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Rally ‘Round these Hot Hatch Models

Over the past two years, we’ve contributed articles to Die CastX magazine for publication on their website and in their quarterly print edition. We hope you enjoy this story about the miniature versions of a couple of pioneering hatchbacks.


Sun Star Ford Escort Kyosho Lancia

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

Not long after the invention of the automobile, someone figured out that stuffing a bigger engine into a smaller car would make that car exponentially more fun. One modern variation on this concept is the Hot Hatch , transforming pedestrian hatchbacks into screaming rally cars. Add a turbo, tweak the suspension, strip out heavy options, and add a body kit, and you’re in business. From early Mini and Fiat 500 rally cars to the modern Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, these cars offered crazy factory performance on a relative budget. If you lived in Europe in the late 80’s to mid 90’s, you may have seen examples of these two: The Lancia Delta Integrale and the Ford Escort MkIII XR3. Here are a couple of 1/18 of these cars to consider.

The Lancia model shown here is from Kyosho, so you know you’re in for some insane levels of detail. The bright yellow exterior is offset by lots of separately cast details, such as the black door handles (which themselves features tiny chrome keyholes), badges, turn signal repeaters and so on. Every little badge is legible. Heck, there’s even a tiny loop under the rear bumper, the designated hook for pulling the car our of a ditch when you hoon it just a bit too hard on a dirt road in the country.

Kyosho LanciaThe opening parts are hard to access, as the panel gaps are precise and tiny. When you open that rear hatch, (marvel at the defroster detail before you do) there is a movable cargo cover, showing the donut spare tire. In a rare feat of miniature engineering, all four doors open, and are sprung so they snaps securely shut. The interior is sparsely appointed like the original, but what’s there is impressive: flocked seats, red buttons on the seatbelt retainers, and readable gauges.

Kyosho LanciaUnder the hood (it’s hinged at the front, by the way) the engine detail is remarkably well done, with flexible wiring harness, readable warning labels, and a structural support beam connecting the fenders. The whole car feels tight and precisely engineered.

Sun Star Ford EscortThe Ford, from Sun Star, is also well done, especially considering the original price of the model was about half that of the Kyosho car (about $40 vs. $100). The paint is chalky yellow hue (Subaru offered a similar color on the WRX). Like the Lancia, there are gobs of separate black plastic bits, including mudflaps and bumper parts, giving it that signature ‘80s-on-a-budget look.

Sun Star Ford EscortAlso like the other model, it features the moving cargo cover in the back, as well as even more detailed seatbelt clips and gauges. The seats are rendered to represent vinyl, striped in two hues of gray. Underhood, engine detail is about what you would expect, but Sunstar took care in replicating the tiny, hidden sheet metal details like weld spots in fenders, something you never see in a model at any price.

Both cars have working suspension, and have all windows rolled up, which is kind of unusual (it also makes it hard to open the doors). The different sheens from paint, chrome, flat plastic lend an extra air of realism to both cars. There aren’t a lot of models of these cars made in any scale, so if hot hatches are your thing, grab these two.

Sun Star Ford Escort Kyosho Lancia

Shelby American Collection Opens Shop at hobbyDB

Of all the amazing things to experience in Boulder, Colorado – the mountains, the food, hobbyDB’s headquarters – one of the very best is the Shelby American Collection. If you’ve never been to this museum, you’re only missing out on the most incredible collection of Cobra, Shelby Mustang, and Ford GT40 cars that changed the face of auto racing in the 1960s. 

Shelby American Collection Boulder Colorado

carroll shelby for president bumper sticker

hobbyDB is proud to join forces with the museum to help document their collection and also to operate the only official online store to offer exclusive items for sale. “Teaming up with hobbyDB will bring the museum new exposure and help Shelby fans and collectors get their hands on museum apparel, books and our collection of Shelby American Collection produced posters,” said Steve Volk, President of the museum. The Shelby American Collection has produced apparel, an annual range of very collectible limited run posters with historic racing photos and books about the production cars you wish you could own, and bumper stickers in case you do have an appropriate car in your garage. Proceeds from the sales help maintain the museum.

Shelby 50th anniversary poster

The collection includes rare production cars, race cars, prototypes, and one of a kind car parts. If the cars themselves weren’t enough of an attraction, the array of memorabilia surrounding them is also mind blowing. Models of all kinds of Shelby cars, art, advertisements, trophies… you name it, it’s there. There are also exhibits highlighting other pioneers of 1960s racing and design including Carroll Shelby, of course, but also Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford.

Shelby Cars in Detail museum book

The Shelby American Collection operates as a not-for-profit organization and is open only on Saturdays.

Mustang Collectors Contest

Welcome to the Mustang Collector’s Contest!

We host the hobbyDB collector’s contests to bring collectors from different collecting communities together to share their knowledge and expertise. The ultimate goal is for hobbyDB project members from all categories to catalog every collectible ever made. This contest is for Muscle Machines Maniacs and Ford Mustang Fanatics. The Original Muscle Machines have graciously donated four autographed models with signed design sheets to help the project.

hobbyDB catalog users have already added 1,680 Original Muscle Machines diecast models to the catalog! With  781 Mustang collectibles currently in the catalog, we’re off to a good start there as well. The goal of this contest is to complete the goal of cataloging every Muscle Machines model ever made and get a huge boost on the Mustang collection. Thanks in advance for your help in building the catalog!

Good Luck!

The hobbyDB team.

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Prizes —

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HD 2-pack


Autographed Original Muscle Machines 2 Pack (’69 Ford Mustang/’64 Ford Thunderbolt) & design sheet signed by the Jody Bonham


Prize for:

  • Ford Mustang Fanatics Raffle
  • Muscle Machines Maniacs Raffle
  • Largest Original Muscle Machines Collection[/box]

 

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Build Ups


Autographed Original Muscle Machines ’69 Ford Mustang Build-Up & design sheet signed by the designer


Prize for:

Largest Mustang Collection [/box]

 

Contests


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Raffle Contests

You can earn entries to the raffle contests by adding items to the collection. There will be 2 drawings. One for Muscle Machines or Maisto collectibles and another for Mustang, Ford, and Shelby memorabilia. Entries are determined as follows:

Muscle Machines Maniacs*:

Original Muscle Machines added = 2 entries

Maisto International model added = 1 entry

Ford Mustang Fanatics:

Mustang item added — 2 entries

Ford or Shelby item added = 1 entry  [/box]

Ready to go?


 Or check out what’s already entered in the catalog:

Ford-Collection

Muscle-Machines-Collection

 

Contest begins at 12:00 AM EST January 19, 2015 and ends at 12:00 AM EST February 2nd, 2015. All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Contest Period. A winner will be selected at random for each of the raffle competitions. The winners will be announced by February 2nd, 2015 on or about noon EST. 
PRIZES — Three Original Muscle Machines ’69 Ford Mustang/’64 Ford Thunderbird HD 2 Packs — One Original Muscle Machines ’69 Mustang Build-Up. Winner will receive the allotted prize within 30 days of notification. An announcement that an entrant will be receiving a prize will be sent to the email address supplied on the potential prize winner’s user account. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his or her email account for notification and receipt or other communications related to this contest. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by hobbyDB within fifteen (15) days using the contact information provided at the time of entry, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. Prize donations from The Original Muscle Machines shall not in any way signify that they are an official partner or sponsor of the contest.