Kinsmart is a Hong Kong based company started in 1993. I've seen their cars for years but never bought one, as they seem for sale only in boutique shops with premium price tags. In fact, the three I will show are sold at a premium price. The vehicles always seem to have a pullback motor in it. As I knew the company a bit, I was surprised to see that they had actually a much bigger number of vehicles then I previously assumed.
The range seems to consist of
- Dodge Viper GTSR
- 1957 Fiat 500
- 1998 VW Beetle
- 1967 VW Beetle
- 1962 VW Transporter
- Audi TT
- BMW X5
- 1957 Corvette
On other sites I found a
I posted before on the subject of BMW promotionals, today I will post something related to it. Mini is part of BMW and as such these promotionals are sold with a BMW reference number. At least 2 versions exist of the Mini Paceman, which was resized to 1:64 scale as shown below. They're quite good and detailed but also quite fragile.
Norev recently introduced some new retro-vehicles. They already had a nice series for Citroën, Peugeot and Renault. They've added Simca to the list with a vehicle never done in this scale before:
The Simca 1000 Rallye2.
Recently, BMW has presented us with 2 scale models in 1:64 scale.
The first is a prototype of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept-car. The car is quite detailed, with special wheels and a rather strange "glass house" (the section of the car where all the windows are is sometimes referred to as glass house). The maker is unknown to me, though there are some rumours it is Jadi.
Last year, at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, Norev introduced a new series of cars in 1:64 scale. Slightly smaller then the Minijet-range, it seems a return to the classic Minijet series. They turned up late 2012, the Minijets only early 2013! But I think the wait was well worth it.
The new City series seems to be quite true to scale, eventhough the vehicles do appear quite small. The choice of models shows a lot of vehicles that haven't been done before. They do appear cheaper (and probably are meant to be cheaper) then the current Minijet series.
This "cheapness" shows in standard wheels without an extra rim inset. It shows in the painted lights, instead of the clear lenses of the Minijet series. It shows of course in the size, being smaller then Minijet. However this should not put the potential buyer of, I think. Because the vehicles still seem better proportioned and painted then similarly prices Matchbox and Hot Wheels. The choice of vehicles, though Euro-centred, seems well thought.
At the recent fair in Houten I as finally able to find 2 cars I was looking for for some time. I knew they existed thanks to the excellent site of Sini (www.sinicars.at). The problem is that the ones I found used to be much bigger then I normally collect, though I knew they are supposed to be 1:64ish scale.
But then I saw them and I knew they were the ones.