Category Archives: Die-cast Cars

Die-cast: BoS’s Vector M12

Vector M12 a rare beast, but BoS nails it …

If you’ve never heard of a Vector M12, or Vector, or maybe remember hearing of Vector but suspected it was long gone, well, you’re sort of right. Let’s just say Vector, like many supercar manufacturers through the years, has had an interesting history.

But god love ‘em, BoS (Best of Show Models) took on the project of creating a 1/18 scale Vector M12 from the late 1990s. And honestly, it’s a stunner! Think longer Lamborghini! This is one of 300 models of this limited edition Vector in a handsome gold. A red version also is available. Both are sealed body models.

First some muddled history. Here goes. Continue reading Die-cast: BoS’s Vector M12

Die-cast: Auto World’s 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

1969 Charger R/T  cool in Light Blue Poly …

As a teenager in 1969 I was enthralled with muscle cars for their speed, their rumbling V8s, and their looks. My family was Mopar crazy and so that made me a prime candidate to love Dodge’s Charger. But really, I was more into the Challenger and Plymouth’s Barracuda.

Once the Superbird came out, that was a winner too, in more ways than one. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World’s 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

Die-cast: Johnny Lightning Silver Screen Machines: 007

Johnny Lightning creates fun James Bond mini dioramas …

When we think of certain movies we picture the cars that were stars, such as Steve McQueen’s Mustang in Bullitt, or Sean Connery’s Aston Martin in many James Bond movies.

That’s what we as modelers build, and what us die-cast car collectors like to collect. These are famous wheels, iconic vehicles that remind us of the fun and excitement of the movies they appeared in, and just maybe, of a car we once owned, or at least dreamed we would. Continue reading Die-cast: Johnny Lightning Silver Screen Machines: 007

Die-cast: DNA Collectibles’ VW Passat W8

DNA’s Passat a rare and beautiful animal …

About 6 months ago we introduced you to DNA Collectibles, a new Swiss company that had just released its first batch of 1/18 scale sealed body resin cars. That one was a sexy Audi R8 LMX, but its latest is this handsome dark blue 2001 Volkswagen Passat W8, something you might actually have seen in a suburban driveway sometime.

As a refresher, DNA was started by four friends who worked at another firm creating die-cast models, but when that firm closed they struck out on their own to make the cars they loved into die-cast models. Their goal was to release a couple cars a month, the first in mid-2018. Now more than 20 are available, with emphasis on VW, Volvo, Saab and Subaru. All the cars are cast in China. Continue reading Die-cast: DNA Collectibles’ VW Passat W8

Die-cast: Autopioneer’s Audi Imperator and Horch 830BL Woody

Autopioneer creates rare European cars in 1/43 scale …

We like different and that’s exactly what you get with a 1/43 scale die-cast resin model from Germany’s Autopioneer.

Autopioneer was launched in 2015 by Thorsten Sabrautzky and plans each year to issue several fine 1/43 scale models of unique autos made by the pioneers in the industry. The brand seeks to create models of rare cars that set styling and technical trends, but that are not widely reproduced by other die-cast car makers. Continue reading Die-cast: Autopioneer’s Audi Imperator and Horch 830BL Woody

Die-cast: CMF’s Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe

Ferrari Scaglietti Coupe a sexy dart …

The Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe is a sexy dart of a sports car with a distinctively long nose that may have brought automotive overcompensation to a new level in 1953.

Now CMF, a new die-cast firm to me, delivers a beautifully sculpted and executed resin version of this rare sports car to the 1/18 scale market. CMF comes to us from Germany and, like most die-cast and resin car models, is made in China. Each of its models (mostly high-end and exotics) is created in limited runs of 300 cars, each hand-numbered. In the U.S. market the brand is sold by American-Excellence, which sent us our sample. Continue reading Die-cast: CMF’s Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe

Die-cast: Ixo’s Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC #19

Ixo creates a racy 2019 WRC Hyundai rally car …

Throughout the rest of the world rally racing is a big deal and car manufacturers put serious money into winning the World Rally Championship, which started in 1973. So, it has been around a while.

Not so much Hyundai, which first entered WRC racing at the Monte Carlo Rally in 2014. But the Hyundai team was a quick learner and after tweaking its European subcompact, the i20, it started racking up podiums and points. For the record, the i20 is similar to the Hyundai Kona and Kia Rio models sold in the US market. Continue reading Die-cast: Ixo’s Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC #19