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Good morning to all of you guys! Unfortunately, as you may have seen in recent weeks I have not been able to update the site: I'm changing job and during the last weeks I had to focus only on this aspect of my professional career. Now that things are "bedded" I am ready to return to talk about diecast models: I decided to celebrate this return with 2 new purchases, one inspired by the cinema, one dictated by the heart. I'm talking about the Trauckster Wagon Queen (produced by Greenlight) used in the movie "National Lampoon's Vacantions" and the BMW Z1 (produced by Minichamps), spider car that has always fascinated me, with its angular lines but especially to the particularity of its retractable doors, feature never seen on other cars. Next week should already be at home, so it will not be long in presenting them as it should be! Have a nice weekend!
Today is Halloween and the site changes its skin to celebrate this special occasion. Surely tomorrow, with a day late, I will introduce the usual photo shoot done with my diecast models and the pumpkins that every year I like to sculpt. However, today you'll have to settle for the presentation of a model that I bought a few months ago: this is not a car used in a movie or a TV series, but a true automotive icon, the Lancia Delta HF Integrale "Italian Club" version, produced by Kyosho. I must admit that when I decided to buy this model I was looking for in the classic red and white colors, but the prices were quite prohibitive (250 Euros and up). For this reason I folded the blue version at a much lower price (less than 100 Euros). The quality is the same, the color a little less attractive, but I do it to fit the same! Apart from the color question, the model is always characterized by high Kyosho quality, with countless details both of the bodywork, both at the level of openings (open all the 4 doors!), both at the internal level (very finished although red interiors not make me crazy!). Summing up, it's a really cool model that reproduces well the icon of the rally of 80s and 90s and it is definitely one of those models must-have in your collection. Now I leave you the pictures, have fun!
With two days late, I bring you on the pages of this site some photos of the pumpkins that I have prepared for the Halloween party. Of course, it could not miss the treacherous Christine that, with its headlights on, wanted to instill more fear in the darkness of my living room! I know I'm too late, but... I hope you all had a good Halloween!
Last month has been quite challenging: like maybe I had already mentioned, with the new year I will change jobs, and during the last weeks I am closing some projects to the old job. So you have to excuse me if I did not wrote anything from Halloween !!! However, to recover my mistake, I'm here to introduce you to a model bought a few months ago: this is the black Lancia Stratos produced by SunStar. Since in the previous posts I put some rally queens produced by Lancia, missing only the legendary Stratos. As you can see, even in this case I decided to purchase the road model, as I prefer this kind of car with a livery more above that we are used to during the rally competitions. The model is not bad considering that it is produced by SunStar, in a mid-range level. Of course, there are far more refined models of the same car, but the price/quality ratio of this model has impressed me a lot and so in the end I chose it. The strengths are definitely openings (including the front headlights) and some details (like the interior, the engine and the wheels). Now I can therefore be satisfied: in my miniature garage are proudly displayed the Delta HF, the Delta S4, the Fulvia and the Stratos. In the coming days I will return to show you models about the world of cinema and TV series, but now enjoy the photos!
Welcome back guys! Sorry for the long absence, but as I had anticipated in my last post, in January I changed jobs and I had to give priority to that... However, today I will try to return with a great item, presenting the last arrival in my collection: in this case, yes, it's only a fast presentation, but in the next days I'll try to make a video where I will show you the content of the box and the functionalities of this model. But... what I'm talking about? I'm speaking of the DeLorean from "Back to the Future - Part II" produced by Kids Logic. The special feature of this model? Besides being perfectly reproduced (1:20th scale), it has the ability to float (through a magnetic field) like the "real" one. So I'll try to show you the model both statically and moving, even if I anticipate you that making the model floating is not so easy! Again be patient a few days, it is worth it!!
I think I found the right balance between the commitments of my new job and my various passions (too many!) So here I am again to show some new models arrived in recent months in my collection. Today I want to show you the Wagon Queen Family Truckster used in the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation" with Chevy Chase. The model is produced by Greenlight for the series Artisan: the body proportions are good, the painting details (such for example the wooden side panels) are really well made, as well as the front and the rear part with double lamps that well characterize this car. The problem of this model are the openings, totally absent on the doors, both on the hood and the tailgate. The only "mobile" element of this model is the fuel cap: indeed a little bit for the cost at which it is sold! In addition, compared to the prototypes shown before production, also they lack all of the objects positioned on the roof of the car, the elements that characterize this car even more. I recommend buying it? Mhmmm ... only if you are real fans of this film 80 years, or folded on other models finished better.
Thanks to the news that I received from Nicola, a great collector of diecast cars and user of this site, I was able to add to my collection a very particular model, the 1969 McLaren M6 GT produced by Tecnomodel, cars that served as the basis to the more "televised" famous Coyote X, used in the TV series "Hardcastle and McCormick". Tomorrow I will show you a nice photoshoot about this fantastic resin model. See you tomorrow!
Here I am! As promised today I show you the model I introduced yesterday, the 1969 McLaren M6 GT produced by Tecnomodel. Compared to other times, today it will be a real unboxing, because a really nice thing about this model is the box that contains it and it would be a shame not to show it. Needless to say that the model is really amazing, from every point of view. It is not a classic diecast model but it is a resin model, then unfortunately no opening, but for the rest the level of detail is very high. As I told you yesterday, I bought this model to cover a big lack in my collection, namely the Coyote X from "Hardcastle and McCormick". The McLaren was used as base vehicle to create unique car used in the first season of this series (remember, in fact, that from the second season they used the chassis of a DeLorean DMC with a fiberglass shell more "clumsy"). Compared to Coyote X, therefore, there is some difference, especially in the back (rear window and lights), but I shall undertake no changes to this model because it's so perfect and delicate, that I would never venture to fix it. The only change, perhaps, would be to obscure the front headlights with an adhesive film, but I have to think a bit before ... Now, before I leave you to the images gallery, I want to thank Nicola Fasano again for giving me the information about the existence of this model. Without his valuable information, probably today I would not have this beauty in my collection! Have a nice vision!
It's a tradition: despite I don't like the fold that has taken this saga, I continue every time to want to go to the cinema to see the last episode with Toretto and companions... except curse this choice every time I leave the cinema! This time, in fact, I went to see "Fast & Furious 8" and as in the previous episode, I was very, very disappointed, so much so that I could use the same review written two years ago, changing only the title and a few adjectives and I quickly resolve the issue. But no, I want to write something new because I was really speechless in front of this new film. The story is really trivial, is related in part to events that occurred in the previous chapter, putting once again the members of the "family" in a mission of international bailout from terrorists, hackers, nuclear missiles and of course, but so much testosterone that continues to gush from the muscles of the 3 Alpha male protagonists of the film. I had already told two years ago, but it is worthwhile repeating: now the cars are just an excuse to put together a little bit of international espionage topped off with gigantic explosions, fist fights and ridiculous sci-informatics. They are well gone the days when a simple group of boys wore makeup their cars in the home garage challenging on a straight 1/4 mile: now those kids are the perfect 007, capable to thwart any danger threatens world peace, saving always the skin and always earning something. Ok, there is a little bit of action, but there should always be a bit of rationality and reality! It's really an insult to the intelligence of audience, see a submarine chasing five vehicles jump off the ice as the most agile of dolphins, or see thousands of cars that begin to move without a driver causing panic on the streets of New York. No, this time it really hit bottom, creating a ridiculous film, which seems a parody of this saga but that it is not: F&F8 will have certainly hit the box office, but the next chapter will surely one viewer in less... do not get me around anymore! They ruined a brand that was started 16 years ago in the best way and now retains nothing of the original movie, just the right title.
I've been thinking for so many years but I never found the right idea! But finally something got in my head! In this period am re-watching all the episodes of the TV series "CHiPs", so I decided to make replicas on scale 1:18 of the two mythical Kawasaki 900 used by John Baker and Frank Poncharello in the famous TV series. I know there are plastic models on the market on scale 1:12 and therefore not proportionate to my car collection. That's why I decided to realize them using a variety of 1:18 scale motorbikes (for exactly 4 distinct models) and combining the various pieces I should get a good result. The starting point is a model of the Kawasaki 750 produced by Solido: from this model I will definitely use the chassis, the wheels, the handlebars and the front fork (I do not think to use the engine, but we will see it during the works). To this model, I will add elements from an Harley Davidson Road King produced by Maisto (the flashing lights, the windshield, the footsteps), from a Kawasaki 1000 produced by the Motormax (the tank, the rear fender, the saddle, the bags, the siren and maybe the engine) and a Norton produced by Guiloy (the mufflers and the manifolds). At the moment I have already ordered all the models and I'm waiting to receive them (I should receive it all by May 10th), then I will start immediately with my new project. Meanwhile, I've been trying to create a photomontage of how every single bike should come: the result makes me hope for the success of this crazy idea, so enjoy the photo and stay tuned to see the work in progress of these two motorcycles. Of course, I accept tips!
Due to my usual work and family commitments, I can not devote myself daily to the realization of the two CHiPs bikes, but the work is still going on. For now, I completely removed the body parts (tank, side panels and rear fender) from the Kawasaki 750 and cut off part of its chassis (in the rear) to allow the mudguard and the flanks from the Kawasaki 1000 Police. In addition, I have enlarged the tank holes so that it can be rested on the Kawasaki 750 frame, since it is much wider than the 1000's. As a last resort, I replaced the drains (the Kawasaki has 3 exhaust pipes , 1 on the left and 2 on the right) with the Kawasaki 1000 exhausts: naturally they will be painted with chrome paint, as I will also do for the parabordo and the paramotor. I then tried to take a picture with some mounted parts, just to see if I'm on the right track, and the result I like a lot! The road is still long, but I'm on the right track! Upcoming Update!
Now it has become a tradition: as every May I will go with some friends to make a 2-day mini holiday in the theme parks Gardaland and Movieland. Now I know them very well, but it is an excuse to be together, to have fun and to see the new attractions introduced with the new season. Of course, as long as I do not get my phone back, many photos and videos will follow (this year I also bring my GoPro), so be patient and on my return I'll post a lot of new stuff!
Although I have been silent for a few weeks, I did not stop: I continued working on the first CHiPs Kawasaki and I must admit I was very happy with the progress made. I painted the lateral bags and replaced the plastic antenna with a new one created with iron wire (which I will then paint white with the red tip) and I have separated the lateral sides from the rear fender, so now I can position better the same lateral sides. After Nicola's suggestion, I also lowered the tank somewhat, especially at the front (you can see it in the last photos of this series): to do this, I have enlarged a tank inlet but I also tapered a few millimeters from the chassis. As a cherry on the cake, I added the frontal extra lights and even the windshield. Of course there is still a lot of work to do: I will try to keep you updated more steadily, but if you have any suggestions, come on!
Chevrolet Corvette C1 (1959) by AutoArt - "Animal House"
I have to admit that last year, when I was looking for this car, I did not think it was so hard to find it, but it was a very difficult task. Wanting to add to my collection the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 used in the movie "Animal House" immediately, I had decided not to buy the one with the official license of the movie (produced by ERTL/Joyride) as it was the 1961 model, so wrong . After searching on eBay I found that the only correct model was produced by AutoArt, but the prices were high and many sellers confused the model with that of 1958: finally after 4 unsuccessful shopping attempts, I found a German seller who found the correct model at a fairly reasonable price so I managed to bring it home! Needless to say, the level of detail is very high and every detail is reproduced in the best of ways, from body shapes to painting. The model is fully open (hood, trunk and door) as well as of course the removable hardtop roof that, when removed, allows you to taste the lines of this splendid convertible car. Whenever I have an Autotar model in my hands I always think that this brand never fails a shot, always producing high quality models! But bidding at the cracks, now enjoy the photos!
Lamborghini Miura P400 by AutoArt - "The Italian Job"
While updates to the first CHiPs Kawasaki are about to end (detailed photos will follow in the coming days), today I want to introduce you to a new model that came into my collection a few months ago: this is the Lamborghini Miura P400 produced by AutoArt, bought by me as a tribute to the orange Miura that appears at the beginning of the original movie "The Italian Job" (1969). There are various Miura models on the market, but the one produced by AutoArt, as usual, is the best: high details, perfect shapes and proportions, excellent painting . This model does not have the slightest defect, as you can see from the images. If you like this car model and you should have the opportunity, do not let it run away, really deserves a place in any collection! Now I leave you to the pictures, have a nice weekend!
Here I am after a long time on the pages of this site. In the meantime I haven't been idle, I've continued to expand my collection, creating some unique pieces. Just one of these, the Peugout 205 1.9 GTI used by Stefano Accorsi in the movie "Veloce come il Vento" was published on the official Facebook page of the film. If you want more information about it, click directly on the image below. Enjoy and see you soon with lots of news!
Goodmorning everyone! This is a difficult period, because of the Covid-19 which is changing our way of life, day by day: in my case, luckily, I have been at home for 2 months, I continue to work in smart working, but in the meantime I took advantage of this situation to go back to modifying some models, updating also the site itself. The project I started a few weeks ago had been in the pipeline for a long time, but I had never found the time nor the desire to carry it out: it is the van used in the film "Dumb and Dumber". Today I can finally show you, starting from the first changes to the basic model (a 1983 GMC Vandura produced by Greenlight Toys) up to the finished model in the coming weeks. In addition to the rest, I have already queued many other new models, but we will talk about this later. Today enjoy the images of this van to which I had to remove the wheel arches with the Dremel and I had to start creating with the pasticard the new longer front that will house the dog's muzzle. Have fun and see you soon with other news related to this new model!
I'm back here today for the second part of this new work in progress dedicated to the van used in the film "Dumb and Bumber". After showing you in the previous post how I removed the side wheel arches and the application of the new templates to make the front, today I will show you the application of the new front made with plasticard and then the coating of the muzzle and the doors. Of course, having opened the model, I took the opportunity to coat the dashboard and seats with fur. Ah, to simulate the fur I used an old sweater made of fleece branded Fila. Now enjoy the pictures and have a nice weekend!
The changes to the van used in "Dumb and Dumber" proceed quite quickly: I have finally completed the covering of the entire bodywork (sides and rear). From the following photos you can see how the model now looks, both externally and internally. Within the end of this week I will update you with new photos related to the roof and the external details (legs, ears, etc.). Now enjoy the pictures. Have a nice day!
As promised here I am with a new episode dedicated to the van used in "Dumb and Dumber". Today I will show you updates that naturally include the roof lining and the construction of the legs and ears. These parts were built with plasticard, making flat shapes and then applying vertical edges to give a thickness. Then I filled the various parts with the contents of an old cushion and covered everything with fleece fur. In this way, both the legs and the ears kept the right shape but remained very soft to the touch. To conclude, on the roof I have prepared a coupling system to easily attach and detach the tail (which, however, I will show you next week). Now enjoy the pictures and spend a nice weekend!
We are almost at the end of the work in progress of the "Dumb & Dumber" van: today I will show you the creation of the tail (sewn by my wife, if I have to be honest), the nose and some other details related to the side legs. By the end of next week, I will post the final images of the van completed with other details (the tongue, the side signs, the licence plate, etc.) Stay tuned then and enjoy the new image gallery!