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I'm curious. To my knowledge, Bburago was the first company to produce a diecast in 1:18 in the late '80s. Is that true? If it is, when was it and what was the first model?
 
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Actually, Bburago wasn't the first...

As I remember it, Corgi had a few F1 models made in the 1970s in 1:18 that are very hard to find nowadays.

Bburago's first model was in 1978, and it was the 1:20 Rolls Royce Camargue.
 

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118motors said:
Actually, Bburago wasn't the first...

As I remember it, Corgi had a few F1 models made in the 1970s in 1:18 that are very hard to find nowadays.

Bburago's first model was in 1978, and it was the 1:20 Rolls Royce Camargue.
:iagree I think you are spot on Eug. In fact, I think the Bburrago Rolls in question is 1:22nd. So nothing unusual from Bburago then! :nutkick :lol :lol :lol
 

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When I was a kid I used to have a Black VW Beetle Convertible... I thought it was Burago but I could be mistaken... I think it was very early 80's....
 

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When I was a kid I used to have a Black VW Beetle Convertible... I thought it was Burago but I could be mistaken... I think it was very early 80's....
When I was a kid I used to have a Black VW Beetle Convertible... I thought it was Burago but I could be mistaken... I think it was very early 80's....
Bburago never made a VW Beetle cabriolet I believe... Could it be Maisto?
 

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When was the first diecast on market. :feedback
Define Diecast :teasing
There was cars that were made in a "mould" or "Die" in the 30's or even sooner.
They were simple cars that were made by pouring molten metal into a mould. painting it and putting on some wheels.
I think Matchbox was making cars in the 50's that obviously, used more parts.

I have some cars from the late 50's that were "stamped steel" and then assembled.
They are metal but not "Diecast"

Not really much of an answer, is it :teasing
 

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I built one of those with my father probably 25 years ago. The one that we made we painted a burgandy with black. Lots of filing needed and then many diferent grits of sand paper berfore the body was ready for painting. From what I remember it turned out great, but I can't for the life of me recall where it is now.

This was the kit (I remember the box like it was yesterday)

 

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But who made the first COMPLETE CAR (not a kit) in 1:18? What car was it? And when?
 

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I really should find it and restore it. Last I recall it was in numerous pieces in a box in the parents basement. Next time visiting there.....I'm going hunting for it to see if I can bring it back to life. :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna
 

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LUW said:
But who made the first COMPLETE CAR (not a kit) in 1:18? What car was it? And when?
I built them...LUW :teasing
Allan, I said what company, not who moded a car and transformed into a Le Mans racer that makes me go like this ( :drool ). :teasing
 

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calgary7er said:
I really should find it and restore it. Last I recall it was in numerous pieces in a box in the parents basement. Next time visiting there.....I'm going hunting for it to see if I can bring it back to life. :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna
You should...C7

This is one nice model especially if you've built them :drinkbud
As I recall I also made a 1:18 metal version of an MG TC for my mother around 1980 or so. It was to scale with the Duesenberg and required the same amount of work to get it perfected. That one I have not seen for many......many years though :crying :crying
 

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Just curious as to when and what were the very first Die-Cast models ever to come out by any brands? Like what's the first 1:18 model from:

Howtheels ( Mattel )
KYOSHO
Minichamps
AUTOart
Exoto
UT
GMP
Maisto
Bburago

I started buying 1:18 models back in 1998 and there were so many models from UT, Mattel, AUTOart, Kyosho etc. already.....! How rare are these first models now? And if they are out there for sale will they cost a bunch of $$$$!

Who knows.... guys maybe somewhere in your collections you have these gems. I certainly don't have none in mines!

I heard that UT once had a 1:18 McLaren F1 in burgundy color. Personally I have never seen this color until the papa san to where I buy my models at, showed me a very old brochure from UT and it does have the the burgundy colored one. Wow! I wonder where I can find this model in the world. It may be the very first McLaren F1 model UT had produced!
 

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I've started in 1991 and if I remember correctly, there was not many diecast company around ... Bburago & Maisto were there but I don't remember seeing others.

But then, I didn't know anything about diecast so, I couldn't know which was existing.
 

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Ertl American Muscle

I used to see displays of them in a hardware store that we bought nuts and bolts for a race car we were building in the mid 80's. Never could afford to buy them because all the money went into the car, but there were Boss 302 Mustangs and Z-28 Camaros for less than $50 (if memory serves me right, probably less than $40). Man, I wish I'd had a little more cash back then.

 

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I remember when Autoart was starting out, and one of their first models were (if my memory serves me right):

1/18 Lexus GS400
1/18 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster in red
1/18 Range Rover 4.6 HSE
1/18 Toyota Trauck (Dakar one...can not remember the name)

From Kyosho, I think it might have been the red 1/18 NSX - but I am not entirely sure.
 

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Ertl American Muscle

I used to see displays of them in a hardware store that we bought nuts and bolts for a race car we were building in the mid 80's. Never could afford to buy them because all the money went into the car, but there were Boss 302 Mustangs and Z-28 Camaros for less than $50 (if memory serves me right, probably less than $40).

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I also buy the 1970 Boss 302 from ERTL, problably around 1990, it's an old die cast and the quality of the details is not as good as today budget models like Welly, if you saw one, look the wipers; they are just molded on the hood.
 

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Ertl American Muscle

I used to see displays of them in a hardware store that we bought nuts and bolts for a race car we were building in the mid 80's. Never could afford to buy them because all the money went into the car, but there were Boss 302 Mustangs and Z-28 Camaros for less than $50 (if memory serves me right, probably less than $40).

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I also buy the 1970 Boss 302 from ERTL, problably around 1990, it's an old die cast and the quality of the details is not as good as today budget models like Welly, if you saw one, look the wipers; they are just molded on the hood.
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Oh, yes, they are rudimentary from today's standards, but back then, what a treat!

 
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