Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Greenlight Collectibles Hollywood Series 3 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/24/greenlight-collectibles-hollywood-series-3-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=greenlight-collectibles-hollywood-series-3-2 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/24/greenlight-collectibles-hollywood-series-3-2/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:27 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206293 Take 3 GREENLIGHT COLLECTIBLES Hollywood Series 3 1:64 | $5 each “Lights! Camera! Roll take 3!” shouts GreenLight Collectibles, as this third sequel of its popular Hollywood series reaches collec- tors. Ask any screenwriter: it’s difficult for any sequel to outperform its predecessor. But this Hollywood 3 series stands out, with an intriguing cast, including [...]

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Take 3
GREENLIGHT COLLECTIBLES
Hollywood Series 3
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Showroom, Green Light Hollywood Series
“Lights! Camera! Roll take 3!” shouts GreenLight Collectibles, as this third sequel of its popular Hollywood series reaches collec- tors. Ask any screenwriter: it’s difficult for any sequel to outperform its predecessor. But this Hollywood 3 series stands out, with an intriguing cast, including the Animal House 1959 Chevrolet Corvette, Apollo 13 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Bullitt 1968 Dodge Charger, Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang, Two-Lane Blacktop 1970 Pontiac GTO, and a car that will possibly emerge as the shining star and the most sought after vehicle from the release—The Fast and the Furious 1970 Dodge Charger with a screa- min’ blown engine. All of the vehicles include opening hoods, well-detailed interiors, realistic wheels and rubber tires. Like movie cars? Here’s the latest ticket to cool.—Andy Goodman greenlighttoys.com

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Brooklin 1960 Pontiac Catalina http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/23/brooklin-1960-pontiac-catalina/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brooklin-1960-pontiac-catalina http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/23/brooklin-1960-pontiac-catalina/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:17:46 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205727

Although Pontiac’s widely advertised “Wide Track Ride” and flat-roof Vista four-door sedan styling were introduced in 1959, both were continued on the heavily face-lifted 1960 models.  Brooklin has used their chrome-plated birdcage window frame/roof support to model the Vista roofline in their new 1960 Pontiac Catalina four door sedan perfectly.  Although the body is a [...]

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Although Pontiac’s widely advertised “Wide Track Ride” and flat-roof Vista four-door sedan styling were introduced in 1959, both were continued on the heavily face-lifted 1960 models.  Brooklin has used their chrome-plated birdcage window frame/roof support to model the Vista roofline in their new 1960 Pontiac Catalina four door sedan perfectly.  Although the body is a shade deeper than “Stardust Yellow” chips, it’s very good, and looks great in combination with the Regency Black roof.  The tiny, but legible name badges and caps on the horizontal fins are cast in relief and painted body color, but every other piece of trim, including the tiny gas cap grip, is done with carefully applied separate plated parts.  Brooklin has given the 1960-only horizontal grille a black wash that can be improved by carefully scraping the thin plated bars; there’s very well done interior door panel detail, including relief-cast cranks, and a correct matte black glare shield above the accurate dash and chromed instrument cluster with relief gauge details. Is a convertible in the works?  Photos confirm that Brooklin has modeled the Catalina Vista’s lines and details very accurately, and there’s lots of crisp relief chassis detail, including dual exhausts, on the baseplate. Most Pontiac models of this vintage are GTOs or Star Chief convertibles, so Brooklin’s entry-level Vista Four-Door is very welcome.  – Wayne Moyer

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Hot Wheels Racing http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/23/hot-wheels-racing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hot-wheels-racing http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/23/hot-wheels-racing/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:27:25 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206291 ONE THREE TWO OH WOW HOT WHEELS Racing 1:64 | $5 each Hot Wheels continues to deliver cutting edge specialty collector series that keep their line fresh and in the forefront of the industry, and this quarter-mile themed series is proof. With the enormous success of their “Drag Strip Demons” and “Vintage Racing” lines, it [...]

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HOT WHEELS Racing 1:64 | $5 each

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Hot Wheels continues to deliver cutting edge specialty collector series that keep their line fresh and in the forefront of the industry, and this quarter-mile themed series is proof. With the enormous success of their “Drag Strip Demons” and “Vintage Racing” lines, it was a no-brainer that another racing series would be equally appreciated. Enter the NHRA, a solid licensing deal, and the desire on both parties to sire a line up of quarter mile terrors, and you get the all-new NHRA Championship Drag Racing Series. Complete with Real Riders, and dressed in drag (racing livery, of course), these detailed racers will look great in your display case, or racing down your favorite gravity track.—Andy Goodman hotwheels.com

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Dan Wheldon Tribute http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/22/dan-wheldon-tribute/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dan-wheldon-tribute http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/22/dan-wheldon-tribute/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:27:11 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206289   With Respect GREENLIGHT Dan Wheldon Tribute 1:18 | $60 Dan Wheldon’s abbreviated life has been celebrated in many ways since his untimely departure in October of 2011, and GreenLight is joining the movement with this Wheldon family approved model of the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport car he drove to his second Indy 500 victory [...]

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With Respect
GREENLIGHT Dan Wheldon Tribute
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Showroom, Green Light 1:18 Dan Wheldon Tribute

Dan Wheldon’s abbreviated life has been celebrated in many ways since his untimely departure in October of 2011, and GreenLight is joining the movement with this Wheldon family approved model of the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport car he drove to his second Indy 500 victory in 2011. This livery runs contrary to the simple white and red cruciform deco posted in GL’s announce- ment of a few weeks ago, and it honors a great, if uncertain moment in the talented Briton’s life (Wheldon’s Indy win came at a time when he was without a sponsor or ride for the upcoming season). GreenLight’s done a creditable job on the castings, and the car looks just right. The matte neon orange and gloss white paint are decorated with exacting replicas of all the sponsor decals; everything is tampo-printed on, and the tires have pinpoint-perfect “Fires- tone Firehawk” lettering and the Indy logo. Pull off the rear cover and there’s a moderate- ly detailed Honda V8 and transaxle; they may not be as finessed as some we’ve seen, but the suspension arms and ground effects look realistic. So does the most haunting part of the car: the figure of a helmeted Wheldon at the wheel, eyes on the horizon. —Joe Kelly Jr. greenlighttoys.com

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Brooklin 1954 Henney-Packard Hearse http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/21/brooklin-1954-henney-packard-hearse/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brooklin-1954-henney-packard-hearse http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/21/brooklin-1954-henney-packard-hearse/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:14:49 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205722

  Henney Motor Company went out of business in January 1955, ending the service vehicle manufacturer’s long association with Packard. Only 205 1954 Henney-Packard ambulances, hearses, and flower cars were built in 1954 on Packard’s long-wheelbase 5413 chassis kit.  Brooklin’s Community Services Vehicles (CSV-17) is this well-done model of the rare “Nu-3-Way” Landaulet body that [...]

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Henney Motor Company went out of business in January 1955, ending the service vehicle manufacturer’s long association with Packard. Only 205 1954 Henney-Packard ambulances, hearses, and flower cars were built in 1954 on Packard’s long-wheelbase 5413 chassis kit.  Brooklin’s Community Services Vehicles (CSV-17) is this well-done model of the rare “Nu-3-Way” Landaulet body that could be loaded through either side, or the side-hinged rear door. Internet photos confirm that Brooklin has the  model’s lines and proportions right on the money. There are at least 31 neatly applied separate chrome-plated parts to set off the glossy black paint; the windshield frame, side window moldings, and thin beltline molding are cast in crisp relief but painted over, so a few minutes with Bare-Metal Foil will make this one look even better. Curiously, the Henney and Packard scripts have been left off the front and rear fenders; perhaps the restored car Brooklin photographed didn’t have them. Most photos show that the landau bars should be black, too. Inside, the dark red upholstery looks very good and the relief-cast dash details are correct, though none have been picked out. There are no interior handles and cranks, but the coffin rollers are cast into the church compartment floor.
Wayne Moyer

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Matrix Models 1953 Chrysler Ghia http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/19/matrix-models-1953-chrysler-ghia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=matrix-models-1953-chrysler-ghia http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/19/matrix-models-1953-chrysler-ghia/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:12:04 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205718

  Chrysler President C.B. Thomas hired Virgil Exner to re-make Chrysler’s image in the early ‘fifties, and “Ex” responded with a series of fully functional Ghia-built show cars that still look great today. The 1951 K-310 and 1952 C-200 were followed by a “Chrysler Special” (the official name) that was so gorgeous that Thomas had [...]

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Chrysler President C.B. Thomas hired Virgil Exner to re-make Chrysler’s image in the early ‘fifties, and “Ex” responded with a series of fully functional Ghia-built show cars that still look great today. The 1951 K-310 and 1952 C-200 were followed by a “Chrysler Special” (the official name) that was so gorgeous that Thomas had a second one built for his personal use. Chrysler’s Paris distributor then had 400 more (with a different front clip and side trim) built for sale only in Europe. Thomas’ car is now in Chrysler’s museum, and was obviously the reference for this superb resincast miniature by Matrix Models; its lines and details all match photos perfectly. The gleaming off-white paint and workmanship are as good as anything we’ve seen in 1:43 scale; the photo-etched tiny winged hood badge and very thin side/wheel arch moldings are especially well done, while the legible “Chrysler Special” scripts and badges are chrome and colored printing on thin clear film.  A look inside shows authentic upholstery with silver-printed relief handles and trim on the door panels, detailed instruments, chrome-painted switches, radio fascia, and steering wheel with a truly thin photo-etch horn ring. There’s a lot of high-relief chassis detail in the baseplate, too.  Dimensions are right on 1:43 scale — it was a big car — and one Chrysler should have built.  — Wayne Moyer

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Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/17/hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-458-italia-gt2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-458-italia-gt2 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/17/hot-wheels-elite-ferrari-458-italia-gt2/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:04:01 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205707

  Two years after introducing the 458 Italia in 2009, Ferrari displayed the GT2 version, intended for the ACO’s Le Mans GT Championship series. After finishing second in class at Le Mans in 2011, 458 GT2s placed third at Sebring and won the Petit Le Mans event enroute to taking the 2011 LM GT Championship. [...]

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Two years after introducing the 458 Italia in 2009, Ferrari displayed the GT2 version, intended for the ACO’s Le Mans GT Championship series. After finishing second in class at Le Mans in 2011, 458 GT2s placed third at Sebring and won the Petit Le Mans event enroute to taking the 2011 LM GT Championship. 2012 saw one win its class at Le Mans, too. Hot Wheels Elite’s superb diecast model matches photos of an early test car perfectly; the revised front end with its fixed splitter and three big vents in the hood is exactly right. So are the small triangular inlets inboard of the lights and fender-top vents outside of them.  HWE’s paint is excellent and the mesh in those big vents is done with photo-etched pieces, as are the hood pins. The big rear wing has fine carbon fiber detail and there’s lots more of that in the interior along with a full roll cage, carbon fiber seat, printed belts with photo-etched hardware, and a bunch of detailed gauges.  The engine bay’s big carbon-fiber plenum, chassis braces, ducting, and barely visible red-headed V-8 all match photos too. Shiny ventilated disks rotate through calipers behind the very accurate wheels, and dimensions are right on 1:43 scale.   — Wayne Moyer

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TSM Models 1932 Cadillac V16 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/15/tsm-models-1932-cadillac-v16/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tsm-models-1932-cadillac-v16 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/15/tsm-models-1932-cadillac-v16/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:01:14 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205703

  Aisin-Gioro Puyi became Emperor of China at the age of two in 1908, was forced to abdicate in 1912, and then was established as the puppet Emperor of Manchuko by the Japanese in 1934. TSM’s beautifully made model of Puyi’s gold-trimmed limo is a bit confusing; it’s listed as a 1932 Cadillac “Tudor,”  but [...]

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Aisin-Gioro Puyi became Emperor of China at the age of two in 1908, was forced to abdicate in 1912, and then was established as the puppet Emperor of Manchuko by the Japanese in 1934. TSM’s beautifully made model of Puyi’s gold-trimmed limo is a bit confusing; it’s listed as a 1932 Cadillac “Tudor,”  but obviously has four doors – and “8C” is not a Cadillac designation.  It’s based on a car seen in a movie clip but current research indicates that Puyi’s car was really a custom-bodied 1933 Lincoln; aside from the shape of the third window and hood louvers there’s little resemblance to any Cadillac; the big gold Packard-style grille certainly was never seen on any. TSM’s 143-inch (scale) wheelbase is close to the ’33 KB, too.  Leaving the academic problems aside, this is a really well-done model with hand-rubbed maroon paint, and every piece of trim is either plated or printed gold; the fine mesh grille is especially impressive. The five-seat interior has realistic tan plush upholstery with maroon pinstripes and separate gold handles, cranks, foot rail, and dash trim; that dash is a nicely done decal and both the shift and brake handles are there. Gorgeous gold-trimmed wheels are backed by big brake drums and there’s some nice relief chassis detail, too.  It may not be a Cadillac, but it’s a beauty.  – Wayne Moyer

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Brooklin 1940 Buick Estate http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/13/brooklin-1940-buick-estate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brooklin-1940-buick-estate http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/13/brooklin-1940-buick-estate/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:56:26 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205698

  Buick’s first station wagon, the wood-bodied Model 59 Estate Wagon, was introduced as part of the mid-level “Super” line midway through the 1940 run, and it’s the subject of this really gorgeous white-metal beauty from Brooklin. The first releases have a very rare Brooklin error; the box end says “Special M59” (since corrected) but [...]

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Buick’s first station wagon, the wood-bodied Model 59 Estate Wagon, was introduced as part of the mid-level “Super” line midway through the 1940 run, and it’s the subject of this really gorgeous white-metal beauty from Brooklin. The first releases have a very rare Brooklin error; the box end says “Special M59” (since corrected) but the baseplate correctly identifies it as a Super. Online photos show that Brooklin has done a fine job with the authentic glossy metallic maroon paint and the two-tone wood body; the textured, semi-gloss black “canvas” roof looks just right, too. There’s lots of individually fitted chrome trim, including fine-plated wire moldings for the rocker panels, B-Pillar and tailgate; only the relief-cast windshield frame and hood side moldings haven’t been plated.  Interior details include accurate upholstery and a silver-painted dash (“engine-turned” in full scale) with accurate relief gauges and glove box clock, though none have been picked out.  Photos show the inside of the doors and rear compartment were wood, too, but Brooklin has painted those body color.  If published dimensions are correct, this one is closer to 1/41 scale (9 scale inches too long) but that’s not a problem; this model will stand out in any collection. – Wayne Moyer

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Brooklin 1936 Convertible Coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/11/brooklin-1936-convertible-coupe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brooklin-1936-convertible-coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/11/brooklin-1936-convertible-coupe/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:52:48 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205694

  1936 Buicks introduced hydraulic brakes, higher-horsepower engines with aluminum pistons, all-steel “Turret-top” bodies for the sedans, and more streamlined bodies with “Vee” windshields by Harley Earl.  The previously numbered series got names for the first time, with the entry-level Series 40 now called “Special.”  The Special Convertible (M-46C) Coupe’s rakish lines, wind-up windows, and [...]

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1936 Buicks introduced hydraulic brakes, higher-horsepower engines with aluminum pistons, all-steel “Turret-top” bodies for the sedans, and more streamlined bodies with “Vee” windshields by Harley Earl.  The previously numbered series got names for the first time, with the entry-level Series 40 now called “Special.”  The Special Convertible (M-46C) Coupe’s rakish lines, wind-up windows, and rumble seat made it very popular, and the 26th release in Brooklin’s “Buick Collection” series makes it easy to see why.  Its glossy black paint is among Brooklin’s best and at least 23 separate chrome-plated pieces really set this one off; except for the body-color vent window frames it’s fully detailed and really looks sharp.  And it’s the first model in the Buick Collection to have chrome-plated window cranks and a shift lever, too, though the other set of inner handles is missing. The fake wooden dashboard is neatly done and the relief-cast speedometer cluster is accurate, but no details have been picked out.  The optional second side-mount and wide whitewalls add pizzazz to this beauty, too.  As usual for Brooklin, the lines and details match photos from any and all angles and dimensions are right on 1:43.   — Wayne Moyer

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