Hitting the Street: Highway 61 / M&D International Debut 1:43 Muscle Lineup

Apr 21, 2012 No Comments by

Things are going to get a lot more muscular in 1:43, thanks to a new line from those stalwarts of speed Highway 61. As seen in these factory photos of pre-production models, the resincast lineup will hit right from the heart of the era, and the chosen pieces look to be not only very well proportioned and painted, but decorated with some finely turned out trim bits around the windows and at their grilles and tails. Some of the supplied factory snaps were too small or too out of focus to reproduce here, but from what we see (or thought we saw), each rolls on chromed factory mags; interior detail seems to be right up there, too – and so does the chassis on the cars, rendered in deep castings.

We’re liking the models chosen for the line’s debut – a 1968 Dodge Dart in black or red, with bumblebee stripes, of course; a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, tricked out in Acapulco Blue or Calypso Coral, and a perennial favorite in the collecting hobby, a 1969 Chevy Camaro, deco’d in an SS427 theme with sidepipes. That one will arrive – soon – in either Hugger Orange or Rallye Green.

Excited? Yes, we are. Highway 61 is calling the line “43rd Street”, and tooling models at Nuremberg included a 1957 Chevy, a ‘Cuda and a Challenger; we get the feeling that H61 – distributed through M&D International – will be working their way through the same successful series of screamers they’d marketed in 1:18 diecast. We also get the feeling that a lot of muscle collectors will want these on their shelves… us included. According to M&D, the MSRP is $79.99.

Keep an eye out. We’ll be following up with images of our own of the complete first wave – and some in-hand reviews, of course – in the coming weeks.

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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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