Hunted: Auto World’s 1:18 “Bounty Hunter” and “Bounty Huntress”

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Auto World “Bounty Hunter and “Bounty Huntress”   1:18 | $95.99 each 

While the reality was far from perfect, the ties between Shirley Muldowney and Connie Kalitta sure looked great when the two were campaigning their Nitro Funny Cars across America. The “Bounty Hunter” and “Bounty Huntress” were a pair of ’72 Mustang-bodied floppers with Hemi power and near-identical paint schemes. Muldowney had become a tough competitor prior to the partnership, but match-race exposure helped bring the diminutive star driver into the national spotlight on her way to hard-won championships. As part of the now-legendary “Legends Of The Quarter Mile” series, this pair of funnys looks amazing. Shirley (don’t call her “Cha-Cha”) has the better looking ride, paint wise; the fire in the car’s gold paint has to be seen to be believed, and as on Kalitta’s white car, the graphics, including the airbrush-effect front and rear decos, are pin-point perfect and sealed under a clear coat that only the most accomplished hobbyists could hope to achieve. The show gets better beneath the removable shells. Here, again, Shirley’s car gets the nod, with body-matching gold metalflake on its “tin”, and yellow ignition leads on the massive Hemi (sporting corrected, larger-bore “bug catchers” – sweet). Drag fans will want these as a pair; one of the true breakout successes of the 1:18 segment just keeps delivering. Both cars are highly recommended.  – 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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