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Die-Cast Toys(HKTDC Toys & Games , Vol 02,2006)

Rough & Ready

Miniature vehicles have always had a special appeal among kids who can't wait to get behind the wheel themselves one day. These scale models by Hong Kong companies devoted to the art and craftsmanship of miniatures offer youngsters the prospect of imaginary forays into a world where machines do their bidding, and where it's fun making vehicles do the impossible - attracting good market demand.

Battle Ready

Accurate scale models of military vehicles such as the 1:32 all-terrain, all-weather, eight-wheeled US Light Armoured Vehicle and 1:72 German Ju87B-2 St.G 77 combat aircraft are just a couple of the military models from Unimax Toys Ltd. Each was designed with attention to detail and exceptional authenticity.

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Road Warriors

Sunnyside Ltd's collection of die-cast metal vehicles ranges from 1920s cars to post-2000 models, along with double-decker buses and pick-up trucks. Pictured are a 61/2-inch long royal blue, double-decker travelling coach, a 1:36 green 1948 Ford F-1 Pick-up and a 1:32 silver Mercedes-Benz SLK 350. The hood and doors on the Mercedes open, as well as the doors and back gate on the pick-up.

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Tooling Along

This 12-inch long, big-wheeled police car and van from Kai Hing Industrial Ltd are made of heavy gauge pressed steel with high-grade plastic parts. The four-wheel drive is combined with a rugged body-on-frame design for maximum power. These sturdy vehicles are designed to withstand the roughest play.

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On The Job

A pick-up truck and boat form an amphibious police rescue team in this die-cast model with pull-back action and push-button sound and light features from Classis Toys Int'l Ltd. Exciting fantasy scenarios await this unusual truck-and-boat combination. Kids who have been on an airport shuttle might want to relive the experience vicariously with this Shuttle Express model with pull-back action, and sound and light elements.

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Bygone Era

Yat Ming Industrial Fty Ltd's die-cast metal fire engine and sports car replicas hark back to earlier days. Built to 1:18, 1:24, 1:43 and 1:72 scales, the vehicles feature fine detailing and painting. High quality workmanship from a company that has been in business since 1975 makes these pieces items that anyone would want to display.

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On the Move

The die-cast metal Sonic City Rider motorcycle from Tai Tung Metal Fty Ltd features pull-back action and realistic lights, plus engine and brake sounds. The sleek futuristic design features movable handlebars. Kids can use their imagination to ride like the wind on these motorbikes. In a more humorous vein, the eyes and tongue of the yellow emergency vehicle move as the vehicle rolls forward.

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WRITTEN BY PEARL KINCAID

CONTACT DETAILS

Classis Toys Int'l Ltd
Units 18-19, 13/F, Blk B
Wah Luen Ind Centre
15-21 Wong Chuk Yeung St
Fotan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2572-2213
Fax: 852-2145-4043
Email:
classis@biznetvigator.com

Kai Hing Industrial Ltd
Rm 605
Peninsula Centre
67 Mody Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2327-0281
Fax: 852-2351-1970
Email:
kyhktoys@netvigator.com
Web: www.kai-hing.com.hk

Sunnyside Ltd
21/F, Blk K
Shield Ind Centre
84-92 Chai Wan Kok St
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2492-0276
Fax: 852-2416-7401
Email:
sunny@sunnyside.com.hk
Web: www.sunnyside.com.hk

Tai Tung Metal Fty Ltd
5/F, Blk G, Phase 2
Kingsway Ind Bldg
173-175 Wo Yi Hop Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2427-0121
Fax: 852-2487-8661
Email:
info@taitung-metal.com.hk
Web: www.taitung-metal.com.hk

Unimax Toys Ltd
Suite 608, South Tower
World Finance Centre
Harbour City
17-19 Canton Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2111-7817
Fax: 852-2735-6821
Email:
sales@unimax.com.hk
Web: www.unimax.com.hk

Yat Ming Industrial Fty Ltd
3/F, William Enterprises Ind Bldg
23-25 Ng Fong St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2327-0225
Fax: 852-2351-1816
Email:
yatminghk@yatming.com
Web: www.yatming.com