Yat Ming seems to have gone, but they did go with a last hurray!
1953 Packard Caribbean
I posted before on the subject of Mini promotional models and like the story for BMW we've got some new diecast for this too:
The 2015 model year Mini Cooper S (F56)
Mini Paceman Cooper S ALL4.
The Mini F56 is sold in 4 colours, the Paceman in 2.
Previously I posted on the subject of BMW Dealer models, but since then some new models have appeared. I will post a complete overview:
the latest BMW X5
BMW M5 DTM
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car.
The BMW i8 is available in 3 colours. The X5 in two. The DTM cars have been sold in all liveries of the 2012 DTM season (6) and the concept Vision EfficientDynamics in only one.
For July a BMW i3 is announced.
Collecting small scale cars can change over the years. I remember finding my first AutoArt 1:64 car. This was a BMW Z3. Though undeniably it was a rather nice car, it did not appeal to me due to the high price tag and printed head lights. Considering other high end manufacturers were using clear head light lenses this was not quite good enough. So I left AutoArt. Around 2006 I bought some new AutoArt's which faired much better as these critical points were addressed. As not a lot is written about this series that lasted maybe 8 years, I thought it nice to give a start of an overview.
BMW Z3 - AutoArt 1:64
Gisima is a Spanish diecast make. It is, like most Spanish diecast, from a town called Ibi. It existed for 20 years between 1978 and 1998 and made diecast of questionable quality. Most lacked detail and were plastered with (paper) decals. Some of their original include the Mitsubishi 3000GT
The cast even got a hole! Their Honda NSX is hardly distinguishable if it were not for the aforementioned decals.
Oxford Diecast is one of my favourite brands, even if they are a bit smaller then what I normally collect. Their range of cars from post-war to current cars is quite amazing. Some of the more recent cars are shown below:
Imagine this: About 10 years ago, Bentley was (almost entirely) missing in small-scale diecast. Recently, we've seen releases from Tomica, Welly and Oxford Diecast. The nice thing about Oxford is that they're not going with the flow of Continentals but also have an eye on the past. I am hoping to add some more later in the year.