Highway 61 Debuts 1:43! Meet the Boss…

Nov 07, 2012 No Comments by

Highway 61 made the scene several years ago with American classics like the 1951/51 Studebaker, a Hudson Hornet, and even a Nash or three. In between, they also broke out very detailed 1:18 muscle, carrying the torch for the Ertl releases that had founded the hobby. That shouldn’t have been a surprise: the company’s president is Fred Ertl III, heir apparent to the family’s talent for slinging zinc alloy into beautiful, desirable shapes.

Now the company is moving forward with a new “43rd Street” line in 1:43 resin – and muscle fans who favor the smaller scale can prepare to get happy. This first car is a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Ford’s better-balanced small block racer for the street, that lent itself to road course track use far better than its heavier-nosed big block stablemates. They’ve done a great job, too. The casting is proportioned just right, with a smooth “Acapulco Blue Poly”, and save for a too-glossy hood and deck and missing blackouts around the headlights, it’s decorated very nicely, with photo-etched window surrounds and butyrate glazing. The wheels are brightly chromed, and wear “Good Year” rubber; a scale-thin antenna and separately-cast lenses front and rear round the model out very well. Interior detailing is full on, with a great dash and console, and neatly detailed steering wheel and door panels.

This pre-production sample is just a couple of tweaks shy of being spot on; maybe those wheels will get a shot of dull silver at their centers, and we’ll get some racoon-mask black detailing around those headlights when the car goes into manufacture. M&D International is the go-to for international sales, and for more info. Check them out.

Highway 61 “43rd Street”

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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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