were only a couple of us here, but we were really happy to see it). The reasons for the bliss were simple: this company makes killer models of American iron, stuffed with detail and features, in a scale that makes all the finger fun easy to enjoy. And frankly, the real ’60 Plymouth’s predilection for crumbling into a pile of rust makes these outrageous looking rides a rare sight on the street. With opening doors, trunk, hood, working steering and suspension, working visors, and articulated seats, this Turquoise Poly and Oyster White hardtop version of the car has all the features of the ‘vert, of course, save for the front seats; on the ragtop, they’re swivel-mounted buckets, and here, the front perch is a split-back bench with a high backrest. The model’s got a huge helping of detail, with a carpeted floor, an “Aero” style steering wheel, and even a floor-mounted record player. Under the hood, the 361cid/305-horse “Golden Commando” V8 is mounted with all the wiring, plumbing, and markings of the real car. From the grille to the tail fins, the chrome trim is done with well-fitted hard plated plastic, photo-etched steel, and foil badges (attached better than on Sunstars of yore). That top looks great, but it’s still being test fitted at the factory; once sorted for production, this one will make the perfect partner to any of the hard-to-top “Platinum Collection” models that Sunstar offers. Great stuff. — Joe Kelly, Jr.

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Automodello 1938 Packard Twelves http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/05/automodello-1938-packard-twelves/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=automodello-1938-packard-twelves http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/05/automodello-1938-packard-twelves/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 14:44:11 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205865

Automodello makes impeccable models of well chosen subjects — like this pair of Packard Victorias. In 1938, Packard only made a handful of the gargantuan Model 1608 drop-tops, powered by a 473 CID / 175 horsepower V12 engine so refined that a nickel could be balanced on the motor’s intake while it was running. “Convertible [...]

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Automodello makes impeccable models of well chosen subjects — like this pair of Packard Victorias. In 1938, Packard only made a handful of the gargantuan Model 1608 drop-tops, powered by a 473 CID / 175 horsepower V12 engine so refined that a nickel could be balanced on the motor’s intake while it was running. “Convertible coupes” like these proved to be the rarest — and we’re happy to report that Automodello has crafted an exceptionally well done homage to the penultimate Packards. The resin body castings are flawless, and the finishes on the Ivory White and Chinese Red samples have been accented with a mix of hand-applied detail castings, photo-etched metal, and sharp tampos. Out front, the car’s impressive prow is a masterful recreation of the Packard’s ox-bow radiator shell and grille, done in relief-detailed photo-etched metal, and set between Trippe “safety lights” and individually-lensed head and marker lamps. Inside, the pleated seats, micro-scaled handles, and a more than convincing steering wheel and dash look great, and out back, more lensing accents the car’s grace — and speaks yet again to what wonderful  models this maker provides. From the whitewall-shod and beautifully trimmed-out wheels to the jewel-like red inserts in the bumpers, these special edition releases are amazing to behold — and they’re getting scarce. Don’t miss out. — Joe Kelly, Jr.

1:43 | $119.95

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Auto World “True 1:64” Mustang and Camaro http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/03/auto-world-true-164-mustang-and-camaro/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=auto-world-true-164-mustang-and-camaro http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/03/auto-world-true-164-mustang-and-camaro/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:48:23 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205869

Auto World keeps re-inventing themselves in the smaller scale. First, it was the “True L.E.” series, with its promise of the model’s tooling being destroyed after each production run. Now, it’s this neat “True 1:64” series of painstakingly scaled miniatures of classic muscle cars. To which we say, “wow.” These little beasts are extremely nice, [...]

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Auto World keeps re-inventing themselves in the smaller scale. First, it was the “True L.E.” series, with its promise of the model’s tooling being destroyed after each production run. Now, it’s this neat “True 1:64” series of painstakingly scaled miniatures of classic muscle cars. To which we say, “wow.” These little beasts are extremely nice, and if our specially-carded Car and Driver 1971 Mustang Mach I and  2013 Camaro ZL-1 top-up convertible are any indication of what the rest of the line will bring, we’re in for owning them all. The models are tightly cast — sharp edges, great decorations, and crisp paint and tampos — and have incredible chassis and interior detailing. Interesting to note that the Mustang has an unpainted metal base and the Camaro rides a black plastic one. Nothing prepared us for the great engine detail under each car’s tightly-fitted hood. Coolest detail? The correct, beautifully scaled wheels and tires these roll on. Little things really do mean a lot. — DCX Staff

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