Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:39:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Family Jewel http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/29/family-jewel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=family-jewel http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/29/family-jewel/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:36:27 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206307

Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari FF 1:18 | $100 There’s just no telling what Enzo Ferrari would have had to say about the recently unveiled Ferrari FF, but the car’s four-seat “shooting brake” architecture and four-wheel- drive technology —the “F and F”—are making the tifosi take notice. Hot Wheels Elite has a hand-in-glove relationship with Maranello, [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari FF
1:18 | $100

Showroom, Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari FF

There’s just no telling what Enzo Ferrari would have had to say about the recently unveiled Ferrari FF, but the car’s four-seat “shooting brake” architecture and four-wheel- drive technology —the “F and F”—are making the tifosi take notice. Hot Wheels Elite has a hand-in-glove relationship with Maranello, and models like this one are sure to keep things cozy. It’s a beauty, with a sharp casting and piano-smooth paint, and it’s been deco’d with foil badging, and a smattering of photo-etch, for the Ferrari horses front and rear and the windshield wiper arms. The model’s got a great balance of sturdiness and delicacy; heavy in hand, but pos- sessed of perfect shut lines for the doors, hood, and deck, it rolls (and well) on outstanding five- spoke rims that front highly detailed, but static, brake discs and calipers. Interior detail, including the boot, is very good, accented by nicely textured seats and photo-etched pedals; under the hood, the V12 is stuffed under a peek-a-boo cover that reveals foil-based airbox decora- tions and high-end plumbing done in soft vinyl. Once again, this maker pulls a rabbit out of its cappello. We think Enzo would approve. —Joe Kelly Jr. hotwheels-elite.com

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JAdA loPro 1:64 | $5 each Leave it to Jada to capture the latest movements from the modern automotive scene. Influenced by the streets of modernday Southern California cruise-ins, the all-new “LoPro” Series 1 has 12 vehicles on tap, based on six different castings—a 2009 Corvette Stingray Concept, a 2005 Ford GT, a Lamborghini Murcielago [...]

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JAdA loPro
1:64 | $5 each

Showroom, Jada Toys LoPro

Leave it to Jada to capture the latest movements from the modern automotive scene. Influenced by the streets of modernday Southern California cruise-ins, the all-new “LoPro” Series 1 has 12 vehicles on tap, based on six different castings—a 2009 Corvette Stingray Concept, a 2005 Ford GT, a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster, a 2012 Camaro SS, a 2012Mustang GT and a 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR-l, available in a very trendy white finish or various, far livelier paint schemes.They sit low—real low, thanks to the custom plus-sized wheels and low-profile (hence the name) rubber tire combo. Theycome individually packaged in attractive window boxes, but whether purchased as a set or by the piece, these are going tomake a great addition to any modern automotive performance enthusiast’s collection. Go low. —Andy Goodman jadaclub.com

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American Imperial http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/28/american-imperial/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=american-imperial http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/28/american-imperial/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:33:13 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206303

American Excellence 1957 Imperial Crown 1:43 | $90 Chrysler’s top-line Imperial, with Virgil Exner’s all-new “Forward Look” body and equally new torsion-bar chassis, became a separate line for 1957. It consisted of the base Imperial, Imperial Crown and Imperial LeBaron, with 2 and 4-door sedans and a convertible. The Crown Imperial limo was a totally [...]

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American Excellence 1957 Imperial Crown
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showroom  American Excellence 1957 Chrysler Imperial Crown

Chrysler’s top-line Imperial, with Virgil Exner’s all-new “Forward Look” body and equally new torsion-bar chassis, became a separate line for 1957. It consisted of the base Imperial, Imperial Crown and Imperial LeBaron, with 2 and 4-door sedans and a convertible. The Crown Imperial limo was a totally different car. American Excellence has just released this gorgeous resincast model of the mid- level Imperial Crown Southampton, an upgraded-interior, 4-door sedan that was the best-selling 1957 Imperial. Its high-gloss two-tone paint is as good as that on three-figure models, and although the pink is a shade more lavender than the original 1957 paint, the separation lines are perfect. The name badges and gas cap trim are silver decals, but everything else on this detailed beauty, including the V- shaped “basket handle” is either plated plastic or a carefully fitted photo-etched piece. The basket handle fits perfectly in spite of the compound curves, and the overall shape and details match photos perfectly, though the etched outer rims of the “gunsight” taillights should be a circle instead of an oval. Side windows have been left open, which makes it easier to see the plush upholstery, accurate dash, and detailed speedometer. Dimensions are accurate, too. What a beauty. —Wayne Moyer miniauto.com

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AUTOart Brake Caliper Tape Dispenser http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/27/autoart-brake-caliper-tape-dispenser/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=autoart-brake-caliper-tape-dispenser http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/27/autoart-brake-caliper-tape-dispenser/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:53:21 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205738

AUTOart is making a lot of noise these days by taking racing components — or decent facsimiles thereof — and giving them to us in useful, but still distinctly automotive forms for use in our everyday lives. Take, for instance, this six-pot racing brake caliper, scaled down and made to work as a tape dispenser. [...]

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AUTOart is making a lot of noise these days by taking racing components — or decent facsimiles thereof — and giving them to us in useful, but still distinctly automotive forms for use in our everyday lives. Take, for instance, this six-pot racing brake caliper, scaled down and made to work as a tape dispenser. What fun … in high-performance street cars and race cars, like Ferraris, Porsches or Lamborghinis, efficient brakes are as important as having an engine with a broad power band, and having a great set of binders is a status point. This metal-cast unit may not help to haul down the workflow that crosses the desk, but at least it’ll keep the car guys who stop by – and the ones working – entertained. Available in red, black, yellow and lime green.  – Bill Bennett

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SPARK Reventlow Scarabs 1:43 | $60 One day, Lance Reventlow, the young son of the world’s richest woman, decided to go sports car racing. Not content to pilot the European racers of the day, he assembled SoCal’s finest post-war hot rodders and built his own front-engined sports cars, nam- ing them Scarabs, after the sacred [...]

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SPARK Reventlow Scarabs
1:43 | $60

Showroom, Sunrich Scarab

One day, Lance Reventlow, the young son of the world’s richest woman, decided to go sports car racing. Not content to pilot the European racers of the day, he assembled SoCal’s finest post-war hot rodders and built his own front-engined sports cars, nam- ing them Scarabs, after the sacred Egyptian dung beetle. Driven by some of the greatest names in auto racing in the ’50’s & ’60s, they dominated West Coast sports car events, then retired into museums and private collections, and now they’re worth mega- millions. Spark’s Scarabs—Reventlow’s #16 Mk I and Jim Jeffords’ #10 Mk II “Nickey Nouse”—are cast in resin, painted in metallic blue and metallic purple, respectively, and accented with white scallops. The finish and livery on the two models is exceptional. Beautifully molded Halibrand wheels, realistic rubber tires and a full dash are highlights, as are a photo-etched steering wheel and a vacuum-formed windshield, above realistically weathered side pipes. Egyptians considered the scarab a mystical creature; collectors are sure to feel the same way about these replicas. —Bill Bennett sunrichtoy.com

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ALL PLAY http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/26/all-play/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=all-play http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/26/all-play/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:31:19 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206299

AMERICAN MUSCLE 1978 Dodge Warlock 1:18 | $70 As the 1970s were nearing an end, the big three started catering to a developing performance truck enthusi- ast market. Trucks were being seen as more than just workhorses, and because they flew under the insurance nannys’ radar, they could be equipped and sold as fairly aggressive [...]

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AMERICAN MUSCLE
1978 Dodge Warlock
1:18 | $70

American Muscle, Round 2, 1:18 1978 Dodge Warlock

As the 1970s were nearing an end, the big three started catering to a developing performance truck enthusi- ast market. Trucks were being seen as more than just workhorses, and because they flew under the insurance nannys’ radar, they could be equipped and sold as fairly aggressive performance machines with lowered stances, big block motors, and eye-catching paint jobs—all the better to cruise the boulevards of downtown America on any given night. The ’78 Dodge Warlock was the follow-up to the Dodge “Lil’ Red Express,” and though a 225-cube slant six was the standard mill, the trucks frequently rolled with everything from a 318 up to the impressive 440 V8. Auto World works a little modern-model voodoo on this older Ertl mold and captures this iconic pickup in all its glory, sporting an original Sunfire Orange paint job, highly detailed gold pinstriping, and matching gold spoke wheels. The opening hood, doors and tailgate all align impeccably, and a quick peek under the hood reveals a well-detailed, accurate mid-line 360 V8. Behind the opening doors lies a well-replicated interior, with correct black bucket seats and a good level of detail. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, this is a hauler you won’t want to miss.—Andy Goodman autoworldhobby.com

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AUTOart Center Lock Wine Bottle Holder http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/25/autoart-center-lock-wine-bottle-holder/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=autoart-center-lock-wine-bottle-holder http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/25/autoart-center-lock-wine-bottle-holder/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:48:46 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205733

AUTOart knows how to take even the most mundane bit of automobilia and make it a lifestyle item. Take, for instance, this center-lock wine bottle holder, patterned after the hardware used to secure racing wheels for quick pit stops. Instead of wheels, however, this locking nut secures the bottle in a polished aluminum cylinder; all [...]

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AUTOart knows how to take even the most mundane bit of automobilia and make it a lifestyle item. Take, for instance, this center-lock wine bottle holder, patterned after the hardware used to secure racing wheels for quick pit stops. Instead of wheels, however, this locking nut secures the bottle in a polished aluminum cylinder; all but the neck of the bottle is covered up, and there’s room for ice to keep the vino cool.  It looks mechanical and no-nonsense, and it is; there’s precision machining on tap, here, and the substantial piece is covered beneath with felt to keep from marring surfaces. Cheers!  - Bill Bennett

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Stung http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/25/stung/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stung http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/25/stung/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:29:50 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206297 BROOKLIN’S Hudson Hornet 4-Door 1:43 | $125 Hudson extensively re-designed its “stepdown” body for 1954, giving it a modern rectangular look. It wasn’t enough to save the company, though, and the ’54 models are considered to be the last “real” Hudsons. Brooklin’s fine ‘54 Hornet convertible (BRK-140) is several years old, so this handsome fastback [...]

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BROOKLIN’S Hudson Hornet 4-Door
1:43 | $125
Showroom, Brooklin 1:43 Hudson Hornet
Hudson extensively re-designed its “stepdown” body for 1954, giving it a modern rectangular look. It wasn’t enough to save the company, though, and the ’54 models are considered to be the last “real” Hudsons. Brooklin’s fine ‘54 Hornet convertible (BRK-140) is several years old, so this handsome fastback 4-Door sedan is very welcome. While the baseplate and trim are shared with the convertible, this body is all-new, as is part of the interior. They’ve also replaced the convertible’s sporty wire wheels with more fitting steel wheels and full covers. The 4-Door’s fastback lines are accurate, and only the window moldings and vent window frames have been painted over; all other trim is done with separate plated parts. The relief-cast “Hornet” scripts have been left off the fenders on this model. Inside, Brooklin has removed the rear seat top bow housings, widened the seat, and added detail to the rear side panels. Relief-cast dash details are accurate, but painted over. The smooth, glossy two-tone paint has crisp separation lines and just traces of surface ripples. This one really looks right—and measures that way, too. —Wayne Moyer brasiliapress.com

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Fives and Nines http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/24/fives-and-nines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fives-and-nines http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/07/24/fives-and-nines/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:27:52 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206559

VITESSE 1955 and 1959 Chevrolets 1:43 | $30 There aren’t too many things more American than a vintage ‘50s Chevy, and the reds, whites, and blues get even deeper if the car in question is a ragtop. Vitesse – a Portuguese company now being directed by Sun Star – offers up these 1955 and 1959 [...]

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VITESSE 1955 and 1959 Chevrolets
1:43 | $30

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There aren’t too many things more American than a vintage ‘50s Chevy, and the reds, whites, and blues get even deeper if the car in question is a ragtop. Vitesse – a Portuguese company now being directed by Sun Star – offers up these 1955 and 1959 Chevrolet convertibles in their “American Classics” series. The diecast bodies are decorated with an impressive amount of photo-etch, foil, and chromed plastic pieces. Real lensing front and rear, good paint, and authentic colors make the models attrac- tive; a moderate parts count (only some of the chrome trim is painted on) and very decent assembly and finish make them worth spending some time with. One big booboo is the ‘59’s nose-dived front end and overall ride height – not an easy fix, either, as the axles would need to be placed laterally directly through the metal base plate to be in an accurate position (yes, we had the car apart). On the plus side, the overall images are better executed than in past iterations (the ‘59 has been around a while), and not too many models offer black-washed grilles, appliqué badges, and such well turned out interiors for this kind of money. Apple pie, anyone? – Joe Kelly Jr.sunstarmodelcars.com

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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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