Official Archive Posts

Laudoracing Models Sets Up Shop at hobbyDB

laudoracing panda rallyWhen you first discover Laudoracing-Models, you’re likely to assume the company is from Italy. After all, most of their models are based on Alfa RomeosFiats and other Italian marques, and even their name sounds Italian. Non, monsieur, they are a French company. Either way, we’re proud to announce that Laudoracing has set up a store on hobbyDB and has also added their complete, Official Archive to our database. Since the information comes straight from the source, you know it’ll be accurate and complete.

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Laudoracing offers a wide range of resin cast 1:18 models, with beautiful finishes and incredibly detailed interiors. Quite a bit of the detail is hand painted, but with such accuracy that it’s hard to spot. On top of that, they then add crisply printed decals for things such as badges and gauges. One point of pride for the company is that they try to make cars that have never been offered in that scale.

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laudoracing alfa 75In some cases, it might be just a particular, rare version of a real car that is similar to, yet so much rarer or desirable than a more common car in the real world. Many of their models are available decked out for racing with additional equipment mods and special livery. Often you can even tell what specific race the car appeared in based on sponsor decals and other subtle clues. A few of the rally cars are even available spattered in mud like this Fiat Uno. Not everything they do is based on Italian marques, of course… Take this SEAT 850 Especial (although it’s basically a Fiat built for Spain.)

Laudoracing works closely with the original manufacturers, using their photos and original design drawings to generate 3-D computer renderings of the cars. From there, everything is painted and assembled by hand. Or, if you prefer, they also offer a series of resin kits in scales ranging from 1/24 to 1/18, such as this Alfa 75 model.

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Some spare parts are available separately, such as weather stripping and window trim for certain cars, which is an incredible labor of love. There’s also a series of aftermarket wheel and tire sets that could be used to modify cars from other model companies.

laudoracing abart 1400Production of their is very limited, usually no more than 500 pieces, sometimes as low as 50 copies. Considering the amount of hand assembly and detailing, it would be impossible to make more than that in some cases. Laudoracing likes to listen to customers for suggestions, and will even consider making a model of your own car if it fits their mix.

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Rocky Mountain Diecast Club Archives now on hobbyDB

Rocky Mountain Diecast ClubThe Rocky Mountain Diecast Club is now hosting their Official Archive at hobbyDB. Having a collectors club post their history here is the beginning of what we think becomes a big movement in the collecting community.

Consider all the exclusive merchandise a club can generate over time…  special T-shirts, club exclusive cars, publications and newsletters you’ve created over the years. Wouldn’t it be great to put those things in a permanent museum here? Even better, each item is linked to variants and other related items and Subjects in the hobbyDB database, making it easy for club members to do research and for other folks to find you.

According to Kevin Feeley of RMDC, the club has been active for over 20 years, starting as the Rocky Mountain Hot Wheelers, and changing the name recently to be more inclusive of other brands and interests. “We are a group of car enthusiasts that enjoy getting together to discuss and trade, the latest releases, and treasured diecast vehicles of the past, he said.” Meetings have been held in various places around the Denver area, and they currently meet every other month in Boulder at hobbyDB’s headquarters, of all places. It’s a great space for collectors, especially diecast, specifically Hot Wheels.

Rocky Mountain Diecast Club

Kevin Feeley of the Rocky Mountain Diecast Club with a small portion of his collection. The club has produced very limited Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars for events.

In addition to the bi-monthly meets, the club does other events. “Several members attend the annual Nationals, and Hot Wheels Convention each year, Kevin said. “The club sponsored a diecast toy show at the local fairgrounds several years ago that was very well attended.” If you were there, you might have been able to snag some very rare collectibles. The club has produced some limited edition custom models from Hot Wheels and Matchbox to commemorate such club activities.

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A Sizzlers track is part of the Hot Wheels action at a recent club meeting.

The next event is April 15, 2017 at hobbyDB.The club has about a dozen regular members who attend, but they are always looking for more to join them in the hobby. “Everyone is welcome and we would really love to see some new faces at our bi-monthly meetings.  I would also like to thank HobbyDB for all of their help in attempting to expand our club in the Rocky Mountain region!” There’s a simple application and a $20 annual fee to cover the club’s basic expenses like their summer picnic.

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The RMDC visited the Shelby American Collection in Boulder.

Are you in a diecast collecting club? Or ANY kind of collectors club for that matter? We’d love to have you host your Official Club Archive here on hobbyDB. It’s a great way to publicize the club and promote events, and you might find a lot easier than maintaining an archive on your own site. Contact us and we can help get you started!

Dave Chang of KustomCity Adds Official Archive to hobbyDB

kustomcity dave changThe latest Official Archive on hobbyDB is as much about a diecast model  company as it is about a designer and customizer. Dave Chang has added KustomCity as well as his extensive history to our database, and we couldn’t be more excited!

hot wheels scrape modifiedHe’s worked for Hot Wheels and Muscle Machines over the years, creating wild graphics for a wide range of models. For Hot Wheels, he is best known for the Scrape Modified, a heavily customized 1939 Lincoln coupe, and smaller scale models like the the 2003 Redline Club Drag Bus.

kustomcity evo drag busMore recently, Dave is best known as the mastermind behind the KustomCity Evo Drag Bus series. If you aren’t familiar with these models, imagine if the Hot Wheels Drag bus were crossed with a streamlined steam locomotive. These 1/64 models were designed from the ground up, a totally original take on the modest Volkswagen Bus. The long, sleek, aggressively tapered body work suggests an fiercely fast vehicle designed to do one thing: Go very fast in a straight line.

kustomcity firewagenHowever, on closer inspection, the Evo Dragster is designed for more than that. Besides, the Bus variant, there is a pickup version that has been further tricked out for all kinds of uses. There’s a tow truck model, from the “Big Tow” series. And a fire engine (the “Firewagen”). Actually, there are several versions with built in cargo, such as motorcycles or surf boards (the “Surfwagen”). But who are we kidding here… these things are anything but utilitarian.

kustomcity surfenwagenDave has created an enormous number of different paint schemes including candy chrome hues (aptly named “Over-Chrome”), drab military schemes that defy the word “drab”, and wild murals of crazy graphics. Depsite the limited production numbers, there are even rarer “chase” versions. With their large areas of relatively flat surfaces, the Evo vehicles have been popular with other customizers as well.

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Dave Chang (lower left) and the rest of the original 2009 Diecast Hall of Fame class.

Dave is also a member of the inaugural class of honorees in the Diecast Hall of Fame from 2009, which should come as no surprise. In the almost decade since that honor he hasn’t slowed his roll one bit.

kustomcity evo drag bus

Brumm Becomes Latest Archive Added to hobbyDB

brumm ferarri transporterBrumm, a longtime Italian model vehicle manufacturer, is the latest company to host its archives at hobbyDB.

Brumm has been in the model car business since the early 1970s, making nicely detailed, affordable models in 1:43 scale. As an Italian based company, they’ve understandably placed quite a bit of emphasis on Ferraris, Fiats and Alfa Romeos. However, they’ve also paid a lot of attention to other European marques such as Lotus and Mercedes-Benz.

brumm horse carriage

They started out offering not cars, but horse drawn carriages and steam engines at first. In fact, the name “Brumm” comes from a loose pronunciation of “brougham,” a type of carriage.

brumm ferrari f1

After a few years, they expanded into cars, mostly contemporary, famous race cars from Formula 1 and LeMans. Later offerings would include models of vintage racers, dating back to the 1930s, while they continued to make current cars from the ’70s and 80s. The range also grew to include street vehicles, often quirky ones such as the Fiat 600 Multipla van.

brumm multipla

Instead of mass assembly line production, Brumm models have always been built by hand at their factory. Over the last 25 years or so, Brumm cut back on the number of new releases in favor of more detailed, limited edition offerings. They’ve also focused on creating dioramas that use vintage photographs and artwork to show off their models. The dioramas have in turn spawned a line of figures pit crew and other track personnel, which can be used to enhance any brand of models.

brumm porsche

Brumm’s own website focuses on their later models, but they generously provided hobbyDB with a complete history of their production to put on display here. With their long history versus the current production, it’s safe to say that the Brumm archive on hobbyDB is by far the most complete information you will find about these models anywhere online.

brumm fiat assembly line

Model Auto Review Archives Up and Running at hobbyDB

MAR Model Auto ReviewThe publishers of Model Auto Review magazine are adding their Official Archive to the hobbyDB database. The magazine was published for 31 years as a print edition, and we are working with the current editors to make sure every issue is documented in the database.

Rod and Val Ward published the premiere issue of the magazine in Summer 1982. It started quarterly, with the season and year as the date, and then expanded to a fifth Christmas issue for the next few years. Rod and Val were the owners of Modelauto, a model car shop in Leeds, England. He is also known for his series of books about models and cars. “Rod, the first Editor, set the tone of the magazine in the first issue,” said, Maz Woolley, current MAR Online Editor and Website Manager. “All scales, materials, and eras of model vehicles are covered: model and toy cars, trucks, buses, etc.

In addition to Rod Ward and Maz Woolley, the staff of MAR Online includes Karl Schnelle, US Editor and Website Contributor and Hans-Georg Schmitt, Consultant Editor for Germany. Schenelle has also contributed to hobbyDB as a Curator and Champion.

MAR Model Auto Review

Even though much of the information about each issue can be found on MAR’s own website, by putting it on hobbyDB, content can be linked to information about relevant models, brands, and people. These additional connections make the archive on hobbyDB extra useful.

As a British publication, it makes sense that their biggest readership came from the U.K. “Most readers were from the UK naturally, followed by the American, German, French, Dutch, and Scandinavian readers. Some readers were also from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and Russia.” Exact subscription data isn’t easily available from the early years, but their very active Letters to the Editor section reflects these data.

MAR Model Auto Review

The magazine changed in ways that improved the quality of printing (especially the photography) and frequency reaching 10 issues a year in 1990. The name on the cover became “MAR Model Auto Review for the next decade or so.” Despite these changes, the focus remained the same as in that first issue. “We have followed this guidance through all the iterations of the publication.’ said Maz. “Our purpose has always been to provide information for collectors.”

In the mid 2000s, the most radical change occurred with a new, smaller page size. “Circulation was down to 25% of the 1982 numbers and printing costs were up.  The advantage of the smaller format was easier portability, better color reproductions, and better B&W photos.”

Issue 276, December 2013 marked the final print edition of MAR. From that point, content was released online, still in a monthly format for 2014. Since then, the “MAR Online,” as it is now called, has released articles in a blog format, publishing news as it happens rather than as a monthly collection. The 2014 issues are no longer online in their original form, but most of the content has been compiled in the new format.

MAR Model Auto Review

As for the print edition, the content is gradually being digitized and added to this website. Meanwhile, we have begun adding them to the hobbyDB archives. So far, there are only few early ones missing that images are not available for. If you happen to have any very early issues, MAR and hobbyDB would be thrilled if you could let us know.