MINICARS: Upcoming AUTOart 1:18 releases

Collectors of scale-model JNCs have come to expect beautifully detailed 1:18 pieces from AUTOart, though new releases can come along with maddening infrequency. Thankfully, news from the 2019 Shizuoka Hobby Show indicates that the coming year will be a veritable boom era for classic Japanese diecast.

Perhaps the biggest news out of Shizuoka is the upcoming release of a 1:18 Kenmeri Skyline GT-R. Photos of AUTOart’s hand sample show a fully opening model, complete with engine and interior detail. The prototype model sits on RS Watanabe rims, suggesting that AUTOart may apply a lightly modified touch to the Kenmeri not dissimilar to their immensely popular treatment of the Hakosuka Skyline GT-R.

Also presented in hand-sample form was the Honda NSX NA2. AUTOart previously made early NA1 NSXes in R specification, which are now sought-after collectibles. Photos of the pre-production NA2 show a high level of detail in the car’s front compartment, a possible sign that the car will be offered as a part of AUTOart’s high-end “Millennium” series, so a retail price around $200 is a reasonable estimate.

AUTOart’s teaser card at Shizuoka offered a pair of tantalizing hints at future releases for the JNC faithful: a four-door Hakosuka GT-R (finally getting its proper due from the diecast world) and an RA28 Celica Liftback. Also of interest to JNCers might be the R34 Skyline GT-R and Suzuki Jimny. As no physical prototypes were presented at Shizuoka, we can only speculate that these models might not see release until 2020; we will keep a close eye out for any future developments.

Patrick Strong is founder of Model Citizen Diecast, specializing in 1:43 and 1:18 collectible scale models.

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5 Responses to MINICARS: Upcoming AUTOart 1:18 releases

  1. Cho said:

    Can’t wait for the JNC/JDM castings.

  2. james said:

    Put me down for that RA28 liftback

  3. Styles said:

    God I love AutoART models. The detail on them is just astounding. I’m lucky to have two JGTC 350Z models.

  4. potato said:

    please don’t make the NSX my NA1 value will be affected…

    or at least don’t make them in white.

  5. Trackhacker said:

    Meh….I prefer the Kyosho Samurai 1:18 models. They look way more realistic and the paint colors match the real 1:1 cars. Autoart paints don’t match the real 1:1 cars.

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