Wednesday, July 31, 2013

NZG Kleeman Mobicat MC 110 Z Crushing Its Way In...

The Kleeman Mobicat MC 110 Z Mobile Jaw Crusher by NZG is a replication of the smallest mobile jaw crusher in the Kleeman range.

The jaw crusher is primarily used for crushing gravel along with demolition and construction waste.

This NZG model has a number of great features including:
  • Sturdy diecast metal construction with very few plastic parts
  • Opening side panels on the crusher assembly to reveal the fly wheel and drive belt
  • Simulated spring suspension
  • Authentic graphics
  • Nicely modeled handrails and access steps
  • Individually linked tracks with great bolt detail
Picture provided by Miniature Construction World

NZG's Kleemann MC 110 Z Mobile Jaw Crusher #878 in 1/50 Scale is expected to arrive in  August / September .  

To see the real machine in action...Watch the video below:

Visit our website to see this and other exciting NZG models.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Since the Beginning of Time...

There has been one problem that has lasted through the ages: How to get rid of trash?

Picture provided by Waste & Recycling News
There are many ways to dispose of your trash...however, one of the most popular is to set it out on the curb for your friendly trash service to dispose of it.

Bruder - #02607 - 1/16 Scale

One of the very first garbage trucks was a simple cart pulled by men and later on pulled by horses.  With the invention of the automobile, trash disposal became mechanized.  

There are many different types of garbage trucks on the road today, including rear load compactor, side load compactor, and the front load compactor.  They are basically all the same, except for the material is just dumped into a different place on each truck. 

First Gear, Eligor, and name a few...have done a great job replicating these wonderful trucks to honor the hard work of sanitation departments around the world. 

First Gear #10-3785 - 1/34 Scale
Department of Sanitation - Mack L Rear Load Garbage Truck 

Bruder #02761 - 1/16 Scale
MAN Side Loading Garbage Truck 

Eligor #01434 - 1/43 Scale
Hotchkiss PL20 Garbage Truck 

Visit our website to see all of our great garbage trucks available today!

Friday, July 26, 2013

UPS...Doing More of What Matters

UPS is doing their part for the environment by reducing their total overall Greenhouse Gas emissions with alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.  Even with their total number of packages increasing, UPS is committed to doing more when it comes to sustainability.  

Picture provided by UPS Facebook

UPS is doing "More of What Matters" to help the environment and community.  Enjoy the below video and see how they are reaching their goals toward sustainability.

UPS has come a long way since their beginning.  They are continuously finding innovative solutions to better serve their clients.  Norscot, WSI, and Tonkin have some great replicas of UPS's journey towards innovation.

Norscot #58007 - 1/18 Scale  
UPS - 1913 Model T in Brown

Norscot #58008 - 1/87 Scale - September / October Arrival
UPS - P80 Delivery Truck

WSI #04-1086 - 1/50 Scale 
UPS - Mercedes Sprinter Van - Premium Line

Tonkin #10013901 - 1/53 Scale
UPS - Sterling Day Cab with Double 28' Pup Trailers - Signature Series 

Visit our website to see these and other great UPS replicas!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summertime Sweepstakes...July 24th thru July 31st

Enter for a chance to win your choice of one of the below models on the 3000toys Facebook page!

All you have to do is go to our Facebook page... then click on the Summertime Sweepstakes App (pictured below) found at the top of the Facebook page...

Summertime Sweepstakes App

Then LIKE us (if you haven't already), submit your email address and you will be entered into the Summertime Sweepstakes.  It's that easy!

Four WINNERS will be chosen at random on August 1st...Check back to see if you are one of them!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Camaro....In Turbo Speed!

Chevrolet has replicated a special real-life 2013 Camaro to promote the new movie, Turbo.  

Turbo is a small snail who has dreams of being an Indy Car racer.  Chevrolet helps power up this little snail and engages fans in an authentic racing environment. 

Picture provided by Road Track

In the movie, Turbo has an encounter with a 2013 Camaro and a little nitrous oxide which results in an extra boost of speed for this little snail.
Picture provided by Motion Cars

Dreamworks and Chevrolet, collaborated together to give a whole new meaning to high speed on the open road for this little snail and his friends.

For generations, the Camaro has been known as one of the great American muscle cars of all time. For a little turbo speed of your own, enjoy these Camaro replicas by GreenLight, New Ray, name just a few!

Greenlight #13061 - 1/64 Scale
2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS - "Honor and Valor" Edition

New-Ray #71926OR - 1/24 Scale
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS in Orange

Maisto #31173Y - 1/18 Scale
2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS in Yellow - Special Edition: 

Speed on over to our website to see all the Camaro replicas available.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Great American Tractor Pull

Fairs are one of the great past times of Summer...especially if you are going for the tractor pulls!

It is pretty impressive to see a tractor pull from the side lines, but have you ever seen it from the driver's point of view?    Enjoy this video and watch the dirt go flyin'...

Ever since the 1860's when farmers would boast about how much their horse could pull, it was a competition to see who had the most power...even if it was "horse" power.

The first motorized vehicle pull was held in 1929 at Vaughansville, Missouri.  However, it wasn't until the 50's and 60's when the sport really became popular. 

For all you tractor pull fans, check out this great model of the Case IH Magnumator Puller Tractor made by Spec-Cast.

Case IH Magnumator Puller Tractor
#ZJD-1706 - 1/16 Scale - August / September Arrival

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dig...Crush..What Would You Do With An Excavator?

There are so many exciting things you can do with Excavators...

How about Dueling?

Picture provided by Extreme Sandbox

Car Crushing?

Or just digging?

Picture provided by Steamboat Today
Some of the very first excavators were steam powered and used as early as the late 1700's.  In the late 1800's, electric motor powered excavators were brought to the market.  Many various excavators followed... including the backhoe, bucket wheel, skid loader, drag line, and suction excavators.

From digging to demolishing...for fun or matter how big or small...excavators can get the job done!

So...What would you do with an Excavator? 

Norscot has replicated some great excavators and they are arriving later this Summer or Fall...

Caterpillar M316D Wheel Excavator
#55171 - 1/50 Scale - August/September Arrival

Features of this model include:
• Moveable boom, stick, and bucket
• Rear stabilizing outriggers
• Detailed enclosed cab

Caterpillar 336E H Hybrid Hydraulic Excavator 
#55279 - 1/50 Scale - August/September Arrival

Features of this model include: 
• Moveable metal tracks 
• Moveable boom, stick, and bucket 
• Rotates 360 degrees on chassis 
• Replicates the first machine built by Caterpillar that used patented and revolutionary hydraulic hybrid technology

Caterpillar 302.5 Mini-Hydraulic Excavator with Work Tools 
#55085 - 1/32 Scale - September/October Arrival

Features of this model include: 
• Tracks that roll
• Main body swivels 360 degrees
• Dozer blade raises and lowers
• Boom raises and lowers
• Includes 3 interchangeable work tools: ditch cleaning bucket, digging bucket, and hammer

Caterpillar 315C Hydraulic Excavator - HO scale 
#55107 - 1/87 Scale - September/October Arrival
Features of this model include:
• Movable boom, stick, and bucket
• Rotates 360 degrees on chassis
• Movable tracks 
• Detailed interior cab

To see these and other exciting Norscot here to visit our website.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Drive-In Theater...A Blast from the Past

In the early 1930's, the world's first Drive-In Theater was invented by Richard Hollingshead in his back yard with a screen nailed to a tree and a Kodak projector.

Eventually in Camden, New Jersey, he opened his "real" Drive-In Theater.  With admission of only 25 cents, you could enjoy a movie with good friends in great cars!

Bring Back the Drive In...Picture by:

For some, the Drive-In Theater might be only a blast from the past... but for others, it still remains as a Summer-time tradition.

Drive-In Theaters are a great place to see the most unique and exciting cars...So grab your lawn chairs or blankets along with some popcorn and enjoy a fun-filled night.

Or maybe you would rather reminisce about the good old days at the Drive-In with some of these great models from American Muscle.

1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible Peacock (Blue & White)
#973 - 1/18 Scale  

Features include:
• Diecast body with opening hood and doors
• Realistic headlights and taillights
• Retractable radio antenna
• Highly polished electro-plated chrome parts
• Accurate engine and engine bay details
• Steering wheel and front wheels turn together
• Folding seat backs
• Detailed interior accents

1961 Chevy Corvette Convertible in Red
#991 - 1/18 Scale

Features include:
• Diecast body with opening hood and doors
• Realistic headlights and taillights
• Retractable radio antenna
• Highly polished electro-plated chrome parts
• Accurate engine and engine bay details
• Steering wheel and front wheels turn together
• Folding seat backs
• Detailed interior accents

Today is the Day...Last Chance on July Savings!

We are down to the final hours of the July Savings Sale! 

Don't miss your chance to take advantage of 

these great deals... Savings of 30%, 40%, 50% 

and much more on over 550 items.  

These outstanding deals are from manufacturers like Bburago, Dragon, First Gear, Joal, Maisto, name just a few. Go to our website to see these and other wonderful savings!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Volvo BM: The Tracks of the Past...

After World War II, the demand for farm tractors and construction equipment of all kinds increased.  This was an opportunity for Volvo and Bolinder-Munktell (BM) to start their innovation journey together.
Volvo was so impressed with the quality of BM products and their company, they acquired them in 1950.

Together, they modernized the tractors with integrated cabs and increased hydraulics. In 1979, with declining profitability, they started to phase them out and the last agricultural tractor left in 1984.  

However, their journey did not stop there.  With the tractor's drive-line, they were able to develop new construction and forestry machines. 

Universal Hobbies has done a nice job replicating Volvo BM's quality with the Volvo BM 350 Wide Front Tractor.
Volvo BM 350 Wide Front Tractor
#6101 - 1/43 Scale

Even after 1984, you will still see the Volvo BM brand on the Valmet.  In 1979, Volvo BM and Valmet partnered  together and produced tractors under the Volvo BM Valmet brand.  Then in 1985, Valmet bought out Volvo BM's portion.

Volvo BM Valmet 705 Tractor in Red
#2838 - 1/32  Scale

Check our our website to see these and other great Volvo replicas.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for ICE CREAM!!!

July is National Ice Cream Month!  Let's Celebrate!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as the National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.  He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a large percent of the nation's population.

You hear the jingle of the ice cream truck and the kids start running...Can we have ice cream????

So get ready to celebrate because July 21st will be here soon! Or just celebrate the whole month long!

This great replica from Woodland Scenics will bring back your fond memories of the days of running and catching the ice cream truck...what was your favorite flavor?

AutoScenes - Ike's Ice Cream Truck - HO Scale
Woodland #AS5541 - 1/87 Scale

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ONLY 7 days left on "July Savings"

The clock is ticking, don't miss your chance to
take advantage of these great deals!

Savings of 30%, 40%, 50% and much more
on over 550 items.  

These outstanding deals are from manufacturers like Bburago, Dragon, First Gear, Joal, Maisto, name just a few. 

Below is just a peek at the many great savings that are available for a limited time...

Ertl #20208P - 1/55 Scale - SALE = $34.95 - Was = $74.95Texaco #2 - Nautical Series (2001) Texaco Havoline Tugboat (bank)
Round 2 #CP7000 - 1/43 Scale - SALE = $39.95 - Was = $42.95
Wings of Texaco Airplane Series #20 (2012) - 1937 Stinson Reliant SR-9 • All New Tooling! • 12" Wingspan & Movable Flaps • Locking Coin Bank with Key • Die-Cast Body •  Includes Custom Display Stand

The Reliant series of aircraft was designed by E.A. "Eddie" Stinson as a four-to-five seat commercial monoplane. The SR series of aircraft began in 1933 and was produced until 1941. The SR-9 model featured deluxe interior accommodations. It was known for its ease in handling and its state-of-the-art navigation and communication radios. During World War Two, Stinsons were requisitioned by the military and designated AT-19 in U.S. service. More than 60 years later, Stinsons are still a highly sought after collector's item.

Tonkin #T1701370 - 1/87 Scale - SALE = $9.95 - Was = $19.95
Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity - Kenworth W900 with Sleeper and 53' Dry Van featuring "Building Hope, Building Homes" decaled graphics and images on the side 

In the wake of the Devastating EF-5 Tornado that destroyed much of Joplin on May 22, 2011, the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, along with the help of volunteers, have been working tirelessly to help provide homes for those who lost everything, including building over 50 homes in 2012 with more to come in 2013. This model is in commemoration of their efforts and those of the thousands of volunteers that make it happen.

Go to our website to see these and other wonderful savings!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Two New CATs Coming this Fall

Caterpillar has done it again...two great wheel loaders that set new standards for productivity, fuel efficiency and comfort.  Working in comfort is given a whole new meaning when working in the 930K or 938K Wheel Loaders, with their extremely low sound levels, large spacious cab and intuitive controls.  

Coming in this Fall, Norscot has replicated these impressive machines...again they have lived up to the CAT name. Norscot's CAT replicas are known for their great, authentic details and realistic cab interiors.

Looking inside your replica, have you ever wondered what all the levers and gauges are for???  Check out this video showing how CAT's new innovations have made using these wheel loaders a breeze.

Besides the interior, these models are loaded with all kinds of details:  

  • Interchangeable work tools, including both a bucket and fork
  • Lift arms that raise and lower
  • Articulated steering to the left and right
  • Oscillating rear axles, and
  • Realistic tire tread design

With all of these cool features, you are going to have so much fun displaying your wheel loaders.  There are so many different positions and angles you can show off your new model, especially with both a bucket and fork to interchange, along with their great range of motion.

Don't miss out on your chance to get one of these great NEW Norscot Wheel Loaders...Pre-Order yours today!

Caterpillar 938K Wheel Loader with Interchangeable Work Tools: Bucket and Fork 
#55228 - 1/50 Scale - September / October Arrival

Caterpillar 930K Wheel Loader with Interchangeable Work Tools: Bucket and Fork 
#55266 - 1/50 Scale - September / October Arrival

Friday, July 5, 2013

H.E. Payne Truckin' Hard for Sixty-Eight Years

In their sixty-eighth year of business, H.E. Payne (Transport) Ltd is known for running their business with old fashioned values of service and respect.  They are a three generation, family owned business specializing in storage and distribution for their clients.  H.E. Payne has developed an extensive fleet since their first Volvo, the F86 6x2 rigid. 

Corgi has done an excellent job replicating one of H.E. Payne's Volvo... the F12 40' Flatbed and Load.  This Corgi model is a Limited Edition with only 1,100 produced and it also comes with a Collector's Card.

H.E. Payne - Volvo F12 40' Flatbed and Load
Bedfordshire - Hauliers of Renown Limited Edition

# CC15505 - 1/50 Scale

This model features:
• Diecast construction with few plastic parts
• Detailed cab interior and exterior
• Detachable trailer with wood-slate bed detail
• Rubber-like wheels with realistic tire tread
• Detailed chassis

For more great details about the H.E. Payne Volvo F12 40' Flatbed and Load, read our "Details that Matter" and watch the below review provided by Cranes Etc TV.

To view this model and other great Corgi models, please click here to visit our website.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

DIY: 'Covering' Up Your Models

When you see something covered you wonder what's underneath it?  

Your eyes are drawn to it like a magnet. You can see just a little bit of a glimpse showing from under the cover... it makes you want to see more...and more!

After reading an interesting article in Die Cast X Magazine about how to make a realistic car cover for a got me thinking. How hard would it be to make a cover for a model?  Really it was pretty simple...

First, you need to get your supplies:
  • Model of your choice
  • Plastic Wrap
  • 2-3 Paper Shop Towels (Color of your choice)
  • White Glue
  • Plastic Bowl
  • Food Coloring (optional) 
  • Plastic gloves (unless you don't mind having colored fingers from the food coloring)

Next you need to prep your model.  Wrap your model completely with plastic wrap.  Also cover your work surface with the plastic wrap. 

TIP:  Make sure the plastic wrap is as smooth as possible for it will help the finished cover to lay closer to the model. As you can see by the picture, the plastic wrap could have been a little smoother, but it did protect the model nicely. 

Then you need to make the glue mixture.  In a bowl, mix a fifty-fifty mix of white glue and water.  If you are using white paper shop towels but want them colored, then put in the food coloring of your choice until you have the desired color. 

Immerse the paper towels into the glue mixture until completely wet. Now place the glue soaked towels over the plastic wrapped model. 

Now, the fun begins!  Get creative and make all kinds of folds and creases...drape it however you want it to look.  You can cover the full model, or show a little bit to intrigue the onlooker. 

TIP: Wear Plastic Gloves...especially if you are using food coloring. Speaking from experience, I gave a whole new meaning to a "Green Thumb".   Also make sure and put plastic wrap under your model, even if you use a will keep the cover from taking the color of the box. 

After you have all of the shaping and positioning of the towels completed, all you have to do now is WAIT!  It will take at least 24 hours...or more depending on the saturation of the paper towels.   

TIP:  Remember to have the plastic wrap under your project so it is easier to get your cover off your work surface when it is dry. 

When completely dry...unwrap the plastic wrap from your model and it is ready to be showcased.  Now you can pose your model with or without your NEW realistic cover. 

This would be terrific to use on a model in a Train Layout ...Oh, what about using it in an old barn or garage?

We have some awesome train scale models..including O Scale, S Scale,  HO Scale...and so much more.

What about covering an antique car?
1950 Plymouth Sedan in Mexico Red 
CMW #30328 - 1/87 Scale (HO Scale)

Or... what about covering your farming equipment?
John Deere Heritage Tractor - 4-Piece Set 
Ertl  #37743-SET - 1/64 Scale (S Scale)

Don't forget our Scratch & Dent section on our website...

WOW!... These would be nice for a project just like this!

Do you have any tips you have learned doing this project? Ideas? Thoughts?