Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:16:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ixo 1960 Facel Vega Excellence http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/24/ixo-1960-facel-vega-excellence/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ixo-1960-facel-vega-excellence http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/24/ixo-1960-facel-vega-excellence/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:28:57 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207660

Excellent Excellence 1:43 | $44.95 When the subject of sleek, low-slung European GT cars with American engines comes up, most of us think of the many Italian-American hybrids, or the English Cad-Allards and later, Cobras. But surprisingly, the first to be offered in both Europe and the U.S. was the 1954 Vega, built by the [...]

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Excellent Excellence

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When the subject of sleek, low-slung European GT cars with American engines comes up, most of us think of the many Italian-American hybrids, or the English Cad-Allards and later, Cobras. But surprisingly, the first to be offered in both Europe and the U.S. was the 1954 Vega, built by the French company Facel and powered by the new Chrysler 276 cubic-inch Hemi.  A succession of Facel Vegas (all Chrysler-powered) culminated in the 1960 Excellence, a beautiful 4-door pillarless hardtop with center-opening doors and a VERY hefty $12,500.00 price tag.  Tom McCahill called the Excellence “sexier than the Place Pigalle and throatier than a Russian basso.”  Ixo has the Excellence’s clean lines right from every angle and every detail is there in perfect scale; the legible photo-etched “Excellence” on the trunk lid measures just 0.17 in.!  The authentic pale metallic green paint is absolutely flawless and there’s a LOT of chrome; some of which, like the wide lower body moldings, appears to be printed in very bright chrome.  Looking inside, the leather-colored upholstery’s seat and door panel patterns are correct, with relief handles and cranks over-printed with silver.  The authentic wood-grained dash is nicely done and has a full complement of accurate instruments. The only item missing is the long, thin shift lever. — Wayne Moyer

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More French Curves 1:43 | $99.95 Minichamps Mullin Collection Talbot-Lago T26-SS (Super Sport) is one of only three of these cars, basically their Grand Prix race car with a widened chassis and two-seat bodywork.  Two were built for the 1936 Le Mans but this one (chassis 90203) wasn’t seen until the 1939 24-Hours.  It re-surfaced [...]

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More French Curves

1:43 | $99.95

Minichamps Mullin Collection Talbot-Lago T26-SS (Super Sport) is one of only three of these cars, basically their Grand Prix race car with a widened chassis and two-seat bodywork.  Two were built for the 1936 Le Mans but this one (chassis 90203) wasn’t seen until the 1939 24-Hours.  It re-surfaced after the war to finish third in the Torino Grand Prix, which definitely wasn’t an F1 race but may account for its designation.  Peter Mullin regularly brings this car to Historic Automobile races, so photos are easy to find and they all show that Minichamps has nailed the flowing lines, teardrop fenders, long tail, and dozens of tiny louvers perfectly.  Its Navy Blue paint is excellent, with printed numbers and rivet heads; everything else (and it’s all there) is done with plated or photo-etched parts.  The cycle fender struts are very thin, the tiny (1.1 by 1.6 mm) hood badge is beautiful, but the delicate door handles/latches are most impressive. — Wayne Moyer

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M2 Machines Detroit-Muscle Series 26 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/21/m2-machines-detroit-muscle-series-26/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=m2-machines-detroit-muscle-series-26 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/21/m2-machines-detroit-muscle-series-26/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:19:07 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207654

Mini Muscle, Max Detail 1:64 | $6 Contrary to popular assumption, the importance of presentation does not diminish with size. This is a principle that the folks at Castline clearly understand, and take full advantage of with their line of 1:64-scale Detroit-Muscle M2 Machines. Given that each comes with a molded diamond plate base (with [...]

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Mini Muscle, Max Detail

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Contrary to popular assumption, the importance of presentation does not diminish with size. This is a principle that the folks at Castline clearly understand, and take full advantage of with their line of 1:64-scale Detroit-Muscle M2 Machines. Given that each comes with a molded diamond plate base (with a stenciled plaque identifying the car and its release number) that mates with an acrylic dust cover to form a classy display case, these cars have already set the tone as something special even before you consider the car itself. And when you do, you will recognize the handiwork of true muscle car enthusiasts—they choose the right cars and they pay attention to details! The ’66 Corvette comes as either a 327ci small-block or a 427 with side pipes. Ford fans will admire the ’68 Mercury Cougar duo, which are differentiated by wheels, interior color, vinyl versus tin top, and even distinctive engine inserts to represent both a 302 and a 390. Drag race fans will get a kick out of the ’69 Nickey Chevrolet 427 Camaros — there’s a road-going version, but the star is a COPO strip warrior with sponsor billboards on the doors and a set of drag tires mounted on steel rims out back!

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Kyosho Aston Martin DB9 and Vanquish http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/20/kyosho-aston-martin-db9-and-vanquish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kyosho-aston-martin-db9-and-vanquish http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/20/kyosho-aston-martin-db9-and-vanquish/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:15:30 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207649

Elegant English GTs 1:43 | $98  Aston Martin is having a pretty good year with its stylish main line grand tourer the DB9 being joined by the ultra-performance Vanquish. Kyosho, in signing on to produce both in 1:43 in a host of colors, is poised to enjoy the halo effect of these gorgeous coupes. The [...]

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Elegant English GTs

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 Aston Martin is having a pretty good year with its stylish main line grand tourer the DB9 being joined by the ultra-performance Vanquish. Kyosho, in signing on to produce both in 1:43 in a host of colors, is poised to enjoy the halo effect of these gorgeous coupes. The DB9 is not exactly a wallflower with its seductive lines and its 510hp V12, but the extroverted Vanquish, with its carbon-fiber roof, aggressive ground effects and integrated rear deck spoiler, easily overshadows its more stately sibling. They are clearly related (like Cain and Abel!) and Kyosho captures well the essence of both cars. Even the interior differences are accounted for, with the DB9’s more sumptuous accommodations nicely visible with the white car’s red upholstery. Both are beautiful, and they look great in side-by-side display!

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Conquest/JMModelautos 1941 Plymouth Station Wagon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/19/conquestjmmodelautos-1941-plymouth-station-wagon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=conquestjmmodelautos-1941-plymouth-station-wagon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/19/conquestjmmodelautos-1941-plymouth-station-wagon/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:12:30 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207645

1:43 | $285 The Special Deluxe series was Plymouth’s top-line offering for 1941 and at the very top was the 4-Door 7/8-Passenger Station Wagon.  Plymouth offered buyers a choice of wood colors for the first time in 1941; all white ash or the traditional white ash framing with mahogany insert panels.  Conquest has made this [...]

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The Special Deluxe series was Plymouth’s top-line offering for 1941 and at the very top was the 4-Door 7/8-Passenger Station Wagon.  Plymouth offered buyers a choice of wood colors for the first time in 1941; all white ash or the traditional white ash framing with mahogany insert panels.  Conquest has made this stunning “Raleigh Tavern Rust” version exclusively for JMModelautos and the color matches online samples very well.  It contrasts beautifully with the traditional two-tone wood (with very nice grain detail for the inserts) and the optional ivory-colored canvas top.  Overall lines match available photos very well and Conquest has the ‘41’s new heart-shaped grille and all other details exactly right.  The tiny Plymouth scripts and hood badge are crisply printed decals while all other exterior trim is done with in-scale separate plated parts.  Note that the “speed lines” on the fenders were really stamped stiffeners and were not plated.  A peek inside shows the wood-grain dash with its silver instrument panel and rectangular instrument panel are correct, as is the simple upholstery.  Conquest has given the model a smooth, cream-colored headliner whereas the real cars had varnished wood planks.  Inner side panels were also varnished light ash, not tan, but they do have separate plated handles and cranks.  Wide whites with authentic dog-dish caps and red Plymouth scripts finish off a very accurate and attractive model. — Wayne Moyer

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TSM 1977 Monaco GP Tyrrell P34 no.4 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/16/tsm-1977-monaco-gp-tyrrell-p34-no-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tsm-1977-monaco-gp-tyrrell-p34-no-4 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/16/tsm-1977-monaco-gp-tyrrell-p34-no-4/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:06:29 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207641

Singular Six-wheeler 1:18 | $210 One look at the legendary Tyrrell 6-wheeled P34 and you know that it’s one of the most groundbreaking and distinctive race cars in Formula 1 history. Ken Tyrrell was a fearless innovator and engineer, and the idea of using four small wheels in front in place of the conventional large [...]

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Singular Six-wheeler

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One look at the legendary Tyrrell 6-wheeled P34 and you know that it’s one of the most groundbreaking and distinctive race cars in Formula 1 history. Ken Tyrrell was a fearless innovator and engineer, and the idea of using four small wheels in front in place of the conventional large two was driven by sound engineering principles—reduced aerodynamic drag, reduced rolling resistance, and increased grip. Patrick Depailler piloted the car at the 1977 Monaco Grand Prix, where it qualified a respectable 8th and showed flashes of speed, but the mechanical gremlins that plagued the car all season (mainly unrelated to the unusual wheel arrangement) reared up again in Monaco, forcing the car to retire with gearbox failure. We’ve been impressed with TSM’s recent releases of historic F1 models (check out the review of Senna’s McLaren in the Winter 2015 issue) and this Tyrrell looks to continue that trend. It’s a fascinating engineering exercise, a great conversation piece, and a distinctive piece of racing history. And with just 300 pieces slated to be produced, it should be quite collectible as well.

 

 

 

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Top Marques Collectibles 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/14/top-marques-collectibles-2014-alfa-romeo-4c/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-marques-collectibles-2014-alfa-romeo-4c http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/14/top-marques-collectibles-2014-alfa-romeo-4c/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:02:16 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207637

Awesome Alfa 1:18 scale | $220 The last Alfa Romeos sold in this country were small but sporty sedans whose focus was definitely utilitarian.  After a two-decade absence, Alfa has returned, this time with a two-seat sports car powered by a 240-horsepower turbocharged double-overhead cam four cylinder engine.  Its composite body is wrapped around a [...]

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Awesome Alfa

1:18 scale | $220

The last Alfa Romeos sold in this country were small but sporty sedans whose focus was definitely utilitarian.  After a two-decade absence, Alfa has returned, this time with a two-seat sports car powered by a 240-horsepower turbocharged double-overhead cam four cylinder engine.  Its composite body is wrapped around a carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis reportedly weighing a mere 143 pounds, and whose styling makes it’s German and English competition look, well, stuffy.  Top Marques Collectibles is a new line of top-quality 1:18 scale resincast models by BBR and built for them “overseas.”  The 4C is one of their first models and there are loads of photos and road tests to show that they have every curve, dip, and bulge of the voluptuous body (there isn’t a straight line on it!) exactly right.  Its heavy body is flawless and the silver metallic paint is as fine as you’ll find anywhere.  The only trim on the 4C are the seven (one’s on the steering wheel) scale-size Alfa badges, all with four distinct colors and legible chrome letters.  Even the pinhead-size side marker lights have clear lenses!  It’s curbside; nothing opens, but the interior and engine upper surfaces are clearly visible through thin, clear “glass.”. Big ventilated disks and calipers are visible behind the authentic and unusual wheels.  Thanks to Wild About Wheels (215-322-7593) for this early sample. — Wayne Moyer

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Brooklin 1955 Lincoln Capri 4-Door Sedan http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/13/brooklin-1955-lincoln-capri-4-door-sedan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brooklin-1955-lincoln-capri-4-door-sedan http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/13/brooklin-1955-lincoln-capri-4-door-sedan/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:00:05 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207633

Middle-Class Lincoln 1:43 | $138.95 By 1955, the clean body made famous by the “hot rod Lincolns” of Mexican Road Race fame were dated, so the ‘55s got a simplified grille, all-new side trim, and longer rear fenders with new taillights, and a new 225-horsepower, 341cid Y-block V-8.  While everyone else has modeled the top-line [...]

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Middle-Class Lincoln

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By 1955, the clean body made famous by the “hot rod Lincolns” of Mexican Road Race fame were dated, so the ‘55s got a simplified grille, all-new side trim, and longer rear fenders with new taillights, and a new 225-horsepower, 341cid Y-block V-8.  While everyone else has modeled the top-line Capri 2-Door Hardtop, Brooklin has released this good-looking white-metal model of the Capri 4-Door sedan, of which only 405 fewer than the classy coupe were sold.  This is the first time that Brooklin has made the roof of a 4-door sedan a separate drop-in piece which allows easy two-tone paint but which has caused a slight problem. That top is about 0.1 inch (4 scale ones) too long and overhangs the windshield frame instead of fitting flush behind it.  Aside from that, Brooklin has really nailed the lines and details.  The authentic glossy Turquoise and Ermine White paint is set off by no less than 31 separate, in-scale chrome-plated pieces that include pinhead-size Capri emblems.  All window moldings, the vent window frames, and “LINCOLN” hood letters are painted over and tiny Capri fender scripts are missing.  Interior details are typical Brooklin; accurate upholstery and dash with authentic relief details but without inner handles, armrests, or gauge face details.  There’s good high-relief chassis detail in the metal baseplate, too. — Wayne Moyer

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Matrix Intermeccanica 1965 Mustang Station Wagon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/12/matrix-intermeccanica-1965-mustang-station-wagon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=matrix-intermeccanica-1965-mustang-station-wagon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/12/matrix-intermeccanica-1965-mustang-station-wagon/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:58:32 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207630

The Mustang That Wasn’t 1:43 | $89.95 When the Mustang was unveiled in April 1964, New York ad agency VP Barney Clark decided that Ford should build a Mustang Wagon with his agency handling the advertising campaign.  To show FoMoCo how easy it would be, he hired Bob Cumberford to draw up a set of [...]

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The Mustang That Wasn’t

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When the Mustang was unveiled in April 1964, New York ad agency VP Barney Clark decided that Ford should build a Mustang Wagon with his agency handling the advertising campaign.  To show FoMoCo how easy it would be, he hired Bob Cumberford to draw up a set of plans and sent those, along with a Mustang Coupe, to Italian coachbuilder Intermeccanica.  When he got the completed Mustang Wagon (Ponycart?) back in 1966 he drove it to Detroit.  But Ford, who’d just added the 2+2 to the Mustang line and was cranking out every Pony they possibly could, nixed the idea, missing the chance to invent the sports wagon.  Car and Driver then did a month-long test and featured the car on the cover (October 1966) but Ford wouldn’t budge.  Matrix released a good-looking model several months ago in the correct dark green and has followed it with this spectacular version in bright red with gold Shelby stripes.  The overall shape is perfect and the finish, trim, and detail work are excellent.  The only problem is that neither version is the Intermeccanica Mustang!  The hood scoop, 5.0 emblem on the fenders, front bench seat with folding armrest, wheels, and rear lift gate all identify it as a near clone built a few years ago by enthusiast Joe Kamp; this color scheme is correct for his car which can be seen on the ‘net.  Interior details include the correct ’65 dash with detailed instruments, authentic Mustang upholstery (but with Kamp’s bench seat) with silver-painted relief handles, and nicely done steering wheel.  Accurate chassis details are cast in relief on the baseplate, too. — Wayne Moyer

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Minichamps Mullin Collection 1939 Delahaye 165 Cabriolet http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/10/minichamps-mullin-collection-1939-delahaye-165-cabriolet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minichamps-mullin-collection-1939-delahaye-165-cabriolet http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2015/01/10/minichamps-mullin-collection-1939-delahaye-165-cabriolet/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:55:51 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207624

1:43 | $99.95 The French built the sexiest cars in the world in the pre-WWII years; those who doubt need only to look at Minichamps Mullin Collection 1939 Delahaye 165 with its Figoni & Falashi cabriolet body.  After selling the first one at the 1938 Paris Salon, a second was built so quickly for the [...]

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1:43 | $99.95

The French built the sexiest cars in the world in the pre-WWII years; those who doubt need only to look at Minichamps Mullin Collection 1939 Delahaye 165 with its Figoni & Falashi cabriolet body.  After selling the first one at the 1938 Paris Salon, a second was built so quickly for the 1939 New Your World’s fair that its Type 165 V-12 engine was only a hollow shell.  Interned by customs during the war, it was sold in 1946 to a Californian who replaced the engine with (what else?) a Cadillac V-8.  Over the next 45 years, the car was lost, found again, and passed through several owners before being completely restored, reunited with its original engine which was made functional, and wound up in the Mullin Collection.  Ixo modeled this car several years ago but Minichamps’ new version is better in every respect, with excellent dark red paint that’s set off by a wealth of plated, photo-etched, and bright printed chrome trim.  The spectacular body’s lines are reproduced perfectly—that includes the skirted front fenders which are wide enough for the wheels to reach full lock.  Interior details are as complete as the exterior, with very thin piping on the authentic white upholstery, plated interior handles, and pedals, handbrake, and shifter all tucked up under the dash, which has correct white gauges with red numbers and needles. — Wayne Moyer

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