Archive for the ‘Auto World’ Category
When I was younger, I loved to race slot cars with my friends. It was one of the first hobbies that I ever really got into. Eventually, that hobby started to expand into different yet somewhat similar territories. For instance, I wound up getting interested in building larger models including cars, trains, and spaceships. But I never completely forgot about my original interest in slot cars.
Even though I drifted away from using slot cars for quite a long time, I stumbled upon my old ones again when I was emptying out some boxes at my parents’ house. I decided that I would grab up my slot car sets, remembering how they broadened my horizons towards new hobbies, so that I could show them to my son or daughter someday.
New York Comic con is just around the corner – October 10-13, 2013!
Round 2 will be there – stop by and see us at booth 443. You won’t want to miss our new model kits, die-cast cars, slot cars, Forever Fun, Captain Action, and even the Wicked Witch of the West will be in display.
The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was a fighter jet that was used by the United States Air Force in the 1940s and 1950s. The Thunderjet operated as the United States’ primary strike aircraft in the Korean War. It was unique at the time as the first fighter aircraft with in-flight refueling and that was capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, particularly the Mark 7 nuclear bomb.
Though less than eight thousand of these planes were produced, the Thunderjet is still an iconic aircraft in regards to United States history. It is quite common for model Thunderjets to be made and there are a number of Thunderjets on display throughout the United States in various aviation museums.
When I was younger, I was growing up in the age of electronics and spent a lot of time watching television and playing video games. My parents were not always happy about this and there would be times where they would kick me outside or push me towards pursuing other hobbies so that my life wouldn’t be consumed by ‘screen time,’ as they referred to it.
Most hobbies that my parents tried to introduce me to didn’t interest me. I was never a particularly athletic kid and they often tried to push sports and things like that on me that I just wasn’t interested. They also tried to start collections for me, but that didn’t do anything for me either. I did start to get interested in putting together plastic model kits, however, and that was good enough for them.
Listed below are the premium 1:64 Die cast from Auto World and why the designers chose them
Premium Price Point
1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix
The ’61 Dodge was selected simply because it is one beautiful automobile, and had not been made in 1:64 scale as a hardtop. The bodylines make for an interesting piece of die-cast from all angles as if it’s a rolling sculpture. In addition, our cars are scaled to perfect 1:64 scale, so this HUGE ride looks way cool sitting next to some of our smaller replicas.
1976 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
Why would we NOT choose this steel beast? Never made in 1:64 scale, this land yacht dwarfs most die-cast at nearly 3 5/8 inches long. Driving a ’76 Caddy was like rolling down the road in a giant waterbed. We also liked the fact it has a 500 cu. in. motor!
1971 Dodge Dart Swinger
The ’71 Dart is another car chosen since it’s new to true 1:64 scale. This Dart was often modified by adding a Dodge Demon hood with the dual scoops. Of course, we also tooled this option, so look for this variation in the future. Little known, the dual scoop hood was available stock in the Canadian market.
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
The ’69 Trans Am is rarely seen in this scale die-cast since technically it was only available in 1 color. GM only produced it in white with blue stripes. That said, we HAD to make this car better than anyone and correctly scale the tires as well. We feel we’ve succeeded. The orange variation would be considered a custom color.
1967 Ford Mustang GT
We chose the ’67 because it’s without a doubt a classic. We wanted to make it right! We scaled it perfectly, including the wheels and tires. The result is one of the finest Mustangs available in 1:64 die-cast.
1966 Chevy Impala SS
When collectors talk about their Impala collection, there has always been a void in their stable. The 1966 was missing. Auto World has changed that. Behold, the 1966 Impala SS has been authentically replicated in true 1:64 scale with matching rims and tires. Rejoice!
I’ve always been interested in model cars for as long as I can remember. I’ve had pretty much every different kind of model car out there; I’ve made cars with Lego bricks and I’ve put together models with glue and parts. I’ve delved into building models of planes, boats, and spaceships as well. I’ve just always found the process of building things like that very relaxing.
I got my first slot car kit when I was very young, which was my first entry into the world of model cars. Slot cars were special because once you built them, you were able to race them around. I’ve always enjoyed the types of model cars that you can wind up or control in some way and slot cars were a really fun way to get started with that kind of thing.
Slot car building and racing have been hobbies in my family that have been passed down from generation to generation. My grandfather bought my dad a slot car when he was a little boy and that was decades ago, although the slot cars were surprisingly similar then to the ones that exist now. They were really popular when my dad was a kid and they’re starting to make a comeback.
I recently purchased some slot car kits for my own son and was surprised that they still weren’t much different from the ones that my own dad got for me when I was his age. Having had experience with slot cars for so long, it’s been very enjoyable to be able to have a hobby like this that I can share with my son, that perhaps he will pass down to his own son someday.
I’ve never been a rich man and even though I love cars, I know that I’ll probably never be able to afford the fancy sports cars that I often see on television or at car shows. However, I still have a passion for cars and I love to think about them and to look at them, which is likely why my hobbies are often related to cars.
Apart from working on my own cars and tinkering around with them, I also love to build model cars. I got my first plastic model car when I was young and I’ve always seen them as ways for me to have the fancy cars that I’d never be able to drive in real life. They may be smaller, but there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes from putting one together myself.
I am pleased to present our Autoworld Store modeling contest winners. Each modeller received a new replica of their submission to build and a gift card for $150. These 2 modellers were in the under 18 group and have sent in their vehicles which will be displayed at the Auto World Store on Grape Road – Have you visited yet?
The time is approaching! Sound the alarms, tell your friends, start your engines, and open the windows near your collection because it’s about to get some fresh air. For months, we have been developing an all-new line of true 1:64 scaled die-cast. This entire line of die-cast will be TRUE 1:64 scale all the way down to the wheels and tires. Even the hard wheels and tires on the 2.99 versions are scaled to real tires. As collectors ourselves, we’ve harnessed our years of experience and knowledge and channeled it into the ultimate line of die-cast destined to become the benchmark of quality, scale, and authenticity in the marketplace. The entire line revolves around the unique thrilling experience of finding your favorite small cars, prolonging your childhood, and the passion that these little machines ensue. There will be 3 versions with all new tooling that will be available at mass retailers like Walmart, Meijer, and Toys R Us (currently as of this writing) nationwide late this summer!
These are constructed using a die-cast body with a plastic chassis featuring 2 piece free-rolling hard wheels. Most will have no opening features, but are specifically geared toward play-factor with fast-rolling wheels! Remember those regrets as a kid when you ruined your BEST-rolling cars by taking them into the sandbox? Yeah, these are those. They’re fast. You’ll want to roll them everywhere. These will be packaged in a blistercard.
Release 1 will include:
2012 Camaro ZL1 Convertible
2012 Corvette Z06
1966 Pontiac GTO
1967 Corvette 427
1967 Buick Gran Sport
These will feature a die-cast body AND chassis with 2-piece knurled axle (dumbbell-style) with correctly matched and scaled rims and rubber tires. Most models will have opening hoods with a multi-piece engine. The attention to detail on these is world-class. We’ve lost sleep, consulted experts, and nearly cancelled vacations in order to make these as accurate as humanly and mechanically possible! These will be packaged in a blistercard and include a mini box to protect your car once removed from the package. These include:
1971 Dodge Dart
1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix
1967 Ford Mustang GT 390
1976 Cadillac Coupe De Ville
1969 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe
1966 Chevrolet Impala
These feature a similar level of detail to 5.99 cars, but will have a licensed tie-in and will include a newly tooled hard plastic display case! These will be in a protective plastic clamshell. Release 1 will replicate cars from both Road & Track and Car and Driver magazines. These include:
2011 Callaway Corvette
1965 Ford GT40
2012 Ford Mustang BOSS 302
1966 Oldsmobile 442
2011 Hennessey Camaro
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1