Danbury Mint 1:24 “Grabowski T”: Red, White, Blue, and Chrome

Jul 04, 2011 No Comments by

Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie’s T” is among the most recognized hot rods ever built, and hands down, my favorite rod from Danbury Mint. And I thought that the red, white, blue and chrome scheme was just perfect for today.

I’ve had this one a while, but it’s one of those models that you never get tired of. It’s light, thanks to a fine-walled diecast body and frame, but it’s a heavyweight as far as visual impact. And I can’t think of a more in-your-face lesson on old school hot rodding than this. The paint and applied flames on the cowl are top shelf, with a fine metallic and a deep gloss. Despite a positively crunchy level of detail, the overall build and finish are up there with the best of the best – as I’ve come to expect from this company. As for finger fun, the top comes off, the wheels are poseable, and the passenger door opens – not a huge features list, but definitely in line with  the real car’s stripped-down nature.

Where the model truly engages me is in all of the fine stuff. And there’s a lot of that. These guys went deep on this one; in addition to the sharp castings and great finishes on everything from the seats to the top to the outrageously well piped and plumbed ’52 Caddy engine (which builder Grabowski liberated from the family Cadillac), there’s what seems to be a couple of running feet of fine steel fuel and brake lines, deeply chromed trim bits, and just enough photo-etched steel to bring the model securely into the upper echelons of ready-to-display replicas.

Add in the screaming skull shifter, the carefully placed pinstriping, and the car’s classic rake on big-’n'-little wide whites, and you’ve got one of the sharpest, cleanest, and most entertaining models from one of the best in the industry. Red, white, blue and chrome rocks.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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