SNEAK PEEK: Automodello’s 1:24 Mormon Meteor Lands!

Nov 02, 2012 No Comments by

We’re starting to feel like proud parents. Well, a little, anyway. We’ve watched Automodello’s outstanding 1:24 resin replica of Ab Jenkins’ 1935 Duesenberg – the  ”Mormon Meteor” – go from sketch to tooling model to unpainted resin prototype. Now, it’s here on our table as a production-ready piece (and a featured car from our Spring 2013 issue). In a word? Wow.

First impressions are very positive – this thing is gorgeous, and it’s done to a level of finish that could only be realized in resin, with a smooth cream yellow top coat over one of the most crisply realized body castings we’ve yet seen from this maker. The decorations – in particular, the painstakingly-wrought “DUESENBERG” lettering on the car’s power-bulged hood, and the wee, readable “Ab Jenkins” script on the cowl – are top shelf and extremely clean in their attachment. Yep – the model looks like the real thing. Scrunch your eyes a bit, and pretend to hear that massive Duesy mill ticking away between speed runs, and the model will bring you back to a time when real men drove fantasy machines as fast as they could go.

Wayne  Moyer will be giving the model a full review in the next issue of DCX – until then, enjoy these snaps. Eye scrunching  is optional.

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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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