Click Here to Return to DR Homepage DR Diecast Blog | Current News about Precision Diecast Models from DiecastRamblings.com
DR Diecast Blog
Current News about Precision Diecast Models from DiecastRamblings.com

New 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe LE 5000 in Red from The Danbury Mint

Friday, 24 July 2009 14:29 by Peter
 As a follow-up to their '75 Corvette convertible in bright green (Preview Society), DM has just announced a limited edition 1974 coupe in Mille Miglia Red. You poor Corvette fans--your wallet never gets a rest. Check out all the brochure images here.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint Presents the 1963 A/C Cobra 289 Roadster

Saturday, 27 June 2009 00:42 by Peter
 Here's our first good look at DM's newest offering, the 1963 A/C Cobra 289, and it looks like a real beauty. It should be for $299. This is another 1:18 scale model from Exoto (thank you, Jay), and from what I've heard they're quite spectacular in terms of accuracy and detail. Ask for DM item number 9196-0013, and tell 'em Peter sent you!
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

First Look at Danbury Mint's 1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible LE 5,000

Tuesday, 16 June 2009 16:30 by Peter
 Wow is the most common reaction I've heard to the paint scheme on DM's newest LE. We reported this two weeks ago (see below), but now we've got proof positive with this image from the Danbury Mint website. The coupe was spectacular, and this drop-top version promises to be every bit as amazing, right down to the reversible seat cushions. I ordered mine right away, and you can too. The item number is 8610-0013.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

First Look at Danbury Mint's 40th Anniversary 1969 Firebird 400

Wednesday, 10 June 2009 11:42 by Peter
 ...Danbury has done it again. Even though it's a repaint, and even though the 69 muscle cars are overdone already, DM chose the perfect color this time--Carousel Red. This 40th anniversary is truly worth celebrating.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Here's that DM Anniversary Repaint of the '69 Camaro Convertible

Thursday, 4 June 2009 12:52 by Peter
 ...The one I mentioned here a couple of weeks ago. It's an old tooling to be sure so there's no convertible top, just a permanent boot cover, but darned if the Danbury Mint hasn't picked a killer color scheme for this 40th anniversary issue. Click here to see the full color brochure.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

The color is official on the Danbury Mint 1958 Plymouth Belvedere Coupe...

Tuesday, 2 June 2009 16:58 by Peter
 Even though this 58 Belvedere from DM is only a minor retooling of their 58 Fury, it's one that many collectors have been awaiting for years. The white over yellow paint job is very pleasing to the eye, and the level of detail overall appears to be up to Danbury's high standards. Kudos for getting rid of the rear quarter window glass to show off that long flowing hardtop roofline. By the way, it's a regular issue at $129 plus shipping. Click here to see the full color brochure.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Halloween Comes Early: The "Spooky" New Packard Caribbean Convertible From DM is On The Way!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009 16:37 by Peter
 What a color choice! I can't imagine there were many 56 Packards that left the factory this way, but our friends at the Danbury Mint found an original 1:1 that had been special ordered in black with orange trim. Wow! Subtle it's not, but considering the color choice, it's not as loud as you might think. The interior is mostly either white or dark gray with orange used solely as an accent color. Depending on which way you position the reversible seat cushions (just like on the real car), you can have a Summery white vinyl, or a cozy gray cloth for those chilly nights. This Limited Edition piece is sure to be a stunner, so don't delay. DM is taking orders as of this writing.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint flexes its Muscles (again)...

Saturday, 16 May 2009 11:44 by Peter

I don't collect muscle cars personally, but I know there are a lot of guys out there who do. And if you're one of them, you're sure to be excited about a couple of 40th anniversary repaints expected from DM shortly. I hope they chose some good colors, but we'll have to wait a bit to find out. Meanwhile, if you're feeling lucky and don't want to wait, here are the order numbers:

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible 8932-0022

1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 8932-0030

Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Boatload of FM Limited Editions Announced - Mostly Muscle & Repaints

Friday, 15 May 2009 11:38 by Peter
 This 59 Corvette Barn Find Diorama is a nifty surprise from FM. What's not so surprising is that virtually everything else is a straight repaint of a previously released model, mostly muscle cars. To see them all, just click on the picture above.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Just in case you missed it, another slam-dunk from the Danbury Mint

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 13:45 by Peter
 When I first reported on the DM 59 Impala LE Coupe back in March, I noted that the standard issue 59 Impala convertible was not available, and predicted that DM would release a 50th anniversary convertible this year in another color. Well, thanks to my friend Tony's great photography over at the Zone, here it is in all its glory, and it looks like a sure-fire winner. Painted in silver with a black top and red interior, this model is an instant classic. Too bad I already own the beautiful turquoise version, because I avoid duplicates whenever possible.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Upcoming Models from the Danbury Mint for 2009

Saturday, 9 May 2009 11:59 by Peter

It’s been a quiet year for new model announcements, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Danbury is about to unleash a bevy of repaints, re-toolings, and from what I hear, a nice surprise or two before the year is out.

Here at DR, we love it when we get some hot news to share with our readers, but recently it has been brought to our attention that some of our news items have been posted on other boards without any attribution. Please remember that in accordance with our Terms of Use, you are welcome to post our content elsewhere, but you must attribute the material to DiecastRamblings.com

Now, without further delay, the moment you’ve been waiting for: One of the ’69 muscle cars our friend Aaron hinted at, Danbury plans to announce a repainted 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 this year for its 40th anniversary. Also in the pipeline is a retool of their venerable 1958 Fury into a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere hardtop, though personally I’d prefer they’d done it as a convertible. While the colors, trim, etc. for these models are not yet known, here are a couple of 1:1 images to whet your appetite; just click on the thumbnail to see the full-size image.

I hear there are a couple of exciting new tools due out this year as well, but that’s all I know at this point. Will share more particulars with you as they become available…

Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

DR Exclusive! Danbury Mint to release 49 Oldsmobile Woody Wagon

Sunday, 3 May 2009 11:53 by Peter
 When I heard about this wagon, my first reaction was "too bad they didn't make a fastback coupe" (my favorite body style) instead of yet another woody. But that's just me. I'm sure many folks will be surprised and delighted with this choice. The color is as yet unknown, though it almost certainly won't be green as pictured above, since they did the 88 coupe in this color. Remember, you heard it here first!
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible 50th Anniversary Edition

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 15:25 by Peter
 No big surprise, but a happy one. For the first time this model has a convertible top (hooray), and the color combination is classic. For the 50th anniversary of this car, DM has issued this repaint with a few upgrades. In addition to the aforementioned roof, it appears they have added some photo-etched details, including the "wings" on either side of the front fender tops. Click the photo above to see the full brochure photos in our forums.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint announces 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in Apollo Gold. WOW!!

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:47 by Peter
 Can you believe it? Danbury blows us away again with the announcement of this all-new tooling for 2009, the 55th anniversary of this beautiful 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in Apollo Gold. Lucky Preview Society members will be among the first to receive what is certain to be a spectacular model. Click the photo above to see additional 1:1 reference photos in our forums.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint 1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible LE is Here, and it's a STUNNER!

Sunday, 26 April 2009 18:20 by Peter
 Another gorgeous model from the Danbury Mint, and I just love the color, which is very close to the color of my 1:1 1972 T-Bird. This is the first 59 convertible, and it's a beauty. The top-down view reveals the remarkable interior fittings and details. For instance, in the close-up views, notice the simulated stitching on the seats and door armrests. This model is packed with precision details, and DM had the scripts sealed this time. The front grillwork shows vertical bars, less visible on the 1:1, and curiously enough on the prior iterations of this model: the white coupe and the bronze/cream LE coupe. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but it's really a shame since they had it right the first two times. All in all, a fantastic model, destined to be your new favorite. It's definitely mine ;-)
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint presents the Royal Bobcat 1969 Pontiac GTO Coupe

Friday, 24 April 2009 00:38 by Peter
 Here's a rare one from the folks at DM, the Royal Bobcat 1969 Pontiac GTO Coupe, in turquoise and white. According to Danbury's literature, there were only two cars that left the showroom this way. It's the same old tooling, but with all the requisite tweaks to give it the full Bobcat treatment, inside and out. This is not a limited edition, but rather a standard issue going for $129. Nevertheless, if you want one I'd suggest that you don't delay. DM has been known to discontinue models without warning, and this one might be gone before you know it.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

New LE from DM - 1959 Impala has been re-tooled as a Coupe!

Tuesday, 17 March 2009 16:22 by Peter
 Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet, DM introduces a 50th anniversary limited edition of 5,000 models, of the 1959 Impala Coupe in Cameo Coral. Ought to look really sharp parked next to their convertible, painted a gorgeous crown sapphire. As of this writing the convertible is no longer listed on their website, but since it was not an LE it seems unlikely they would have discontinued it so soon. My guess is they're clearing the way for an anniversary LE convertible in another color this year, and that the sapphire standard issue will likely return to the lineup eventually. Never know for sure with DM, until they officially retire a model. Check out our Photography Page to see the full-sized Photos.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

FM Repaints the 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Catalina, and introduces the "Lambanda."

Friday, 6 March 2009 11:33 by Peter
 We're always moaning about repaints, but this is one (two actually) that many collectors have been waiting for. The model comes in either black with a red roof and black interior, or the exact reverse. Nice way for FM to get two variations without additional paint colors; that is, unless you don't like red & black. Each is being issued in a small limited edition of just 550 pieces. Check our Photography Page to see the full-size images.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

DM Preview Society prices increase.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009 14:01 by Peter

What you pay depends on when you joined (later members pay more), but every once in a while they raise everyone's price to keep pace with the rising cost of new issues. I've been paying $108 for my PS models since I joined a couple of years ago, during which time the price of a standard issue model has gone from $115 to $120, and then to $129, an increase of $14.

DM has finally upped my preview price to $117, an increase of $9, so I'm still ahead of the game even though I'll pay more for mine now. Can't complain really, since I'm still getting a deal.

Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint's new '49 Mercury Surf Woody is here!

Monday, 2 March 2009 18:43 by Peter
 New from the Danbury Mint, a special edition of the 1949 Mercury woody station wagon, all decked out in California surfer style. The model comes complete with 2 surf boards, 2 pairs of sandals, a skateboard, beach blanket, and vintage cooler, all replicated faithfully in 1:24 scale. Click here to see the full photo spread.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

DR Scoop: All New Tooling from DM Preview Society - 1949 Oldsmobile 88 Coupe

Friday, 27 February 2009 16:56 by Peter
 The next Preview Society offering from the Danbury Mint is a delightful surprise, a 1949 Oldsmobile 88 Coupe in Ivy Green. There haven't been many Olds models in 1:24 scale, so we are both surprised and delighted with this new tooling. Hopefully we'll see some other body styles, especially the fastback coupe which is one of my personal favorites.Click here to read collector comments and the first photos from DM in our Diecast Forums.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint brings back the 67 Camaro in Butternut Yellow!

Thursday, 12 February 2009 15:36 by Peter
 It's back! The Danbury Mint has reintroduced this sweet little butternut yellow model of the 1967 Camaro. Collectors were paying as much as $400 for a copy after DM prematurely pulled this one from their offerings shortly after its introduction last year without explanation. Better grab yours now while you can still get a new one for $129--you never know how long it will be available. 
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Brian Dunning says West Coast Precision Diecast will close...

Thursday, 29 January 2009 19:31 by Peter

On Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:25 AM, Brian Dunning posted the following on the D4C Bulletin Board:

The door will close on WCPD.
"As a lot of you are aware Wcpdi has tried to do the best to make the very best car I could make . Please this has nothing to do with what George just said .I want to say thanks to all my friends that is also George . I have been looking for away to team up with FM I had it in the back of my mind that if we could team up FM taking over WCPDI and letting me work on some of my new projects . I would have enjoyed going to China and over seeing the projects This would have included re tooling a number of FM tools . And getting rid of a lot .I had hoped with the way people think of WCPDI cars and the way I have tried to take care of any problem that has come up this could have been a good mix . This is not going to happen FM just to big . I am now calling it Quits as of now The people that have said I would not make it your right . One last thing I have to say . This is for the A holes that did not ever understand me . All of you had a chance to have cars that you will never see from FM or DM I will no longer make cars But I go out with my head hung high You all have a small part of me I took a lot of chances most did not work One did I was able to make cars my way and ones you most likly would not have seen other than by me . I will not cut the cost of the cars I do not want to hurt anyone Thank you my friends."

MadManDunnig

Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint 1959 Corvette 50th Anniv. LE in Inca Silver - Brochure Images

Monday, 22 December 2008 15:58 by Peter
 Sorry to disappoint all you guys who were hoping for turquoise for this 50th anniversary LE, but I think Inca Silver is a great choice too, especially with that black top and red interior. Click here to see all the scanned images from the brochure...
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

New Review! WCPD 1959 Chevrolet El Camino and Biscayne Sedan Delivery

Friday, 19 December 2008 20:27 by Peter
 Here it is, the second in our series of in-depth model reviews. This time we're covering West Coast Precision Diecast's recently introduced new colors for their 1959 Chevrolet line-up, the El Camino in Jet Black, and the Biscayne Sedan Delivery in Ermine White. Both are true precision diecasts worthy of their name, and we'll do our usual walk-around, kicking the tires and such, as well as taking a closer look inside and under the hood. Check out both Photo spreads on our Photos & Reviews page, or skip right to the Full Review here.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

WCPD Cadillac Sixteen has Arrived! Read the Full Review...

Sunday, 14 December 2008 22:13 by Peter
 They're here! The greatly anticipated Cadillac Sixteens from West Coast Precision Diecast, and boy were they ever worth the wait. We've photographed all three colors: the black, gray, and burgundy, and all of them are spectacular. If you haven't ordered yours yet, don't delay. These are limited editions of 1500 each for the black and burgundy, and 2500 for the gray--the color of the original 1:1 concept vehicle. Not convinced yet? Click here to read the full review.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Danbury Mint 1947 Ford Special Deluxe Tudor Sedan

Monday, 1 December 2008 21:44 by Peter
Photo by Bob AlescioHere it is, Danbury's latest Preview Society offering, the 47 Ford Tudor. Painted a period-correct monsoon maroon, it is a good representative of the common man's car in the postwar era. Bob Alescio was one of the first to receive this new model, and you can see all of his photos here in our forum. Based on Bob's photos and comments, it seems Manny and Moe are to be congratulated on another fine reproduction.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

DM/GMP 1967 Shelby G.T. 350 Brochure Images

Tuesday, 25 November 2008 15:57 by Peter
Look what came in the mail today!

To read through the sales literature, it sounds as though GMP did the build and DM is just putting their name on it. Can't be sure, but that seems likely. These give a better idea than the pictures on DM's website, but they still have that "retouched marketing image" feel about them, so final judgment will have to wait until somebody gets one of these in hand. Meanwhile, enjoy the read here.
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

First Look at DM 1967 Shelby Cobra G.T. 350

Thursday, 20 November 2008 16:12 by Peter
To quote the Danbury Mint's Press Release:

"Through an exclusive arrangement with GMP, we are pleased to present a brand new 1:24 scale, die-cast metal replica of arguably the sleekest and sexiest of the Shelby Mustangs -- available only from the Danbury Mint.

Immediately your eyes will be drawn to this Mustang's aggressive styling and, of course, those famous Shelby stripes.  Now look even closer.  Check out the authentic detail of the Goodyear Polyglas white letter tires and the Shelby badging.  And look at how that hand polished Acapulco Blue metallic paint job beautifully accents the lines of this classic fastback.  There's no doubt this replica will look sensational in your collection."
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

The third time's the charmer

Wednesday, 19 November 2008 19:36 by Peter
The first segment of my thoughts and impressions as a collector of precision diecast models "The New Collector," was featured in issue #69 of the Die Cast Car Collectors Club (D4C) Journal. Well, it is now almost four years later, and my point of view has matured somewhat. Here then, is the third segment...
Categories:  
Actions:   E-mail | del.icio.us | Permalink | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed