Model Car Kits Posts

Outcast Plastic Modelers’ “Mile High Open” Brings the Party to Denver’s Model Car Shows

Outcast Plastic Modelers’ “Mile High Open” Brings the Party to Denver’s Model Car Shows

  The Mile High Open isn’t just a modeler’s paradise…it’s a downright great time. “We wanted to put on a show that felt more like a party than just people standing around,” said Outcast Plastic Modelers founding member Chris Bell. “We wanted to truly celebrate the talent and passion of the local modeling community.” Outcast […]

Vintage Model Toy Kit Illustrations from Artist and Designer Matteline67

Vintage Model Toy Kit Illustrations from Artist and Designer Matteline67
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Matthew Teevan

I have been creating artwork for imaginary model kits that I wish had been available when I was growing up. So in some cases there is a kit available now. But where was it in 1977 when 10-year-old me really needed it? Ha! Wherever possible I have matched the aspect ratio of my box top […]

Building the 2nd Generation Ukrainian Antartic Snow Cruiser the Kharkovchanka 2

Building the 2nd Generation Ukrainian Antartic Snow Cruiser the Kharkovchanka 2
Maurizio Laudisa

Some of my best modelling inspiration comes from articles, photos, or videos depicting unusual and interesting vehicles and events with storied backgrounds. Such is the subject of this build, an enormous off-road vehicle, or snow cruiser, purpose-built for moving people and supplies across Antarctica and the South Pole. I first discovered it on a YouTube […]

Veteran Collector and Builder Ed Davis and Decades of Model Cars, Planes and More!

Veteran Collector and Builder Ed Davis and Decades of Model Cars, Planes and More!
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Ed Davis

My name is Ed Davis. I have been collecting or building model cars, airplanes, trains, and military vehicles for many years, actually several decades. My 10 favorite models cover a diverse set of model types and scales. The following photo shows some of my 1/64 scale train layout, and a wall-mounted shelf with 1/43 scale […]

Airfix Expert Peter Allen: A Question of Scale

Airfix Expert Peter Allen: A Question of Scale

This is the first in a series of articles about the history of Airfix by hobbyDB Advisory Council member and life-long Airfix expert Arthur Ward. This one is an introduction to Peter Allen and an article by Peter called “A Question of Scale”. I’ve known Peter Allen for nearly thirty-five years. We first met when […]

Elva is Newest/Oldest Official Archive on hobbyDB

Elva is Newest/Oldest Official Archive on hobbyDB

Elva, a British Sports and Racing Car manufacturer, is the latest Official Archive to appear on hobbyDB.  This Archive is a little different, though, as the company’s last car was produced almost fifty years ago. But the Elva name lives on under the tutelage of Roger Dunbar (a.k.a.. ElvaRacingRoger), who is currently reviving the name […]

Challenger Joe Has a Great Store and a Cool Story

Challenger Joe is one of the newest sellers on hobbyDB, and his hobby DB store is a bit different. So is his story. Challenger Joe (Joe Rothpearl, but he prefers to just use the nickname online) is a car guy… he likes all kinds of interesting rides, but you can probably guess his favorite, right? Yeah, […]

ABC Brianza Teams Shows Off its Archives on hobbyDB

ABC Brianza Teams Shows Off its Archives on hobbyDB

ABC Brianza is the latest company to host its online archives at hobbyDB. Their niche is high-quality, low-volume models of cars that few other companies are making. Scales range from 1:43 to 1:10, made of resin with white metal details and photo-etched details. The company started in 1973 with hand-built models by Carlo Brianza. “He […]

Math, Science, Randomness: The Origins of Model Scales

Math, Science, Randomness: The Origins of Model Scales

One of the key attributes of collectible vehicles is the scale in which they are reproduced. Most collectors know about 1/64 scale cars, such as Hot Wheels, as well as other popular sizes such as 1/18 and 1/43. But have you ever thought about HOW and WHY these particular model scales became the standards in their […]

Ten Model Car Brands With Unusual Histories

Ten Model Car Brands With Unusual Histories

Anyone who’s collected model cars for any amount of time has become acquainted with the major diecast brands as well as some of the small-market, niche-oriented companies. There are a lot of older brands that have gone by the wayside, or have been bought and sold so many times you aren’t sure who they are […]

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