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Resin Model Cars Online Database with Search - it's back!

Actually, it never really went anywhere. Those of you who use it and visit it regularly already know this. But I've negelected it for a couple of years. Yeah, it's been that long. But it needed some serious updating, and I've taken care of that. Updated web links and new information should make the product pages a little better.

I started the resin car database as a base point, as a hub, as a place where no matter how much time went by or what happened in hte modeling world, there would be a record of some of the greatest resin model cars and trucks ever produced. It's the single most expensive and time consuming part of the entire Rocketfin webste. But I feel it's important, and it needs to be done.

Over the years, (and I've been buying resin models since the late 1980's), there have been dozens of companies, and individuals, that are gone from the business of casting resin car bodies and kits. This happens for several reasons. Many times resin models are made by a person who is a craftsman, and is able to form a car model that is typically not available in plastic kit form. This person has a certain kind of skill that's not very common. They make products that are desirable, of high quality, and are literally hand made, one at a time.

Is it profitable? Probably not. And many resin casters may not be the best business minded. They do it more for their own personal satisfaction than anything, but that doesn't always mean the cash comes flowing in. No matter how well the final resin casting is, a small business can fail. So in many cases, eventually, through loss of money or time, the business closes and that's the end of the line. Another great resin car body is no more.

Sometimes, the folks who cast these products may be older than most of us. They might suffer from an unexpected life or heath problem, and that ends their resin casting days. In some cases, unfortunately, they pass on and die, then their knowledge and highly cultivated skills are gone ... forever. So once again, great resin products are no longer available. But as modelers, we remember their names, and we remember their resinproducts.

Many of the models you will see in the databse are no longer available. But the images and information is a tribute to the skilled masters who may have passed on, or just no longer make resin car models. If you come across such a resin kit, think about the craftsman, of his / her skills and abilities, making such a great casting that, at least in this database, lives on. The database is a living history for all to see and use, a history of resin cars and truck models, going back decades. Even after past Masters are gone, we will never forget their work.

At this time, there are over 1500 resin models in the database. But more are being added. Several generous people have contributed their own images, to preserve them, such as Dave from SoCalCarCulture and Tom at Spotlight Hobbies. Others have contributed as well, to help make it grow, and keep a record of the great resin cars and truck models that have been produced. Do you have a resin model that's not included yet? Have some good images and info? Feel free to share them with me to add to the database.

While the resin database preserves model kits that may not be in production any more, it also has current and new products. Those products have links to where they can be purchased, and I hope you will support those small business' that make these models, ONE BY ONE, BY HAND, so that they can continue to make the cars and trucks we all look forward to building.

Want to support the Database and spread the word? Here are some web banners for your site. Or just link to the Database Search page. Let's keep the current resin casters going, and preserve the heritage of those who went before.

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MPC Model Car TV Commercial - 1970's

How about a rare TV commercial for MPC Model kits? Check it out for a nostalgic trip back in time.

What's interesting too is that the model in the commercial, the MPC 1970 AMC AMX car model is still available today, 40+ years later!!

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Speedhunters History of Drag Racing Models

Speedhunters has a good article about drag racing model kits. There are plenty of models you will recognize, and some custom ones you will want to see.

The models are on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. The have a great level of detail. The photos in the article are well done, so you get every bright color and nuance to the builds. Check them out.

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All New Tamiya La Ferrari Model Kit 24333

New Tamiya La Ferrari Model Kit.

All new for 2013, and quickly produced, Tamiya has issued a 1/24 scale La Ferrari model.

As with all their kits, it' highly detailed. Covering every scale inch of the body, chassis, interior, and above all, the engine. The real car is a hybrid, with a 963hp V12, 900lbs of torque, and only 499 are being sold. (I suspect there is a 500th car, but it's not for sale, maybe for Ferrari's own use or stable. Though they probably own the No. 1 car, the first example). A 7-Speed gearbox doesn't hurt either. You can bet Tamiya has brought everything to the table in this kit. I'm sure it will be a hit.

While this kit isn't in the book (maybe the next one I write), check out Building Scale Ferrari Models: of Great Italian Sports Cars. It would be a good primer for tackling these complicated model cars, and you'll end up with a great replica.

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tamiya 1/24 scale la ferrari car model kit

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Revell Jägermeister VW T1 Transport Model Kit.

Revell Jägermeister VW T1 Transport Model Kit.

Revell Germany has now released it's Jägermeister VW T1 Transport model, which includes decals to make the famous liquor brand very visible on the model kit.

The VW Transport has been issued before, but maybe not quite so colorful. (The kit actually includes two different sets of decals). The model also has an interior and engine for more detail.

The Jägermeister is a natural drink with liquor added, and it's a popular German beverage with racing fans. There are actually other models kits available with the markings, such as a BMW 635CSi, and a Porsche Turbo RSR 934. You might as well build the whole collection, especially if you like the color orange.

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Movin Stuff Around

Movin Stuff Around

When you think about it, several companies are making 1:35 scale cars that are far better than the 1/32 kits from the past. While most 1/32 kits are probably geared towards kids, these new 1/35 cars feature details in and out, many of them include a full engine, unlike the the older 1/32 scale kits that are usually a curbside (with the hood molded shut).

The scales are somewhat close. Maybe they could share some parts, it's right on the edge there. But some of the military civilian cars can easily be painted a non-military color, and displayed as an everyday car. After the war, you can imagine that there would be hundreds of these cars (and trucks) left over, and many would be pressed into service as everyday civilian transportation.

Check out some 1/32 and 1/35 models and see what you think.

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Recent Model Kit Updates

Just some quick updates on some pages, with new products added.

  • I added a few Ford model kits.
  • I added a few Ferrari model kits to the site. With a few updates. Check them out.
  • I added a couple of Monster kits to the site.
  • There are a lot of new truck models coming out at the end of this year. Be sure and check back with us to see what's coming soon.
  • The Moebius Tumber Batmobile is finally out. They are available here.

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Classic Plastic Lago Talbot and Alfa Romeo 2 Pack

Classic Plastic Lago Talbot and Alfa Romeo 2 Pack

The Atlantis Model Company has issued a Limited Edition model package, which contains two models, a Lago Talbot and an Alfa Romeo..

These depict open wheel racers from around the late 1940's and early 1950's. To be honest, if I were to guess, I would say they are Smer molds? Though they mention they were originally issued by the Merit model company. Which is not a bad thing, these kits can be fun to build, and the cars are not really available in plastic from any other company. The Alfa is molded in red, the Lago is molded in blue.

I've built the Smer Lago Talbot before, and while it's a simple kit, it's not bad at all. Thanks to the Atlantis Model Company they have packaged this kit and the Alfa together at a special price. Acording to their website, they have only produced 500 of these, so you might want to grab one while you can. Both kits are 1/24 scale.

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MPC - Round 2 1976 Rescue Chevy Blazer

MPC and Round2 have released their Chevy Rescue Blazer model kit.

This model has not been issued for quite some years. It's still a good choice if you build Chevy trucks and want to replicate the 4X4 K5 models. The kit includes a light bar for the roof. It's a curbside kit (the hood does not open and there is no engine), but I am sure modelers can easily altar that by opening the hood and using any number of chevy truck frames and engine choices. (how about a 454 ?).

It's molded in three colors, and one tree is full of chrome parts. The wheels are two piece snap tires. I would recommend you get at least one of these for your GM truck projects, simply because the full size Blazers are not available any other way in plastic. And you know something will come to mind later. (Hunting truck? Border Patrol? etc.)

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Polar Lights Tommy Grove Ford Mustang Funny Car

Polar Lights Tommy Grove Ford Mustang Funny Car.

Polar Lights has issued a new Funny Car kit, drag racing legend Tommy Grove's Ford Mustang.

The model includes two fascias, one for making the 1969 car, the other for the 1970 version. Lucky for modelers, the kit is molded in white. The slicks are "pad printed" with lettering. Of course, it includes a colorful decal sheet and chrome parts. The model features a fully detailed tubular "Logghe" chassis.

When you look at the illustrations in the directions, and indeed, if you look at the chrome tree, you will see parts for a Chrysler 426 engine. But never fear. Round2 has included a 427 SOHC to make this model very accurate ! Are those Kats the best or what?? They must have a drag racing fan on their team. Lucky for us !

You can see this and many other drag racing kits here at Rocketfin Hobbies, be sure and check them all out.

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Fujimi Mclaren MP4-12C GT3 Car Model Kit

Fujimi has issued an all new tooling kit in 1/24 scale, the Mclaren MP4-12C GT3 car.

It's a surprise kit, not much has been mentioned about it. Still, it's a unique car and great subject to build for exotic car fans.

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Italeri Porsche Model Cars

Italeri has reissued three of their Porsche kits. A 928s-4, 944s, and 911 Turbo. As a Porsche fan, I look forward to these kits.

The Porsche 928 was introduced in 1977. Made with a new body with a large tailgate, the new car was equipped with a new aluminum V8 engine with electronic fuel injection, capable of delivering power of 235hp. Designed according to the formula "Transaxle", with front engine and rear gearbox, the car was also equipped with independent suspension and Weissach rear axle type, optimized to reduce under stear. The S4 version was produced in 1986, and was characterized by a more powerful engine that delivered 330hp. This 928 kit features 86 parts on colored sprues. The 944 features 91 parts on precolored sprues.

The Porsche 944 was produced from 1982 to 1991 and was an evolution of the model 924 maintaining the aesthetic line. The car was originally equipped with a fuel injection engine from 2479 cc capable of delivering power of 163 hp. and made according to the Transaxle concept (rear engine and front shifter). The 944 was produced in different versions with different engines and extensive redesign of the interior in coupe and convertible configurations. In particular, the S variant, introduced in 1987, was equipped with a 16 valve engine generating 189hp and able to achieve speeds from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.2 seconds. Only 9800 were built.

The model 911 Turbo was introduced in 1975 with an engine of 2994 cc with the assistance of the turbocharger and intercooler could offer power of 260hp. Over the years a series of technical and stylistic improvements were introduced that have made this car, characterized by broad wheel arches and the large wing, an authentic symbol of the ultimate sports cars. The model kit features 84 parts on precolored sprues.

All three model kits have full engine details.

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Monogram Revell Big Daddy Ed Roth Ford Pickup Truck 85-4914

Big Daddy's Ford Pickup is getting small, and just the right size for you to build your own version at home!

Before Ed "Big Daddy" Roth became famous for designing wacky hot rods, he had a popular pin-striping business in southern California. Roth even gave his own '56 Ford F-100 the "Big Daddy" treatment, customizing it with red flame pinstripes and a mural on the tonneau cover. Kit features a detailed Thunderbird V-8 engine, multiple interior style choices, opening doors, soft black tires, chrome-plated parts and Ed Roth decals with wild flame graphics and a tonneau cover mural.

Don't think this is a model to cash in on Ed Roth Big Daddy's fame. He REALLY DID have a Ford pickup like this model. Click HERE for pictures of the real truck!

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Monogram Revell Tom Daniel Bad Medicine Hot Rod 85-4937

Revell Tom Daniel's Bad Medicine model car kit.

Tom Daniel fans can celebrate today as an old favorite returns, the Bad Medicine hot rod. Note that the driver, Mr. Bones, will be at the wheel for your travels.

Bad Medicine is one of Tom Daniel's craziest concoctions, and Monogram (Revell) has given it the 1/24 scale treatment it deserves! This time out, Daniel has transformed a lightning-fast dragster into a prescription delivery service that can set new land-speed records. One thing's for sure: your pharmacy doesn't have anything like it! Kit features a long, low dragster body, assorted eye-catching goodies, soft black tires, chrome-plated parts and decals with authentic Tom Daniel graphics.

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Monogram Revell 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Model Car Kit 85-0892

Revell's 1/24 1970 Plymouth Road Runner model car kit.

Relive the musclecar days with Revell's 1970 Plymouth Road Runner. The kit features Six Pac carbs with the pop up hood scoop. The interior has a grocery-getter style bench seat. You can even make this a real sleeper with the included steel wheels and dog dish hub caps.

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Revell Corvette Grand Sport Model Kit

Revell's 1/24 Corvette Grand Sport race car model kit.

This kit is a great bargain while it lasts.

Sadly, Accurate Miniatures ceased producing models. There kits were (are) very high quality kits. While the car kits were priced a bit more than an average old 60's reissued kit, their quality made them worth every penny. Fortunately for us, their existing inventory of Corvette models have gone to Revell. This has allowed Revell to rebox these kits at a slightly lower price than you may be used to seeing.

The kits still include the photoetch parts. (in fact, the bags that the trees came in, at least in the kit I have, still say Accurate Miniatures on them). I recommend buying as many kits as you can get your hands on. You may not know it, but this kit has one the best detailed small block chevy V8's ever done in plastic. It' a great model.

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Round 2 AMT 1965 Chevy Chevelle "Super Wagon" Model Kit (AMT701)

Round 2 has issued the AMT Chevy Chevell "Superwagon" model kit.

This reiisued kit features some colorful decals and old stye box art.

This kit also includes a set of wheel ramps, which are good if you want to pose the car in a diorama or garage scene. The kit is molded in white, clear, clear blue and chrome with pad printed rubber and vinyl tires. With options, you can build it 1 of 4 ways. Some options include: 3 motor intakes, tinted drag windows, pad printed tires, and a bonus Mini display box.

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round 2 amt chevy chevelle 1965 superwagon model car kit

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Round 2 AMT Centennial 1957 Bel Air Scale Model Car Kit in Tin Box

Round 2 has issued their new AMT 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air kit.

Featuring a collectible tin packaging and photo booklet with images from GM's historical archives, AMT's Chevy 100th kits are a deluxe-level products any modeler will enjoy. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air is created from modern tooling and features special detailing accessories like photo-etched parts, metal foil and motor ignition wire. It's loaded with detail throughout!

The plastic kit inside is molded in white, and includes chrome and clear parts, and vinyl tires.

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New Trumpeter Ford Falcon Custom Scale Model Kit

Trumpeter has new released another issue of their popular Ford Falcon 1/25 scale model.

This new Ford Falcon Futura convertible offeres a top down version for boulevard cruising, but includes a top up for protection on rainy days. With this version you can stylize your project with the included optional rear seat cover, cut down windscreen and "smoothie" wheels.

The kit consists of 140+ parts. It includes clear parts, rubber tires, accurate parts molded in white, and a highly detailed interior, chassis, and engine. It has chrome plated grilles, wheels, bumpers.

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HobbyDesign Mercedes-Benz SLR 722GT Model Detail Transkit Set

HobbyDesign has developed two new resin detail transkits for the Mercedes SLR.

They offer two kinds of Resign Transkits to make a 1/24 Mercedes-Benz SLR 722GT (HD03-0004) replica, and a Hamann Mercedes-Benz SLR Volcano's (HD03-0131) .These two transkits include a resin detail set, Photoetch set, and Wheel set.

The resin parts include front bumper, side bumper, rear bumper, engine hood. The photoetch detail parts will help bring to life you car model and make it even more realistic than ever. The photoetch set includes some detail parts for things such as: car logo, dashboard, steering wheel, the car logo on the Axle, brake discs, and the wiper.

Check out these detail items and many more at their website, Hobby Design.

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