1/32 Maisto Design: Gaming Series, Vision Gran Turismo


We’ve reached the beginning of a new week and today we’re taking a quick look at our 1/32nd scale Maisto Design: Gaming Series, which for you Sony fans currently holds a few of the vehicles from the Vision Gran Turismo line-up, specifically designed for the Gran Turismo video game! So far, we have the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Tursimo in simply Red, as well as the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo in Silver and Metallic Red, both consisting of a die-cast metal chassis with plastic parts bringing out the attention-getting finishes of these best of the best exotic cars! In order to find them on your local retailer’s store shelves, be sure to keep an eye out for our Maisto Design: Gaming Series packaging seen both above and down below!






1/24 Maisto Design: Authority, The 2009 Nissan GT-R (R35)

07.17.17We’re opening up the week with a quick look at a model from our 1/24th scale Maisto Design: Authority line-up, the 2009 Nissan GT-R (R35)! That’s right, the Nissan GT-R joins the ranks of the officer sporting Black and White colors, police badging, aftermarket wheels and tires, a custom engine, and features a set of opening doors as well as an opening hood! In order to find it or any of our other 1/24th scale die-cast Authority models, be sure to look for our custom Maisto Design packaging seen above, color-coded Blue and labeled AUTHORITY!07.17.17(1)

Fifty 5’s

For 2010 we will be introducing a new line to the Maisto stables. The 1/55 Custom Shop Fifty 5’s.
There will be a total of 6 vehicles in this first release. Viewed in this line-up is the 2009 Nissan 370Z, 1972 Datsun 510 and the 1975 Datsun 620. The other 3 (not pictured) will be the new Scion xB, the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and the 1995 Toyota SR5.
It will be displayed in a full-color blister card available for the U.S. and Europe. You will find this NEW HOT item in our 2010 catalog under the 25016 item number.

1972 Datsun 510
2009 Nissan 370Z
1975 Datsun 620 "Li'l Hustler"

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!