2018-02-05

Second RX-3

Here's a bright yellow RX-3 from Car Culture's Race Day series. Now this one I might see in Canada, since I already have the two Porsches already in the collection.
Mazda RX3
2017 Car Culture Race Day #2
This one doesn't work as well as the Japanese Historics model -- the bright yellow color shows starkly the lack of front and back end deco details. I'm also not a fan of these wheels, because the axle ends up looking too long as it protrudes from  the center of both sides of the car. All that together means that the Japanese Historic will quite probably out last this car on the Worthy Wall.


Overall this is another fine car, though. It seems to me to come off as more of a "track day" car than a proper "race car" per se.





2018-02-02

Mighty Mercedes

So a bit of a special treat to make up for the delay in getting new content out. I made my annual year end purchase at KMJ Diecast, and he's hooked me up solidly with a bunch of cars that I'll never, ever see here in Canada. Let's lead off with the Car Culture Modern Classics Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II:
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II
2017 Car Culture Modern Classics #5

Now that's a lot of OMFBBQ wordage to apply to a model, but we'll let that pass instead of ridiculing it like it was merely a pretentious Lamborghini. And why? Because this is a mighty model of a mighty car.

The lack of  decoration on the roof and sides means that attention can be paid to the details on the front and back. Headlights and grills back to tail lights and emblem markings. Gloss black paint on the metal-on-metal construction, and the classy wheels are the crowning touch.


Another thing that occurs to me while opening a Car Culture car after handling a bunch of Mainlines -- opening a Car Culture car is an experience. The card is a thicker stock, the art is better, the finish on the stock is glossier. Then you crack the blister, and the car slides into your hand with a satisfying heft, the rubber wheels are pleasing in a tactile way, and the paint on the car has a different texture. I understand the urge to keep the cars pristine on their cards, but people who never open cars are genuinely missing something.




2018-01-25

Awesome 2018 10-Pack

Things are a little mixed up right now and I don't have a "studio" to take pictures, but for now have a look at this awesome 2018 10-pack:


So off the top of my head there's only two fantasy cars, meaning that's eight licensed cars. Awesome ratio! And the licensed cars include:
  • a Jaguar of some kind
  • a Mini
  • a Mazda Furai, awesome looking paint on it too
  • a Lancia stratos
  • a Chevy SS
  • a Porsche 911 RS3 of some kind
  • and that green Mazda RX-7.
Oh yeah and a Mustang of some kind.

But what an awesome assortment! Look for these cars to get individual days once I get things sorted.

2018-01-24

Volkswagen Kafer Racer

I don't know why I didn't grab this one during '17. I don't think it would have made the top cars of the year list, but it is still a nice coloring.

Volkswagen Kafer Racer
2017 Mainline #056



2018-01-23

'90 Acura NSX

Not a bad offering of this casting, although the red one from last time is still up on the wall and this one won't replace it.
'90 Acura NSX
2018 Mainline #004



2018-01-22

Olive Pickup

Not so much a fan of this color, I think I've described it as "puke green" elsewhere.

Datsun 620
2018 Mainline #009


2018-01-19

Chrome Really Spices Things Up

Chrome can make a real difference for a casting. Think of it as the poor-man's spectraflame, only not quite. But the Rig Heat ends up looking really nice in chrome, with the black plastic pieces setting things off nicely. I even like the wheels.
Rig Heat
2018 Mainline #036