How To Package A Model Car

model car packaging

Model car packaging is a skill all model car collectors should have. If a model car’s packaging sustains irreparable damage, knowing how to efficiently and professionally repackage it will be invaluable.

First, you need to get a cardboard box large enough for your model car. For a 1/18th scale diecast car, a cardboard box with the measurements 12in x 9in x 5 in will be perfect. Use packing tape to secure the bottom of the box shut.

Now you have to build a pallet for your model car. Without a pallet, the car would move around easily inside the cardboard box, and the risk of it getting damaged is high. To build a pallet, use a cardboard box with the same measurements as the box above, and fold it into a capital “I” shape. The center of the “I” will be formed by the bottom of the box, and the top and bottom part (perpendicular to the center) will be formed by the sides of the box.

Fold up the top and bottom parts of the “I” shape. You will notice that on either side of both the top and bottom parts, there is a little extra cardboard that is longer than the breadth of the center of the I. Fold these pieces in to make the pallet sturdier. Then insert it into the original cardboard box. This will make the packaging stronger.

Now you’re ready to fix the car to the pallet.

Attach a rubber band to the doors of the car. This is to ensure they do not pop open when/if the box gets moved around. Then, use 3-ply cardboard to make a plinth to support your model car in the box packaging. This is to ensure it’s wheels do not deteriorate/come off if the box is moved around.

To make a plint, simply cut one piece of cardboard to match the length and width of the car. Then cut two more pieces of cardboard that are of the same width as the entire car, but the same length as the underside of the car between the front and back wheels. Place the smaller two layers of cardboard on top of the longer layer of cardboard and superglue them strongly in place. When you set your model car on top of this plinth, it’s wheels should be elevated above the lowest layer of cardboard.

Secure the plinth to the pallet inside the original cardboard box with superglue. Then, using a pair of scissors, cut slits in the pallet following the two ends of the longer cardboard piece of the plinth, as well as the two ends of the shorter cardboard piece. You should have four slits on either side of the pallet. Each slit should be about 3/4 of the distance of the pallet to the plinth.

Cut out four pieces of cardboard by cutting across the top of each slit to the neighboring slit. Then, place the model car on the plinth. Slot bubblewrap through each of the four cut-outs on the cardboard and wrap the vehicle’s hood and bonnet tightly to prevent them from damage.

Congratulations! You have successfully packaged your model car.

Our sincerest thanks to Aagard Group for their packaging advice.

Diesel Powered Cars: Coming At You!

The variety of diesel powered cars on North American highways has actually been dropping steadily since their peak in the mid 1980s. For lots of vehicle drivers, diesel engines invoke images of contamination, bad power, and unreliability. However, one generation later on and all that will change. New diesel powered vehicles will quickly be showing up, in fact one is already here and getting important acclaim from car enthusiasts.

Who can forget those diesel powered Chevrolet Caprices and Oldsmobile 98s that unexpectedly became very popular 25 years ago? If you resemble numerous car owners, you wish to remember those cars. What GM did at that time was to take existing gasoline engines and convert them to diesel engines. These converted engines were loud, smoky, and extremely undependable. They were unreliable to the point where GM had to pay tens of millions of dollars to change failed engines with fuel engines.

The memory of GM’s diesel mess was never lost on drivers who have rejected diesel to the point where lots of automakers are no longer producing diesel engines. Mercedes, a great seller of diesel-powered cars in Europe, no longer sells a diesel-powered car in North America. VW is the lone importer of diesel engines while the United States producers just place high-efficiency diesel engines in their bigger vehicles such as choice of trucks.

Another location that has stopped diesel motor cold is air contamination. Actually, stringent emission policies have all but wiped out the possibility that a lot of the smaller sized diesel engines could be sold in the U.S. However, a change is in the wind as brand-new technology is now in place that will make diesel powered cars cleaner. In addition, with the high expense of gas now dominating, a diesel powered car has much more of an appeal to it specifically because fuel cost savings of 20-30% are possible.

DaimlerChrysler recently presented a Jeep Liberty with an optionally equipped diesel engine and this compact SUV is selling well with the free driving force. Its new 2.8 L diesel delivers fuel improvements as high as 32% over an equivalent gas 4×4 model, and pollution is kept to a minimum. Also, the added torque is a favorite with some, specifically those who need to pull a boat or a camper with the Jeep.

Volkswagen will be bringing new diesel-powered cars to the North American market over the next few years. Diesel powered Golfs, Jettas, and perhaps some larger model VWs will soon be passing through the highways and byways of Canada and the United States

BMW and Mercedes are both likely to be importing diesel cars over the next couple of years. Both car manufacturers are studying the market to see if compact models might offer in North America. Each proposed model line is currently offered in Europe and diesel engines are an attractive option with these cars.

GM is likewise thinking about tapping its relationship with Isuzu to import engines to be put in some compact models. Long a manufacturer of diesel powered vehicles, Isuzu has practically exited the North American market, however, might return in the form of Isuzu powered cars offered by GM.

Chrysler will likely take its useful experience with its Jeep division and begin to use diesel motors on other trucks and SUVs. At the very same time the all new Dodge Caliber, a replacement for the Neon, might ultimately provide a diesel engine too.

Ford seems to be content with expanding its hybrid offerings and no other Japanese, or Korean makers appear ready to jump into the diesel motion … yet. Regardless, within five years the number of diesel cars on American and Canadian roads will likely triple. This can be an advantage for individuals wanting better fuel mileage, more torque, and an extremely reliable engine.

For older diesel powered cars, they will continue to serve their function as owners discover the best ways to extend their lives through beneficial aftermarket parts such as Bully Dog and competing products. With their rugged durability and well-known reliability, diesel powered cars and the truck can quickly reach a half of million miles or more before giving up, but when they do you can be assured there is a shop like Central Tire and Auto ( to take care of you.

Getting Started with Your Own 5th Scale Model

Getting Started with Your Own 5th Scale Model

Model building is a great hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. But before getting started on your own fifth scale model there a few things to consider.

Pick the Right Car

Choose a subject that interests you. Whether you have a passion for muscle cars of the sixties or World War II era planes, choosing a subject that you care about will motivate you to complete your model as well as give you a greater sense of satisfaction when you are finished.

Start Simple

Stick with a complexity level you are comfortable at. Nothing will ruin the experience of building your first model quicker than one that is too difficult for your skills. Start out with models with fewer parts and simple paint schemes, then as your confidence grows with each successful build challenge yourself by choosing higher skilled models.

Get Prepared

Have the right tools for the job. Recommend starting with side cutters, hobby knife, scissors, tweezers, toothpicks, Q-tips and paper towels. As you progress into more complex models your tool list will grow but for your first model this list will get you started.

Prepare your work space before you begin. A clean and comfortable work space is important when doing something as detailed as building models. Also, many times during a build you will need your tools within arm’s reach so having easy access to them will help you avoid getting yourself into a sticky situation.

Look over instructions carefully before removing your first part. Having an overall picture of what you are building and the steps involved will aid you in making any blunders later on.

When gluing remember the old adage: Less is more! You can always add more glue but getting it back in the tube is easier said than done. If you do get more glue on a part than intended do not wipe off, instead wait for it to dry than sand excess off.  Here is a video to show you how to get started with your own 5th scale model.

Don’t quit because it didn’t turn out the way you hoped. If your first fifth scale model doesn’t turn out how you expected, don’t let the disappointment stop you from trying again. Model building is a skill, and as with all skills, is one that needs to be practiced to get better at. Take what you learn from your first build and apply it to your next model. The more you build the more your skills will grow and the happier you will be with the results.

Overview of Toyota’s Collection of Realistic 5th Scale Models

Toyota's Collection of Realistic 5th Scale Models

In celebrating its 75th anniversary in May 2013, Toyota brought to light fifty model cars that were previously hidden from public display. It unveiled its 1:5 ratio fifty scale model car collection at the Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute City, in Aichi Japan, which were on display for a short time, until May 6. These models are perhaps amongst the rarest artifacts ever kept in Japan; rarer than other historical artifacts in other museums. It was the first and last, or only time that you would be able to see Toyota’s collection of realistic 5th scale models on display.

Once in a Lifetime Exhibit

Although Toyota usually keeps its models indoors, purely for its own design study and archival purposes, it made an absolutely once-in-a-lifetime, and utterly rare exception that day. At the museum, the Toyota 75 Exhibit included fifty previously hidden scale model cars, directly sourced from Toyota’s Design Center and until that day, seen only by the design specialist and modelers. Each car was a fifth of its real-life size. The cars were actually relatively big for models, and they all featured perfectly accurate wheels, tires, knobs, buttons, and interiors. Anyone could see so for themselves, in person or in the photographs taken by the visitors. If you saw the cars for yourself, you were lucky, but fear not; they were photographed and documented by a number of people, such as SpeedHunters’ Mark Garrett  who documented his visit.

Cars on Display

As the model cars made their limited appearance, photography was allowed for the first time in the exhibit. The photographs are remarkable. Along with the cars of the scale model display, there were systematic model diagrams for 700 vehicles. A few well-known models, such as the latest MR2s, last-generation of Cressida, Coronas, Corollas, Supras and AW11 Roadster were seen on display, along with the sixth generation Corona liftback and Mark II.

Colorful and remarkably specific in detail and intricacy, all model cars are a marvel in photograph form. The exhibit arguably gave people the chance to see cars that would be expensive and difficult to be seen all at once in their real form. The cars were exclusively kept out of sight and away from the public before the release and will never be seen by the public again. They are once again in the factory and design house headquarters, out of spectator access.

This was a one time opportunity for all 5th scale model car lovers, maybe one day it will be open to the public again and you can see Toyota’s collection of realistic 5th scale models.