I’ve yet to meet a car guy whose interest has any real exclusivity for brand, type, or style. While strolling the aisles of the Sunday shopping-center car show, you’ll never hear someone say, “I don’t see that Camaro, I’m a Mustang guy,” or “Nope, no need to look at hat Rat Rod, I’m strictly into European sports cars.” We each have our preferences and
personal passions, but when it comes automotive ardor, pretty much anything on four wheels
has the potential to capture our attention. Or three or two wheels — as long as there’s an engine
or motor in there somewhere and a place to sit, count me in.
Likewise, there’s no wrong way to enjoy model cars. You may casually display a few models
to recapture the machines of your past, or to simply enjoy the cars you wish you could drive and
own. Or, you may be more ambitious and truly collect cars of a certain marque, era, or driver
(see Bill Bennett’s full spectrum of race cars driven by Mark Donahue in this issue’s Diecast
Essentials, for example). Or maybe Hot Wheels are your thing — if you’re Mike Zarnock, they’re
really, really your thing! No matter how many or few models you own, no matter how expensive
or a;ordable they are, you’re “doing it right.”
We focus on assembled models in Die Cast X Magazine, generally made of metal but more
and more frequently rendered in resin, but there’s no hesitation to zoom out to a broader view
the car-modeling and car-collecting hobby when interesting topics present themselves.
Few of us will tackle a project as ambitious as Scott Bailey’s customized Volkswagen Samba
(featured in this issue), but it’s fascinating to see how he built it. Static models are the core, but
interesting slot cars, radio control vehicles, and other varieties of scale machines may appear
between these pages — if it’s an interesting, entertaining, or exciting take on what a model car
can be, you can count on Die Cast X to share it with you.
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WELCOME BACK, MATT!
While it was a pleasure to take the helm of Die Cast X for this issue, I’m very
pleased to put the magazine (and DCXmag.com, and DCX social media!) in the
capable hands of Matt Boyd. Matt’s a veteran of Die Cast X, having served as
Editor from the first issue in 2005 though 2009. Matt also contributed to Air Age
Media’s other titles as well, including Model Airplane News, Radio Control Car
Action, and Radio Control Boat Modeler. He’s done it all, but Matt is a car guy first
and foremost, and we’re excited to have him in the driver’s seat.
Some cars appeal to narrower tastes than others,
get behind that.