Sunday, August 22, 2010

Brazilian Beauty!

The best 2010 HotWheels so far, IMHO.
Kudos to Mattel for making this in miniature. Great decision!
A very first in small scale, of a Brazilian VW SP2!

The proportions are well captured.

Great detailing...logo tampo is way cool!

The gas cap receives detailing as well. Nice touch!

I do hope more VW Brazil cars are done in 3” scale, like the Karmann TC and Puma.

Wouldn’t it be great, having a 1:1 of the VW SP2 someday? I’ll keep on dreaming :-)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lift me up

A bit stretched out these (August) days, pertaining to time and schedules! Aren’t we all? Usually during the rainy season, building related construction activity is traditionally on the lean side. This year though is one of the exceptions for our company! Certainly, I can’t complain as this is good for business! Nevertheless, one needs to get something to ease the hectic pace, as at times it can be downright exhausting.

Fortunately, this hobby offers the breather and is indeed therapeutic. :-) by way of the ‘lift related business’ on commercial vehicles by Siku promotional. A backgrounder on the tampos would be in order. ABUS is a company specializing in lift hoist and cranes. STILL, an intra-logistic firm doing forklifts.

The ABUS vehicle Volkswagen LT28 is very hard to find in this part of the world.

Much thanks to my good friend for this ‘Made in West Germany’ marked, Siku VW LT28!

Getting the ABUS van surely lifts me in high spirits! Such great timing on its arrival :-)

STILL vehicle Volkswagen T4 was available locally for some years back.

Have to note that the actual STILL vans have them forklift atop them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Preferred Prancing Horse…

…is this Lancia :-)
A precursor to this beauty is of course, the legendary 1956 Lancia-Ferrari of Juan Manuel Fangio. Soon after Lancia racing team was integrated with Ferrari in the 50’s, came the takeover of Fiat in the late 60’s. In the 70’s, Lancia needed another shot of Italian DNA to bring it back to legendary form. This time around the great designer Marcello Gandini’s penned the desirable wedge-shaped Stratos, which I feel is the best Lancia of all. A Ferrari powered Lancia at that!

Of the small scale versions, the Tomicas are my preference.

This Tomy pair depicts the two famous Lancia Stratos!

1976 Lancia Stratos HF 1976 Monte Carlo Rally Winner #10

1977 Lancia Stratos TURBO Gr.5 Giro d'Italia Race Winner #539