Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:08:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Memorial Metal http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/14/memorial-metal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=memorial-metal http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/14/memorial-metal/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:08:31 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206537

M2 MACHINES Shelby Tribute 1:24/1:64 | $25/$5.99 each Carroll Shelby’s legacy remains one of the strongest in automotive history. M2 Machines’ “Shelby Tribute” 1:24 and 1:64 first-gen Shelby 1965 Mustang GT350s celebrate the life of the legend, and each car wears the number “89” (Mr. Shelby’s age at passing), a brace of reproduced Shelby signatures [...]

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M2 MACHINES Shelby Tribute
1:24/1:64 | $25/$5.99 each

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Carroll Shelby’s legacy remains one of the strongest in automotive history. M2 Machines’ “Shelby Tribute” 1:24 and 1:64 first-gen Shelby 1965 Mustang GT350s celebrate the life of the legend, and each car wears the number “89” (Mr. Shelby’s age at passing), a brace of reproduced Shelby signatures on its roof, and the stylized “CS” logo on its haunches above the numbers “1923-2012.” ThThe 1:24 ’Stang has opening doors, hood, and trunk, and steerable wheels; under its hood there’s a Paxton-fed Cobra 289 that’s been moderately wired and plumbed. ThThe caged interior has the correct Shelby-specific instrument pod at the center dash, and a spare mounted under its rear window. ThThe cars all roll out in combinations of Guardsman Blue and Wimbledon White, with opening doors and hoods, sharp tampo mark- ings, and very well-done mag wheels with Goodyear Poly- glas tires. Each comes mounted to a display base, and offers a lot of bang for the buck – something Shelby certainly understood. Look out for the 89 clear-coated metal “raw” cars (1:24 pictured) that have been randomly slipped into the cases as they ship from M2’s warehouse. — Joe Kelly Jr. m2machines.com

 

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AUTOart Laptop Case http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/14/autoart-laptop-case/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=autoart-laptop-case http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/14/autoart-laptop-case/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:15:38 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205820

As an alternate to the everyman backpack, this molded nylon case is meant to carry a laptop computer in car style. The case comes with a handle and carrying strap, and closes with a double-sided zipper. Here’s the cool part: functional quick-release hood pins with lanyards. With an inner dimension of 14.5 inches by 11 [...]

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As an alternate to the everyman backpack, this molded nylon case is meant to carry a laptop computer in car style. The case comes with a handle and carrying strap, and closes with a double-sided zipper. Here’s the cool part: functional quick-release hood pins with lanyards. With an inner dimension of 14.5 inches by 11 inches, it will handle all but the largest notebook computers, and its rugged construction assures your rig will arrive at its destination, ready for business. A large three-dimensional AUTOart logo lets everyone know where you got this cool piece of personal gear. Power up.

$49.95 

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Pope’s Atlantic http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/13/popes-atlantic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=popes-atlantic http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/13/popes-atlantic/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:06:36 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206534

AUTOART 1938 Bugatti 57S Atlantic coupe 1:18 | $359.95 The Bugatti Atlantic is one of the rarest, most desired collector cars in the world. Designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean in the mid-1930s, only four were built, and only two of the original cars are known to exist. Low and sleek, the two-door coupes featured [...]

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AUTOART 1938 Bugatti 57S Atlantic coupe
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The Bugatti Atlantic is one of the rarest, most desired collector cars in the world. Designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean in the mid-1930s, only four were built, and only two of the original cars are known to exist. Low and sleek, the two-door coupes featured many unique design features; most famous were the dorsal spines that ran over the car’s roof and each fender. The last sale of an Atlantic (May 2010) brought an undisclosed amount estimated at $30-40 million. AUTOart’s model is of the last Atlantic built, chassis number 57591, as commissioned by Englishman Richard Pope. Painted a deep sapphire blue with matching wire wheels, the model features a genuine leather-covered interior, an engine-turned, supercharged, straight-eight engine, and a full-access body. The car’s positively awash in photo-etched minutiae, detailed down to the smallest opening air vent and radiator cap, and the replica shows just how far AUTOart has come as a manufacturer. No, it isn’t inexpensive, but truly good things – and truly wonderful models – seldom are. Highly recommended. — Bill Bennett autoartmodels.com

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Name that Hoon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/12/name-that-hoon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=name-that-hoon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/12/name-that-hoon/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:55:57 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206527

AUTO WORLD “Legends” 1971 “Garlits” Dodge Charger 1:18 | $89.99 Gary Bolger was the hotfoot of choice for drag team owner Bud Richter, who put the talented Illinoisan behind the wheel of several of his cars- “Tension,” “Tension II,” and “Gold Digger” among them. When the legendary “Big Daddy” Don Garlits dealt Richter and company [...]

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“Legends” 1971 “Garlits”
Dodge Charger
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Gary Bolger was the hotfoot of choice for drag team owner Bud Richter, who put the talented Illinoisan behind the wheel of several of his cars- “Tension,” “Tension II,” and “Gold Digger” among them. When the legendary “Big Daddy” Don Garlits dealt Richter and company in on a deal that allowed the team to use his name on a funny car, it was Bolger – not Garlits – who piloted the 480 V8 Hemi-powered flopper in match races. That being said, Auto World’s 1:18 model of the ’71 Charger-bodied funny is a great follow-up piece for collectors who are gathering up the maker’s “Legends of the Quarter Mile” series. It’s the most simply decorated car in the group (therefore, the most menac- ing) with flawless black paint, tamped and clear-coated decos, and a highly detailed metal and plastic hybrid frame with a giant blown Chrysler slung between its rails. The castings are sharp, and the paint and finish are exceptionally clean; those decos match archive photos exactly, and the removable composite body shell makes displaying all of the plumbed and wired details easy. “Big” may never have stomped this one, but Garlits fans won’t be able to resist. — Joe Kelly Jr. autoworldstore.com

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AUTOart Silk Tie http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/12/autoart-silk-tie/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=autoart-silk-tie http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/12/autoart-silk-tie/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:13:40 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205817

What could be more fun than going to a high-profile meeting sporting a classy floral patterned silk tie — especially when the “floral pattern” is really a bunch of brake and suspension parts? Yep — you have to look twice, but that’s the fun of it all. AUTOart loves products that subtly (and not so [...]

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What could be more fun than going to a high-profile meeting sporting a classy floral patterned silk tie — especially when the “floral pattern” is really a bunch of brake and suspension parts? Yep — you have to look twice, but that’s the fun of it all. AUTOart loves products that subtly (and not so subtly) proclaim the wearer’s “carness” to the world. The two ties are made from the finest 100% Chinese silk, screen printed with disc brake calipers or coilover shocks. Prepare for a slew of double takes; these are “buy one, get one free.” Knots to you.

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GreenLight “Hot Pursuit” Series 11 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/09/greenlight-hot-pursuit-series-11/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=greenlight-hot-pursuit-series-11 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/09/greenlight-hot-pursuit-series-11/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:10:26 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205813

  It’s nice to know that someone’s looking out for you — unless you’re a bad guy, of course. GreenLight is continuing a celebration of the folks who wear the shield with release 11 of their “Hot Pursuit” collection. Once again, these pinpoint-accurate little cruisers are a mix taken from different counties and towns, with [...]

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It’s nice to know that someone’s looking out for you — unless you’re a bad guy, of course. GreenLight is continuing a celebration of the folks who wear the shield with release 11 of their “Hot Pursuit” collection. Once again, these pinpoint-accurate little cruisers are a mix taken from different counties and towns, with this selection sporting an army base piece, for good measure. Two Crown Victorias — one hailing from Westwood, MA, and the other a trooper’s ride from the Indiana State Police — join a ‘77 Dodge Royal Monaco, also from the ISP, a 2010 “Scottsdale, Arizona” Dodge Charger, a 1977 Chevy G20 from San Francisco, and a 2012 Ford Police Interceptor Utility — a heavy duty Explorer — in Fort Meade Military Police deco. The Indianapolis Crown Vic — tagged as a 2008 model — is the “Tenth Anniversary” chase piece, acknowledging GreenLight’s decade of making model cars, but each of the models, with their immaculate paint and decorations, are worth chasing down. And yes, you may make “woot-woot” siren sounds while doing so. We won’t tell a soul. — DCX Staff

1:64 | $5.99 each

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Golden Girl http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/08/golden-girl/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golden-girl http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/08/golden-girl/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:55:08 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206503

ACME Trading Linda Vaughn Figure 1:18 | $30, $150 (with car) She’s held a lot of titles over the years, but for most of us, Dalton, GA’s Linda Vaughn will always be remembered for her years as “Miss Hurst Gold- en Shifter,” a public rela- tions gig that frequently required the otherworldly southern beauty to [...]

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ACME Trading
Linda Vaughn Figure
1:18 | $30, $150 (with car)

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She’s held a lot of titles over the years, but for most of us, Dalton, GA’s Linda Vaughn will always be remembered for her years as “Miss Hurst Gold- en Shifter,” a public rela- tions gig that frequently required the otherworldly southern beauty to perch on the trunk of a pace car and hold on to an outsized Hurst T-handle during a parade lap. ACME Trading Company’s 1:18 figure of the one-time dental technician comes three ways: as a standalone piece, as a figure with the shifter platform (seen here), or in an homage set that also includes a 1:18 Lane Exact Detail 1972 Hurst Olds Indy Pace Car and a mounting wedge (not shown). The star of the show is Ms. Vaughn, of course, and this crisp resin sculpt pays respect to Linda’s legendary pro- portions, mane of blonde hair, and smiling face. The gold mini dress and white go-go boots (a winning combination, we might add) have just the right luster. So does that giant gearshift, and the package looks just perfect. The little Linda’s hand is cast to grasp the grab handle on the shifter. Whether standing alone, or on full display, ACME’s figure of this still-vivacious Queen of the Raceway had us at “hello.” – Joe Kelly Jr.

 

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True Love Hurts http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/07/true-love-hurts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=true-love-hurts http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/07/true-love-hurts/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206499

SunStar Russ Truelove 1956 Mercury stock car 1:18 | $95 Russ Truelove had made two (count ’em, two) payments on his brand new 1956 Mercury Montclair when he entered it into the 1956 Daytona 500, and before he got to mail the next coupon, he’d run out onto the sand at well over 100mph and [...]

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SunStar Russ Truelove
1956 Mercury stock car
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Russ Truelove had made two (count ’em, two) payments on his brand new 1956 Mercury Montclair when he entered it into the 1956 Daytona 500, and before he got to mail the next coupon, he’d run out onto the sand at well over 100mph and flipped, rolled, and crunched the car in front of a horrified crowd. Truelove emerged from the wreck only a little worse for wear, but the car … ouch. Sunstar’s model of Truelove’s stocker was actually patterned after the mostly restored rac- er; this deco’d early sample is nicely done. Based on Sunstar’s Platinum Collection 1956 Merc, it features the same opening doors, hood, and trunk, steerable wheels, and working suspension. In addition to the tilting visors and seats, the car also has a working glove box and a few of the race day tweaks that Truelove’s ill-fated FoMoCo bruiser wore that day on the sand. We loved the race day graphics done in hi-res tampos and the roll bar and “steelies” all around. Other details like the stock motor, the chromed side-dump exhaust, and the spare-equipped trunk may, or may not, be changed before production, but the overall feel and display of this one is outrageously good. We hope this signifies the beginning of more “true” stock cars from this maker. Shiny side up, please. – Joe Kelly, Jr.

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PremiumX 1975 “Freetown Police” AMC Pacer X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/07/premiumx-1975-freetown-police-amc-pacer-x/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=premiumx-1975-freetown-police-amc-pacer-x http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/07/premiumx-1975-freetown-police-amc-pacer-x/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:07:55 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205808

AMC created “the first wide small car” in 1975 with the AMC Pacer, a sub-compact with compact car interior space. In addition to its wide track and excellent visibility (or goldfish-bowl styling, take your pick) the Pacer’s passenger side door was longer than the driver’s by 4 inches for easier curbside access to the rear [...]

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AMC created “the first wide small car” in 1975 with the AMC Pacer, a sub-compact with compact car interior space. In addition to its wide track and excellent visibility (or goldfish-bowl styling, take your pick) the Pacer’s passenger side door was longer than the driver’s by 4 inches for easier curbside access to the rear seat. Unfortunately, PremiumX missed that detail on this 1975 Pacer model, but they’ve nailed just about everything else. In 2000, a Freetown, MA, business refurbished a Pacer X and donated it to the police department for use in their D.A.R.E. program; that’s the subject of this resincast model from PremiumX. Its paint is as good as you’ll find, and the neatly applied decal graphics match photos well, but there should be blue flashers above the bumper and vertical black nerf bars as well. The bubble car shape is exactly right and all those big windows have thin bright chrome printed moldings. Rocker panels, light bezels, door handles, and even the lock cylinders are done the same way, while the tiny Pacer X badges are ultra-thin photo-etched pieces. The all-black interior has the X-package bucket seats and floor shift, but the model has DL-package wheels. Nits aside, a great addition to any service car collection. Thanks to Wild About Wheels for providing the sample.  – Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $37

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Wide-Open Opel http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/06/wide-open-opel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wide-open-opel http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/06/wide-open-opel/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:50:31 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206496

MiniChamps 2010 Meriva 1:43 | $55 The second generation Opel Meriva B minivan, introduced in 2010, featured front-hingedfront and rear-hinged rear doors that opened the passenger compartment from end to end.Minichamps’ model was first released as a promo piece for Opel, so we knew the overall shapeand all details were going to be right. Its metallic [...]

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MiniChamps 2010 Meriva
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The second generation Opel Meriva B minivan, introduced in 2010, featured front-hingedfront and rear-hinged rear doors that opened the passenger compartment from end to end.Minichamps’ model was first released as a promo piece for Opel, so we knew the overall shapeand all details were going to be right. Its metallic silver paint is excellent, but the gloss blacktop shows a hint of the ripples in the diecast below. It looks kind of low key, but it’s accuratein that the full-scale Meriva’s only chrome is on the grille, the rear hatch trim, and on the Opelemblems—the model has those faithfully reproduced with scale-size plated parts. Windowmoldings are neatly printed, but the tinted glass makes checking out the interior difficult. Onceyou get some light in there, the dash and its detailed instruments with authentic red outlines,navigation panel, detailed console, and door panels with chromed handles all match accurately.Wheels are a realistic aluminum color, with disks and calipers visible behind them, and there’smore chassis detail than you’ll find in most models in this scale. Although the Meriva isn’t avail-able over here, Minichamps’ fine model certainly is. – Wayne Moyer carvillemodels.com

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