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Diecast Delights: A………Cadillac Escalade EXT?!? In 1/18 Scale.

Chris Haining February 25, 2015 Diecast Delights


What on Earth drove me to buy this model? What possible reason could I have for wanting to dilute my otherwise spectacular and wisely chosen collection of 1:18s with a model of a vehicle that I, well, kind of hate?

I’m still struggling for an answer to this conundrum, but I’m glad I do have an Escalade EXT in my miniature garage because I can honestly say that the Good, the Bad and the Ugly are all fairly represented.

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Diecast Delights: The (old!) Ford GT in 1:18 Scale

Chris Haining February 17, 2015 Diecast Delights


Talk about having your thunder stolen. With the brand new Ford GT concept car now wowing crowds it’s feasible that one might forget the last one. The last Ford GT concept wowed the world back in 2002 and the Blue Oval weren’t slow in realising just how much of a win they had on their hands vis-a-vis “hey world, we’re an interesting company with interesting ideas”.  They were, and indeed are. And they backed up all their noisy “look at us” grunting by actually putting the damn thing into production. The Ford GT. You may have heard of it.

Meanwhile, Beanstalk, later to be absorbed into Pauls Model Art, were licensed by Ford to distribute a bunch of models of prominent halo lines from the Ford Portfolio of the day. They included the Jaguar XKR, Ford Thunderbird, (this) Aston Martin Vanquish from the terrible Bond film Die Another Day, and the 2002 Ford GT Concept.

And here it is.

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Diecast Delights: A 1970 Triumph Spitfire in 1:18 scale

Chris Haining February 12, 2015 Diecast Delights


I find myself slightly baffled by the various diecast collecting websites out there. Choosing what to collect is obviously up to the choice of the individual, but an awful lot of people out there spend massive amounts of money on high-end models of high-end supercars. As soon as a new Ferrari is released, or even a new colour of Ferrari, they’ll open their chequebook and allocate a couple of hundred quid to make sure it’s represented in their collection in 1:18 form. Each to their own, but I’m not sure if that’s collecting. Isn’t it just shopping?

I’ve never made a conscious decision on what to collect. The models in my collection are mostly either of cars I’ve always admired or cars that members of my family have owned. They’re also often of cars which aren’t worth very much money, either. Today’s model just about fits into all three of those categories.

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Diecast Delights: A Volkswagen Phaeton W12 in 1:18 Scale


Variety is the spice of life here at Hooniverse. Every-playa-has-one Supercars are not really guaranteed to get us twitching with excitement. We’re all grown-up enough to know that it’s engineering and thought, not just power and prestige that makes a great car. And there are more than a few of us who derive our interest in a vehicle from factors utterly unrelated to mechanical competence, hence my continued loyalty to a certain old Rover, despite its long and damning list of flaws.

One thing that seems to unite us all, though, is cars which keep you guessing. A car which externally speaks nothing of the amazing things it’s capable of. One such thing car is the W12 powered Volkswagen Phaeton, of which more after the jump.

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Diecast Delights: A ’78 Mustang II Cobra in 1:18 Scale

Chris Haining January 27, 2015 Diecast Delights


What on Earth was I thinking, posting an Aston Martin Vanquish last week? This isn’t Billionaires Gazette, this isn’t the kind of on-line motoring organ whose participants spend their days on chaise longues, being handed trays of crackers and Grey Poupon, heck, some of us don’t even have butlers.

Lets get back to a model of something closer to the Hooniverse Heartland. A 1970’s ponycar which was, let’s be frank, a shadow of its former self and not really all that good. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t interesting. I mean, I find it interesting and I wasn’t even alive when it was launched, and even if I had been conceived five years earlier I was stuck on a continent which was largely Mustang free.

Find out if it deserves a place in your 1:18 garage after the jump.

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Diecast Delights:- THAT Aston Martin Vanquish in 1:18 Scale

Chris Haining January 22, 2015 Diecast Delights


There isn’t a huge amount that’s been left unsaid about Bond Cars, and The Internet is well stocked with information about every one of them. The model you see before you is a depiction of one of them, but I’m going to pretend it isn’t. I’m not really interested in having a model of James Bond’s Vanquish, I just wanted a model of A Vanquish. It also so happens that I think Die Another Day is one of the worst 007 films ever committed to celluloid.

So below is a review of a very affordable and really, really good model of an Aston Martin Vanquish. Bond be damned.

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Diecast Delights: A 1977 Citroen CX GTi in 1:18 scale

Chris Haining January 15, 2015 Diecast Delights


Over the festive period I spent some of my available time getting my house in order. The dozens of model cars that I have gathered since what seems like birth have been boxed up neatly and put in safe storage in my attic, ready for retrieval when necessary, after years of being marooned at my parent’s place ten miles away. The plan going forwards was for me to rediscover these old models once more, unbox them, play with them and share the more interesting ones with as many people who cared to join in.

That was the plan. The reality is that the collection has continued to grow in an only-just-controllable manner. The Internet is a dangerous place, and just before Christmas I found myself ordering the model you see before you. Click the jump to see more.

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Diecast Delights:- A 1961 E-Type (And how it all started)


Last week we looked at a Plymouth Roadrunner model from about twenty years ago. Today we look at what I imagine is one of the most commonly found 1:18th scale models in the world. Bburago’s evergreen ’61 Jaguar E-Type.

You probably know somebody who owns one of these. It has been a stalwart of the Bburago range since, I believe, the early ’80s. At this time the scope of their large-scale range was a lot more narrow than it is now. In fact, the face of 1:18 scale modelling itself has changed massively in the time that this model has been around. Back in the ’80s Bburago were pretty much the go-to brand for anybody who wanted to go beyond toy cars and onto proper models.  Let’s take a look at what is now a vintage model.

As usual, click the pics to make ‘em bigger, and please, being that it’s Christmas, indulge me as I take a trip into the past.

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Diecast Delights:- A ’69 Plymouth Roadrunner in 1/18 scale.


The last couple of models to have been showcased here have depicted European stuff, which is a bit of an oversight when I consider that Hooniverse radiates its digital rays from North America, perhaps it’s time to redress the balance. From an Italian car which hides its cultured high-revving horsepower beneath a designer suit, let’s look at a blue-collar legend relying on cubes and brute force for motivation. Also one of my favourite cars, as it happens.

It’s one of my favourite models, too. And unlike recent posts (where I admit to a slight eBay addiction that, seriously, needs to be curtailed), this one has been in my possession for something like twenty years. I vividly remember cycling five miles to a toy shop in the next town which sold a few models alongside buckets and spades and other seaside ephemera. I’m pretty sure I paid well over the odds. Who cares. Let’s take a closer look, and as before, click to massivate.

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Diecast Delights: The Maserati Quattroporte V in 1:18 scale


Yeah, I’ve totally lost control. The whole idea of me rebooting the Diecast Delights thing was to make use of the several dozen 1:18th scale models which have been rotting away in various attics across Northeast Essex. Last weeks episode where I covered Maisto’s interpretation of the Morgan Aero 8, was supposed to be a hiccup. That was a model I picked up on eBay within the last fortnight. Well, so’s today’s. And I’ll admit now that I have another two coming. I’m a hopeless addict, but it’s a cheap habit so I’m not going to worry too much.

I bought today’s car, the Hotwheels rendition of the Maserati Quattroporte Mk 5 because that car is, out of all the cars I’ve ever driven, my favourite, despite the Skyhook system letting go dramatically mid roundabout and leaving me sawing at the wheel of what became a wobbly, tail-happy monster. I love that car, (read about the fun I had in it here) but alas in my current position in space, time and economy, a 1:1 scale QP is beyond my means and practicality. There are limited choices in scale model terms, too, and that’s why I ended up with this one. Take a closer look after the jump.

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