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Below Expectations: Maisto 2009 Ducati Desmosedici GP9

The Ducati Corse team had many reasons to look forward to the 2009 Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) season. Their lead rider for the Ducati Marlboro racing team was Australian Casey Stoner, who obtained Ducati’s first MotoGP World Championship title in 2007. Partnering with Stoner was the 2006 MotoGP World Champion, Nicky Hayden, who was nicknamed “The Kentucky Kid”. The two ...

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Early Wasps: Maisto 1946 Vespa 98 and 1953 Vespa 125 U

When Piaggio Aircraft, the Italian helicopter factory was closed by the Allied Forces after the end of World War II, owner Enrico Piaggio was driven to produce a motor-scooter to provide affordable transportation for the masses. He wasn’t too thrilled with their first product, the 1945 Piaggio MP5, which was nicknamed “Paperino”, so his engineers went back to the drawing ...

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Not a “Little Bastard”: Maisto 1955 Porsche 550A Spyder

The iconic 1953-56 Porsche 550 Spyder is often associated with the late American actor and Hollywood icon James Dean. It seems that glamour, speed and danger are part of the racing sports car’s mystique. For the benefit of those who are not in the know, the Porsche 550 is a mid-engine car with an air-cooled horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine. It followed ...

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More Power for the Plastic Fantastic: Bburago and Maisto 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

To continue our story from yesterday’s Miniature Wheels feature about Chevrolet’s Plastic Fantastic, we leave our 6-cylinder 150-horsepower Pennant Blue 1954 Corvette behind and go over to our V8-powered 290 hp Venetian Red 1957 Corvette. As we mentioned yesterday, these “solid-axle” Corvettes are first-generation cars (C1) that debuted as a roadster in 1953 and underwent several upgrades, starting with a ...

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First-Generation Plastic Fantastic: ERTL 1954 Chevrolet Corvette

In 1951, Harley Earl, the head of General Motors’ Styling Section convinced his bosses at GM to build an all-American two-seat sports car. As avid fan of sporting cars, Earl observed that soldiers returning after serving overseas following World War II were bringing home small European sports cars. Earl’s Special Projects crew began working on the new car under the ...

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The Very First Production Porsche: Maisto 1948 Porsche Type 356-001

From 1945 to 1947, Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche had the difficult task of steering the small fledging company founded by his father, Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche, who was imprisoned by the Allied forces on December 15, 1945 for alleged war crimes. At the same time, Ferry, as the younger Porsche was known, was working on a new two-seat sports car ...

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Groovy, Baby! Sports Cars from the Late Sixties

What is it about the Sixties that some people find so groovy? Besides the outrageous parties, psychedelic clothing, and the phenomenal growth of rock and roll, the ’60s were also the era of iconic automobiles. In our modest collection of scale model cars, I found three miniature sports cars that were born in the late 1960’s and eventually became icons ...

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Mini Ninja: Maisto 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R debuted in 2004 as a compact, short wheelbase liter bike with a high power-to-weight ratio and handling that can rival a 600cc sport bike. After a successful three-year run, the ZX-10R underwent a drastic aesthetic change in 2008, and then underwent a major mechanical and styling overhaul in 2011. In 2013, Tom Sykes became the first ...

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Achieving Perfection on Every Scale: 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in 1:8 Scale

One of the founders of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Sir Henry Royce once said, “Small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing”. It is in this vein that Rolls-Royce presents perfect 1:8 scale models of the Cullinan, the marque’s stellar SUV. As daily motoring pleasures have been curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some other of life’s little ...

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Desirable Collector Car: ERTL 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

While watching the first John Wick movie where Keanu Reeves’ titular character went after and killed the young Russian mobsters who killed his dog and took his black 1969 Ford Mustang, I overheard a comment from the group of young people watching in the row behind us: “I don’t get it – all that carnage for a dog and an ...

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