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LaLD Engine Week: Looking Back LaLD Engine Week: Looking Back

In this forced induction segment of Engine Week, I decided to dig up this Kyosho 1:43 Ferrari F40 from the archive. Almost four years ago, I wrote my first Concours d’Modella and was navigating in this new world of diecast photography.

LaLD Engine Week: Lucas Wiring Maze LaLD Engine Week: Lucas Wiring Maze

Where’re the gleaming cam covers? What about the polished intake manifolds? Nope. None of that in this 1:18 Jaguar XJ-S from AUTOart. Isn’t that a terrifying sight? A myriad of vacuum lines and wiring with a V12 somewhere underneath all that. A mechanic’s nightmare had it been a real 1:1 – thank goodness I don’t have…

LaLD Engine Week: Here in my Garage LaLD Engine Week: Here in my Garage

Forgive the joke headline, I couldn’t resist it. Peeking out of this engine bay is a V10 from a 1:18 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 by AUTOart. I was not actively looking for a Gallardo of this scale, or I thought I was, until chancing upon an eBay listing of this exact model with a starting bid of $0.01 with free…

LaLD Engine Week: Your Typical 4-banger LaLD Engine Week: Your Typical 4-banger

Proudly displaying its 1.5 liter 4-banger is this 1:18 Honda Ballade Sports CR-X Si from AUTOart. It is hard to think about modern 4 pot engines without Honda in the picture and this CR-X is here to remind us and Honda of the fantastic pocket rockets that cemented the marque’s reputation in the late 1980s and early…

Spaghetti Sunday: A Hi Fi to the Champion Spaghetti Sunday: A Hi Fi to the Champion

My love of HPI Racing scale models continues in the form of this blue 1:43 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Hi.Fi. This model replicates the extremely exclusive ‘HF Integrale Hi Fi’ version, of which only 20 examples were made for members of Lancia car clubs.

[FT/FS] GL Hemi Cuda Green Machine [FT/FS] GL Hemi Cuda Green Machine

This is my first ever Greenlight Green Machine I found in the wild. While I do like to have it, I believe there is somebody who will covet this more than me. Let’s work something out!

Wrapping up Car Week: Nissan Laurel Wrapping up Car Week: Nissan Laurel

This lime green butaketsu is my first taste of the immaculate selects from Ignition Model, it’s probably a natural segway from HPI scale models. HPI is still around, but it let go of its scale model wing to focus on their R/C business. Majority of these models now live on in Ignition Model, and I’d say these people…

LaLD Car Week 2018: Mecha Godzilla LaLD Car Week 2018: Mecha Godzilla

For my silver choice for LaLD Car Week, I have this silver 1:43 Nissan R34 GT-R V-Spec from one my favourite scale model brands - HPI. Hailing from the MIRAGE line, this scaled-down Godzilla is a sealed resin model.

LaLD Car Week 2018: Ford Blue RS200 LaLD Car Week 2018: Ford Blue RS200

This blue Ford RS200 comes in 1:43 scale from the now-defunct HPI. While built in homologation to race this car in Group B rally, this example is stanced to win the hard parking championship. There is hardly any room between the fender lip and wheel, and I don’t hate HPI’s decision to go that route. The fit and finish…

Land of the Rising Sun-Day: BNCR33 Nissan Skyline GTR Land of the Rising Sun-Day: BNCR33 Nissan Skyline GTR

Having fallen in love with the now-defunct HPI diecast brand, I have been slowly acquiring more of their 1:43 models to the fleet. With the more desirable castings being scarce and steep in prices, especially with the resin ones, the uptake has been gradual. After that long of a dry spell, I thought an R33 Skyline GTR…

'Murica Monday: Classy Caddy 'Murica Monday: Classy Caddy

Been looking to expand my fleet of Hot Wheels 100% casting, this Eldorado Biarritz convertible is one on my top list to acquire. Even in 1:64 scale, it retains its land yacht characteristics, oozing with class and luxury. Couldn’t be more fitting to appear on ‘Murica Monday.

In Honor of Wayne Scott In Honor of Wayne Scott

It was today I received news that Hot Wheels designer and graphics guru, Wayne Scott, has passed away recently. I first heard about it from an IG post from Doomus_RLC, and then confirmed it with his obituary from The Herald Sun.

Mopar Monday: Mother's Worry Mopar Monday: Mother's Worry

From Maisto’s Muscle Machines, we have this tooned 1968 Dodge Dart with the moniker ‘MOTHER’S WORRY’ on each door. While not being familiar with the Maisto brand this series of diecast cars, I really dig the treatment this Dart received. With oversized tires, and engine with velocity stacks reaching out the skies all…

What I've been up to. What I've been up to.

Been working on my thesis project during my long hiatus, here’s a sneak preview.

Hour Rule: What I use to make LaLD posts Hour Rule: What I use to make LaLD posts

Check out my cool PC set up!

Hour Rule: Mutt Mobile Hour Rule: Mutt Mobile

Been dragged by the collar like a mutt to go back to being a student -Why does it always have to be during the holiday season?! At least my final project is going to be Hot Wheels related, I’ll get some consolation out of that.

Bootleg: Hot Speed??? Bootleg: Hot Speed???

Let’s throw in as many superlatives and hope it will sell.

Redliners on the Loose Redliners on the Loose

After showing the case of Redliners, it would be too cruel to just stop there. To coincide with ‘Murica Monday, why not have the crew out on the loose. In my infinite wisdom, I decided to leave my camera away in another country, so I have to make do with my Nexus 5X. Nonetheless, it was still fun to shoot away. Hope…

The Case I've been Waiting for! The Case I've been Waiting for!

Ah, the Redliners set, the dose of muscle cars I need from the Car Culture series. Aside from the heavy lean towards GM cars, there’s no complain about this case at all. Please pardon the potato quality.

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