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Diecast Delights: The Ford GT90 in 1:18 Scale


What if? It’s a fun if ultimately futile game to play. What if, in 1995,  the Ford Motor Company had successfully designed, built and sold a supercar which was absolutely without equal?

Well, it never quite happened. But fortunately, Maisto built a model which is plentifully available so you can wistfully gaze at the legend that never was.

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Diecast Delights: A BMW M635CSi in 1/18th Scale


You can come back now. Those of you who were mortified by the sinister direction in which Diecast Delights turned with the Cadillac Escalade review the other week can relax.

We’re back to cars, and nice ones at that for a little while, starting with this one. It’s an AutoArt E24 M635 CSI, and not only is it one of the nicest models in my collection but it’s also probably one of the nicest items I own, and probably ever will.

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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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