Das Zoot: Minichamps 1:43 Mercedes Streamliner

Mar 26, 2013 2 Comments by

Minichamps 1938 Mercedes-Benz “Rekordwagen”  1:43 | $72.00 

The Mercedes-Benz W-125 “Rekordwagen” epitomized streamlining when it first saw the light of day in late 1937, and in early 1938 the incredibly swoopy one-off machine set a world record for top speed on a public road – a heart-stopping 268 miles per hour, a record that it still holds today. Not too shabby. Neither is the Minichamps model of the car as it appeared that day in January 1938, with Rudy Caricciola at the wheel. The diecast body is smooth and beautifully painted, and the model’s stance on thin, hardly visible tires is right on; the resolution of the casting is remarkable for metal, and it includes neatly engraved lines for the wheel spats and the access hatches above the car’s radiator and twin-supercharged 750-horse V12. Our favorite feature is the incredibly comprehensive cockpit below the clear windscreen: replete with a 3/4 steering wheel, leather-look seat, gauges, and even a wee shifter, all the details crammed into the stromliner’s gut had us at full squint in record time. – 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.

2 Responses to “Das Zoot: Minichamps 1:43 Mercedes Streamliner”

  1. Nina Hochstetter says:

    Got your mag today and enjoyed it very much – like every issue. But as one of “ze german readers” I wonder what is the “zoot”?

    The word “zoot” is not existing in german language at all!

    But in every other aspect: Go on with your great work on the mag!

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Ha! Thanks!

      We were just having some fun with the title. “Zoot” is a slang word that can be used to describe everything from a sharp mens’ suit (actually called a “zoot suit” back in the ‘forties) to the sound and feeling of great speed – as we used it to describe the Mercedes Rekordwagen… almost like “zoom”.

      Thanks for reading DCX, and for the kind words!

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