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Diecast Vehicles
 

Automodello Enter the 1/24th Arena with a Bang!

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 13, 2012

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When reviewing models, I always try to be as critical as possible because we get so many great ones these days, but if they all get five stars, it ceases to be meaningful. However, with Automodello's first 1/24 scale car - the fabulous 1938 Phantom Corsair - it's virtually impossible to award anything other than the full five!

This is a fantastic choice for the company's entry into the world of 1/24, with few models having been produced previously, and none at this scale. Just as it's hard to not give this top ratings all round, it's hard to pick out any details as better than others - the trim, the interior, the fit of the parts, are all top notch. Automodello really aren't messing around with this model - there's a wealth of photoetching, plus acid-etched bumper detail! Not to mention flocked carpets and correct-grain seats, plus a dashboard to die for, with the car's ahead-of-its-time multi-function centre-positioned gauge reproduced to perfection.

With no opening features, moulding the car with the roof panel removable was an excellent choice too, as it allows lucky owners of the model to view the full wealth of interior detail. Packaging is just as impressive, with an attractive and high-quality display box and numbered certificate provided for every model.

In searching for something negative to say about this model, all I can find is that it's going to be tough to live up to with the next one - although I'm sure Automodello will manage to do so just fine!

 
Diecast Vehicles
 

Automodello's Second TVR

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 13, 2012

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Automodello's second TVR (to be absolutely accurate, the first one was a Griffith) is another stunner. Representing the 1970's M-Series, it perfectly captures the chunky wheels and 70's feel of the car. Particularly nice are the black bumpers and beautifully-detailed tail-lights, while the windscreen trim and badging are nothing short of amazing. Love the twin exahusts too, not to mention the fabulous fabric sunroof - mask-sprayed to an excellent standard.

It's always hard to find fault with Automodello models - viewed in profile, this one does share the one tiny flaw we perceived in the Griffith, in that the distance between the top of the front wheelarch and the top of the wing seems just a hair's breadth too low, but you'd need to stare at it and compare it to multiple pictures to notice, and even then you may well disagree! Certainly, the model's worth studying at length, particularly in the highly attractive bright yellow.

 
Diecast Vehicles
 

A long-overdue model!

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 13, 2012

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Having been fascinated with the Bricklin ever since seeing one in the 1982 film Gone in 60 Seconds 2: The Junkman, I've been waiting for a model ever since. There have been a few handmade bespoke model Bricklins, but never a series-production model until now. Certainly, it was worth the wait!

Automodello's Bricklin captures the lines of the real car perfectly, with an excellent rendering of the interior. This isn't a car with lots of chrome or badging, but the badges and details which are there are all perfectly replicated from the originals - this really does look like the real thing scaled down! Our samples were finished in Safety White and Safety Orange, both looking great, but I think the Safety Orange one is my favourite.

Overall, a five-star model all round. If I had to nitpick, I'd say a black wash on the wheels would have been great, but I'm ecstatic there's a model Bricklin at last and that it's this good!

 
Diecast Vehicles
 

Impressive model of Citroen's advanced coupe

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3.8
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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
December 13, 2011

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Norev's model of the SM is a treat for fans of Citroen's advanced Maserati-engined coupe with opening features and working suspension. The car's impressive bulk is well captured as are the stylish lines. The engine detail is well-rendered including the famous green suspension spheres and the cool metallic blue is a great colour on this car. The fit of my model's left door wasn't perfect, nor was my bonnet and I was a bit surprised to find the underside of the engine cast into the base rather than a separate piece.

 
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Flawless Model of a Timeless Beauty

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
December 12, 2011

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Automodello's latest model, the 1938 Packard Twelve Convertible in cream may just be their best yet. The model beautifully captures the voluptuous lines of the real car, and the cream paintwork sets it off perfectly. The panel line etching is particularly nicely done, with what looks to be more depth than on most models, giving the true effect of "separate pieces" without opening or actually being separate castings. The plated detailing is also excellent, as are the photo-etched grilles on the bonnet sides - on many models of this size, so much separate detailing could overwhelm, but here just the right balance is achieved, and the radiator mascot is particularly standout. The rear luggage rack is also beautifully rendered.

The model also comes with raised and lowered roofs, both of which are nicely rendered. It is supplied with the raised roof in place and the lowered roof in a separate bag in a separate section inside the box. The only word of warning is that when these are on the car, they rest in place rather than clipping in. As supplied, a tape brace holds the roof on, but once this is removed, take care moving the model, as the top(s) could come loose and chip.

A fabulous five-star model!

 
Aviation
 

The Definitive Guide to Dinky Planes

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4.6
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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
August 16, 2011

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The history of Dinky planes is a labyrinthe subject, with many of the very earliest models now almost extinct due to metal fatigue, model re-issues under various names easily confusing the casual observer and Dinky France weighing in to boot! As such, this book does an amazing job of cataloguing and presenting its data in an easy-to-follow format and is as complete as can be. The photographs are also above outstanding, with many rare items presented in large, clear, bright pictures. It's not going too far to say that this is one of the best-illustrated books on toys I've ever seen and that this level of illustration quality is truly astounding given the rarity of some of the models pictured. If you're interested in Dinky planes, planes or Dinkies, you'll want to put this book on your Christmas list!

 
Diecast Vehicles
 

An Impressive Comprehensive Resource

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
May 04, 2011

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An incredibly useful resource for the novice and experienced Dinky collector, Jacques Dujardin's Encyclopedie Dinky Toys is remarkably thorough and well put-together.

Once you put the CD in your CD-Rom drive, you open the "Read Me" file which instructs you on how to open up the site, which then loads from the disk into your internet browser. Navigation is very easy, with a basic menu and nice interlinking so you can see all the models from a particular car maker in the left hand column and view them individually on the right.

The encyclopedia is remarkably complete - it includes obscure things like Marusan copies of Dinky cars, a list of modern Dinky copies, prototypes, never-issued models like the French Dinky Facel-Vega Facellia, and even has a complete listing of all the Kidco 1/64 cars issued by Airfix under the Dinky name when they briefly owned the company in 1980. The listings themselves are thorough, containing excellent basic information, and some have a really nice feature where if you mouse-over the images, you can see the model with its opening features open. The images are a nice mixture of new photos, contemporary photos and original advertisements.

The links and other sections are incredibly helpful as well, making a large amount of often-confusing information like the numbering systems, easy to understand and follow. Plus the compendium of spare parts manufacturers and similar will be extremely useful to collectors and restorers.

Text is in French and English throughout and is easy to follow. There are a couple of slightly-odd choices here and there, but this really is nitpicking. The only deficiency I could find is that a couple of model pages for the very-much-more obscure models (like the Dinky kits and the very hard-to-find Mini-Dinkies like the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow) are missing information and/or photos as yet, but this really is a minor issue and as the site says - if you can help the author fill these out, you can get in touch with him via the email address on the main page.

Overall, an excellent investment as it's a treasure trove of information - and an excellent read to boot!

 
Diecast Vehicles
 

The Great Book of Oxford Diecast!

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
April 04, 2011

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A Journey Through Time tells the story of the author's life, from growing up in Wales near the Mettoy/Corgi factory to his time working for Mettoy, delving deep into the offices and production lines where he worked his way up from trainee, and goes on to cover the story of how he founded Oxford Diecast, covering the period up to 2007, including the introduction of the very popular 1/43 range.

Packed with anecdotes, sidebars, insights and behind-the-scenes at Mettoy and Corgi in its first half, this provides us with a fascinating (and far more gritty!) take on the Corgi story than The Great Book of Corgi, making this book a very interesting counterpoint to that one! The rise of Oxford Diecast is also covered in a wealth of detail, with photos of prototypes, drawings and more, providing the reader with a great sense of what went into making one of the UK's most successful modern diecast manufacturers. There's also a checklist of OD vans with production numbers.

All in all, this is a great read - very entertaining, often eye-opening, and jam-packed with little tidbits of information, trivia and factoids that make it ideal for a winter night!

 
All Toys
 

Delightful Look Back at the Plastic Toys of the 19

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 29, 2011

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This is a really delightful read, written by an avid collector with a huge collection (much of which is used to illustrate the book). The text, while relatively sparing, contains a lot of ideal introductory information for the beginning collector and the illustrations give an excellent overview of what's out there.

 
Tinplate
 

A Smorgasbord of Schuco Rarities!

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 29, 2011

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This is, I think, my favourite of all Ulrich Schweizer's Schuco books - covering the prototypes and rarities produced by the company throughout its history and the models made between 1967 and its demise in 1976. With many amazing pictures of little-known and prototype models from the company's earliest days through to the end, plus text in German and English, this is truly one of those books where those who think they've seen everything will likely find something they haven't!

 
Tinplate
 

A Marvellous Entry in this Multi-Volume Schuco Ser

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 29, 2011

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With the focus this time round on pre and post-war vehicles, Ulrich Schweizer has produced another wonderfully detailed book on Schuco's products. With text in both German and English, plus illustrations that are both attractive and informative, he manages to convey a lot of detail in a non-overwhelming format as well as creating a book that's enjoyable to read. Definitely one to curl up with on a dark night in!

 
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Nice Concise Guide to Fast Food Collectibles

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 29, 2011

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Concise and preented in straightforward format, this updated guide covers all the major US fast food outlets (plus a few other restaurants like Denny's, which are sort of on the cusp!) Some international items are listed as well. Not exhaustive in terms of the toy ranges covered, but a good guide to what's in here.

 
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Bright and Entertaining Look Back at the Golden Ag

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 29, 2011

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A nice mixture of great illustrations and entertaining historical text, this book isn't too heavy on the intricate details of the brands' histories, but does provide a nice overview of the various eras of Japanese toymaking. The items illustrated are fascinating, well-photographed and well-described and range from the beautiful to the bizarre to the downright disturbing (check out the creepy clockwork kids on the back cover!). A particualrly nice touch is the gallery of company logos which will be a boon to anyone looking to get into identifying/collecting these great pieces.

 
Props, Customes and Weapons
 

Pow! Good Intro to Cap Gun Collecting

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3.2
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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 29, 2011

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With it's great title (the book is obviously about cap guns and gives their prices, it is not about cap guns which have high moral standing...), this is a cheerful intro to the world of vintage cap-guns. Light on text and large on pictures, it's a fun book to read through and whet your appetite for perhaps a more info-heavy volume.

 
Figures and Toy Soldiers
 

Highly Attractive Illustrated Book

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Baskingshark Reviewed by Baskingshark
March 29, 2011

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Beautifully presented, this is a wonderful book to leaf through, with excellent illustrations. The book is divided into sections by type (ie advertising figures, horse-drawn equipment etc) rather than being split by maker and as such does not contain huge amounts of text on manufacturer history or go into any great detail. However, it makes up for this with the pictures, which are, as stated, stunning. The illustrated items are all given values, although these may not always be current. Overall an excellent coffee table volume, if a little expensive at $95 RRP - although it is a very substantial tome, wieghing in at a hefty number!

 
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