Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Mazda3 Sport by Hi-Story

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I truly am excited to finally have a diecast of my 2019 Mazda3 Sport. It took a while to find and was almost convinced that the only way to get one was to make my way to a Mazda dealer in Japan.

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I first knew about the existence of a diecast of the 4th gen Mazda3 was from a single YouTube video uploaded by Funzoo! Mazda. From what I gathered it was a Japanese website about Mazdas but for some reason it’s now unreachable.

For the next few months I couldn’t even get a whiff of where to get one. As more time passed, I started seeing some places that carried this model. The only issue was that those places wanted upwards of $200 CAD for a 1:43 scale model. Fast forward to about two weeks ago and I see an eBay listing for the exact model of my car for a some what reasonable price (sub $100) and free shipping. I jumped on it faster than Scooby Doo into Shaggy’s arms.

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The car itself came well packaged and box free of damage. I like the touch of a metal plaque mounted on the base of the diecast, with the name of the car embossed on it. But the real treat was finally laying my eyes on the model that I’ve been waiting so long to see.

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As you can see the detail and paint work is exquisitely done. The workmanship is of a high standard and you can tell that they were striving for quality over quantity. However, my appreciation for this model grew even more when I took it outside to shoot pictures with my car.

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Under the sun, the paint work is near indistinguishable from the real car. Even the metallic flecks in the paint are the same! I wouldn’t even be surprised if these models were painted next to the cars in the assembly line. That’s how good paint is and how close they got to the real thing.

I’m glad I finally found one to call my own. Happy 100th birthday to Mazda Motor Corporation.

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