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.


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.


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


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


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


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


‘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 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


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.


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.


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.


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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