Ducati’s brand new Monster 1200 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin G   
Monday, 18 November 2013 19:03

In 2014 Maisto will be adding another beautiful replica to the family, a 1:18 scale die-cast Ducati Monster 1200. Be sure to add this killer Superbike to your collection.



Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 19:07
Calling all cars PDF Print E-mail
Written by charlesmaisto   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 23:51

You might have seen this state patrol version of our 1:18 1939 Ford at warehouse clubs. In addition to the red light/siren on the fender it has an authentic police radio. The SKU is 31366.

On the dashboard is a big round speaker with the microphone below it.

Two-way radios of the time were bulky affairs so it is located inside a box in the trunk.

1:18 scale speedway racer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Charles Hepperle   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 23:37

Ten years ago we added a speedway racing bike to the Maisto 2-Wheelers line. Here's what it looked like then.

We photographed and measured an actual bike. This kind of bike offers some real racing excitement. The rider typically pegs the engine, swings the rear out and countersteers entirely around the dirt track with slight adjustments to avoid other racers. It doesn't have brakes. 

This bike is still in the line but has a different decoration now. [Current image added Nov. 12, 2014]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:30
Kart racing in the Czech Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by charlesmaisto   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 21:01

PAMA Hobby s.r.o., the Maisto distributor in Czech Republic, sponsored kart racing in the city of Rožnov recently. 53 drivers in six categories competed in the races that PAMA has sponsored for the past eight years. The karts are engine-less and raced down an inclined course.

The youngest pilot of this year's race is 4-year-old Kristyna.

See the PAMA website at www.pamahobby.cz and event photos on their facebook page at /www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=407838212672817&set=a.407836312673007.1073741831.233782673411706&type=1&theater .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 21:15
10-4 Day in Hollywood PDF Print E-mail
Written by charlesmaisto   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:12

Friday, Oct. 4 will be the tenth 10-4 Day event in Hollywood, California. It's a free car show and parade of police and emergency vehicles (or their clones) used in movies and television.

 The Maisto 1955 Buick Century die-cast model represents an authentic California Highway Patrol car. In the early years of the Highway Patrol television show in the mid- to late-'50s the CHP loaned actual patrol cars, including the '55 Buick, for use in the show. Onscreen, generic "Highway Patrol" emblems on the doors covered up the official markings. For details on 10-4 Day and the TV show, go to http://highwaypatroltv.com/. The event is organized by Gary Goltz, the host of the linked website, who will be there with his re-created '55 Buick Highway Patrol car.

The significance of "10-4" (and the reason for the event date being on the fourth day of the tenth month) is that in police radio lingo, 10-4 means "OK," as in "I acknowledge the message that you just sent." In the U.S., CB radio users also spoke the 10- codes. Those phrases could be heard in trucker movies and TV shows that were popular in the '70s and '80s. I think I'll go 10-7 (off duty) now and get over to the doughnut shop.

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