Here Comes the Sun: Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Ford Sunliner

Feb 12, 2012 1 Comment by

Danbury Mint’s 1956 Ford Sunliner is a classic model of a classic car; a mold set that’s been around the scale block a few times, but was so good when it was first tooled that every fresh decoration makes it worth owning again. In this Sunset Coral and black, the car is one of the prettiest  ’fifties images we’ve seen in a while in this scale, with opening doors, hood, and trunk, working sun visors, tilting seats, and the usual DM build quality. Yep – close to twenty years since the mold set first appeared, this variant comes out of its box tight, crisp, and beautifully screwed and glued together. The snap-on up top looks great, and goes on and comes off smoothly, as does the included top-down boot.

Comparing this release to an older example is kinda cool; the added details like the steel fuel lines under the hood, and the advanced, foil-based decos outside show how far Danbury Mint has come – and the mold set shows just how good they always were.  Classics never get old, on the road or on the shelf.  They just find new folks to appreciate them.


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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.

One Response to “Here Comes the Sun: Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Ford Sunliner”

  1. Chris says:

    I would love to see this car in 1:18 as a sedan or wagon version. More from the 50s and 60s in sedan or wagon versions would be nice too.

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