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Concept Crush: Minichamps’ 1:18 Porsche 918

Concept Crush: Minichamps’ 1:18 Porsche 918

As far as we can tell, there has only been a handful of people who have actually driven Porsche’s gas-electric hybrid 918 Spyder. That doesn’t include the thousands of game wonks who have burned out their thumbs running the car ragged in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Even fewer folks have been allowed a peek […]
Ottomobile 1:18 Alpine A210: Resin Rocks

Ottomobile 1:18 Alpine A210: Resin Rocks

Some car guys pride themselves on an ability to identify an engine solely by the sound it makes. When challenged, they can call out passing cars with their eyes closed, then wax poetic about everything from V12 Ferraris to small block Chevys and prop-engined fighter planes. If they’re an older example of the breed, they’ll […]

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End of the Line: Supercar Collectibles’ 1:18 AWB Plymouth Final Four

End of the Line: Supercar Collectibles’ 1:18 AWB Plymouth Final Four

All good things really do have to end, and that’s the case with Supercar Collectibles’ successful lineup of 1:18 1965 Plymouth AWB – “Altered Wheel Base” – drag cars. This trio – a Sox & Martin car, and a brace of “Golden Commandos” machines, in injected and carbureted form – are new to the market, […]
TrueScale Miniatures 1:18 Tyrrell P34s: The Odd Get Even

TrueScale Miniatures 1:18 Tyrrell P34s: The Odd Get Even

Oh, to be odd. To flip convention off like a bad pair of shoes. To break through the walls of normalcy with a loud crash… okay, scratch that last one. Crashing isn’t what most race car designers and engineers are aiming for, per se. But sometimes, it takes a trip far afield to cheat physics, […]

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Round 2 “Authentics” 1950 Olds: Rock It

Round 2 “Authentics” 1950 Olds: Rock It

Round 2 / Auto World’s 1950 Olds Rocket 88 wears a set of license plates that say “ROCK IT”, and I agree, right from the car’s wide whitewalls to its 150-decibel red and white paint job. This latter-day mold set from the Ertl-nee-RC2 “Authentics” series (inherited by AW/R2) was a hit when it emerged a […]
Sunstar 1:18 Mercury Montclair: The Full Monty

Sunstar 1:18 Mercury Montclair: The Full Monty

It’s getting to the point that Sunstar’s origins as a maker of budget-minded models has started to fade into the past. Far be it for me to keep those hoary old days alive – especially in light of the maker’s far more successful string of exceptional, “Platinum Collection” cars. Here’s the 1956 Mercury Montclair they’ve […]

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Kyosho 1:18 Cadillac CTS-V: Bad Caddy

Kyosho 1:18 Cadillac CTS-V: Bad Caddy

Cadillac’s CTS is a solid performer in base, V6 trim; add in the V series’ supercharged 556-horsepower 6.2 liter V8 and all of its other hyper-performance bells and whistles, and you have a world-class American four-slammer with a “fastest production V8 sedan”  tag line. This model of the vaunted V comes via Kyosho, and it […]
GMP 1:18 “Satin ’32”: Good Call

GMP 1:18 “Satin ’32”: Good Call

A mold set that yields, say, ten models is considered a good call in the diecast industry. But one that yields over 20? That takes the meaning of the phrase “good call” to an almost  mythic level. Just such a model is GMP’s 1932 Ford, a bit of tooling that’s delivered a veritable fleet of […]

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Minichamps 1:18 Fiat 500: Ciao, Baby

Minichamps 1:18 Fiat 500: Ciao, Baby

Here’s an Italian lesson for you: Bring your jaw forward a bit, and say “cheen-quay-CHEN-toh”. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Add in a little hand language – a slow, loose-fingered rolling of the right hand in a circular motion, at around shoulder height, should do – and you might pass for a native. Show up to […]
CMC 1:18 Mercedes 300SLR “Uhlenhaut” Coupe (Original Release)

CMC 1:18 Mercedes 300SLR “Uhlenhaut” Coupe (Original Release)

“Desmodromic” sounds like some sort of ‘fifties-era sci-fi rocket propulsion; the kind of thing a Brylcreemed Hollywood astronaut in a silver suit would mention as he flipped a switch. Replace the celluloid spaceman with a flesh and blood race car driver of the same vintage, however, and the whole thing rings true: Desmodromic actuation – […]
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