A “Heyer” Power: Minichamps’ 1:43 “Heyer Tribute Set”

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Minichamps “Heyer Tribute Set”  1:43 | $149.50 

Watching vintage footage of Hans Heyer bombing around circa 1971 in a four-door, AMG-prepped Mercedes 300SEL is a lot of fun, and realizing that he had a monster 6.8 liter V8 motor under the car’s hood (all the better to suck the headlights out of his track mates) only adds to the enjoyment. Minichamps’ two car set features Heyer’s now-classic red ride next to his son Kenneth’s 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, deco’d as it raced in the twenty four hours of Dubai. Both cars are sharply cast and beautifully decorated; watching the archival footage and freeze-framing the film to check the red monster in scale had us convinced that the major stuff is all there on the diecast Benz. So is the minor detailing, like the car’s wild, wide Dunlop  rubber and Bosch-brand driving lights. The resincast SLS, though far sleeker (and somehow less menacing), has equally complex lensing front and rear, tidy grillework, and a full-race interior, and it’s topped off by a high wing held in place with photo etched struts. Both cars come affixed to a sturdy, clear-topped display base in an edition of 750 pieces, worldwide. Heyer the younger raced an SLS liveried like his dad’s car, and took 3rd at Spa in 2011; a 1:18 is on deck – but we’d love to see that car, in this scale, parked alongside the elder Heyer’s ride. Any takers? – Joe Kelly, Jr.


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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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