Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:39:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 License to Thrill http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/02/license-to-thrill/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=license-to-thrill http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/02/license-to-thrill/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:39:34 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206483

AUTOart Lola/Aston Martin B09/60 (DBR1-2) #007 1:18/$220 Lola/Aston Martin’s Gulf Oil-liveried #007 LMP1 prototype dominated the 2009 five race Le Mans Series, winning theTeam, Constructors’, and Drivers’ Championships, and was the highest finishing gasoline-powered racer to complete the2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing fourth behind the diesel-powered cars of Peugeot and Audi. Powered by [...]

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Lola/Aston Martin
B09/60 (DBR1-2)
#007
1:18/$220

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Lola/Aston Martin’s Gulf Oil-liveried #007 LMP1 prototype dominated the 2009 five race Le Mans Series, winning theTeam, Constructors’, and Drivers’ Championships, and was the highest finishing gasoline-powered racer to complete the2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing fourth behind the diesel-powered cars of Peugeot and Audi. Powered by a raucousproduction-based engine, and liveried in the iconic powder blue and orange of Gulf Oil racing, this car brought back welcomememories of races from the 1960s and 1970s when Gulf cars played such an important part in the action. AUTOart’s #007 ac-curately captures the stance and aesthetics of this wonderful race car. The outside skin is all about cast-in aerodynamics andapplied graphics atop AUTOart’s amazing paint; with four antennae and a pitot tube bristling from the car’s surface, along withthe small body latches and through-the-body fender vents, the little details do a lot. Underneath the skin, the non-functioningsuspension and power plant details are mostly shrouded beneath carbon fiber ducting and plumbing, as in life. Opening the cock-pit’s delicate doors exposes a no-frills, single-seat interior replicated in understated accuracy. If Bond were a race driver… – Bill Bennett

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Johnny Lightning Jeep Cherokee/DCS Event Car 1:64 / $5 Johnny Lightning has been a name synonymous with the 1:64 market for decades, and it’s no wonder why. With castings like this Jeep Cherokee on tap, who wouldn’t be impressed? Covered in olive green, the finish looks right on in comparison to military colors. Featuring a [...]

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Johnny Lightning Jeep Cherokee/DCS Event Car
1:64 / $5

Johnny Lightning Jeep Cherokee 1cc

Johnny Lightning has been a name synonymous with the 1:64 market for decades, and it’s no wonder why. With castings like this Jeep Cherokee on tap, who wouldn’t be impressed? Covered in olive green, the finish looks right on in comparison to military colors. Featuring a front push bar with a winch and a fresh air snorkel emphasized by color-matched “Outlaw”-style rims and beefy off-road tires, it’s obvious this truck is ready to hit the trails for some serious bumping in the mud. Sitting to the truck’s right, and sharing its mold set, is JL’s exclusive event car from the diecastspace.com Music City Regionals, held in Nashville, TN, this past July. Covered in a white finish and accented with a black push bar, air snorkel and rims, only 100 of these specially-marked pieces were produced and distributed at the show, compliments of JL. If you’re a White Lightning or chase car collector, you’ll definitely want to add this one to your wish list. – Mike Zarnock johnnylightning.com

 

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Bugatti Atlantic http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/01/minichamps-mullin-collection-bugatti-atlantic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minichamps-mullin-collection-bugatti-atlantic http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/01/minichamps-mullin-collection-bugatti-atlantic/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:59:43 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205798 Jean Bugatti’s “Aerolithe” body for the shortened, lowered, and supercharged Type 57SC chassis is easily his most striking design. Its lightweight Elektron alloy body couldn’t be welded, so the body and fenders were made in halves and riveted together, giving the car its identifying vertical spines. When the car went into production as the steel-bodied [...]

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Jean Bugatti’s “Aerolithe” body for the shortened, lowered, and supercharged Type 57SC chassis is easily his most striking design. Its lightweight Elektron alloy body couldn’t be welded, so the body and fenders were made in halves and riveted together, giving the car its identifying vertical spines. When the car went into production as the steel-bodied “Atlantic,” it retained that feature, and most of the striking machine’s looks. Minichamps latest “Mullin Collection” model is the very first Atlantic, Chassis 57374, delivered to Lord Rothschild in 1936 and forever known as “the Rothschild Atlantic.” When delivered it had low-mounted headlights, small rear windows, louvers over the doors and a few other details that differed from the three that followed it, and over time it was “updated” to match the later cars. Happily, it was restored to its original configuration for the Mullin collection and photos taken by Jean himself show that the car, as Minichamps has modeled it, is exactly as delivered to Lord Rothschild. Suffice it to say that the metallic blue paint is perfect, every bit of trim is there and in scale, and the interior, with its delicate wood-grain wheel, wood-grain dash with authentic instruments, and realistic upholstery, is as good as the exterior. Shape, details, and dimensions are excellent; this is the best 1:43-scale Atlantic I’ve ever seen. — Wayne Moyer

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The Last Big Six http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/31/the-last-big-six/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-last-big-six http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/31/the-last-big-six/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:33:53 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206477

MINICHAMPS 1969 Aston Martin DBS 1:43 | $45 Aston Martin built two versions of the four-seat DBS Coupe in 1969, one with the long-awaited quad-cam V-8, and one with the classic DOHC six. Beautifully done photo-etched wire wheels and vent louvers behind the rear quarter windows identify this gor- geous model as one of the [...]

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MINICHAMPS 1969 Aston Martin DBS
1:43 | $45

Minichamps 1969 Aston Martin DBS 4cc

Aston Martin built two versions of the four-seat DBS Coupe in 1969, one with the long-awaited quad-cam V-8, and one with the classic DOHC six. Beautifully done photo-etched wire wheels and vent louvers behind the rear quarter windows identify this gor- geous model as one of the last six-cylinder Astons. Minichamps has nailed the fastback shape and all the details perfectly, while all dimensions are right on the spot. “Ruby Red” paint is very well replicated, and only the multicolor Aston badges are printed on; all other trim is either chrome-plated or photo-etched. Chrome window surrounds are right on scale. The headlights have jew- eled lenses, while other lights have correctly colored plastic lenses. Don’t be misled by images of American-market Astons, this European car has the turn signals correctly placed outboard of the quad headlights. Upholstery patterns match photos, interior handles are neatly printed silver, detailed gauges in the woodgrain instrument panel are included, and the classic wood-rim wheel is especially well done. Add in crisp-relief chas- sis details with aluminum-painted exhaust pipes and separate mufflers, and you have a really fine miniature at a bargain price. – Wayne Moyer carvillemodels.com

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Little Big Cat http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/30/little-big-cat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=little-big-cat http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/30/little-big-cat/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:31:46 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206474

American Excellence 1971 Mercury Cougar 1:43 | $95 Mercury’s third generation Cougar was a significantly bigger and heavier cat. Although it shared the Mustang’s body shell, the Cougar managed to look quite different and was much more of a personal luxury car. This 1971 Cougar is the latest offering from American Excellence, and it gets very [...]

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American Excellence 1971 Mercury Cougar
1:43 | $95

American Excellence 1971 Mercury Cougar 8cc

Mercury’s third generation Cougar was a significantly bigger and heavier cat. Although it shared the Mustang’s body shell, the Cougar managed to look quite different and was much more of a personal luxury car. This 1971 Cougar is the latest offering from American Excellence, and it gets very high marks for its body shape and even higher marks for detail. All the trim, including the thin wheel arch moldings and brightwork at the bottom of the realistic vinyl top, is done with carefully applied photo- etched pieces. Tiny chrome name scripts and red-on-chrome badges are here in scale relief (how do they do that?), as are the 71’s wrap-around turn signals and large rectangular grille. The car’s high-gloss paint matches “Ivy Bronze Poly” chips well; clear glass and low- ered door windows let you see the well-done upholstery, woodgrain dash, and recessed instrument face decals. Relief window cranks are neatly painted, but other inner door panel details haven’t been picked out. Overall lines match photos from any angle, and the wheelbase is right on 1:43, but body dimensions average 1:40 scale. We can’t spot the stretched bits—can you? – Wayne Moyer jmmodelautos.com

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/30/minichamps-mullin-collection-delahaye-type-145-chapron-coupe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minichamps-mullin-collection-delahaye-type-145-chapron-coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/30/minichamps-mullin-collection-delahaye-type-145-chapron-coupe/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:56:21 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205794

Delahaye built four cycle-fendered, V12-powered Types 145 for the French Ecurie Bleu racing team in 1937, and coachbuilder Henri Chapron bought two to re-body as fast Grand Tourers in 1939. However, with a World War, declining economy, and a non-paying buyer, this one, chassis 48773, wasn’t completed until 1951. Chapron had obviously seen a Bugatti [...]

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Delahaye built four cycle-fendered, V12-powered Types 145 for the French Ecurie Bleu racing team in 1937, and coachbuilder Henri Chapron bought two to re-body as fast Grand Tourers in 1939. However, with a World War, declining economy, and a non-paying buyer, this one, chassis 48773, wasn’t completed until 1951. Chapron had obviously seen a Bugatti Atlantic, but his longer, flowing fenders do give the car a more graceful look. Restored to its original condition (except for the rare T.145 engine), the car is part of the Mullin Collection and now available as a superb 1:43-scale resincast from Minichamps. Photos show that they’ve modeled the flowing lines perfectly; the flawless body has crisp panel lines, Chapron’s graceful sculptured sides, and dozens of perfectly spaced louvers. Minichamps’ glossy gray paint has exceptionally fine metallic pigments and is set off by bright plated and photo-etched trim. Photos show that nothing has been left off; grab a strong magnifying glass, and you’ll see “DELAHAYE” on the tiny hood badge. There’s realistic faux red leather upholstery, with plated inner handles and silver trim, a beautiful wood-grain dash with detailed instruments, a delicate wheel and shift handle, and photo-etched pedals inside. Dimensions are a very precise 1:43 scale. What a beauty.  — Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $95

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BROOKLIN 1955 Belvedere Convertible 1:43 | $120 Virgil Exner’s 1955 “Forward Look” styling transformed Plymouth from exceptionally dumpy looking cars to long, sleek, low machines. These cars looked even sleeker when done as con- vertibles and lower when their convertible tops were down. Brooklin usually models meat and potatoes sedans, but this time they’ve done [...]

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BROOKLIN 1955 Belvedere Convertible
1:43 | $120

Brooklin 1955 Belvedere 4cc

Virgil Exner’s 1955 “Forward Look” styling transformed Plymouth from exceptionally dumpy looking cars to long, sleek, low machines. These cars looked even sleeker when done as con- vertibles and lower when their convertible tops were down. Brooklin usually models meat and potatoes sedans, but this time they’ve done the top-line Plymouth Belvedere Convertible, and they’ve really done it well. The model’s glossy “Seminole Scarlet” paint matches chips perfect- ly, with just traces of orange peel, and there’s lots of separate chrome-plated trim, right down to the delicate side spears that are slightly recessed into the body. That trim was often used to separate eye-grabbing two-toned schemes, but single-color cars like this weren’t unusual. Legible relief-cast Belvedere scripts are painted over and a tiny emblem has been omitted from the doors, but everything else is here. The big news is that this is the first Brooklin model to have separate plated inner door handles, and there are arm rests and correct top bow wells, too. The two-tone dash is correct, although the relief instrument faces are painted over and the inner door panels should be red. Dimensions are right on, and best of all, Brooklin’s rag- top Belvedere just looks right. – Wayne Moyer brasiliapress.com

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Number One Pontiac http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/number-one-pontiac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=number-one-pontiac http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/number-one-pontiac/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:23:33 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206468

BROOKLIN 1937 Deluxe Six Touring Sedan 1:43 | $120 Although the all-new 1937 Pontiacs used the same B-Body as their GM stable mates, for the Deluxe Six it had to be shortened in front of the cowl to fit the 117-inch wheelbase. Brooklin’s “Buick Collection” success has led to a similar “Pontiac Collection.” This 1937 [...]

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BROOKLIN 1937 Deluxe Six Touring Sedan
1:43 | $120

Brooklin 1937 Deluxe Six Touring Sedan 2cc

Although the all-new 1937 Pontiacs used the same B-Body as their GM stable mates, for the Deluxe Six it had to be shortened in front of the cowl to fit the 117-inch wheelbase. Brooklin’s “Buick Collection” success has led to a similar “Pontiac Collection.” This 1937 Deluxe Six 4-Door Touring “Trunkback” Sedan is its first release. The body is correctly similar to Brooklin’s Buick model, but the nose and chassis have been accurately shortened, and Pontiac details, like the prominent Pontiac “Silver Streak” trim and pedestal- mounted headlights, are just as they should be. Our sample’s glossy “Starlight Blue” paint has some orange peel that may not be typical of production units; the small combination hood ornament/latch handle, name badge, door handles, hood vent trim, trunk hinges, and windshield divider are all separate, polished pieces, making this one of the few Brooklin models with a fully detailed exterior—except for the grille, which is lacking the body-color horizontal bars dividing each side into four sections. Dog dish hubcaps and chrome beauty rings look just right for the Six. Interior detail is a bit sparse, but the woodgrain dash is correct. Brooklin has recreated the Trunkback lines accurately, and the dimensions are right on the money. – Wayne Moyer brasiliapress.com

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GREENLIGHT Auction Block series 15 1:64 | $5 It’s been nearly a year since GreenLight released the last wave of their popular Auction Block series, but release 15 is now available. Better late than never; these six pavement eaters were worth the wait. All of the cars they’ve modeled here were sold through the Mecum [...]

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GREENLIGHT Auction Block series 15
1:64 | $5

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It’s been nearly a year since GreenLight released the last wave of their popular Auction Block series, but release 15 is now available. Better late than never; these six pavement eaters were worth the wait. All of the cars they’ve modeled here were sold through the Mecum Auction network for between $46,000 (a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback) and an amazing $562,500 (for a one-of-a-kind 1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Coupe). The series also includes a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, a 1973 AMC Javelin, and a 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T. All feature opening hoods, detailed engines, full interiors, real rubber tires, and factory alloy-style wheels. Going once … twice … – Andy Goodman greenlightcollectibles.com

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AUTOART F1 Paperweight 1:8 | $24.95 Accessories are what makes the car guy (or gal’s) auto decor stand out, and if your crossed-flags night light and checkerboard of- fice curtains aren’t cutting it anymore, try this on for size: a 1:8 Formula 1 tire and rim com- bination that can be used either as a [...]

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AUTOART F1 Paperweight
1:8 | $24.95

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Accessories are what makes the car guy (or gal’s) auto decor stand out, and if your crossed-flags night light and checkerboard of- fice curtains aren’t cutting it anymore, try this on for size: a 1:8 Formula 1 tire and rim com- bination that can be used either as a tealight candleholder when the mood strikes, or an authentically scaled paperweight when it’s time for business of another kind. The source may surprise you; AUTOart has had a lot of fun these last few years converting what look to be real automotive components into “lifestyle” items, from carbon-fiber suspension arm desk lamps and brake-disc clocks, to velocity stack drinking glasses, twin-carb salt and pepper shakers, and aluminum shift-handle basin pumps (that’s “toilet plungers” to us Yanks). This particular bit of desktop whimsy uses diecast and “road-scuffed” rubber to replicate a racecar’s unsprung componentry well, whilst proving that in addition to making some great models, the people at AUTOart have a mischie- vous design ethic—and a healthy sense of humor. What fun. – Bill Bennett autoart.com

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