Not sure if I posted before on Castline's M2 Machines line of diecast cars, but they deserve a mention. M2 claims to make 1:64 American (and a Canadian) car from the fifties, sixties and seventies. Personally, I like their efforts from 1949 to 1959 the best and they include pick-ups, tractor/trailer combo's and cars.
Some call these tiny, but for 1:64 they seem huge to me. Is it a recent trend that 1:64 looks so much bigger then 1:64 of some years ago? Compared to Kyosho for example they seem big.
Manufactured by Tekno and numbered 413, the VW Van was produced in several versions solely for the Swedish Tekno importer. These highly attractive models depict the early “Barn Door” version of the classic VW Transporter. Tekno would, of course, go on to make many more models of VWs, including vans, pickups, Beetles and the 1500.
This ’58 Dodge Royal Mexican Taxi is about 5.3 inches long - putting the scale at about 1/43 - with single-piece black plastic wheels, featuring hubcaps picked out in silver paint. The model is injection-moulded in plastic and has no interior detail. The bumpers and tail-lights are picked out in silver and are mask-sprayed; the slower sides of the car are sprayed black, as is the tip of the bonnet in an attempt to faithfully reproduce the Mexican Taxi livery of the period. The stripes and the door triangles are paper decals, while the rear license plate is moulded in and reads “Mexico 1958”.
The Solido Porsche 550 is another example of Mr Jean de Vazeilles’ almost clairvoyant knowledge of the car racing milieu. This model carries the number 101, making it the second car in the 100-Series after the Jaguar D-Type.
Beginning at the end of the war, Dr. Porsche began building his 356 in Gmund in Austria. Porsche, of course, was a driving force behind the Volkswagen design, and also worked on the pre-war design of the super-powerful Auto-Union racers which were mid-engined. After the war, he transposed this design onto the Cisitalia Monoplace.
Mercury was a very well known brand in 1:43, but less so as a manufacturer of smaller scale vehicles. They did create a series of "Speedy" cars in the sixties, followed by "Speedy Velox", different in that the Velox has "Speed wheel"-type wheels, instead of the original Speedy series, which has rubber tyres and hub-type wheels. Later, towards the end of Mercury in 1980, they created the Mercury Micro-series, which was cheaper (or possibly, cheaper still) then their Speedy Velox predecessors.