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Toyota says Kon’nichiwa to the Sports Car World!

Toyota says Kon’nichiwa to the Sports Car World!

Kyosho’s 1:12 Replica of Toyota’s First Halo Car   By Andrew Adamides   The last few years have seen a new trend in large-scale models. From the moment 1:18 scale models first took off some 40-odd years ago, most have been made of Zamac (for an alloy of Zinc, Aluminum, Magnesium, and Copper). More recently, […]
Porsche’s coolest, fastest, RAREST 928 heads to auction

Porsche’s coolest, fastest, RAREST 928 heads to auction

In 1987 Porsche built five very special versions of its V8-powered grand tourer, the 928. Designated the 928 Club Sport Prototype, they were delivered to Porche’s factory race drivers Jochen Mass, Hans Stuck, Jacky Ickx, Bob Wollek and Derek Bell. The 5.0L engine (out of the S4) had been massaged with higher-lift cams, a reworked […]

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The Mini Mini vs the not-so-Mini

The Mini Mini vs the not-so-Mini

By Ron Ruelle When BMW took over the Mini brand of automobiles, enthusiasts held their breath waiting to see what sort of shepherd they would be for the iconic marque. The good news is they kept the factory in Oxford, and they designed a car that echoed the proportions along with some of the quirky […]
AUTOart 1958 Corvette: Chevy’s Class Act

AUTOart 1958 Corvette: Chevy’s Class Act

By Wayne Moyer GM originally intended the 1958 Corvette to look very much like the ’56 Olds Golden Rocket Motorama car. But problems with a new truck line and demands of the all-new ’58 passenger cars took priority and the ‘Vette was relegated to a facelift and an expanded option list at the last minute.  […]

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NEO 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe

NEO 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe

Sublime Sedanette from Caddy’s Silver Age Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $212 As American manufacturing migrated back from wartime production to focusing on consumer goods, the race was on to design the vehicles that would define the postwar automotive boom that every manufacturer knew was coming. Of course, even the most aggressive vehicle development schedule […]
Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Johnny Lightning (JL) is a brand name with which all fans of 1:64 diecast will be instantly familiar. Introduced originally by Topper Toys in 1969, quick on the heels of Hot Wheels’ launch, JL focused from the outset on speed above all. To raise brand awareness and further emphasize its association with speed, JL sponsored […]

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Mocking Up the Mach 5

Mocking Up the Mach 5

by Ron Ruelle As diecast collectors, we seldom consider the amount of effort that goes into creating a miniature version of a real car, especially one with working features. Rolling wheels are a bare minimum, but when a vehicle also features opening doors and hood, working steering and even suspension, it’s really a miniature marvel […]
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Review: 1:18 Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Review: 1:18 Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

Loftiest of the High Rollers Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $279 Last year I reviewed Kyosho’s Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, and just last issue I examined their Bentley Mulsanne Speed—exquisite 1:18 models of two of the most extravagant, exclusive conveyances known to man (or at least a very few, very rich men—and women—for whom these scions […]

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Ultimate Bench Racer’s Resource!

Ultimate Bench Racer’s Resource!

We’ve all done it: Gotten drawn into a “What-If” argument pitting our favorite muscle car in a hypothetical 1/4-mile match-up against that of some other self-professed expert who clearly doesn’t know just how fierce your grandpa’s ’70 455 Olds Vista-Cruiser  really was.  Since most such cars are long gone — or worth more than a […]
5 (Other) Great Gift ideas for Diecast Collectors

5 (Other) Great Gift ideas for Diecast Collectors

It goes without saying that diecast collectors will want more diecast as gifts over the holiday season. But we are a particular bunch, and it can be hard for non-collectors to know what specific models we have, what we need, and what we’d like without exacting instructions. Such is the plight of the loved one […]
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