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The oldest trick in the special effects book: Go behind the scenes with Michael Pau | Hemmings Daily

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INCREDIBLE article on the work of Michael Paul Smith and his 1/24th scale pictures.   While not our traditional 1/64th scale, it is applicable to any scale.   Very cool stuff! Photos by Michael Paul Smith, courtesy Animal Publishing Group

Source: The oldest trick in the special effects book: Go behind the scenes with Michael Pau | Hemmings Daily

Elite Haulers Fill the Pegs – take one

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[Originally Published Article 3/5/2010 on 164scale.com]

 by: “dipstick”

Take one part scale commercial vehicle and one part regular casting; add an interesting theme with incredible paint and you’ll have the DNA of All Star Elite Haulers from Maisto.   While not a unique idea, as die cast sets having been around for quite some time, Maisto managed to put in a twist and opened the eyes of many collectors who had not previously purchased their castings. 

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Elite Haulers Fill the Pegs – take two

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[Originally Published Article 3/24/2010 on 164scale.com]

 by: “dipstick” 

… So who is behind these awesome sets, their themes and their great success?   Maisto Designer Brad Trimmer recent talked with us about the lines he designs and his background.

Brad started drawing cars at age 5 and didn’t ever look back.  He went through the usual art and architecture classes in Junior High and High School.  He honed his talent with airbrushing, pin striping and even sign painting in his spare time.  Then, in the late 90’s, Brad pursued transition of his artistic skills to the computer world as a professional pursuit. 

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The Back Story… Hot Wheels’ 2007 Corvette C6R GT1

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From a Series Entitled:  ” The Back Story” by Ward Wilson

[Originally published Article 1 – 1.31.2010 on 164scale.com]

There I was, killing time in the toy car isle, having no real reason to expect anything from my local retailer….when out of the blue I see it. I had found the new Hot Wheels “Speed Machines” series for the first time! Among the various peg hooks was this little gem hanging right in plain sight.

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The REAL Story Behind the #1 1962 Corvette

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From a Series Entitled:  ” The Back Story”

by Ward Wilson

[Originally Published Article 1 – 10.11.2009 on 164scale.com]

Sometime the best hiding place is in plain sight. Many of us have examples of this right in our own collections. Cars painted up in a racing livery that we just assumed were the whimsical afterthought of a toy company designer.

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AMC by JL in RWB

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[Originally Published Article 4/02/2010 on 164scale.com]

 by: “dipstick” 

Title Decoded:  American Motors Corporation by Johnny Lightning in Red, White and Blue

Just a quick Pictorial Showcase of some of the pieces in our personal collection.  AMC (and sister companies) are a prominent part of my collection and my personal interest – Enjoy!!

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