Diecast vs Resin Models

What’s the difference between Die-Cast & Resin Models?

Die-cast and Resin refers to the material used to manufacturer the body of your favourite models. Die-cast involves the casting of Zinc Alloy, whereas Resin involves the casting of Resin Composite.

DIE-CAST

Molten Zinc Alloy is poured into a mould to cast the body. Zinc Alloy is a mixture of Zinc, Aluminium and Copper, which gives the body strength. This strength allows for features such as opening doors, bonnets, boots or even working suspension. Die-cast is the most traditional form of model manufacturing, first seen in the early 20th century. Die-casting is more suitable for mass production, as the strong Steel moulds can repeatably withstand thousands of castings without wearing.

Die-cast Advantages

  • Allows for functional parts; such as opening doors or working suspension
  • Generally cheaper
  • Stronger and heavier

Resin Disadvantages

  • The zinc alloy is prone to deterioration when in certain environments, which can lead to blistering, distortion and cracking.
  • Rarely produced in small quantities
  • Generally produced in bulk, meaning models replicated are more mainstream.

RESIN

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.6 CS 1992 GTSPIRIT GT060 PRODUCT IMAGE

Resin is poured into moulds to cast the parts. To prevent the resin sticking, the moulds are made from soft silicone which is subject to wear, so can only withstand small quantities of casting. Hence, why resin models are more commonly produced in small limited quantities. The casted resin is often more detailed than it’s die-cast counterpart, however isn’t strong enough to feature opening parts, or working suspension.

Resin Advantages

  • Favoured by many collectors, due to their small limited production runs
  • Small quantities allow for wider variety of models or even one-offs.

Resin Disadvantages

  • No opening parts, as panels aren’t strong enough
  • Weaker and lighter

New Solido Arrivals For June 2021

NEW SOLIDO ARRIVALS FOR JUNE 2021

Solido 1:18 Porsche 911 (930) Carrera 3.2 Green Model CarPorsche 911 (930) Carrera 3.2 | 1:18 SCALE

The mechanical revolution introduced with this version of the 911 paid off. The 911 Carrera 3.2 is a success and laid the foundations for the future at Porsche. In this green livery, this 911 and its huge spoiler can only draw your attention.Solido 1:18 BMW E30 M3 Blue Model Car S1801509BMW E30 M3 | 1:18 SCALE

A BMW E30 M3 is always something. This icon of the German brand dates back to the end of the 80s; a time when a wide kit and a bit more horsepower were enough to make a sedan the most attractive car on the market! And let’s admit it: a blue BMW always has its little effect!Solido 1:18 AC Cobra 427 MK2 Blue 1965 Model Car

AC COBRA 427 | 1:18 SCALE

Caroll Shelby was a Texan pilot who was forced to stop his career in 1960 at the age of 37, due to health concerns. Thus began a dream of his to produce the ultimate American sports car, capable of competing with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. First, the chassis, that he found with the English manufacturer AC Bristol. This married to a Ford V8, meant the car quickly became a winner. Facing off against the much heavier Corvettes, the light Cobra raced through the American states in its quest for glory. The 427 was launched in 1965 with a redesigned chassis, widened tires, buffed up wings, and a 427 cubic inch V8 engine good for 410 bhp.Solido Mercedes 190 Evo 2 1801001

MERCEDES-BENZ 190 EVO II | 1:18 SCALE

If the 190 was the incarnation of a discreet and classic car, the EVO2 version quickly moved towards a more aggressive style. Introduced in March 1990, it revolutionized the sporty sedan genre. The German wiseman began packing heat, becoming aggressive and even impressive with its huge adjustable spoiler that seemed to have been nicked from a Ferrari F40. It adopted 17-inch wheels, fender flares, a front spoiler and a streamlined flat bottom to obtain an excellent air penetration coefficient of 0.30. The performances matched the sporty allure of the car with a 4-cylinder engine pushing 235 horsepower, propelling the Mercedes up to 155 mph (electronically limited).Solido 1:18 Renault 5 Turbo Rouge Grenade

RENAULT 5 TURBO | 1:18 SCALE

The Renault 5 Turbo, the sports version of the urban Renault, was entirely rethought. Its purpose was to validate the 400 units necessary to accredit it for rally-driving. It’s Cléon Fonte engine was redesigned by Alpine. With its newly-installed turbo, it could put out 160hp. The positioning of the engine unit was changed, placing it in the middle rear of the car so as to distribute weight more evenly. 1678 units were produced before being replaced by the Turbo 2.Solido 1:18 Porsche 964 3.8 RS Yellow

PORSCHE 911 (964) CARRERA 3.6 RS | 1:18 SCALE

In spring 1993 the Porsche press office announced a new, extreme sport interpretation of the 911 theme. With the wide body (M 491) and sport suspensions based on the 3.6 turbo, a modified front spoiler and a striking, six-way adjustable rear wing, the three-part 18-inch Speedline wheels, raised the RS 3.8 significantly from conventional 964 RS with a weight gain of 140 kilograms.Solido 1:18 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Red

ALFA ROMEO GTV6 | 1:18 SCALE

‘Cuore sportivo’: the promise is in the slogan of the brand. Alfa Romeo is sport and emotion, and in the year 1984 it was necessary to replace the famous GT Bertone and Alfetta GT coupés. The Aresian firm presented an elegant 2 + 2 designed by Giugiaro. This Fastback received the famous Italian V6 with its inimitable sound. This block would equip all Alfas to come for a quarter of a century, perpetuating the myth until the 2000s. Today still, this coupe represents for many the culmination of the sporting history of the Italian brand. Collectors and amateurs of Youngtimers are no fools and are still actively looking for remaining copies.

 

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AMALGAM FORMULA 1™ 2022 CONCEPT SCULPTURE

Amalgam Release Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

We are proud to introduce the beautiful new miniature Amalgam sculptures capturing the essence of the Formula 1™ Concept 2022 design. This is the second sculpture series launched by Amalgam, with its design being based on detailed CAD data provided by the Formula 1™ group before being reinterpreted by artist Remco de Reus.

Amalgam Collection Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

Owing to the complete reworking of the F1™ regulations coming in 2022, the cars will look radically different. The F1™ Concept 2022 design that F1 Group™ has shared with Amalgam, is a compelling taste of what the cars will look like under the new regulations. Amalgam’s beautiful miniature sculpture by Remco de Reus captures the essence of the F1™ Concept 2022 design, and distils it into a fine collectible piece.

Amalgam Collection Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

 As part of a huge push to increase the number of exciting races, the 2022 cars will have a radical new design philosophy and striking new look, with sweeping bodywork, simplified front wings, bigger rear wings, increased underbody aerodynamics, wheel wake control devices, simplified suspension, and low-profile tyres with 18-inch rims. This new, radically different car’s striking new look has been captured in these 11cm (4in) long sculptures.

Amalgam Collection Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

Each 2022 Concept sculpture is hand cast, hand finished, primed, plated in aluminium and finally clear lacquered and polished. The sculpture comes with a booklet containing details of the rule changes and their impact on the car design, all enclosed in a beautiful presentation box.

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Amalgam Collection Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

Amalgam Collection Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

Amalgam Collection Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

Amalgam Collection Formula 1™ 2022 Concept Sculpture

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AMALGAM INTRODUCES CELEBRATORY FERRARI SF1000 1000TH GP COLLECTION

AMALGAM INTRODUCES CELEBRATORY FERRARI SF1000 ‘1000th’ GP COLLECTION

Amalgam Introduces Celebratory Ferrari SF1000 1000th GP Collection

 

On the 13th of September 2020 the most famous team in Formula 1 celebrated their 1000th grand prix.  It was an astonishing achievement signifying 70 years of total commitment to the world’s premier motor racing series. Amalgam are excited to reveal the full Ferrari SF1000 Tuscany Grand Prix series, having perfectly captured the car that celebrates Ferrari’s unique achievement in its deep blood red livery at multiple scales. The impressive replicas of both Charles Leclerc’s and Sebastian Vettel’s unique SF1000 cars are presented at 1:8 and 1:18 scales, alongside a miniature nosecone at 1:12 scale.

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Ferrari SF1000 - 1000th GP Livery at 1:18 Scale

 

At the smaller 1:18 scale, limited edition variants for both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have been announced. Only 500 models will be built for either driver version as Amalgam continues to set the quality benchmark for this scale, recognised amongst high-end collectors worldwide. The prototype model was the result of over 800 hours of development, which only concluded once Ferrari’s design and engineering teams were satisfied with the accuracy of representation. Every model is supplied with a special certificate booklet celebrating Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix. The edition of Leclerc car is currently available to purchase, with the first Vettel editions available soon.

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Ferrari SF1000 - 1000th GP Livery at 1:12 Scale

 

We are delighted to be offering precise miniature recreations of the SF1000’s nosecone for both drivers, which in particular showcase the traditional hand-painted style of the #16 and #5 numbers of Leclerc and Vettel respectively. Requiring over 500 hours of development, the 1:12 scale nosecone measures nearly 18cm wide and comes in its own acrylic display case, perfect for exhibition. These models can be removed from their mounting frame which itself is inspired by the storage racks in the real Scuderia Ferrari pit lane garage.

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Ferrari SF1000 - 1000th GP Livery at 1:8 Scale

 

At the flagship 1:8 scale, the sample model involved over 2500 hours of development, and each subsequent production model has taken around 250 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint, decal and build. The finished pieces measure over 71cm long and were built using original CAD designs and paint codes supplied by Scuderia Ferrari. The production run is limited to just 50 pieces.

 

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ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE – 1977-1989

ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE (1977-1989)

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a British grand tourer. It was hailed at its 1977 presentation as “Britain’s First Supercar” (often nicknamed “British Muscle car”) for its 170 mph top speed. Its engine was taken from the Lagonda, yet it utilized superior camshafts, expanded compression ratio, bigger valve channels and larger carburettors mounted on new manifolds resulting in greater power output. Straight-line acceleration was the best of the day, with 0–60 mph in 5.3 seconds which was 1/10th of a second faster than the Ferrari Daytona.

The first edition was equipped with four 48IDF2/100 Weber carburettors resulted in 390 bhp at 5800 rpm and 550 Nm at 4500 rpm, and subtle details, such as a blanked bonnet vent and larger rear spoiler.

Series 2 was released in early 1986. With, perhaps the most observable design highlight being the closed hood bulge as opposed to the open scoop found on the ordinary V8. The grille zone was closed off, with driving lights embedded and a lip spoiler added to the bootlid. The 1986–1989 580 ‘X-Pack’ was a further overhaul, with Cosworth cylinders and Nimrod racing-spec heads upping power to 403 hp. A ‘Big Bore’ aftermarket was available, with 50 mm carbs (rather than 48 mm) and straight-through fumes framework further increasing output to 432 hp. In the event that this wasn’t enough, a 450 hp 6.3-litre adaptation was also available from Aston Martin. In the end 304 ‘series 2’ Vantage cars were produced – including 131 X-Packs – and 192 Volantes.

A Vantage Volante convertible was later produced between 1986 and 1989. Featuring a significantly more profound front spoiler than fitted to the Vantage, enlarged wheel arches, and broadened side skirts. The Vantage Volante additionally had a larger rear spoiler than the standard Volante. Altogether, 192 Vantage Volantes were produced, with the last ones leaving the factory in December 1989. In 1987 Charles, Prince of Wales received his V8 Vantage Volante, yet at his request without the bulkier wheel arches, front air dam or broadened side skirts. This spec became known as the ‘Sovereign of Wales Spec’ produced only 26 times.

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JAGUAR E-TYPE – 1961

JAGUAR E-TYPE

The Jaguar E-Type is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd from 1961 up until 1975. The combination of beauty and immense performance meant it soon became an icon of the motoring world. The E-Type’s claimed 150 mph top speed and sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph time was unheard of at that time. It featured all the latest mechanical advancements such as unitary construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and an independent front and rear suspension distinguished, which we now take for granted. The E-Type was based on Jaguar’s D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three consecutive years, which perhaps explain why this car handled a treat.

On its release on 15 March 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made”.

The E-Type was originally introduced as a rear-wheel drive grand tourer available in coupé and roadster form. A four-seater coupé version, with an extended wheelbase, was later released in 1966.

As of 2014, the most expensive production Jaguar E-Type sold at auction for just over £400,000. It was a 4.2-litre Series 1 roadster, with matching numbers, original paint and interior, under 80,000 original miles, and a history of being in the original buyer’s family for 45 years.

Worldwide, including both left and right hand drive examples, a total of 7,828 3.8-litre Series 1 roadsters were built, with 6,749 of the later 4.2-litre Series 1 roadsters having been manufactured.

Jaguar E-Type Models

BUGATTI CHIRON

BUGATTI CHIRON

Bugatti Chiron at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Source: Wikipedia

The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engine two-seater sports car developed and manufactured in Molsheim, France by French automobile manufacturer Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The successor of the Veyron, was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March 2016. The name pays homage to the Monegasque driver Louis Chiron.

The most significant carry over component from the Veyron is the 8L quad-turbocharged W16 engine, though it has been heavily modified, resulting in an extra 492 hp than the original Veyron. Therefore, the engine in the Chiron has a peak power output of 1,479 hp and a peak torque of 1,600Nm.

Like its predecessor the Chiron utilises a carbon fibre body structure, independent suspension and a complex all-wheel drive system. The body is extremely strong capable of handling 50,000 Nm per degree.

Acceleration from 0-62 mph is achieved in just 2.4 seconds according to Bugatti, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.5 seconds and 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 13.6 seconds. In a world-record-setting test at the time in 2017, the Chiron reached 400 km/h (249 mph) in 32.6 seconds, after which it needed 9.4 seconds to brake to standstill.[17]

Acceleration statistics (according to manufacturer):

Acceleration RangeTime (seconds)
0-62 mph (0-100 km/h)2.4
0-124 mph (0-200 km/h)6.5
0-186 mph (0-300 km/h)13.6
0-249 mph (0-400 km/h)32.6 (world record at the time)

The Chiron’s top speed is electronically limited to 261 mph, for safety reasons, as no tires manufactured at that time were able to handle the immense stress at speeds above the limiter. As you can imagine fuel economy during high speed runs is not the best, in fact at full chap the Chiron will empty its 100 Litre fuel tank in just nine minutes!

Unfortunately the production run of 500 Chirons is coming to an end in 2021, with fewer than 75 left to leave the Molsheim factory. However, the Chiron name lives on, in the forms of the Chiron Sport, Chiron Our Sport, Chiron Sport 110 Ans and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+.

MODELS

Mercedes-benz 300sl gullwing – 1954′

MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL – 1954′

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W198) was produced as a two-seat sports gullwinged coupe from 1954-1957, and roadster from 1957-1963. It was a direct descendant to the 1952, W194 racer, notably driven by two greats, Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, to victory at 24Hours of LeMans, Mille Miglia and the Nürburgring.

The design objective was to make the car as light and streamlined as possible, to enable a greater top speed and quicker acceleration. To achieve this it featured a curvaceous welded to a lightweight tubular frame, and to further reduce weight, its bonnet, doors, dashboard and boot lid were made of aluminium. This paired with a 240 hp 3.0L overhead cam straight-six made it the fastest production car of its time, 163 mph.

The interior is definitive of the era. Three checkered pattern fabric were available for the seats, however most customers chose the optional leather upholstery. Due to an unusually high sill, getting in and out of the car proved to be quite problematic. To get around this, the steering wheel could be released and pivoted 90 degrees away from the dashboard, this made the entry and exit less laborious, but still not easy.

The standard 300SL price in the US for the coupe was $6280, and the roadster was $10950, accounting for inflation around £49000 and £101,000. The 60% jump in price between the two versions was only accountable for the US, as European markets saw only a 10% jump between the two models. This is put down to increased transatlantic shipping costs and the US being classed as the target market by Mercedes. Like today, optional extras can quickly escalate the cost.

OptionPrice (USD)
Colour other than metallic silver65
Bumper guards (4)40
Windscreen washers18
Becker radio264
Leather upholstery for Coupe165
Fitted luggage for Roadster85
Crated shipment from factory80
Competition springs (4)88
Competition front shock absorbers (2)41
Competition rear shock absorbers (2)85
Competition camshaft73
Rudge wheels (5)350
Optional ring and pinion gears, per set80
Hardtop for Roadster178

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Lamborghini MIURA P400 SV – 1971’

LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 SV – 1971’

The Miura was the first supercar produced by the Italian Bull and was, arguably, the first supercar the world had ever seen. When it was launched it was met with surprise and wonder by onlookers, resembling no other car in the history of motoring. Its iconic lines are due, in part, to the placement of the engine, which was mounted transversely behind the passenger cabin. Its V12, 3929cc engine with Weber twin-choke carburettors, was capable of 385 brake horsepower, driven by five speed manual transmission and the car featured independent front and rear suspensions.

Perhaps the most incredible thing about the Lamborghini Miura – and there are a lot of incredible things about the Miura – is that it was never supposed to happen. The car, named after Spain’s fiercest and most feared breed of fighting bull, started as the after-hours project of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s young technical director and his deputy, Giampaolo Dallara and Giampaolo Stanzini.

Lamborghini had already transitioned from a successful tractor maker to sports car maker, renowned for his brilliant mechanical mind and his obsession with excellence. This was a man who once told Enzo Ferrari that his 250 GTO— yes that one—wasn’t good enough. Enzo told him to pound sand and stick to tractors. Instead, Lamborghini built the 350 GTV, a front-engine, rear-wheel drive two-seater that quickly rose to prominence in Italy, to the displeasure of Enzo Ferrari.

The GTV’s success got Dallara and Stanzini to dreaming, taking inspiration from racing icons like the Ford GT and the Ferrari 250 Le Mans to imagine their own mid-engine machine. Trouble was, The Boss was interested in perfecting GT cars, not in racing misadventures. They didn’t dare advanced beyond drawings and plans. Finally, one night in early 1965, they worked up the courage to show their boss their brainchild. To their surprise, Ferruccio was impressed, and gave their pipe dream the green light.

The resulting prototype chassis was called the P400 and featured a transversely mounted 4-liter V12 engine. The engine, gearbox, and differential were all built as one unit, using the same lubrication for all three major parts. This design was ludicrously complex but was the only way to make the packaging work and maintain a low profile.

The P400 was unveiled as a bare chassis at the 1963 Turin Motor Show. The next step was bodywork. Ferruccio commissioned legendary coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone and his young mastermind, twenty-five-year-old Marcello Gandini, to make the P400 look beautiful. Gandini worked feverishly throughout the 1965/1966 winter to get the lines just right. Timing was tight; the first Miura was finished and loaded onto a hauler destined for Geneva just one day before the show.

The car was, almost overnight, the must-have item in any well-to-do’s garage. Originally slated as a limited-run car, the sheer number of orders flooding into Sant’ Agata compelled Lamborghini to build 108 Miuras in the first year alone. In total, just 474 original Miuras were built (some say the total was 475). The Miura S, unveiled in 1968, featured more power, (370hp up from 350) upgraded brakes, and a slightly higher top speed of 280kph (174mph). A total of only 140 were sold between its unveiling 1968 and 1971.

The final production Miura, known as the Miura SV, was introduced in 1971. The SV’s most notable change was that the engine and gearbox were now separate. Suspension changes fixed notorious oversteering problems, and power increased to 385hp @ 7850rpm. It debuted alongside the Countach concept, which would become the Miura’s successor just a year later.

Though the Miura was not Lamborghini’s first car, it was the first in what would become the Lamborghini mold—big, loud engines mounted behind the driver powering breathtakingly-styled coupes. Ferruccio may have said it best: “The Miura was like a magnificent mistress to me. Uncomfortable, very expensive, but unforgettable.”

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FERRARI 330 P4 – 1967

Ferrari 330 P4 – 1967

The 330 P4 must go down as one of the most revered Ferrari race cars of all time. One of the last Ferrari prototypes that still resembled a sports car, the 330 P4 hit the world sports car stage during one of its most exciting eras. Pitted against the Ford GT40 programme, which had beaten Ferrari at Le Mans in 1965, this V12 powered prancing horse improved upon its 330 P3 predecessor with an all new three valve cylinder head and other significant engine modifications. 

Whilst the GT40 brought brute power and strength to the world’s race circuits, Ferrari stuck to their formula of lightweight and smaller engines for prototypes, believing that this package of technical sophistication and sublime handling would outclass the American manufacturer’s torque in the end.

The highlight of the 330 P4’s career was at Daytona where Ferrari placed 1-2-3 at one of the world’s greatest sports car races. It is reputed that until Enzo Ferrari’s death, he kept a photograph of the winning trio on their final lap to victory, so much did this result mean to him. That’s why it must go down as the one of the most revered Ferrari race cars of all time.

1-2-3 Finish – Daytona 1967′

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This fine 1:8 scale model of the 330 P4 has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Ferrari regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.

Every Amalgam 1:8 scale model is supplied in a luxury black box with a protective outer carrying sleeve. Each model is mounted on a polished black acrylic base protected by a clear acrylic dust cover. The base holds a booklet containing the certificate of authenticity along with information and collateral material about the car. The model title and original branding is displayed on a polished stainless steel plaque mounted at the front end of the base.

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