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Mark Haveman just returned home from the 2017 Chicago I-Hobby Show.  While many quality vendors were there it seems that slowly other major vendors are skipping this show.  Nevertheless, we stopped by the Minichamps/Kyosho/BBR/Spark booth, as well as Highway 61, Signature, BRM, Scalextric, Ninco, Carrera, and SCX.  We stopped by many others as well but we limited our pictures to those that we feel were most interesting and exciting.  Most of the pictures represent future products so these pictures are some of the first available anywhere.  Most of these products are already on our web site so you can preorder if you choose.  At this point we don’t now have accurate information about the planned time release of any of these cars.  Please be patient as we wait for additional information.

Model brands that were not present at Chicago this year were AutoArt, Exoto, GMP, Maisto, and some other minor brands that may be carried by hobby distributors.

I have a sense that the buying crowd (retailers and hobby shop owners) were NOT present in big numbers.  This year’s attendance may be an indicator of the slow demise of future trade shows.  I am not predicting this, just that several vendors were disappointed with the crowd and may choose to stay home next year.

Models from Kyosho

2 for 1 AutoArt SALE

Huge selection of 1/18 scale AutoArt model cars on SALE for a limited time.  Buy one, get one FREE…..and you can order as many as you like.

In an effort to move some terrific AutoArt diecast cars in the slow season, Sport Craft, in cooperation with AutoArt, is offering customers a 2 for 1 sale for a limited time.  You can now buy any AutoArt 1/18 scale diecast car from the list below and choose another car of equal or less value FREE from the same list.  This is a limited time offer and applies only as long as supplies last.  The way this works is as follows: You place your on-line orders from this web page and we will collect your orders, submit them direct to the AutoArt factory reps, and ship to you when the models arrive here.  With a little patience you can save lots of money on one of the best model car values in the business, AutoArt.  Due to the special ordering arrangement, you should expect deliveries in 3-4 weeks.  We may be able to ship some items promptly from stock early in the sale, but most shipments will be delayed due to the special ordering arrangement. Note that all sales are final – no returns or exchanges.

Please read the following instructions

Rules: You can buy as many as you wish, (buy 3 get 3 more free, etc.) but we cannot split shipments or send to multiple addresses.  If you choose two cars of differing values you will be charged for the one with the higher price.  All cars must be purchased from this page by clicking the “Special Order” buttons below or by phone.  Do not order from the regular AutoArt pages, you need to use the buttons below.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  The free car you choose must also be listed on this page.  Please no email orders.  If you use the “Special Order” button for both cars you will only be charged for one car. Your invoice will show all cars ordered, even free cars, at the normal cost. Your shopping cart will not show a zero dollar amount for the free car – this is done when the order is processed  Shipping costs will be calculated normally.  Please do not call for a shipping date as this will vary by orders placed.  We reserve the right to establish a cutoff date but for now we can guarantee the sale at least through August 30 and probably longer.…

AutoArt Mercedes CLK-GTR

carson AutoArt Mercedes CLK-GTR

GMP Dirt Champ Race Cars

The third of a series of 1/12 Dirt Champ racers is the Bobby Unser Bardahl car (now on sale).


carson AutoArt Mercedes CLK-GTR
Also from GMP in their limited 1/12 scale Dirt Champ series, the fourth large scale Champ car, this one being the very attractive Mario Andretti Ford 4-cammer #2 Champ car sponsored by Vels Parnelli Jones Racing and driven by Mario in 1973.  What sets this car off from the previous two of these large scale cars is of course that monster engine sticking out of either side of the engine compartment and the overhead roll cage, a first for GMP products.   The engine is the same as used in the Al Unser Johnny Lightning Champ car which sold out two years ago very quickly.  This famous race car is now reduced to $219.95.…