Lets shift gear a bit to the country of Japan where in this era was rich with spectacularly rad cars. Like the rally bred 22B that remains a legend in the world of WRC and in the world of Subaru.
A change of plan from going rally to DTM made one of the raddest Mercs ever and started a German sport saloon civil war.
Really, it hurts how 80s this thing is. I honestly believe one day in japan, cira 80-81, two designers for japan were out at a bar when suddenly one was like “Ah crap, we’re supposed to have something for the r30 project tomorrow.” and the other was all “shhhhhhiiiii-” so they took a napkin, a pen, a coaster for…
My final review of the day (more coming tomorrow) is another of the “ordinary” cars of the type I have always enjoyed in diecast form. This is Tomica 32-4, the Toyota Corolla sedan. This casting entered the range in October 1983, and is just the kind of car anyone would have seen every day from 1984 onward:
Another rad Porsche.
Another 80s car coming right up. This is Tomica 22-3, the Nissan Pulsar Coupe EXA. This casting entered the range in April 1983, and is a car once common that is now seldom-seen:
As I’m rediscovering both my diecast and hobbyist roots, I thought I’d ease into customizing. The mainline BMW 3.0 CSL seemed like a great place to start. Hot Wheels does great work with BMW castings, but they’re weirdly lazy about the front fascia. Between the kidney grille and the double-eye headlights, I feel like…
So I did some more dye work today. My first was with dark green. You can see the two results in the back. The one furthest is actually my mint P1, the one I was least happy with. I figured an already-green color would work for darkening. I was wrong. So then I tried with a white P1, seen in the middle. I somehow ended…
My third submission to Radcast is something different, a Hot Wheels. This is the Hot Wheels 380SEL with Real Riders. This vatiant was introduced around 1983, and is a representation of the 80s in a few ways:
For Radcast 2018 I’d like to present two very special cars from my childhood in the 80's. Both by Tomica, the Porsche 930 Turbo and the Ferrari BB512. Both are seriously play worn, but I wouldn’t trade a nick or scratch for any of the play miles I put on these cars over the years.
This is AutoArt’s 1/43 scale E28 BMW M535i.
What if you can’t afford that brand new Chevy Beretta? You want to have a ride like Zach Morris but you have the budget of Screech Powers. Just get your old Dodge Challenger and give it an updated Jackson Pollack inspired paint job.
My second entry for Radcast is another Tomica, but the similarities to the prior review end there. This is Tomica 61-3, the Toyota Hilux 4WD. This casting entered the range in May 1981, and represents a new movement:
Greenlight is introducing their first ever 1:64 scale wheel and tire packs. They’ve done wheel and tire sets for 1:18 scale cars before, but this is their first attempt at the 1:64 scale.
My opening presentation for Radcast is something that couldn’t be more 80s. This is Tomica F34-2, the Camaro Z28. This casting entered the range in February 1983, remaining until February 1985 - a relatively short run. Not many cars represent the era like this:
Since apparently EVERY 80s and 90s car was bright red, lets highlight the ONE car that wasn’t: this 1/64 Kyosho Dauer Porsche 962.
Colorful Wheels and goes fast.
Introduced in 1987, the Delta HF Integrale 8v combined the radness of the Delta Turbo with the rallyness of the Delta AWD and made a seriously awesome Lancia hatchback. The 8v was the start of something legendary.
That aint workin’ that’s the way you do it! You ride the mini bike on MTV. Whats that? Hawaiian noises? Oh wait that’s just the engine on my 1980s Honda City...