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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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Diecast Delights: Morgan Aero 8 in 1:18 Scale


eBay is MyEnemy. Just as soon as I begin blowing the dust of a collection that has taken me twenty-six years to accumulate, online auctions have seen me running headlong into a renewed addiction. Today we look at a fresh acquirement, one which only cost a handful of quid, arriving as it did sans box and in slightly playworn condition.

The Aero 8 was launched in 2001 as the first new-from-the-ground-up Morgan since 1948. It was groundbreaking for the Lincolnshire firm in many ways; the first Morgan to use an Aluminium tub; all wood used in the construction was purely for decoration. It also marked a departure from the historically preferred Ford or Rover engines, to using German V8 motivation. Read on to take a close look at a model of what I like to call the Guten Morgan.

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Die-Cast Delights:- Peugeot 205 GTI in 1:18th Scale


I’ve been up in the attic, fighting my way through the cobwebs, bat shit, old luggage and decorating ephemera (on stand-by until the resumption of operation Make-House-Nice) and I have itches all over thanks to fibreglass insulation penetrating my T-shirt and jeans. And it’s all with the aim of bringing you another exciting instalment in the current series of Die-cast Delights.

Many of the 1:18th scale models I have hoarded, obsessively collected, gathered over the years have now become available second-hand via eBay and, after a quick search and with a little bidding luck, can be yours with very little financial hardship suffered. But, what to buy? I have a load of models and some of them are absolute crap. Maybe, as this series continues, I’ll suggest something that takes your fancy, if last week’s Ford Cougar didn’t already.

Today it’s the turn of Solido’s Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI.

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Die-Cast Delights: Ford Cougar in 1:18th Scale


Well, it happened. Collecting 1:18 Scale models was a hobby which had been put on hold since I “Grew Up”, moved out of my parents house and got a place of my own. My old bedroom used to have adjustable racking along one wall, and the shelves were stacked with so many boxed models that it was like living in a branch of ModelZone. I bought a few more during my time at University, but limited space in the Dickensian hovels I squatted in during education meant that the main collection stayed at home. It was always nice to come back to at the end of each semester; the models, which I had collected since I was seven, were a tangible link to my childhood. For about ten years now the majority of the collection has been in the attic, safely on stand-by, ready to be enjoyed again.

Allegedly,  I’m now a grown-up, and have easy access to 1:1 scale cars. However, I also have occasional spare time in close proximity to a web-enabled computer. eBay is prominently bookmarked. Inevitably, my fever for 1:18 has been rebooted, and a package arrived for me on Thursday from Germany. It’s a 1998 Ford Cougar, and it may well put me on a slippery slope back towards obsessive collecting.

Click the jump for the first in a series of reviews as I look back at the good, the bad and the downright inexcusable from my collection. Click the images to activate the Enormocator.

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A Model of Forward Thinking: The Pininfarina 1800


While I was in Brighton recently I took the time to visit the Sussex Toy Museum, a must-visit if, like me, every day you fight your inner child to avoid filling your beautifully decorated and partner-friendly living room with bits of LEGO and old Hot-Wheels.

Seeking a souvenir, I was pleased to notice a glass-fronted cabinet in which some of the displayed articles bore price tags. On the bottom row, on the left was something that caught my eye. I bought it for £3.95 and put it in my pocket, where I couldn’t resist jiggling it between my fingers in that tactile way that you might a pocket knife or set of keys.

Finding it was a double-win. Not only is it a lovely little model, but it also represents one of the most fascinating footnotes of motoring history. It gives me an excuse to write about the Pininfarina 1800, Leyland’s would-be worldbeater.

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Diecast Delights: GAZ-24-02 Volga in 1:43 scale


Comrades, I ask you to wipe aside the tears as we bid a fond farewell to this current series of Diecast Delights, but not before taking one long, lingering last look at another saucy Soviet.

Last week we looked at the GAZ-21, forerunner of this car. That car, now legendary, is all well and good, but for me, for some reason it’s this one that will always be the Volga for me. No idea why. Anyway, it’s mine in glorious 1:43 scale.

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Diecast Delights – A Millennial Reminisce


The year 2000 was a very good year for me. I had just turned 18, about to graduate from high school, and generally feeling on top of the world. 14 years and many miles later, I’m sitting here thinking about grad school and the future. A lot has happened since that summer, and I’ve moved halfway across the country, but a couple of things have made the journey with me. One of them is my Mark Martin diecast. I thought I would share a few pictures of it with you and tell you a little about how it came my way. … Continue Reading

Diecast Delights: GAZ 21 in 1:43 Scale


Welcome to Diecast Delights, which continues, I’m afraid, with the Soviet theme that it’s carried for the last several weeks, months; you probably think it feels like years.

There’s no way, though, that we could possibly let the strand fade away without properly documenting the Volga series. We’ve seen a later car in the guise of this taxi, and there may well be another one coming up soon, you never know.

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Modern Art Monday: Automodello Ford Mustang I Concept In 1/43 Scale
Mini Mustang is a diecast delight

Automodello Ford Mustang I Concept-12

If you’ve been wandering around the Hooniverse for some time now, you know that we’re fans of the lovely scale beauties put out by the team at Automodello. We’ve examined the Griffith Series 200 and a Bricklin SV-1. We also got up close with the larger 1:24 scale Phantom Corsair, which is quite simply an absolute stunner.

Now it’s time to examine a piece of Ford history because Automodello has recently released it’s 1:43 scale version of the Mustang I Concept car.

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