Friday, July 28, 2006
1970 Pontiac GTO
Allow me to introduce you to the Humbler!That's not an erstwhile wrestling champ, but rather the 1970 Pontiac GTO."The Humbler" was the nickname that Pontiac used in its advertisements for the 1970 GTO, but the moniker also has come to be used for an extremely rare variant of the GTO that had a special piece of equipment called a vacuum-operated exhaust that made it particularly fierce in street races and other faceoffs against the competition.
Reportedly, only 231 1970 GTOs were made with this option, which came to be known either as the Humbler or the Tiger Option.But you can own one of these rare cars -- in the smaller 1\u204418 scale version introduced by GMP Diecast. Down to the last nut and bolt, the model replicates every aspect of the real car -- even that famous VOE.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Beautiful 1:8 Rolls Royce Continentant Fixed Head Coupe
I'm not certain which is the most remarkable, the creation of such an accurately-replicated modeling kit by Pocher, or the work and skill shown by Andy Marks in building this Rolls-Royce model. Whatever, the result is absolutely stunning and leaves me in awe. (As a charter member of the Klutz-of-the-Year Club I can't even conceive of attempting such a project.)It began as a Pocher 1/8 scale kit of a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca, but early in the build stages Andy decided to change it to a custom-bodied Continental Fixed Head Coupe.
This required even more time and ingenuity, though it would result in a scratch-built original. From opening the box to show-ready, the project took more than two years – 1800 hours of labour – to complete. The Satin Doll (as its builder now calls her) made its debut at the 2004 Cleveland Model Show where she won her class plus Best Automobile and Best of Show (out of 300+ entrants).
Friday, July 21, 2006
Mercedes Benz Model Car Catalogue
Check these out. I'm personally a big fan of the 1:18's, but Mercedes offers some incredibly detailed 1:43's and 1:87's. You can usually find these Mercedes models at any dealership..
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Models Cars So Detailed... You'll Think They're Real
These three beauties are the real thing. Right?
Take a closer look. They're actually 1:8 model cars, hand-built to order from kits by The Modeller's Workshop of Montreal.
Though hardly inexpensive (starting at around $2000), for an enthusiast with cash to spare and too little time, it's a great way to acquire a model so stunning you could park it in your living room.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Does Collecting Model Cars Make Me a "Kidult"?
Funny article that one of my readers sent me...
Forget the slippers, because adulthood has lost its appeal? The latest trend is to fight against the grey hair and pretty much behave as if you have yet to leave your twenties. ‘Kidult’ is the new cool.
A rejuvenille, an adultecent or a member of the boomerang generation, whatever you want to call it - acting half your age is nothing to be ashamed of. The kidult - a mix of ‘kid’ and ‘adult’ - is identified largely by their interests and the things they buy. So, do you fit the bill?
Diecast 1962 Chevy Impala SS Coupe - Incredible Accuracy For a 1:24 Model
You'll have just one question after you see West Coast Precision Diecast's newest release -- a 1962 Chevy Impala SS Coupe.
"Where are the keys?" This puppy is so accurate, you'll think you can get in and drive it away...
James Bond Aston Martin DB5 - Best Selling Model In Corgi's History
I've seen this beauty at a few collector shows...
Corgi celebrates its 50th anniversary today (July 20), and has revealed the identity of the best-selling model car in its history. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's the 1965 James Bond Aston Martin DB5, which as well as being an accurate representation of the real car also featured exciting features such as an ejector seat, flip-up roof (to stop Bond cracking his skull when the ejector seat deployed), a rear bullet-proof shield and hidden machine guns, none of them available even as options from Aston Martin.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Cool Diecast Cars - Made Famous By Movies and TV...
Check these out...
1/18 2 Fast 2 FuriousOrange Julius' 1994 Mazda RX7# 33542
The Mazda RX7 is a Japanese super car. With 280 horsepower, twin turbos and a curb weight of a mere 2500 lbs., these cars can accelerate with even the most exotic European cars. Their ideal weight distribution over each axle makes the car supremely balanced, making it able to carve canyons like few others."Behind the scenes" Movie Trivia: Because Vin Diesel was so tall, the roll cage that was originally in the car was removed so that Vin's muscular stature could be accommodated.
1/18 Greased Lightning # 33544
This Greased Lightning diecast authentically captures the true Hollywood essence of the full-scale car it replicates from the classic movie-musical "Grease." It features Kandy Apple red paint and lightning bolts and also comes boxed in movie-specific packaging.
1/18 Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Van # 33734
From the favorite kids cartoon, Scooby and Shaggy return with their famous Mystery Machine Van. This die cast replica features authentic decorations, opening doors and a detailed interior. It even comes with Scooby and Shaggy figures. Did someone say "Scooby Snacks?"
Most Valuable Model Car Ever Sold
This is what I show my wife when she complains about how much time I spend on my hobby :)
A rare, green, 1937 Dinky Bentalls store delivery truck with yellow upper side panels and a white roof was sold for £12,650 (US$20,148) at Christie’s, London, UK, on October 14, 1994. This particular version of the Bentalls Department Store promotional delivery van is particularly collectable because there are only two others known to exist.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Latest News On Launch Of Diecast Models From Disney Pixar Motion Picture "Cars"
My local shop sold out of these the same weekend the movie was released... a great addition to my collection.
CARS is one of the hottest Disney/Pixar licensees in years and Mattel has certainly done the movie and the characters justice. The animated cars are wonderful in diecast, with enough great detail to satisfy the collector and enough fun to satisfy the kids who just want to play with them.
Father and Daughter Make a Great Diecast Collecting Team...
Great article about a "family affair" with a killer diecast collection.
Few fathers encourage their children to drive fast, but Chuck Walker is no ordinary dad. His passion for racing cars began at age 13 when he attended his first drag race and today, he and his daughter Michelle, age 14, share a passion for both drag racing and collecting diecast drag racing cars.By the time Chuck was 16, he had taken his dad’s drag racer out to a local speedway, and ended up leaving with a trophy. Throughout the years, his passion for racing led him to compete in races across the country, even coming in as runner-up at the 1998 US Nationals by just .002 second. Three years ago, Walker’s passion for racing led him to begin collecting diecast drag racing cars.
1:18 Precision Miniatures 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan
Read below to find out about a very cool new release...
Last April, Corey and Alan (aka the car guys) at Precision Miniatures introduced their 1956 Chevy Bel Air 4-door hard top in a gorgeous ivory over dusk plum paint scheme. That model featured a continental kit and nifty side skirts. At that time PM promised that more versions were on the way and now three brand new gems have arrived.
There’s no conny kit on these models and those formal side skirts aren’t there either. But what’s left is the soul of the model itself in your choice of scrumptious and pristine two tone color combos.