Choice of Car

Often, the choice of car to buy may be difficult to make. It is not that you are indecisive or lack a specific taste. Motor car manufacturers, often notice this in most of buyers, therefore they invest in car modelling as a means of advertising their latest product to catch the sight and sense of the potential buyers.

However, it is up to you to determine the type of features you need when making car shopping. Various car models are in the market, but you preference should be about the reliability, durability and the comfortably in any car model you choose.

Among the popular car models in the industry are Toyota, Honda, KiA, Ford, etc. However, what is important most in a car model is the ability to convince the buyers about the quality of the product. What most potential buyers look for in a car model are; the horsepower, fuel economy, the speed and acceleration.

Scale models of automobiles

Scale models of automobiles are basically miniature automobiles such as cars, trucks, buses etc. Though these scale models are sold as toys for children to play, many companies have begun making this miniature model to represent their actual vehicle model.

While car model collectors purchase these scale model cars as a part of their exotic collection of miniature automobiles, others prefer buying such vehicles only to be considered as a play toy for their kids. However, military vehicles and railway track trains do not come in the category of car models while trucks and buses are included.

In the past, these models were built of wood but now, metal and plastic has replaced wooden kits. The first plastic model was built in the year 1932 by Ford Motors. The size or scale of this miniature model can be different such as 1:5, 1:8, 1:10 etc. The common scale sizes are 1:87 (length plus one inch) or 1:43 (length 4 inches).

Autoweek archives: Driving the ‘other’ Porsche 959

For this selection of the Autoweek archives, we go back to May 1986 to join Roger Bell on his experience with the Paris-Dakar-winning competition Porsche 959 of Jacky Ickx.According to Bell, “It was a decisive result . . . a 1-2 finish that left Porsche resting on its laurels, nothing left to prove.”The 1986 race was a far different result from that of the previous year, when three Porsches failed to finish the rally. Bell paints a picture of the competition features of the race car from the inside out.Of particular note is the car’s “rally-mode” torque split transmission that would allow the driver to select up to 100 percent of the power to go to the front or rear wheels, with any combination in between.

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Car Review 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUV.

NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: This 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is outfitted in elegant Autobiography trim, and if this car fits your life story, you’ve clearly arrived. The cabin is well-appointed and comfortable for an average-size guy like me. The caramel-color leather and stitching are gorgeous, and the dashboard looks like someone slathered scotch all over it. I mean that in a nice way; this color looks as if it should be poured over ice and lightly stirred. Even during a rainy commute,…”

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Die-cast toy

Die-cast toy

The term die-cast toy here refers to any toy or collectible model produced by using the die casting method. The toys are made of metal, with plastic, rubber or glass details. Wholly plastic toys are made by a similar process of injection moulding, but the two are rarely confused. The metal used is either a lead alloy (in the first toys), or more commonly Zamak (or Mazak in the UK), an alloy of zinc with small quantities of aluminium and copper. Lead, as previously so widely used for cast metal toys, or iron are impurities that must be carefully avoided in this alloy, as they give rise to zinc pest. These alloys are also referred to casually as white metal or pot metal, although these terms are also confused with the lead toy alloys. The most common die-cast toys are scale models of automobiles, aircraft, construction equipment and trains, although almost anything can be produced by this method.

History

Diecast (or die cast, or die-cast) toys were first produced early in the 20th century by manufacturers such as Meccano (Dinky Toys) in the United Kingdom and Dowst Brothers (TootsieToys) in the United States. The first models on the market were basic, consisting of a small car or van body with no interior. In the early days it was common for impurities in the alloy to result in zinc pest; the casting would distort or crack for no apparent reason. As a result, diecast toys made before World War II are difficult to find in good condition. The later high-purity Zamak alloy avoided this problem.

Lesney began making diecast toys in 1947. Their popular Matchbox 1-75 series was so named because there were always 75 different vehicles in the line, each packaged in a small box designed to look like those used for matches. These toys became so popular that “Matchbox” was widely used as a generic term for any diecast toy car, regardless of who the actual manufacturer was.

The popularity of diecast toys as collectibles developed in the 1950s, as their detail and quality increased. Consequently, more companies entered the field, including the Corgi brand, produced by Mettoy, which appeared in 1956 and pioneered the use of interiors in their models.

In 1968, Hot Wheels were introduced in the United States by Mattel, to address the complaint that they had no line of toys for boys to balance their line of Barbie dolls for girls. Because they looked fast and were fast (they were equipped with a low-friction wheel/axle assembly), Hot Wheels quickly gained an important niche in the diecast toy market, becoming one of the world’s top sellers and challenging the Matchbox 1-75 series in popularity.

During the 1960s various companies began to use diecast vehicles as promotional items for advertising. The idea that children can play a large part in a family’s decision as to what products to buy came into wide circulation. In addition, by the 1980s it was apparent that many diecast vehicles were being purchased by adults as collectibles, not as toys for children. Companies such as McDonald’s, Sears Roebuck, Kodak, and Texaco commissioned toymakers to produce promotional models featuring their names and logos, or licensed their use. One early example was an American Airlines London bus produced by Matchbox, an idea some other airlines quickly copied.

Beginning in the mid ’70s trucks and other commercial vehicles took a lion’s share of the diecast market. Matchbox started the trend when they re-launched their Models of Yesteryear range. They made a score of different versions of their Y-12 Ford Model T van, along with other trucks in colorful liveries such as Coca-Cola, Colman’s Mustard, and Cerebos Salt. They also made promotional versions for Smith’s Crisps (potato chips) and Harrods department store. Some models were made exclusively for certain markets and immediately became quite expensive elsewhere: Arnott’s Biscuits (Australia) and Sunlight Seife (soap, Germany) are examples.

Corgi copied this idea when they expanded the Corgi Classics line in the mid-’80s, producing more than 50 versions of a 1920s era Thornycroft van. Some collectors disparaged this development as “collecting paint,” as the castings were identical; only the decorations were different. Other collectors created what they called the “10-Foot Rule” when the collecting of minor variations of the same vehicle got out of hand. The idea was that, if you couldn’t differentiate between two versions of a model from 10 feet away, it wasn’t worthwhile to collect both of them.

Despite their popularity, many diecast manufacturers went belly-up in the 1980s. Meccano (Dinky), Matchbox, and Corgi all went bankrupt within a three-year span, which essentially reflected the economic climate in the UK at that time. It had become virtually impossible to manufacture in England and compete on the world market. (Mattel had also long since shifted most of their production from the USA to the far east.) Matchbox was purchased by a Hong Kong conglomerate named Universal Holdings, which moved production from England to Macau. Later (1997), Mattel bought Matchbox, essentially making Hot Wheels and the Matchbox 1-75 line sister brands. The two brands continue to sell under their own separate names.

Meanwhile, Corgi had been acquired by Mattel, which moved the office from Swansea, Wales to Leicester, England, and moved manufacturing to China. Matchbox also bought the Dinky Toys name, long after the Liverpool factory was closed. Manufacturing resumed in China. In a series of subsequent shifts, a group of Corgi executives bought back the Corgi Classics line from Mattel, and portions of the Matchbox line were sold to an Australian company named Tyco (no relation to the Tyco line of HO scale trains, originally made by Mantua Metalworking in New Jersey, USA).

Effectively from the ashes of Matchbox’s bankruptcy arose Lledo, a company created by former Matchbox partner Jack Odell. Odell believed that British collectibles for British collectors could still be profitably produced in England. Lledo took over part of the Matchbox factory in Enfield, and introduced their “Models of Days Gone” line of diecast vehicles in 1983. The first series of Days Gone models included re-makes of some of the most popular and respected first and second-generation Matchbox Models of Yesteryear. Lledo models were very popular collectibles in the ’80s, leading to a period of diversification (incl. the Vanguards line of classic post-war British vehicles), but by the ’90s they were eclipsed by other brands, and by 2002 Lledo went broke. Parts of their line were purchased by Corgi, which moved production to China.

In addition to trucks, Corgi produced hundreds of versions of their 1/64 scale Routemaster bus in the ’80s and ’90s. Like other collecting and promotional model trends, it started as a trickle and soon became a flood. Many versions were made to be sold exclusively in the stores whose advertising appeared on the buses. Harrods, Selfridges, Gamley’s, Hamley’s, Army & Navy, Underwood’s, and Beatties were among the British stores employing this idea. A South African chain called Dion was one of the few overseas firms to follow suit.

Then 1/76 scale buses became very popular in Britain in the late ’80s and early ’90s, with competing lines from Corgi (the Original Omnibus Company) and Gilbow Holdings (Exclusive First Editions, or EFE) fighting for the market. The 1/76 scale fits in with British ‘OO’ scale model trains.

By the 1990s NASCAR enjoyed increasing popularity in the USA, and a large number of racing-related Nascar diecast cars and trucks, painted in the colors of the different racing teams, appeared from various manufacturers. Racing Champions was a leading brand of such models, but there were many others.

In addition to cars, trucks, buses, agricultual implements, and construction equipment, diecast aircraft and military models were popular. While Dinky had made such models decades earlier, new companies entered the field in the ’80s and ’90s. One producer was Dyna-Flytes, which went bankrupt in the 1990s, but their market share was quickly taken up by their competitors, including Schabak, GeminiJets, Herpa, and Dragon Wings.

iDCow

iDCow

Mark, the creator of iDcow.com is an Industrial Designer who work for automotive and consumer product manufacturing companies. He do lots of sketching, clay modeling, and CAD modeling. He have partnered with fellow diecast model car seller friends who can supply the models his visitors are looking for. ” Diecast Models Wholesale “ can supply many of the hard to find diecast model cars.

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1968 Ford Mustang GT in Cobra Jet Blue, 1971 Datsun 240Z in Yellow and Orange from Maisto.

2004 Porsche 911 Targa in Dark Red and 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet in Dark Blue from Maisto. 2008 Maserati Gran Turismo 1:24 scale in Black from Bburago. Plastic Display Show Case for 1:24 scale diecast car models.

2010 Mercedes E Class in Black and Maroon from Maisto. 2007 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 in Yellow with Black Stripes from Shelby Collectibles. Here are some 1:24 scale cars: 1927 Seagrave Fire Engine from Yat Ming. 2005 Chrysler ME FOUR TWELVE in Gloss Platinum and 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo Police Car from Maisto.

Two new models from Maisto. 2008 Audi R8 in White and 2011 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG in Silver.

2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 in Black, Red, Metallic Grey, and Dark blue from Shelby Collectibles 1:18 scale diecast models.

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2013 mercedes sl scan leaked

Here’s the image that has the Web abuzz today–an apparent brochure scan of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL distributed by a European automotive site. Design cues reminiscent of the SLS AMG are unmistakable, and the new SL also takes on a fairly prominent iteration of the corporate front fascia. Underneath, Mercedes is promising a new aluminum architecture that will save weight while boosting rigidity.The official reveal of the 2013 Mercedes SL will take place during the Detroit auto show early next…”

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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography

The cabin is well-appointed and comfortable for an average-size guy like me. The caramel-color leather and stitching are gorgeous, and the dashboard looks like someone slathered scotch all over it. I mean that in a nice way; this color looks as if it should be poured over ice and lightly stirred. Even during a rainy commute, the interior was isolated and serene. The elevated road view was useful in seeing taillights far ahead on rain-slicked roads, which was critical in minimizing panic braking on what could have been a treacherous commute.

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