More Ford (this time die-cast!)

a little over a year ago, i asked the folks at ford and harley-davidson questions about some new products. i had the guys work up some e-sheets, and then sent them to both companies:

harley-davidson – can we use your graphics and logos, and splash them on ford-die-cast. also, can we sell a 1:24 h-d motorcycle with a ford truck?

ford – can we use h-d graphics and splash them on replicas of your cars and trucks, and can we sell your trucks with h-d motorcycles?

ford was pretty quick about it, h-d took a little longer, but eventually got it, and a little over a year later, these pretty babies will start showing up in your favorite target store, as well as other retailers.


New 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Announced


MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 13, 2010 – Ford gave the green light only once before: In 1968, management approved a special Mustang – a car that sacrificed nothing in its quest to be the best all-around road-going performance machine ever created by Ford Motor Company. That car became the 1969 Mustang Boss 302, and it remains one of the world’s most sought-after examples of American performance.

Forty-two years later, Ford has given the green light again.

The team of Ford engineers, designers and stylists – all Mustang enthusiasts to the core – that created the groundbreaking 2011 Mustang GT has distilled a new model to its purest form, strengthening, lightening and refining each system to create a race car with a license plate. Its name: the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

“The decision to build a modern Boss was not entered into lightly,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “The entire team at Ford felt the time was right and with the right ingredients, the world-class 2011 Mustang could support a successful, race-bred, worthy successor to the original Boss 302. For us that meant a production Mustang that could top one of the world’s best – the 2010 BMW M3 – in lap times at Laguna Seca. We met our expectations.”

To celebrate the racing heritage of the new Mustang Boss 302, Ford will also offer a limited number of Boss 302 Laguna Seca models, named for the track where Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302. Aimed at racers more interested in on-track performance than creature comforts, the Boss 302 Laguna Seca has increased body stiffness, a firmer chassis set-up and an aerodynamics package carried over almost in its entirety from the Ford Racing Boss 302R.

here is a short video on the new Boss:

And of course, some pix for you:

And yes, friends, this will be available from us next year.

1967 Mustang tooling model for 1:18


Although this looks like a black-and-white photo, it’s in color. Before a die-cast model is made, we hand make one from plastic resin that is 1-1/2 times larger than the finished car. This tooling model serves two purposes: 1) it lets the tooling people know that all of the parts will fit together the way it was planned, and 2) we submit it to the licensor (Ford, in this case) so they can be assured that it looks accurate before we make the steel tooling for the production models. It may look a little strange to see the chrome, windows and tires in primer color but the purpose of this model is show the shapes and the way that they fit together, not colors. Plain cylinders represent the wheels and tires — CAD drawings are sufficient for these so it isn’t cost-effective to make a model of them.


Here’s the pre-production sample. You can see a slim area where the paint didn’t cover below the bumper ahead of the front wheels. That was fixed on the production models that are just arriving in stores now. In addition to the Highland Green Metallic color shown, it’s also available in Candy Apple Red. The SKU is 31166.

Hooray for the red, white and liquid blue!


July 4 is Independence Day in the good ol’ U. S. of A. so here’s a shot of some 1:64 Maisto ProRodz die-cast cars from the three big American manufacturers. At the left is a 1967 Ford Mustang GT, in the middle is a 1941 Willys (later to be owned by Chrysler) and on the right is a 1969 Pontiac Firebird.