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Diecast Delights: A 1975 Peugeot 504 in 1:18 Scale


Now here’s a car which ought to appeal to Hoons on either side of the Atlantic. Indeed, one which is probably somehow more revered in the USA than it is in the UK.

The Peugeot 504 is one of the more iconic shapes ever to have emerged from the nominally dull-as-dishwater category of “ordinary family sedan”, although that would probably be to undersell it somewhat. Plaudits rained down on the 504 from launch in ’68 right up to now, and with have been as important to the development of Africa as the Industrial Revolution was to the development of England, the Peugeot isn’t in danger of being culturally forgotten any time soon.

Still, having a 1:18 copy handy for safe keeping won’t do anybody any harm.

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Diecast Delights: An Opel Ascona (B) i2000

IMAG4499As has been mentioned here before, my favourite 1:18 models tend to be of ordinary, everyday cars, albeit those which no longer feature on the road prominently enough to still be in the collective conscious of the general public.

A case in point is the second generation Opel Ascona, a car which, seemingly bizarre in hindsight, was sold alongside its Vauxhall Cavalier sister on the UK market for a good few years towards the end of the ’70s. In a parking lot the bluff-fronted Ascona looked oddly distinctive beside the shovel-nosed Cavalier; which wore the nose of the Opel Manta, which was also based on this platform. Confused? So were GM.

Anyway, here’s Opel Ascona (B), the limited edition i2000 model, in 1:18 scale.

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The Attainable Riva Aquarama


Those curves. That pronounced sheer. The authority of line you only see when a design has formed organically from the mind of a talented designer. All of these attributes and more can be found on the Classic Riva Aqcuarama, and many more from that famous Cantieri.

No matter what the angle you gawp at them from, your jaw will always droop a similar distance. The only problem is having somewhere big enough to keep it. Oh, and deep pockets.

So what you really need is one in something like one-tenth scale. Like this one.

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Diecast Delights: A 1952 Citroen 2CV in 1:18 Scale


We’ll go from last week’s extreme Crocodile to a rather more mundane Tin Snail, and a vehicle which is probably far more relevant to the everyday motorist while being far less colourful.

We’re looking at a Maisto produced Citroen 2CV, probably among the the most humble yet worthy vehicles to be made available in 1:18 scale.

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Diecast Delights: The Audi R8 “Crocodile” in 1:18 Scale


Having gone one and on about the various justifications a collector uses to add to his collection, there’s one big factor that I’ve left out, and this fifteen year old Maisto model is a very good example. I’m talking about when you just have to have something because of its paint job.

I’m not really a collector of racing cars. I have a few, a 911 GT1 and a couple of Mercedes CLK derivations and I have them because they represent the ultimate development or extreme of the car their shape represents. This one, though, the Audi R8 LMP, had no relationship with any road car you could mention. It just looks awesome because it’s been painted up like a crocodile.

No further justification to own needed.

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Diecast Delights: Why Not Create A New Hoon This Christmas?


Almost exactly a year ago to the day I posted about the first proper Diecast I ever recieved, the evergreen Bburago E-Type. Although it undeniably basic by today’s exalted standards, when I unwrapped it I felt that I had somehow matured beyond being given “toys”. The E-Type felt important. Like it mattered. Like something I would keep and cherish for ever and ever, which, of course, I have.

Back in 1987, though, I had no idea just how significant that model would end up being to my life. Today I look at the Maserati before me and contemplate exactly what effect it might have had on me if I was presented it as a six-year-old.

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Diecast Delight: A Ford F1 Ice Cream Truck in 1:18 Scale


First and foremost I’m an ice cream enthusiast, though the subject of wheeled transportation runs the heavenly sub-zero snack a close second in my interests. What better way than to combine the two than with a diecast model of an ice-cream truck?

Unfortunately there are very, very few model companies who choose to give such vehicles the same degree of attention as they do low-slung exotica and blue-chip vintage classics, at least in 1:18th scale. So I was delighted to find that the heroically eccentric industrial concern of Yat Ming once took it upon themselves to market a model of a ’49 Ford F1 in Howard Johnson livery. I was even more delighted to go on and “win” one on eBay for hardly any money.

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Diecast Delights: A Volkswagen Golf MKI Convertible in 1:18 Scale


With the grey days growing ever more bloody miserable, the nights drawing in, and a distinct chill in the air, what better moment than to start looking at models of cars without roofs. So put on your thermals, your scarves and your insulated gloves and we’ll head out onto the 1:18 highway in a diddy drop-top.

Over the last couple of weeks Diecast Delights has been a bit of a Maisto love-in so, because a change does you good, this week we’re looking at an early release by Sunstar. The VW Golf GLi Convertible.

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Diecast Delights: An Opel Speedster in 1:18 Scale


I’m one for sticking with a theme if there’s one to stick to, so we go from last week’s Speedster to another.

From a German car from the ’80s produced by a pre-eminent manufacture of Sports Cars based in a state of the art facility in Stuttgart, to an English car from the year 2000, produced by a pre-eminent manufacturer of Sports Cars based on the edge of a carrot field in Norfolk.

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Diecast Delights: An ’89 911 Speedster in 1:18 scale.


I’ve never been bothered by the Star-Wars franchise. I’ve never been a fan of Bon Jovi. That film, and that band, are among the most followed and most popular of their respective genres, drawing in huge crowds whenever a new episode or a new album is released. The thing is, to me, every Star Wars film and every Bon Jovi album is just another one just like the last.

Of course; I’m an uneducated oaf. No doubt if somebody tied me to a chair and held my eyelids and ears open Clockwork Orange style, I could learn how to appreciate both of them. Which brings me to the Porsche 911. I’ve never really got the 911. I appreciate what it is, and what it does, but I’ve just never felt any great lust for it. I’m sure, though, if I owned one things would be different. And if I was to choose one, it would probably be the one you see before you, only about eighteen times as big.

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