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Hour Rule: Embrace the Darkness Hour Rule: Embrace the Darkness

I tend to stay away from black models. Mainly because I’m not a fan of black cars, but also because they are a pain to photograph. So shooting a pair of black cars on a black background is not how I would normally choose to spend a Sunday night. But avoiding the problem isn’t gonna fix it. Maybe I should just embrace…

Diecast After Dark: AUTOart Koenigsegg One:1 Diecast After Dark: AUTOart Koenigsegg One:1

Got bored the last night and decided I’d try to work on my photography skills in my quest to not be a photographer. The model is AUTOart’s fabulous and imperfect Koenigsegg One:1. Part of their composite line, it is their first ‘Egg to be made in the material. Despite the sometimes finicky process of getting all the…

Rising Sunday: You Bought A What? Rising Sunday: You Bought A What?

A Camry? You bought a freaking Camry? The car for which the word beige was invented? YES! Call me goofy (don’t worry, Mrs. Coupe does it all the time), but I will buy models of cars I would never actually want to own or drive. In the real world, I lust after exotic sports cars and big bruiser executive saloons just…

Teutonic Tuesday: Keng Fai Audi RS7 Teutonic Tuesday: Keng Fai Audi RS7

Happy New Year! For my first post of the year, I present what was my most anticipated model of last year. No, it wasn’t some super pricey or rare model, nor was it some long-wanted grail. But it was long-wanted in a way. If you are a fan of Hyundai and Kia models, you are probably aware of Korean model maker…

'Murica Monday: AUTOart Chevrolet Corvette C6R 'Murica Monday: AUTOart Chevrolet Corvette C6R

Pretty early on in this hobby, I established a rule that I would not collect race cars. Not because I didn’t like them, but I saw that I would need to try and limit myself some kind of way. There were 2 exceptions though, the Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvette. So when AUTOart released their Corvette C6.R, it…

Pillarless Coupe's 2018 Top Ten Pillarless Coupe's 2018 Top Ten

Boy was this list difficult to put together. After the initial list of favs was compiled, I quickly got it down to a baker’s dozen. A little thought and two more fall off. Then I stayed stuck at 11 for what seemed like forever, and even now I’m second guessing my selection. So let’s get at it before I change my mind.…

'Murica Monday: Cognitive Dissonance 'Murica Monday: Cognitive Dissonance

Per the Great Gazoo google, cognitive dissonance is described as “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.” What does this have to do with models you say? Well, I grew up in the Midwest during the Malaise Era. And so while I…

Rising Sunday: Kyosho Lexus GS-F Rising Sunday: Kyosho Lexus GS-F

Introduced to the world at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2011, the L10-platform Lexus GS was the 4th generation of the company’s mid-sizer intended to compete with BMW’s 5-series and Mercedes’ E-class in the sport/luxury sedan segment. However, it wasn’t until the release of the GS-F model in 2016, that the GS fully…

Teutonic Tuesday By Way of Shanghai: VW Phideon Teutonic Tuesday By Way of Shanghai: VW Phideon

There are a number of advantages to global auto manufacturing. But there are disadvantages as well, one of which is determining a cars “nationality”. Is a Toyota built in Kentucky American or Japanese? Or is a Volkswagen that is built and sold in China German or Chinese? Well, since I can’t find any alliteration to go…

Wagon Wednesday: Ottomobile VW Passat R36 Variant Wagon Wednesday: Ottomobile VW Passat R36 Variant

I have a love/hate relationship with resin models. I hate them because I want my cars to open, but I love them because cars that typically will never see the light of day in diecast are often made in resin. One such example is this Volkswagen Passat R36 wagon. Otto initially released this model in my favorite color,…

RennSport 996 Appreciation Day 7: The Track Stars RennSport 996 Appreciation Day 7: The Track Stars

Welcome to day 7 of 996 Appreciation Week. Yesterday’s cars, the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, are the track ready cars of the 911 lineup. But what do you get when you want a track only car? You get the 911 GT3 R and GT3 RSR. Despite their track only status, these are not some tube frame cars with a 911 silhouette body, these…

RennSport 996 Apreciation Day 6: Track Day Bro RennSport 996 Apreciation Day 6: Track Day Bro

The 996 takeover continues. Today I have for you the track-ready cars of the 996 series, the GT3 and the GT3 RS. The cars represented here are the Mk II versions both for Porsche and AUTOart. Unlike all the other AUTOart 996s I’ve shown thus far, these 2 models have door glass and contemporary door hinges as their…

RennSport 996 Appreciation Day 5: The Turbos RennSport 996 Appreciation Day 5: The Turbos

Day 5 and we have a pair of fraternal twins that you’ve already seen once this week when Dear Leader Androoo posted them. But I’m trying to solidify my position within the 996 Appreciation Society so here they go again. As the post title indicates, these are the turbocharged cars; the aptly named Turbo and the GT2,…

996 Appreciation Week: Day 4 996 Appreciation Week: Day 4

Wow! We’re already 4 days into 996 Appreciation Week. 7 days just isn’t enough to show the 996 the love it deserves, so I’m going to have to pack them in going forward. For Day 4 we have a quartet of 996s from AUTOart and Maisto, all in Mk II guise. These 4 are featured today as they are the “basic” 911 models…

Rennsport Reunion 996 Appreciation Week: Day 3 Rennsport Reunion 996 Appreciation Week: Day 3

Welcome to the 996 Takeover. Our Dear Leader Androoo started out the week, but has already run out of cars (hmmm). As I need to prove my bonafides to the 996 cause in order to join his illustrious society, I’m gonna take over starting with this pair of UT 996 cabrios.

RennSport Battle: 997 911 GT3 RS 4.0, AUTOart v. Bburago RennSport Battle: 997 911 GT3 RS 4.0, AUTOart v. Bburago

Let’s get my introductory post to RennSport week started with something we haven’t had in some time; a Battle. And for this battle, we have 2 997 911 GT3 RS 4.0s from Bburago and AUTOart. Longtime LaLD-ers will probably remember the 997 Carrera S battle I did with Maisto and AUTOart and wonder what’s the difference…

It's 9:11. Do You Know Where Your RS Models Are? It's 9:11. Do You Know Where Your RS Models Are?

Mine are just chillin’, waiting for next week.

Hour Rule: Family Reunion Hour Rule: Family Reunion

You could even call it a Rennsport Reunion.

Diecasts After Dark: BMW Z8 or AMG GTC?  Diecasts After Dark: BMW Z8 or AMG GTC? 

Summer is officially here. And so is the 1st heat wave of the summer. But one good thing about unbearably hot days is that you get some pretty nice nights. Which is a perfect time to drop the top and ride off into the sunset. You have a choice of German 2-seaters for your ride; the now classic BMW Z8 or the possible…

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