Venezuela

Like in other Latin American countries, plastic toys have been made in Venezuela since the 1960s, among others by Manaplas. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was also a domestic manufacturer of diecast models: Juguinsa. At least three different 1/43rd scale models were made, all based on Spanish Pilen castings: AMC Javelin, Monteverdi Hai and Fiat 124 Sport Coupé. Furthermore, Juguinsa released six contemporary Formula 1 cars in 1/64th scale (Lotus, Brabham, Ligier, McLaren, Wolf, Ferrari), which were also copies of Pilen models. Build quality was quite good, but not up to Pilen standards. For example, some smaller parts of the Juguinsa models are made of plastic instead of the metal ones of the Pilen models, and the Juguinsa cars feature one-piece hard plastic wheels instead of realistic cast hubs and rubber tyres.

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