The Maserati GranTurismo is a two-door, four-seat coupé (2+2). It shares the platform of the Maserati Quattroporte V and parts of the Ferrari 599 GTB and Scaglietti. The standard GranTurismo has a 4.2 litre V8 engine and an automatic ZF gearbox six-speed transmission.
This one stared life as a die cast. It was pretty nice, but I still found lots of areas to detail and enjoyed making it mine. Despite the sign; it is not for sale.
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was an armed military observation and attack aircraft, designed for battlefield surveillance and light strike capabilities. It was a twin turboprop configuration, and carried two crew members in side-by-side seating. The Mohawk was intended to operate from short, unimproved runways in support of the United States Army.
The OV-1 served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and during Operation Desert Storm. U.S. Army OV-1s were retired from Europe in 1992, from Korea in September 1996, and finally in the US in 1996, superseded by newer systems, newer aircraft, and the evolution of spy satellites. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
The "B" model has the Side Looking radAR (SLAR) on the starboard side. (101 built)
The McLaren MP4-12C is also known as the 12C. It is the first production car designed and built by McLaren since the F1, which ended production in 1998. It features a carbon fiber composite chassis, and is powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre V8, twin-turbo engine developing approximately 592 hp.
The F-4J was the final version of the Phantom II produced for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. It constituted an improved version of the F-4B and flew operationally for the first time in 1966. Of this version, 522 aircraft were constructed between 1966 and 1972. Because of increased weight and more demanding sink rates, the F-4J was fitted with a sturdier landing gear, which required modifications to the inner wings, as had been the case for the F-4C. (courtesy of aviation.watergeek.eu)
Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) Freelancers was an aviation unit of the United States Navy originally established in 1944 as VF-81. It was disestablished in 1996. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
The straight-8 cylinder engine of the 540K was fed by twin pressurized updraft carburetors and developed a natural 115 hp. However, there was an attached Roots supercharger (K) which could either be engaged manually, or automatically when the accelerator was pushed fully to the floor. This increased power to 180 hp. The top speed with the supercharger engaged was about 110 mph. The Sindelfingen factory employed about 1,500 people to build cars. This allowed a great deal of owner customization and a variety of 540Ks during the same model production/year.
I bought this one as a built model, but I took it apart,removed the chrome foil, re-foiled and detailed it when I put it back together.
In 1954, only 3,640 Corvettes were built. In addition to Polo White, Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, and Black were available. All had red interiors except for those finished in Pennant Blue, those had a beige interior. The six-cylinder engine and Powerglide automatic, were the only engine and transmission available.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (Sixth Element) is a two-door, two-seat, V10 high-performance lightweight limited edition car which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Sesto Elemento's name is a reference to the atomic number of carbon, in recognition of the car's extensive use of carbon fiber.
The Sesto Elemento is equipped with a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission with paddle shift and all wheel drive system, mated to a 5.2 litre V10 engine borrowed from the Gallardo, generating 570 hp. The chassis, body, drive shaft and suspension components are made of carbon fiber, reducing the overall weight to 2,202 pounds. It is the lightest car Lamborghini has ever produced. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
This die cast has been detailed a bit more than comes from the box and a thin gold stripe was added to make it different from all of the other production cars.
The Evora is the first Lotus to be based on a ‘new’ (bigger) platform, even though it still uses the aluminium architecture first seen on the Elise in 1995. Launched at the London motor show in 2009, the Evora was “the first part of a three-car, five-year grand plan”, according to Lotus’s management at the time.
This is a diecast Euro Evora that I converted to U.S. specs.
This is a very nice die cast. Maserati is one of my favorite brands. When a die cast or model come out I enjoy adding them to my collection.
In the 2009 season the Vitaphone Racing won the fifth consecutive Team Championship, while Bertolini and Bartels gained their third Drivers' Championship. The other two drivers were Miguel Ramos and Alex Müller, who ended in sixth position. Starting from the fourth round, the team entered a third car under the name of Vitaphone Racing Team DHL, driven by Matteo Bobbi and Alessandro Pier Guidi, achieving good results: despite being only a one-car team, with a partial season involvement, they ended the Teams' Championship in fourth position (32 points), scoring a victory in the last round. The car can sprint 0-100 in 2.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 330 km/h. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
The F1 was a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive from 1992 - 1998. About 106 were produced. On 31 March 1998, it set the record for the world's fastest production car, reaching 231 mph (372 km/h) with the rev limiter enabled, and 243 mph (391 km/h) with the rev limiter removed.
This is an older diecast from back in the 1990s.
I noticed when I had it out of the display case to photograph and clean, the tail lights were not colored. Well off to the touch-up department for this one!
This is a very nicely made die cast. As usual, I took it apart and detailed a few small things.
"Take performance to the ultimate level with XKR-S. It is the most powerful production sports car that Jaguar has ever produced, with a 5.0 litre V8 Supercharged 550 engine that can achieve 0-100kph in just 4.4 seconds (0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds)." (courtesy of Jaguar.com)
This is the 2015 Corvette convertible in diecast. It is a very nice model. I did a little detailing that I like and I'm happy to add it to the collection! It still needs the license plate, but I want to make a new sheet of them so it will have to wait a bit.
The Douglas A-1H Skyraider was formerly designated the AD-6. It was a single seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and the mid 1980s. It was operated by the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, and and South Vietnamese Air Force among others.
I bought this A-1H on-line because of the tail markings. I was stationed at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. The 602 Special Operations Squadron was stationed there when they were designated 602d Air Commando Squadron, before their 1968 move to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Navy Base and re-designation as the 602 SOS.
This was a very well built kit. All I did was add some extra detail to the cockpit and small black dots to the gun muzzles.
Yes, the yellow tips on the propeller are correct.
This is a die cast issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. The paint is a very nice, almost metal flake white. If you like the car, but don't like the graphics, all you have to do is wipe them off with a little non-acetone finger nail polish remover. It won't hurt the paint.
The International DuraStar is a medium-duty truck produced by Navistar International. First produced in 2002, it is the successor to the 4000 Series of the 1990s. I bought this one at diecastmodelswholesale.com .
I started out with the 1/24 Jada die cast truck. I took it totally apart to repaint and detail. This is how it looked right out of the box:
This is the finished model:
I had the decals custom made.
This shows the size difference between the medium duty Durastar and the bigger Lonestar (same scale):
The Couzinet 70 was a 1930s French three-engined commercial monoplane built by Société des Avions René Couzinet founded by René Couzinet. The Couzinet 70 was developed originally as a mail plane for use of Aéropostale's South Atlantic service. The aircraft was a low-wing monoplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear. The aircraft was powered by three Hispano-Suiza 12Nb inline piston engines. The two wing mounted engines could be accessed in flight through tunnels in the wing. After route-proving in 1933 the aircraft was modified and re-designated the Couzinet 71 and entered service with Aéropostale in May 1934. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Depending on the time frame looked at the aircraft may have been a natural metal, silver, white or linen color. I can find "expert opinion" that states all 4.
This is the old Heller kit that was re-boxed as a Buzco kit. It was not an easy build as most of the joins were pretty rough and needed a lot of sanding and putty. The clear parts didn't fit the openings and were not used. The windows were masked from the inside with Scotch tape. After painting the tape was poked out and pulled out with tweezers. Testors clear glue was used to make new windows.
The decals were old and despite being sprayed with decals sealer before using fell apart. They were pieced together as best as I could. The size actually works out to about 1/76 scale.
The Shelby is a higher performance variant of the Ford Mustang. The Shelby nameplate was revived in 2007 for new high performance versions of the Mustang but this time designed and built by Ford at Ford Plants.
I must be in a Mustang mood. I bought this Shelby 500KR built and have spent the past week adding some extra detailing and wax.
Just a shot to compare the front ends on the older Mustang (left) and the 2015 Mustang (right).