Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:57:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mattel LaFerrari http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/22/mattel-laferrari/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mattel-laferrari http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/22/mattel-laferrari/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:57:39 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207532

La Ferocious!  1:43 | $55 In an era where supercars are commonplace, a company like Ferrari needs something more to serve as its halo model and protect its hallowed place atop the automotive world. Enter the LaFerrari hypercar.Even at the steep $1.7 million asking price, expect Ferrari to sell all 499 examples, with customers willingto [...]

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La Ferocious!

 1:43 | $55

In an era where supercars are commonplace, a company like Ferrari needs something more to serve as its halo model and protect its hallowed place atop the automotive world. Enter the LaFerrari hypercar.Even at the steep $1.7 million asking price, expect Ferrari to sell all 499 examples, with customers willingto wait years for delivery of the 960hp hybrid powered beast. If you can’t wait that long (or you’re a buck or two short) Hot Wheels has you covered with a 1:43 version in red, black, or yellow. 1:18 versions are soon to follow.

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AUTOart Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti DTM “Hockenheim” http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/22/autoart-alfa-romeo-155-v6-ti-dtm-hockenheim/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=autoart-alfa-romeo-155-v6-ti-dtm-hockenheim http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/22/autoart-alfa-romeo-155-v6-ti-dtm-hockenheim/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:41:07 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206044

Some people refer to the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) as the German equivalent of NASCAR. There are certain similarities these days, but in 1993, DTM racers were far more linked to their road-going counterparts than were their NASCAR contemporaries from the States. Say what you will, AUTOart’s 155V6 Ti, patterned after the car that won [...]

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Some people refer to the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) as the German equivalent of NASCAR. There are certain similarities these days, but in 1993, DTM racers were far more linked to their road-going counterparts than were their NASCAR contemporaries from the States. Say what you will, AUTOart’s 155V6 Ti, patterned after the car that won at Hockenheim in 1993 with the remarkable Alessandro Nannini at the wheel, is a sweet take on one of the most successful of the breed, a purpose-built race car with a megawatt V6 engine and four-wheel-drive. As we’ve more or less come to expect from this maker, the paint and bodywork is flawless, the stance is spot-on, and the shut lines are tight and even on the car’s four opening doors and lift-off deck and hood. All the little details, like the gaskets around the glass, are executed beautifully, and peppered with small metal bits for the various hold downs and links on the body. In between, the race day graphics are all done using a pad printer (tampos), and the durability and crispness of detail is amazing.  Pop the one- piece bonnet and the massively ducted engine compartment is very convincing; peel those doors open, or lift the rear deck (carefully) and the same holds true for the interior and boot. One beef: the rubbery quality of the driver’s racing harness. Something fabric-based would have been a big improvement. But overall, this is an extremely good – and good-looking – model with crisp and tidy detail everywhere. Highly recommended. – Bill Bennett

1:18 | $275

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Traditional Japanese Warriors—80s Style! 1:43 | $45 Two of the most traditionally admired names in Japanese sporty cars have been the Nissan Skyline and Mazda RX-7 (known as the Savannah in Japan.) For years, Nissan’s sporty coupe and sedan line was unavailable here, but we admired from afar their potent performance — particularly the Turbomodels. Kyosho [...]

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Traditional Japanese Warriors—80s Style!

1:43 | $45

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Two of the most traditionally admired names in Japanese sporty cars have been the Nissan Skyline and Mazda RX-7 (known as the Savannah in Japan.) For years, Nissan’s sporty coupe and sedan line was unavailable here, but we admired from afar their potent performance — particularly the Turbomodels. Kyosho delivers the hottest version of the DR30 (1981-85) Skyline — the 2000RS-X Turbo-C—in 1:43. Those alphanumerics are a mouthful, but all you really need to know is: 205hp. The FJ20T-powered Skyline was the most powerful Japanese car of its day! The R31 continued the tradition, upgrading to the RB20 series of inline-6 engines, the hottest of which was the 210hp Turbocharged NISMO GTS. While Nissan focused on horsepower, the Mazda RX-7 built its reputation on handling,and the first-generation SA22C (1978-80) was among the best-handling cars in the world at the time! All three have a strong cult following, making them excellent choices for Kyosho to produce in 1:43. Several colors of each are offered.

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AutoWorld American Muscle Charger and Road Runner http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/21/autoworld-american-muscle-charger-and-road-runner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=autoworld-american-muscle-charger-and-road-runner http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/21/autoworld-american-muscle-charger-and-road-runner/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:49:08 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207522

Killer Bs  1:18 | $85 Back in the late 60s, Mopar’s B-bodies were some of the hottest muscle cars around, on track and on the street. King Richard had just driven his Petty-blue Plymouth to his second NASCAR championship the previous season, and Mopars were the toast (or terror, depending on what you drove!) of [...]

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Killer Bs

 1:18 | $85

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Back in the late 60s, Mopar’s B-bodies were some of the hottest muscle cars around, on track and on the street. King Richard had just driven his Petty-blue Plymouth to his second NASCAR championship the previous season, and Mopars were the toast (or terror, depending on what you drove!) of stock-class drag racing all across the country. On the street, Chrysler redesigned its sales-leading B-Bodyintermediates for 1968, and in the process debuted two vehicles that were destined to become performancecar legends. Plymouth introduced a budget-oriented performance variant of the Belvedere designed to deliver the bang of the upscale GTX for less bucks. It was called the Road Runner, and it immediately captured the imagination — and the sales — of legions of cost-conscious leadfoots! Meanwhile, the Dodge boys were busing transforming their Charger from the mere fastback variant of the slightly stodgy Coronet it had been in its first two years into one of the most eye-catching and pulse-pounding muscle cars of all-time! AutoWorld has just dished up two 1:18-scale variants of Mopar’s killer Bs that do a great job of demonstrating the essence of the Charger and Road Runner.Check out our Online Exclusive Double Review of both at DCXMag.com!

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Bburago 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/20/bburago-2015-lamborghini-huracan-lp-610-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bburago-2015-lamborghini-huracan-lp-610-4 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/20/bburago-2015-lamborghini-huracan-lp-610-4/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:45:22 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207516

The Story of the Hurricane 1:18 | $35 They call it the “baby Lambo” but the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 is a serious machine. It’s packedwith the company’s latest technology wrapped in eye-catching yet refined styling, and delivers uncharacteristic civility without taking away from the extreme performance which is essential to thea Lambo’s identity. It [...]

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The Story of the Hurricane

1:18 | $35

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They call it the “baby Lambo” but the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 is a serious machine. It’s packedwith the company’s latest technology wrapped in eye-catching yet refined styling, and delivers uncharacteristic civility without taking away from the extreme performance which is essential to thea Lambo’s identity. It may well be the best all-around vehicle Lamborghini has ever produced, makingthe Bburago model — the first to make it to market with a 1:18 Huracán — a must-have. It is full metal construction, with opening hood, doors and boot, and packs detail beyond its price-point. Whether you’re a seasoned sports car collector or just starting out, this is one you should add to your stable! Ifyou want to read a more detailed review of the Bburago Huracán, check out DCXmag.com!

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Minichamps Mullin Collection 1934 Voisin C27 Grand Sport Tourer http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/20/minichamps-mullin-collection-1934-voisin-c27-grand-sport-tourer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minichamps-mullin-collection-1934-voisin-c27-grand-sport-tourer http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/20/minichamps-mullin-collection-1934-voisin-c27-grand-sport-tourer/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:38:19 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206040

Minichamps’ latest entry in its “Mullin Automotive Museum Collection” series is this 1:43 1934 Voisin C27 roadster, as bodied by Figoni, and restored á la Mullin. The yellow and black paint are hard to miss, and notes like the tiny hood latches, majestic winged radiator mascot, and the readable gauges in its dash are best [...]

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Minichamps’ latest entry in its “Mullin Automotive Museum Collection” series is this 1:43 1934 Voisin C27 roadster, as bodied by Figoni, and restored á la Mullin. The yellow and black paint are hard to miss, and notes like the tiny hood latches, majestic winged radiator mascot, and the readable gauges in its dash are best seen through a magnifier. The real car, chassis number 52001, was one of only two made; after being shown at the Madrid Auto Salon, it found its way to the garage of the Shah of Persia, for 23,000 francs. Back then, it was green and yellow; years later, after being found in a barn (yes, that does happen), the car was restored by descendants of the original carriage maker and Voisin’s chief designer, who painted it blue. Ultimately, Peter Mullin located the car, and had it restored yet again, painting it in the colors we see today. Judging by comprehensive photos of the real car, we can’t find a detail that’s been missed. Through the camera lens, the wired wheels,  faux ostrich seat upholstery, and hollowed out exhaust pipe make the replica hard to distinguish from a model in a larger scale  – perhaps even the real car. One detail in particular had us gobsmacked: a tiny golden dot on the model’s dash, which represents (if not replicates) a brass St. Christopher medal on the restored roadster. That golden dot says a lot about this maker’s impeccable eye, and this important series continues to amaze.  — Joe Kelly, Jr.

1:43 | $95

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Brooks Stevens Cord and Timbs Streamliner http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/19/brooks-stevens-cord-and-timbs-streamliner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brooks-stevens-cord-and-timbs-streamliner http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/19/brooks-stevens-cord-and-timbs-streamliner/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:28 +0000 ericad http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=207506

Automodello Steps Up Big! 1:24 & 1:43 | prices vary We used to think of Automodello as an impressive new brand wellon its way to becoming a player in the premium 1:43 segment. Weno longer need to qualify the statement — they are a player, andnot just in 1:43. They have just released this 1:24 [...]

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Automodello Steps Up Big!

1:24 & 1:43 | prices vary

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We used to think of Automodello as an impressive new brand wellon its way to becoming a player in the premium 1:43 segment. Weno longer need to qualify the statement — they are a player, andnot just in 1:43. They have just released this 1:24 replica of the1930 Brooks Stevens Cord L-29 Speedster, and it is a stunner,dressed in formal black and white with etched and polishedbright work. Stevens was known for his workat Kaiser and Studebaker, but this was the car hedesigned for himself, and he loved it so muchhe kept it until his passing in 1995! Collectors will treasure theirs as well, presented as it is as a 499-piece limited edition and mounted on a presentation base with a clamshell box.1:43 is still Automodello’s bread and butter though, and these prototypes of the Norman Timbs Streamliner showcase why.The luscious curves of the one-of-a-kind special are beautifully captured.

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Replicarz 1984 March 84C http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/18/replicarz-1984-march-84c/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=replicarz-1984-march-84c http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/18/replicarz-1984-march-84c/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:32:19 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206033

For all the preparation and planning, Indy can be a cruel place. Gordon Johncock found that out in 1984, when the March 84C he was piloting crashed on lap 104, injuring his ankle and twisting the car up beyond repair. Powered by a Ford-Cosworth DFV turbo V8 making an impressive 800 horsepower, Gordon’s March wasn’t [...]

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For all the preparation and planning, Indy can be a cruel place. Gordon Johncock found that out in 1984, when the March 84C he was piloting crashed on lap 104, injuring his ankle and twisting the car up beyond repair. Powered by a Ford-Cosworth DFV turbo V8 making an impressive 800 horsepower, Gordon’s March wasn’t alone. Tom Sneva (another DNF – blown CV joint) and Rick Mears (who won that year) left the starting line in 84Cs, as well. That means that Replicarz can make the most of this Carousel 1 mold set, and from what we see in this hand-built advance sample, they plan to. Given the 11-year difference between this car and Johncock’s victorious ‘73  Eagle-Offy, the tech gap between the cars is dramatic, as you’d expect. Though sleeker on its outside, when this beautifully liveried and painted model splits (one of the coolest tricks in all of 1:18), it does so literally from nose to tail, exposing everything from the triple fluid reservoirs at the foremost bulkhead, to the nicely patterned and rivet-detailed carbon fiber shell. Behind that armor is the stressed-member V8. This one’s a real treat: among all of the sharply cast pieces, we counted a couple of different shades of metallized finishes, and at least two different sheens of graphite black on the engine and transaxle, in between all the vinyl and plastic wiring and plumbing. Once you’re done tracing all the forward-running cooling pipes and the full-on cockpit (the gauges alone are almost worth this one’s price), break out your best squint to see the spring within the manifold blowoff valve and the impeller nested inside the turbo intake. Cruel day – cool model. Highly recommended.  — Joe Kelly, Jr.

1:18 | $169.99

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Auto World 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/14/auto-world-1965-ford-mustang-22/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=auto-world-1965-ford-mustang-22 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/14/auto-world-1965-ford-mustang-22/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:20:26 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206020

Thirteen years after the original 1:18 Ertl/FoMoCo “Precision 100” 64 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible shook up the diecast collecting world, the current owner of the molds, Auto World, is releasing this 2+2 fastback pony in the same color — Rangoon Red — with many of the original’s operating features, including opening doors, hood, and trunk [...]

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Thirteen years after the original 1:18 Ertl/FoMoCo “Precision 100” 64 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible shook up the diecast collecting world, the current owner of the molds, Auto World, is releasing this 2+2 fastback pony in the same color — Rangoon Red — with many of the original’s operating features, including opening doors, hood, and trunk (on real aspect hinges); a carpeted interior with tilting front seats, working visors, and a fold-down rear seat; working suspension and steering, a rotating drive shaft, and an up-down radio antenna.  The paint and finish on the car are very good, and even though the chromed bits aren’t done with the same pricey electro-plating process the original P-100s wore, the overall job is right for the price — as is the packaging, which nixes the clamshell/sleeve delivery the older car enjoyed, in favor of a three-window display box. That box is part of this release’s “hook” — it features the cover of the January 1965 issue of Popular Mechanics, boasting a Rangoon Red fastback kicking up its heels (alongside a ’65 Plymouth Barracuda and a contemporary Chevrolet Corvair). The model attempts — and succeeds — in replicating that cover car, right down to the red stripe performance rubber.  The box also affords a look at the scaled ’Stang’s neat chassis — done with faux “factory” overspray on its red oxide base — as well as offering up a gander at the model’s photo-etched grille and galloping mascot. This pony still delivers. — Joe Kelly, Jr. 

1:18 | $89.99

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Hot Wheels Elite F1-90 Mansell http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/12/hot-wheels-elite-f1-90-mansell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hot-wheels-elite-f1-90-mansell http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/12/12/hot-wheels-elite-f1-90-mansell/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:14:58 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206014

1989 World Champion Alain Prost moved to Ferrari for the 1990 season, bringing his Champion’s #1 with him, and relegating Nigel Mansell to the position of second driver. When the season started the only noticeable difference in the Ferrari F1-90, or 641, was a taller biplane rear wing replacing the 89’s triplane arrangement. Ferrari introduced [...]

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1989 World Champion Alain Prost moved to Ferrari for the 1990 season, bringing his Champion’s #1 with him, and relegating Nigel Mansell to the position of second driver. When the season started the only noticeable difference in the Ferrari F1-90, or 641, was a taller biplane rear wing replacing the 89’s triplane arrangement. Ferrari introduced the revised 641/2 at the third race of the season; it had a shorter, more rounded  duckbill  nose, a thicker front body (to permit larger fuel tanks), and smaller, higher radiator exit ducts. Hot Wheels Elite has released two very accurate F1-90 models, Mansell’s 4th-place Brazilian GP car and the 641/2 version he drove to win the later Portuguese Grand Prix. The shape and details of both models match 1990 photos and illustrate these changes very well. Both models have the 1990 yellow background for the Agip decal, and the Brazilian car correctly has no background behind the FIAT letters; the Portuguese version has an equally correct blue background, and the later version also has a correct, larger Goodyear logo on the rear wing. As with the F1-90 model, suspension details are accurate, as is the scale fidelity. Hot Wheels really did their research on these (no surprise, there, given the Ferrari license), and the models compare quite well to the Tameo kits built in the early 1990s — always a good thing.

Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $55.99

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