Category Archives: Diecast & Model Cars

How to make a Jurassic Park HotWheels Scene for your children

With the current CoronaVirus Lockdown in full swing, we’ve been busy creating fun things at home that are either super cheap of virtually free.

In our house there are an absolute ton of Hotwheels and Matchbox cars, and dinosaurs are never far away… So naturally this happened:

Here we have a Jurassic Park style scene that’s super fun the play with, great as a photo backdrop for cars and super satisfying to make.

How to make a Jurassic Park HotWheels Scene out of Paper Mache:

This is how you do it:

Get a nice, large, flat box. Mine was from Aldi, a fruit crate. Perfect.

Draw out your design and the way you want the land to lie

Find some recycling junk and stick it down to form the rock islands (we used packaging from a laptop!)

Mix up some Paper Mache! 4 parts PVA glue to 1 part water.

Crunch up some newspaper into balls, cover it in the PVA mixture and start to stick it in place

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Cover everything with a good solid layer of PVA mixture

Let it dry, really, really well

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Paint the rock areas in a dark grey

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Paint the road / grass / track areas in green

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Mix up some light brown, and dip some HotWheels (or Matchbox or other) cars in it.

Drive them all around your imaginary routes until you’ve got a nice sandy looking dirt track

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Finally I added a waterfall and a pool… Paint the area you want the water the flow with white paint

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When that’s dry, add a blue top coat. Ours has sparkles in it, so the water shimmers

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Hum the Jurassic Park theme tune and play with your favourite toy T Rex

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Enjoy!

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The cheapest Dodge Viper you’ll ever buy

We just bought a Dodge Viper. Well, three of them actually, from eBay.

Matchbox, dated 1994, in 1:59 scale.

Red with black interior, green with tan interior and yellow with black interior.

Having never seen the green or yellow versions in shops, we figured these were rare and worth buying.

The Dodge Viper is one of those cars that catches the imagination, it’s so outrageous it just had to become an instant hit.

2 seats, 6 gears, 10 cylinders, 8 litres. Superb automotive madness.

Our new Matchbox cars came in at just a tenner.

Much cheaper than a real one, like this one is up for £44,995.

Jaguar XJ220 For Sale

Just 271 Jaguar XJ220s were produced, and although production figures for the 200+ mph British supercar are known, production figures for this gold plated example are not…

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The story goes that Gwilo, a gold plating company, collaborated with Maisto to produce a unique gold plated range of 1:18 scale diecast vehicles. However, midway through the job, money troubles led to their collapse. It’s not clear whether Gwilo were paid for the work.

Information is difficult to come across on the actual amount that Gwilo produced, but they do pop up for sale now and then.

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The Maisto 1:18 scale Jaguar XJ220 is already excellent, and the addition of the gold plating makes this a lovely collectible. Presentation is superb. The car sits on a wooden plinth and has it’s own certificate of registration. A high quality dark green and gold presentation box completes the luxury package.

Overall, this is a superbly executed diecast, rare, unusual, and a must for your collection.

They sell for between £130 and £180

(We have one for sale – contact us for details)

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Hunter S Thompson’s Lamborghini LM002… Found! (Sort of)

It was in Morrisons, in the toy section.

Well, it’s close enough. We blogged a while ago about trying to find Hunter S Thompson’s Lamborghini LM002, and nothing came up. Did he even own it? Possibly not.

Anyway, we found this one, in miniature.

This 1:64 scale Matchbox Lamborghini LM002 is a great little representation of the famous V12 engined 4×4.

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Miniature Motoring: The Porsche Range, in miniature

You’re never too old for diecast cars. You can call them toys, or models, or collectibles, or a hobby, but either way – we still think they’re awesome. We always sneak a cheeky look at the Hotwheels or Matchbox cars in supermarkets or whilst out and about, and have a particular preference for anything Porsche. Here’s a few we’ve rounded up so far:

Porches

Matchbox Porsche Boxster, Hotwheels Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Hotwheels Porsche Cayman, Realtoy Porsche Panamera Turbo

Although I’d normally be a Hotwheels or Matchbox only kinda person, the Realtoy Panamera s actually very good. Overall the shape of it is fantastic, though it needs some bigger profile wheels to really compete with the Hotwheels and Matchbox versions of Porsche cars.

The GT3 and Cayman are fantastic little replicas, and the Matchbox is also a good replication of the real thing.

Hotwheels Porsche 911 964 GT2

Hotwheels Porsche 911 964 GT2

The GT2 is fantastically detailed and sits at the right height, it’s in proportion and we really can’t pick many faults with this incarnation of the 911 from Hotwheels

Matchbox Porsche 911 996 Turbo

Matchbox Porsche 911 996 Turbo

The 911 Turbo (996) from Matchbox is looking a little tired and chipped… I never liked these wheels that Matchbox came out with, and the roofline seems to have taken a knock at some point in it’s life. Not exactly ‘One Careful Owner’!

Matchbox Porsche 911 996 GT3

Matchbox Porsche 911 996 GT3

Matchbox really made up for the 996 with this GT3, it looks accurate in the black and white and the metal spoiler is a neat touch. They got the wheels right this time, too – an area that so many diecast manufacturers screw up on!

Corgi Porsche 911 SC Targa

Corgi Porsche 911 SC Targa

I believe this Corgi Porsche 911 SC Targa actually came in a McDonalds Happy Meal more than 20 years ago, but can’t really remember. All I know is that it’s been knocking around with my various posessions for a very, very long time, hence the missing windscreen and general wear and tear… It’s been trodden on a few times as well, the frame for the rear glass is bent and the rear glass is almost popping out. Still, I’m not throwing it out, because I’ve owned it so long. I kinda like it that way!

Miniature Motoring: Datsun 510 Wagon and 620 Truck

You’re never too old for diecast cars. You can call them toys, or models, or collectibles, or a hobby, but either way – we still think they’re awesome. We always sneak a cheeky look at the Hotwheels or Matchbox cars in supermarkets or whilst out and about, and have a particular preference for anything Porsche. Here’s a few we’ve rounded up so far:

Hotwheels Datsun 510 Wagon

Hothweels Datsun 510 Wagon

Theres 2 points to make about this awesome Hotwheels Datsun 510 Wagon…

1) It’s infinitely cool

2) It’s actually a very, very good replica of a real car…

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Hotwheels Datsun 620 Pick Up Truck

Hotwheels Datsun 620 Pick Up

Pick up trucks are freaking cool, and fast pick up trucks are even better. This one looks seriously fast. You can almost imagine it having a Chevrolet LS2 lump up front… It’s a rad little die cast, and also a faithful version of the original.

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Of course, it had to be the Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally set, featuring the legendary Michelin Pilot model

Things to spend a student loan on: Scalextric

You’ve moved out of your parents house, the government has just deposited £1200 (or there abouts) in your bank account and all you have to do until the next payment is attend some lectures, feed and water yourself and keep a roof above your head.

Anyone who says school days are the best of your life clearly hasn’t been to university.

Joe chose to go to Falmouth University to study English. Being a harbour town on the far end of the country, close to beaches and with arguably more sunshine than any other university, it seemed like a great place to spend three years.

One evening after a few too many Rattler Cornish Ciders, Joe and the lads decided it was time to replace the television with a huge Scalextrics set… A week later, and a few hundred pounds lighter in the pocket, this was the result:

Monaco comes to Falmouth

The photos are a bit rubbish, but then camera phones were in those days!

Of course, it had to be the Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally set, featuring the legendary Michelin Pilot model

Of course, when browsing eBay for suitable Scalextric sets, it just had to be the Ford Escort RS Cosworth Rally set, featuring the legendary Michelin Pilot model. We bought 2 of these, along with a couple of other sets to make the huge track.

With plenty of time on our hands, we were able to create a 'Works' car, sponsored by Falmouth & Porthtowan Surf School, whom Joe happened to be working for at the time. Freeriders Surf Shop also featured prominently in the 'free stickers' draw of Joe's cupboards.

With plenty of time on our hands, we were able to create a ‘Works’ car, sponsored by. Freeriders Surf Shop…

The banked corners proved a lot of fun

The banked corners proved a lot of fun… Although one of the Cosworths would stick like glue where the other would launch itself across the room

The Ford Fiesta XR2i Scalextrics Car wasn't very popular, was sluggish and for some reason just didn't handle very well...

The Ford Fiesta XR2i Scalextrics Car wasn’t very popular, was sluggish and for some reason just didn’t handle very well…

Miniature Motoring: Ford Escort Cosworth

You’re never too old for diecast cars. You can call them toys, or models, or collectibles, or a hobby, but either way – we still think they’re awesome. We always sneak a cheeky look at the Hotwheels or Matchbox cars in supermarkets or whilst out and about, and have a particular preference for anything Porsche. Here’s a few we’ve rounded up so far:

Matchbox Ford Escort Cosworth

Matchbox Ford Escort RS Cosworth Union Jack 2

Eurgh, that paint scheme is hideous… The Escort Cosworth has never been a popular one for ‘proper’ models, and the ones that do look half decent are always let down by the spoiler. No one seems to be able to get it right, adding a plastic stick on item instead of a properly moulded unit like on some of the Porsches we’ve seen. Design wise, this Matchbox diecast isn’t bad, the shape is right, but it’s let down by the colour scheme, the tinted windows and that spoiler. If they’d just done it all one body colour, Mallard green maybe?? If anyone knows of a one-colour Matchbox Cosworth, or any half-decent 1/64 scale Cosworth then we’d be interested to hear from you.