Grinbergs' 1:18 cars (Alfa GTV, 9/2)

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Grinbergs' 1:18 cars (Alfa GTV, 9/2)

Post by grinbergs » Wed May 02, 2012 12:24 pm

Initially this thread was for my Ferrari 410 Superamerica, but I will continue to add my other 1:18 cars here eventually, they are not that many. Edited the headline for this thread.

I rarely buy models in the 1:18 scale, but this Hot Wheels I found to the price of a 1:43 IXO model for comparison and is (to my knowledge) a bit hard to find in 1:43. Anyway... I am kind of a multi-scale collector now ranging between 1:87 to 1:18 although my focus is still of course on 1:43. :)

I don't know so much about Hot Wheels 1:18 issues but I guess this one is from their cheaper "foundations" series. Since my little "mini-studio" is kind of too small for this scale I thought I'd take it outside for some outdoor shots down at our pier and the weather was just beautiful too. :)

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It doesn't say which year this car is from, but I am guessing it is probably 1955-ish.

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I am very pleased with it, although being a budget 1:18 - it still features a lot of details that are hard to find on most 1:43 models. :)
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Re: Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Post by scalainj » Wed May 02, 2012 2:05 pm

A perfect background. Lovely shots Johan

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Re: Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Wed May 02, 2012 2:29 pm

Very nice model, Johan! ;)

I have been tempted by that model...but have resisted temptation, so far! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Post by FerrariBuilder » Wed May 02, 2012 9:37 pm

Oh How I wish they'd make this model in their Elite series, but in this color!
That's the only thing that keeps me from getting this one - I only collect red Ferraris (I know).

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Re: Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Post by grinbergs » Thu May 03, 2012 1:22 pm

scalainj wrote:A perfect background. Lovely shots Johan

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Thanks Andy, very kind of you. :)
FerrariBuilder wrote:Oh How I wish they'd make this model in their Elite series, but in this color!
That's the only thing that keeps me from getting this one - I only collect red Ferraris (I know).
Thanks. The elite series features a lot nicer wheels for instance, however they go beyond my price range. And red is THE colour for Ferraris.... :D ;)
DeadCanDanceR wrote:Very nice model, Johan! ;)

I have been tempted by that model...but have resisted temptation, so far! :mrgreen:
Thanks Julio! Was is Oscar Wilde that once said "I can resist anything but temptation"? ;)

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Re: Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Thu May 03, 2012 6:34 pm

grinbergs wrote:
DeadCanDanceR wrote:Very nice model, Johan! ;)

I have been tempted by that model...but have resisted temptation, so far! :mrgreen:
Thanks Julio! Was is Oscar Wilde that once said "I can resist anything but temptation"? ;)
Yes! It was Oscar Wilde's! ;)
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Re: Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Post by grinbergs » Fri May 04, 2012 7:07 am

DeadCanDanceR wrote: Yes! It was Oscar Wilde's! ;)
Thanks Julio, as I recall Mr Wilde was really good at one-liners like that. It is one of my favorite quotes and it should perhaps go into the quote thread as well... :D

I could not restrain myself from cramming my mini-studio with this model as well. So here are som "bonus" pictures:

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In this uncut and unedited picture one can see how close the walls are in the mini-studio and it was really built for 1:43 and smaller. I think I will build another bigger and improved one later on.

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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars

Post by grinbergs » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:21 am

Suddenly felt the urge to edit that last pic.

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Post by grinbergs » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:10 am

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Lamborghini 350 GT (Ricko)

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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars

Post by grinbergs » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:13 am

Here is one of my oldest models - a Ferrari GTO from Bburago, bought in the late eighties. Hopelessly outdated today compared with for example a Kyosho but still a cherished member of my collection.

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Here posing together with my GTO's in the other scales. :)

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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars

Post by David MG » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:00 am

You like the 250 GTO then ?
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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars

Post by grinbergs » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:26 am

David MG wrote:You like the 250 GTO then ?
Yes sir, but I do like the 250 TDF or 275 GTB even better. :)

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Post by JSB33 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:08 am

Revell made a 1:12 GTO, Johan :D
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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars

Post by dcast » Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:51 am

Nice pics, love the outdoor shots especially :)
Having recently gotten an 18th scale model after many years I agree it is fun to have a new 1/18 model for a change. Details and features which aren't available in 1/43 makes a nice change but 1/43 is still my preferred scale for variety of cars and the smaller space they take.

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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars

Post by grinbergs » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:04 pm

JSB33 wrote:Revell made a 1:12 GTO, Johan :D
Oh my... but that would be too big... i will have to settle for a 1:24 to complete the GTO family. :roll:
dcast wrote:Nice pics, love the outdoor shots especially :)
Having recently gotten an 18th scale model after many years I agree it is fun to have a new 1/18 model for a change. Details and features which aren't available in 1/43 makes a nice change but 1/43 is still my preferred scale for variety of cars and the smaller space they take.
Thank you dcast, I am also concerned about the amount of space the 1:18 models take, not to mention the prices. The space however puts a limit to how many 1:18 I am prepared to get in the end, and they will be very few. :)

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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars

Post by grinbergs » Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:47 am

Here are som pics of the first model to be issued by Laudoracing Models - the Alfa 75 V6 3.0:

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Alfa Romeo 75 3.0 V6 (Laudoracing Models)

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Very pleased for it to the reduced price that was available at pre-order. The main flaw with it is that is has a slightly higher ride height on the right side of the car which makes it leaning a little bit if I am going to be picky.

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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars (Alfa 75 3.0, 8/2)

Post by scalainj » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:22 am

I like it a lot. I think it's a great first effort.

Put it this way it's better than Otto's first few releases
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Re: Grinbergs' 1:18 cars (Alfa 75 3.0, 8/2)

Post by Tom » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:12 am

Looks great! The lights have a superb 'depth' which makes them look realistic. Something that's lacking on most 1:18 diecast.

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Post by Rat » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:32 am

If I remember correctly, this was one of the very few Alfas imported to Canada. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it at a car show that year. I've always liked this car and the model looks excellent considering that it was this manufacturer's first try.

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Re: Grinbergs 1:18 cars (Alfa 75 3.0, 8/2)

Post by grinbergs » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:09 am

scalainj wrote:I like it a lot. I think it's a great first effort.

Put it this way it's better than Otto's first few releases
Thanks Andy, you would know and have a lot more experience with this kind of models so I trust your word for it. :)
Tom wrote:Looks great! The lights have a superb 'depth' which makes them look realistic. Something that's lacking on most 1:18 diecast.
Thanks Tom, lights do look great, I haven't thought about that detail looking on other 1:18 models. :)
Rat wrote:If I remember correctly, this was one of the very few Alfas imported to Canada. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it at a car show that year. I've always liked this car and the model looks excellent considering that it was this manufacturer's first try.
Thanks Tom, it seems like an odd car to choose to import to start the Alfa sales in Canada at the time, the 164 or GTV would have been my first guesses - and I can imagine it wasn't a great success. Are there even any of them still in traffic? Nevertheless one of my favorite Alfas of all time. :)

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Re: Grinbergs' 1:18 cars (Alfa 75 3.0, 8/2)

Post by Fabio » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:00 am

Wonderful pictures for that Superamerica! You treat your models very well :D
The 75 looks great too!

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Re: Grinbergs' 1:18 cars (Alfa 75 3.0, 8/2)

Post by grinbergs » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:28 am

Thank you Fabio, very kind of you. :)

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Re: Grinbergs' 1:18 cars (Alfa 75 3.0, 8/2)

Post by Arvid » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:03 am

great car, nice model and excellent photos :lol:

Sometimes I find myself, looking to second hand car dealers websites searching for good condition Alfa 75's :D
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Re: Grinbergs' 1:18 cars (Alfa 75 3.0, 8/2)

Post by dcast » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:20 am

That Alfa indeed seems to be very well made model, nice details and overall shape. Hope they will fix the leaning issue for future releases even it feels pretty minor problem looking how nice the model otherwise is.

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