Finally — 1:24 GT-R approved

Maisto 1:24 Nissan GT-R, #31294
Maisto 1:24 Nissan GT-R, #31294

On April 19, 2008 we started a series of blog posts about the Maisto 1:24 GT-R promising to show you the steps from beginning to end. We have recently received approval from Nissan for the pre-production samples in the photos above. Normally, the process doesn’t take this long. So now it’s on to production.


1:24 Nissan GT-R step-by-step


Progress has slowed quite a bit in our step-by-step series following the Maisto 1:24 die-cast from start to finish. Although we had submitted painted pre-production samples to the licensor (see earlier post), Nissan still wasn’t able to approve the subtle shapes on the hood around the air ducts. So, we’ve made three versions of the hood to see if we could get one of them approved. We’ve also revised the rear license plate area (not shown here) to delete the raised area around the plate. We’ve heard that a lot of other model companies have had trouble getting the hood shape just right, too. It’s a subjective process to get the shapes to look correct because Nissan would not release CAD data files. We hope to have good news soon.

1:24 Nissan GT-R: first photos

Here’s the latest in our continuing series following the making of a die-cast car from start to finish.

We just received the pre-production sample from our in-house model builders. We will be sending it to the Nissan license agent for their review. So, it’s possible that there will be some minor changes before it goes into production.

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words so we’ll quit writing and you can start looking. By the way, if you ever needed a car to speed around in underground, this might be the one.

Here’s a photo of one our master craftsmen working on the tooling model (the hand-made model that was the oversized prototype for the steel molds that will be used for the production models).

GT-R tooling model — comments from Nissan

This the latest in our ongoing series following the production of a die-cast 1:24 Nissan GT-R from start to finish.

The hand-made tooling model was submitted to Nissan who is requiring only a few corrections before we “cut steel” (make the molds):

1. Please remove the antenna.

2. The [hood scoop] opening appears too big — please make the openings smaller and position a little back.

3. The duct is being mounded abruptly agains the engine hood — please make the mound smoother along the surface of the engine hood. The mound should be bumped less toward the front (point indicated in blue).

4. The bumper looks dented toward the left (where indicated with red in the left image) — please correct accordingly.

5. The bumper should be angled according to the blue line.

You can bet that the Nissan designers took a very close look at our model so it’s gratifying to find that they only found a few things to be improved. We’ll make the changes and resubmit it to Nissan.

2009 Nissan GT-R (A Closer Look)

So we’re sitting here this morning scarfing down some doughnuts before a quick monday morning meeting, when low and behold some boxes come in and it quickly catches our attention. 

Did someone order some tools? And what’s with that creepy Mexican puppet? Oh that’s Cantinflas!

See that…Ooh, that’s perdy! She travel’s first class!

Here is a little more detailed shot of the engine, for a 1:24 scale model, and the price point this one is pretty nice!

the old pics didn’t show the details in the clear headlights.

this interior is just as inviting as the real car, extremely detailed and on-point.

here’s a little side-by-side comparison of the tooling model and a 1:24 scale Pro Rodz vehicle. this is the size we work with to get all the details down.


here are some more beauty shots so you can see the detail and accuracy we are putting into this piece.

side view…

don’t forget the rear!



we will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the 2009 Nissan GT-R casting, just stay tuned to the Double D!

2009 Nissan GT-R: It’s tooling model time!

Here is the latest in our ongoing series following the creation of a new die-cast car. Check the older posts for our beginning steps of gathering research material and photos of the upcoming 1:24 scale 2009 Nissan GT-R for the Maisto Special Edition line.

Here are photos of the tooling model made by our talented staff. We received pictures of the actual car from Nissan on April 9; sent them to our model makers a week or so later and supplemented them with more sent on May 23. So, in about two months, they created the sculpture that you see here. Keep in mind that we were not permitted to use computer design files so all of this was hand-made following photos and measurements.

The tooling model is 50% larger than the finished model will be (this makes it 1:18 scale). The reasons for this is that it is easier to work in a larger size and that when it is reduced by 2/3 to make the steel molds (called “tools” in the trade) any little variations will be even less visible.

Every part, including hidden mounting tabs, is made just as the finished model will be. It is assembled without glue. You say you get the body being in primer but the windows, too? Well, at this stage we are only interested in the shapes of the parts, not the finish.

You might have noticed the tiny little blocks around the edges of some parts. Those are the ones, like doors and windows, that need to have a precise fit. Those little nubs are only used on the tooling model and they represent the tolerance for the permissible gap surrounding the part. They won’t be included on the finished model.



The cylinders that pose as wheels and tires have the correct outside dimensions but have no detail. The wheels and tires will be drawn in a computer-aided-design program and then milled directly to the tool without going through the model stage.

When I saw these photos, I pointed out four corrections that the model needed before the model makers send it to the U.S. to be reviewed by Nissan: 1) add a slight crease midway up the C pillar (the body panel between the rear window and the rear-side window); 2) make the hood bulges blend into the hood more gradually; 3) and 4) show the correct number of buttons on the center stack (the panel between the dash and the console). Can you see anything that needs improving? Keep in mind that this will retail for about US$10 so don’t go asking for separate engine and chassis parts — we’ve got to keep the cost down.

2009 GT-R, a look from above!

May 22: Nissan made a GT-R available to licensees for an hour each. Despite crazy weather with hail, torrential rain and even a few tornadoes around Los Angeles it was bright and sunny at the shoot site in Torrance. You can see a shadow of yours truly up on a 16-foot ladder capturing the body shape from above. The air scoops are an interesting detail. Set into slight bulges on the hood, their NACA-duct shape and contrasting color make them stand out. Underneath the hood, a duct (yellow arrow) from each scoop directs air into the engine.