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  • HotWheels — Best of 2019

    HotWheels — Best of 2019

  • MiniGT Honda Civic Type R FK8

    Malaysia, despite being car crazy and sporting a healthy tuner lifestyle, is surprisingly low on the scale of places where you can pick up a good die-cast. I did manage, though, and walked away from BMW’s M-Track Days 2019 (story above) with a MiniGT Honda Civic, hastily purchased from the duty free shops at the KL airport.

  • 1:18 McLaren F1 GTR by UT Models

    Every generation has their decade specific car for the bedroom wall poster. The 80s favoured the Countach with a plethora of bikini clad women. The 90s saw the real king of hypercars emerge: the McLaren F1.

  • The melancholia of 1:32 scale

    Ahh, 1:32 scale. For many of us, our first few steps into die-cast collection was not through 1:64s, but through the much more affordable-per-inch 1:32 scale. As children, these 1:32 scale models, almost all of them with a pullback option that allowed us the fantasy of “driving” them across tabletops, carpets and tiles, were precious and significant.

  • KK Diecast VW Type I and the case for closed shell diecasts

    A recent thread on the Die-cast Car Collectors Club Bangladesh group on Facebook had a discussion on the pros and cons of closed shell

  • All the Initial D Truenos

    If you’re a fan of Initial D, you will want at least one model car sitting on your desk. The simplest and relatively inexpensive is the Dream Tomica AE86 Trueno.

  • 1:12 Aoshima Honda CB750F

    I am not a bike person. I don’t really know how to ride one, I was never very well versed on things on four wheels, plus every ride on a

  • 1973 911 RS 1:18 from Welly

    The 73 911 RS (Rennsport or ‘racing sport’) is considered by collectors to be one of the hottest classic Porsches ever. The 207

  • Porsche 964 3.8 RS by Atlas

    Gorgeous is an understatement. The Porsche 964 is possibly one of the coolest, most lust worthy 911 ever made. Yes, you will possibly

  • Resination - GT Spirit Porsche RWB

    Resin is the bane of most scale model collectors’ existence. It’s a lesson I learned the hard way. Within a day of owning my first resin

  • DCCCB Meet 5

    Who knew scale model collectors were so passionate about what they do? On Friday, 8th March 2019, the members of Dhaka's biggest

  • Desktop Rally

    The highlight this week are the rally cars we want to have but can't. 1:43 has the widest collection of the most notable rally cars on earth.

  • LEGO’S awesome new kits

    LEGO isn't just for kids. Everyone knows that. If someone tells you they are, tell them they're the children for not realising that LEGO kits are precision engineering tools that allow you to build whatever your heart desires. For auto enthusiasts, LEGOs are an easy entry point to building and experimenting with four-wheeled machines, allowing you to customise, at least to a degree, on the fly.

  • TLVN CTR – worth the premium?

    There's high end 1/64s and then there's Tomica Limited Neo Vintage 1/64s. Forget the Greenlights and Auto Worlds and rubber tyre Hot Wheels, TLVN is in a class of its own in the number of details they can pack into something that barely goes over two inches.

  • 69 Charger from Autoworld

    The second generation Dodge Charger is by far the most bad-ass car to grace the movie screen. Bullitt, Fast and the Furious, Blade and Ghost Rider all preferred the obnoxiously loud muscle car as their ride of choice.

  • Road Signature – fine(ish) models

    If you can't really afford the crazy high-end makers of 1/18 models like Autoart, Kyosho and ERTL, there's a cheaper option that gives

  • Scale Bandits

    Some cars start off famous for handling, looks or for catching on fire without any reason. Others go on to star in movies and become legends. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am did it several times. Once as Knight Rider and before that, as Burt Reynolds' trusty sidekick in

  • Bangladeshi Ducati

    A Ducati 900 Monster. Made by Atlas, made in Bangladesh. Yep, That's right. These scale models are now made in Bangladesh, then sent abroad, then someone buys them with taxes and brings them back here. Why not sold here? Not a big enough market.

  • Made in Bangladesh pride - 1/18 Subaru Impreza

    When you think of things made in Bangladesh, your mind no doubt reverts to plastic “chairman” chairs, plastic buckets, plastic mugs and generally things made of plastic. So when you come across a high-end, albeit closed shell, 1/18 scale model made from die-cast metal, it's bound to be a source of pride.

  • Latest from Matchbox

    Matchbox has always been known for rather realistic castings that are true to stock designs. In comparison Hot Wheels veered towards custom tweaks and oddly proportioned cartoon cars.

  • Toycon 2018

    From a giant Lego model of Bangladesh’s National Parliament Building to oversized “miniatures” of Batmobiles, this year’s Toycon had

  • Jada does JDM right

    Jada have swooped heavily into the ever growing JDM fascination with the recently released Skyline 2000 GTR and the Honda NSX.

  • 'Boot-ylicious' scale model meet - Dhaka Motor Show 2018

    A car meet where instead of the engine bay, the trunk was open. Boot, as we Bangladeshis call it. 'Back-dalla', even. It was an unusual gathering of people furtively peering in the open trunks and hatches of parked cars. A lowered Corolla with miniature Hot Wheels stashed into the trunk, open for a seemingly shady trade. A VW Beetle displaying a few custom miniature Beetles, except the front end was open. There was a 3rd gen, bright red Subaru Impreza

  • Let's build kit cars

    Kits are not for everyone. But they help create unique pieces fit for a one-off collection.

  • FD RX7 and Honda City Turbo: 2017s HotWheels JDM invasion

    It has been a few revolutionary years at Mattel's Hot Wheels as the designers have started dishing out JDM pop culture

  • Gt40 MKIV by Shelby Collectibles

    Why is the 1967 GT40 so special for classic racecar collectors? It was the first GT40 to have a NASCAR style steel tube

  • 1998 Lotus Esprit V8 Turbo by Autoart

    Lotus always made fun, quirky, light and fast cars. They weren't always known for their reliability though, earning the

  • Sunstar Subaru Impreza 555

    We have heard of Bburago and Maisto as the preferred budget model car manufacturers. Kyosho and Autoart sit

  • Toycon 2017 - first of its kind

    While the rest of Toycon was largely devoted to people selling their wares (everything from posters to action figures

  • TVR Collectibles

    TVRs are the dragon equivalent of cars. They simply shouldn't exist because they are built around an implausible idea of fire and fantasy. And yet, TVR lived, on and off. It offered crazy designs, pointless horsepower and occasional glorious bouts of fiery display. This is the perfect manly car. So what do we have of it in scale models?