Used to be if you bought 1:18 scale models, you bought diecast scale models. For over a decade the makers fought to add more and more surprising detail to delight the collector.
And then in a few short years at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the collector’s world turned upside down.
The “arms race” among precision diecast modelers – like the 1:24 Mints, and 1:18 GMP, Exoto, CMC and Highway 61 – gave way to a test of survival. Instead of a cascade of new subjects, there were endless color variations of the same model. Some notable makers folded, and resin-cast models began entering collections.
Reasons for this evolution are varied and involve skyrocketing payroll demands by Chinese workers and the confiscatory powers of the Chinese government and the Great Recession of 2008. Among other more personal ceilings like, really… where are you going to park your 2000 diecast models.
The resin process had always been confined to the province of the tinier 1:43 scale. Such models were not “operable” – meaning you couldn’t open anything (hood, doors, trunk) to reveal new levels of detail inside. This isn’t to say resin models cannot be magnificent and those we offer are magnificent. But if you consider interaction with your model an inalienable right and criterion of enjoyment, you’ll be glad to hear Acme and GMP are making a comeback with exciting new images. And now we’re jumping back into the “diecast” flow…
Automotive-Art.com is now carrying GMP and ACME Diecast Models
We now have in stock two Acme muscle cars:
1965 Shelby GT350R – the winningest Mustang of the era, driven by Charlie Kemp
… and the 1967 Z/28 Camaro – the first Z/28 ever made
Plus a choice of two versions of a 1970 Yenko Nova produced under GMP.
We hope you will look to Automotive-Art.com for the very best and rewarding in collectible scale models, whatever the scale or material. By adding the august brands of GMP and Acme, we extend the level of our attention and judgement to exciting new fields of automotive subjects.