Featuring 1:64 scale diecast vehicles of all makes and models.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hot Wheels 1957 Buick Station Wagon



This Hot Wheels station wagon was based upon the 1957 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon and was first released as part of the Ultra Hots series, in 2007.  Regular readers of this blog will know of my lifelong fondness for station wagons, so it was a natural that I do a full spread on this excellent piece.


It features classic lines - my Dad had a 1956 Buick when I was little and the design from 1956 to 1957 was not changed much.  They were big and roomy vehicles.


This model has an opening hood and a metal base, just like Hot Wheels of old.


It even sports real rider tires!


From the front, that classic Buick grill really stands out.


All in all, it's a piece that when I first saw it, just had to be added to my collection of 1:64 scale station wagons.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

It's The Time Of The Season

Once again, it's that time of year which everybody groans about but can't do anything about - Winter.  Yeah, baby it's cold outside, but who wants to get out in all that snow and ice?  Around here in Southern Illinois, it certainly ain't no winter wonderland.  To spotlight this season in diecast, I've chosen two cold-weather vehicles made by Maisto.  You'll probably recognize both from having seen them at work around your area as well.  Without further ado, here is a snowplow that keeps the roads scraped and the power company truck that keeps busy putting electric lines back up.  Enjoy!

 Maisto Snow Plow at work on an actual ice-covered road.

It says "Fire Department" on the side but it's called the "Maisto Utility Truck."  Used by electric companies everywhere.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Super!

I just found this Hot Wheels Super Van the other day - and is it ever a sharp model!  Can't say that I care all that much with the commercialization of the piece, but, it looks nice with the real riders.
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

McDonald's Hot Wheels

Currently, the 2013 crop of Hot Wheels included in McDonald's Happy Meals are out.  I haven't gotten them all yet, but here's a preview of a couple I have picked up.  And for you guys out there - you don't have to buy a Happy Meal to get them, you can buy just the car by itself!  Unfortunately, they're all plastic this time.


Bad To The Blade
(I'm not overly fond of this one.)


My personal fave so far - Circle Tracker


Dune It Up

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More Humor In Diecast

You can't take life too seriously, so that's why I can always find humor in anything.  Even little toy cars.

Save my walrus.

There's a joke here somewhere.

Your classic Pimpmobile.

No joke here, but it does have lots of possibilities for a funny caption.

This is a customized vehicle of mine I call "The Druglord."

Car stripped while Police turn a blind eye.

A monster truck got loose at Harrah's.

3 out of 4 giant Astronauts prefer the easy-opening hatch on the new DeLorean DMC-12.

Cows and Diecast - A Perfect Combination

These are just some random pictures of cows posed with diecast vehicles.  I hope you enjoy them - I know I sure do.










Monday, April 2, 2012

Truckin' Big

The Lindberg Line had a long history of making model kits of military vehicles, planes, ships and cars and trucks. In 1968 they released a line of Hot Wheels-sized model kits called "Mini-Lindys." For more information on this series, see this link. This series ended in 1970, but Lindberg kept adding new models and re-releasing old castings in new series. One model from the initial 1968 series was called the Ryder Truck, a Ford-based moving van. It was re-released in the Truckin' Big series renamed "The Moving Van." It came molded in yellow, but I painted the one I had black:

Here is the original instruction sheet that came with it:

On the other side of the instructions, were directions on how to put together the little garage that also came with the kit. These are some of the trucks that were in these subsequent series, such as "Truckin' Big," "Hi-Rollers," "Over The Road," "Van Go" and "Big Wheels":

"High Rollers" series:
1. Dump Truck. (Mini Lindy No. 11)
2. Mail Truck. (Mini Lindy No. 13)
3. High Hauler. (Mini Lindy No. 32)
4. Van Machine. (Mini Lindy No. 8)
5. Cement Mixer. (Mini Lindy No. 14)
6. Tow Truck. (Mini Lindy No. 16)
7. Pickup Camper. (Mini Lindy No. 22)
8. Tractor-Trailer. (Mini Lindy No. 24)

"Van Go" series:
1. Gypsy Van. (Mini Lindy No. 13)
2. Can Van. (Mini Lindy No. 7)
3. Van Camp. (Mini Lindy No. 22)
4. Van Do Van. (Mini Lindy No. 8)
5. The Moving Van. (Mini Lindy No. 32)
6. Travelin' Van. (Mini Lindy No. 23)
7. Mighty Van. (Mini Lindy No. 12)
8. Vandit. (Mini Lindy No. 2)

"Big Wheels" series:
1. Pickup and Camper. (Mini Lindy No. 22 - I would really love to acqure this model. It features a Chevrolet pickup on the cover, but is actually a Ford truck.)

"Truckin' Big" series:
1. The Moving Van. (Mini Lindy No. 32)

There are others in these series, but I'm still researching which models were released.