Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:37:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 458 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/22/hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-458/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-458 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/22/hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-458/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:37:17 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205964

It wasn’t easy for Ferrari to nip the top on its 458 Italia, given the 202mph supercar’s speed, and, oh yeah … where to put the roof in its down position. Maranello’s answer came in the form of a moderate redesign starting aft of the doors, all the way back to the 458’s retro-bullet taillights. [...]

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It wasn’t easy for Ferrari to nip the top on its 458 Italia, given the 202mph supercar’s speed, and, oh yeah … where to put the roof in its down position. Maranello’s answer came in the form of a moderate redesign starting aft of the doors, all the way back to the 458’s retro-bullet taillights. The simplicity and speed of the doffable top’s careful choreography as it splits, then disappears below a hard tonneau, is remarkable. It can be argued that Mattel’s own choreography — the dance involved in making ever-better model cars for the masses— is equally notable. This latest from the Hot Wheels Elite catalog has opening doors, deck, and boot, and steerable wheels. Metallized five-spoke wheels front ceramic-look brake discs and Ferrari calipers; their finish contrasts with and enhances the rosso corsa paint, screened-in vents, and the photo-etched cavallinos and “Ferrari” scripts. Everything’s tight and tidy, and the details in the cockpit (the mega-buttoned steering wheel, replete with paddle shifters, is a marvel in miniature) and on the peek-a-boo 562-horse V8 under the rear deck are crisply cast. What’s hard to believe is the excellence of the piece, for the price.  — Joe Kelly, Jr.

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Premuim X 1964 Ford Country Squire http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/18/premuim-x-1964-ford-country-squire/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=premuim-x-1964-ford-country-squire http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/18/premuim-x-1964-ford-country-squire/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:22:15 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205948

As American families moved to the sprawl of the suburbs, a demand was created for a vehicle that could haul a sheet of plywood, carry the family, friends, or most of a Little League team when required, and look good while doing all of the above. The answer was the station wagon, and Ford fielded [...]

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As American families moved to the sprawl of the suburbs, a demand was created for a vehicle that could haul a sheet of plywood, carry the family, friends, or most of a Little League team when required, and look good while doing all of the above. The answer was the station wagon, and Ford fielded one of the better ones, placing its wood-paneled Country Squire at the top of the list. Premium X has just released this really fine resincast model of the car as it appeared in 1964, and its excellent finish (just a shade lighter than Ford’s Wimbledon White paint chips), realistic red  interior, and wealth of “in-scale” trim make it a real bargain at this price. The fake wood framing and panels are just the right color and even include the bolt heads; every piece of trim is here and in scale, including the “F O R D” letters at the hood’s upper lip. True, a couple of those were misaligned, but these are easily fixed. Relief-cast interior trim and handles are all neatly painted silver, and the accurate dash has a well-done speedometer decal. Lines are right from every angle, and dimensions are precisely 1:43 scale. Wild About Wheels provided this bargain-priced wagon for review. —Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $37 

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NEO 1961 Ghia 6.4 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/12/neo-1961-ghia-6-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=neo-1961-ghia-6-4 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/12/neo-1961-ghia-6-4/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:08:58 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205931

An American company, Dual Motors, built 117 Ghia-bodied GT cars based on the Chrysler Firearrow design from 1956 through 1958. But when Ghia designed a new, sleeker body, then dropped in the Chrysler 383 (6.4 liter) V-8 in 1960, the result was badged as the Ghia 6.4L. Dual Motors was the importer. Frank Sinatra bought [...]

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An American company, Dual Motors, built 117 Ghia-bodied GT cars based on the Chrysler Firearrow design from 1956 through 1958. But when Ghia designed a new, sleeker body, then dropped in the Chrysler 383 (6.4 liter) V-8 in 1960, the result was badged as the Ghia 6.4L. Dual Motors was the importer. Frank Sinatra bought the first one in this country, and everyone who was anyone in Hollywood had to have one. As if the car wasn’t unique enough, Sinatra (and eight other owners, including fellow Rat Packers Dean Martin and Peter Lawford) had his Ghia mildly customized by George Barris with oval headlights, a smaller grille, and a black leather interior. So, this isn’t Frank’s car. But it is a beautifully made and very accurate miniature of the stock Ghia 6.4L. Its high-gloss black paint is literally perfect, and every piece of trim, including the multi-color Ghia badge, is done with either plated or photo-etched parts. Scale fidelity and workmanship are as good as it gets; lots of flush-fitted butyrate glazing makes it easier to see the accurate upholstery and fitted luggage. The dash and its detailed instruments match photos, though at least some cars had bright metal instrument panels. The sleek shape is exactly right from all angles, as are the dimensions. Hooray for Hollywood — and thanks to JMModelautos.com for providing this sample. —Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $95.99

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Auto World Dodge Challenger SRT8 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/05/auto-world-dodge-challenger-srt8/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=auto-world-dodge-challenger-srt8 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/05/auto-world-dodge-challenger-srt8/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:54:31 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205877

If you pine for those days of promo models, stop pining and start pointing and clicking. Auto World is offering a built-up AMT Dodge Challenger SRT8 that’s been cast in color and glued up for you — just like the neatly scaled handouts you’d get in the car showrooms when you were shopping with pop [...]

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If you pine for those days of promo models, stop pining and start pointing and clicking. Auto World is offering a built-up AMT Dodge Challenger SRT8 that’s been cast in color and glued up for you — just like the neatly scaled handouts you’d get in the car showrooms when you were shopping with pop all those long years ago. That makes the line’s “Showroom Replicas” handle a lot easier to understand. This particular sample came here in lightly metallic “Brilliant Blue,” rolling on polished five-spoke factory mags with brake discs and red SRT calipers behind. There’s a full interior, but no engine detailing — as per promo car rules, it would seem — and the chassis has some good, if shallow, detailing of its own. The topside markings in the grille, taillight bar, and rear spoiler are right on the money, and the sharp lensing at the front and rear looks good too. If you love the new-genny Challenger, but haven’t got the time to build one in this scale, go for it. It’s a sweet Challenger, without the challenge. — DCX Staff

1:25 | $25.99

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Mattel Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari F355 Berlinetta http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/03/mattel-hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-f355-berlinetta/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mattel-hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-f355-berlinetta http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/03/mattel-hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-f355-berlinetta/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:50:04 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205786

Ferrari was on an upswing in the early 1990s, having weathered the storm of emissions vs. performance that had hit the industry throughout the late 70s and early-80s. In 1994, Maranello rolled out the successor to the 348, with a larger V8 engine, mildly smoother styling, and a new name: the F355. The car was [...]

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Ferrari was on an upswing in the early 1990s, having weathered the storm of emissions vs. performance that had hit the industry throughout the late 70s and early-80s. In 1994, Maranello rolled out the successor to the 348, with a larger V8 engine, mildly smoother styling, and a new name: the F355. The car was a serious performer, with up to 380 horsepower available from the midship V8, now toting a trick 5-valve head, Motronic fuel injection, and exotic internals. The combination was successful, and the wind-tunnel proven Pininfarina design — which ultimately sported the first-ever F1-style shifter in a production automobile — became one of the best selling Ferraris ever. Hot Wheels Elite’s mold set shows some true finesse; the doors, vented and screened rear hatch, and the “frunk” (front trunk … “froot” if you’re on the other side of the pond) all open on great shut lines. With button-activated pop-up headlights, lensed neatly with faux projector bulbs and bezels, neat taillights, and real metal discs passing through the “Ferrari” brake calipers at all four corners, the model pops on display like a much more expensive piece. The proper buff-color interior is crisp, with a deeply-gauged dash, a scale-textured floor, and fabric safety belts; out behind the curvy rear glass partition, the 3.5-liter V8 is very nicely and neatly done with sharp, cleanly painted and built-up castings visible both above and below the model. The hardest decision to make? What color to grab. They’re all sweet. — Joe Kelly, Jr.

1:18 | $120

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TSM Model 2012 McLaren P1 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/01/tsm-model-2012-mclaren-p1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tsm-model-2012-mclaren-p1 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/01/tsm-model-2012-mclaren-p1/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 14:38:56 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205857

TSM’s McLaren P1 is covered by the deepest, most fiery metallic finish we’ve ever seen on a 1:43 model… and as if that wasn’t enough, the stuff smells great. No, really: this is the scent of top-quality paint, and it took us right back to our building days. If you were lucky enough to be [...]

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TSM’s McLaren P1 is covered by the deepest, most fiery metallic finish we’ve ever seen on a 1:43 model… and as if that wasn’t enough, the stuff smells great. No, really: this is the scent of top-quality paint, and it took us right back to our building days. If you were lucky enough to be at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, then the model will take you back, too, to the McLaren display where the 1,000-horsepower plug-in hybrid supercar was revealed to an excited (read that: drooling) crowd. The TSM resincast miniature has all of the P1’s dramatic angles and sweep, not to mention all of its eye-grabbing eccentricities. The anthracite-toned wheels are here, in front of brake discs and McLaren calipers; so is the McLaren logo-shaped lensing, exquisitely thin-cast air diffuser at the rear, and the carbon-fiber inserts all around. It takes a great eye to render something this small and retain the correct stance, shape, and presence — which TSM has, from every aspect. If after all that effort, the paint seems a tad too flashy to be scale correct, it is, but for the best possible reason: it’s the same finish that was used on the concept — with the same sized metalflake as the full-sized car. That’s a beautiful thing. This is well worth sniffing out. — Joe Kelly, Jr.

1:43 | $78

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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.

1:43 | $90

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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

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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.

1:18 | $90

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