Thursday, November 18, 2010

Showa Volkswagen Beetle and a :40 scale friction VW

The original toy with original box, photo taken from the web.

Hello my cyber friends!  I've been busy the past few week hunting for vintage stuff and i bagged a few from Tokyo.  Those hauls are another story and I'll start with my vintage  VW tin toy.

I got these tin toys  last year and I never had the chance to photograph them because they went straight to my showcase.  It was a gift from Technophobia last Christmas 2009.  I believe these toys were his for a very long time and he gave them to me to add to my growing vintage collection.

I'd love to tell more stories about these awesome vintage toys but for now I'll let the toys do the talking.  I hope you guys like it the way I love them.

Viva vintage!

Blue  VW tin toy in 1:40 scale, still in very good condition.

Comments are always welcome and I am still looking for info regarding the small 1:40 scale friction tin toy.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

DRAGBUS! Tomica Dandy Volkswagen VW Transporter, Made in Japan

A lot of Hotwheels collectors are into the Dragbus craze and I am just wondering if this Tomica Dandy VW bus was the first one to equip a wing on a VW bus.  Could this be the precursor of the Dragbus?  I wonder which one came first.  This Dandy is a vintage made in Japan specimen in perfect condition.  I got it sealed with a tape and I was the very first one after the factory to open it.  This baby could be at least 20 years old.  This model is really old but is still very mint condition.  Even the rubber band is original that holds the 2 bikes on top of the roof.

Let me know what you think guys!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Mitsubishi Pajero by Diapet Yonezawa Collection, Part 2

Hello guys!

After a few days of rest, I can finally upload some more Pajero pics as promised.  These are a few more of my Pajeros and more are coming soon.

Thanks for checking out my site!

By the way, the scale is close to 1:40 if case you guys are wondering.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My Singapore Formula One 2010 Experience

I've been dreaming of one day going to Europe and watch the Formula one live in the stands with the legendary Michael Schumacher on the podium and raising his trophy.  That dream was from the recent past and no longer a dream.  Ferrari won but not under the wings of MSC but from a great Spanish driver Fernando Alonso.  The race was not even in Europe but in beautiful Singapore.

My dream became reality when I saw MSC,  Webber, Alonso, Kubica, Massa and Hamilton racing past each other  three meters away from where I was standing.

I've always wondered how it feels to be in the stands cheering the drivers as they blaze through   and see them blur away with the heavenly aural symphony of their F1 engines roaring past me.

Here are some of the pictures I took and I hope you like them.

I think I am now in love with F1!

More pics soon!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mitsubishi Pajero Collection, Part 1

I've been collecting Pajeros and I only buy the castings that I like, which means the old ones.   I'll start with the Diapets.  I love these models especially the ADVAN versions.

Diapet 1;43 scale.  

Diapet with a Tomica Pajero version

Beauty shots

The Tomica

Tomica and Norev in 43 scale

I'd like to write more but as always, I'll let the models do the talking.  I hope you guys like 'em!  More to come in the coming days.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ferrari Pininfarina Mythos. Hand built. White metal. 43 scale


Every serious collector I know  have  at least one Ferrari die-cast.  Ferrari die-casts are always in demand all over the world from little kids to adult collectors like us.  Some have hundreds of tiny Hotwheels and some have dozens of Kyoshos and BBRs.  I've got a few Ferrari BBRs in 43 scale and a few Kyoshos in 18 scale, a few other eclectic mix of 43 scale Ferraris.  If I have to let go all my Ferraris and only choose one, I'll be keeping this baby.

My 25th Anniversary Diapet Yonezawa Ferrari Mythos.  This model does not come in a fancy box, just a carton and two pieces of hand cut styro to keep it from moving in the box.  The model itself has no opening part, no suspension, no fancy paint and the craftsmanship is  akin to a diecast made from the 1950s. 

Why do I like it so much?  I really can't explain it but maybe because I know that a real person has painstakingly detailed this die-cast by hand.  Maybe because I like the way it feels when I hold it, knowing it is made from a solid block of white metal.  The Ferrari Pininfarina Mythos ain't even popular and maybe even unknown to some.  I like it maybe because I know that very few people would appreciate it and I am the only one crazy enough to buy it.

Well, enough of my story and here is my low tech Ferrari.

Hope you guys like it.  Feedback is always appreciated.

Salamat Po!

Thank you!

Below in the box are the two uninstalled wings.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Handbuilt Kawabatakikaku J43 Toyota Crown

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I've always been a fan of these hand built J43 models from Japan.  I looking at them because of its beauty knowing that these diecast are works of art.  This model was hand built in Japan and it does carry a premium price for a 1:43 model.  I do have some BBRs and the detail of these cars are awesome but the sparse detailing of this Kawabatakikaku makes it more special.  Sometimes less is more.  One more thing I love about this model is the weight, for me it seems to weigh as much as a small 1:18 cars with the weight packed in such a small scale.  The only plastic component in the construction is the windshield.  The rubber too is the other non metal component of the car.

My cyber friends, check out my J-43 Kawabatakikaku Toyota Crown.

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Comments and feedbacks are always appreciated.