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Category: Maisto

Maisto, Trabant

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Diecast models, Maisto, Trabant
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The Trabant was the most common vehicle in East Germany and often over looked by model makers although some are available in bigger scales, even Scalextric made a racing version.

This one is made by Maisto International and was issued in 2007 under the ‘Fresh Metal‘ series.


The scale is about 1:64 and have all four colours as issued.


Nice little cars from Maisto, the paint is a satin finish rather than a high gloss.

The real cars


The Trabant is a car that was produced by former East German auto maker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in Zwickau, Saxony. It was the most common vehicle in East Germany, and was also exported to countries both inside and outside the communist bloc. The main selling points were that it had room for four adults and luggage in a compact, light and durable shell; it was fast (when introduced); and it was durable.

For more on this car see Wikipedia Here

Maisto, Motorcycles

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Maisto, Motorbikes, Triumph, Yamaha
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Today we have something a bit different, a few years back I probably had 30 of these Maisto 1:18 scale motorbikes and now down to just three.

The one’s I now have are the one’s I liked the most, although I may add to them again at some point.

The first is a classic Triumph Bonneville or T120, descended directly from the Tiger 110. Twin Carburettor.

The second one is a much later Triumph Thunderbird 900, based on the 1995 model.

The next one is a Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic, looks like a Harley and better than the older Yamaha V-max, a fantastic looking bike.

These are now out of production and hard to find any real solid information on the models so will leave you with some real Motorcycle history and pictures.

Triumph speed twins

The Triumph Speed Twin designed by Edward Turner before the war was produced in large numbers after the war. Efforts to settle the lend-lease debts caused nearly 70% of Triumphs post war production to be shipped to the United States. Post War, the Speed Twin and Triumph Tiger 100 were available with a sprung rear hub, Triumph’s first attempt at a rear suspension.

For more on Triumph Engineering Co Ltd Click Here

The Thunderbird 900

For more on Triumph Motorcycles Ltd Click Here

Yamaha V Star 1100

The Yamaha XVS 1100 DragStar, sold as the V-Star 1100 in North America, is a motorcycle manufactured by Yamaha Motor Corporation. It comes in two versions, the XVS1100 Custom and the XVS1100A Classic, the former a more modern style, and the latter a more classic style, with rounder edges and is 13 kg (29 lb) heavier.

For more on the Yamaha V Star Click here or Here

Maisto, Aston Martin DB7

by Peter
Categories: Aston Martin, Cars, Diecast models, Maisto
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Something a bit different today, and maybe seen as a lesser manufacture but over the last few years some of my models are from far eastern makers, these days nearly every well known make has been made abroad including Matchbox in China and Macau, Dinky and Corgi both have been made in the far east and Mattel hotwheels still are.

The company we are talking about today is Maisto and is still going strong and have an extensive range of scales and models, I knew the name for their range of motorbikes but recently got a few of their smaller scale cars including the Aston martin DB7 in 1:40 scale.

The silver one on the right is an original Maisto colour, the green one on the left I refurbished and re-painted.

Maisto are well known as service station ‘giveaway’ promotions but has given them great exposure over the years.

They are great castings and shouldn’t be overlooked by the car collectors.

To see more of my Aston DB7 refurbishment and how to do it Click Here

The real car

The Aston Martin DB7 is a grand tourer which was produced by Aston Martin from September 1994 to December 2004. The grand tourer was available either as a coupé or a convertible. The prototype was complete by November 1992, and debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 1993, the car was styled by Ian Callum and Keith Helfet. The six-cylinder DB7 was positioned as an “entry-level” model below the hand-built V8 Virage introduced a few years earlier. This model was the highest production Aston Martin vehicle ever, with more than 7,000 built before it was replaced by the DB9.

For more on the real Aston DB7 Click Here