Auto World 1:18 “Jungle Jim”: Run Through the Jungle

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“Jungle Jim” Liberman was an accomplished race driver, to be sure. But his true strength, and the thing that has kept his memory alive, was his uncanny knack for showmanship. From his immaculate racers to his easy-on-the-eyes burnout babe, the well-recruited Pam “Jungle Pam” Hardy, Jim knew exactly how to put on a show for the fans. Auto World is no slouch when it comes to entertaining, either, and this “Legends of the Quarter Mile” model of the 4,000 HP “Honest Charley”- sponsored 1971 Camaro that Jim campaigned in the early ‘seventies shows them at the top of their game. First off: new mold. That’s always a good thing, and the Camaro looks vicious in a medium blue metallic that’s deep and flawless on the composite body. The wild rake, seamlessly applied graphics, and dead-eye look of the car’s painted face, all sealed under clear, amplify the Camaro’s already aggressive look. As for that look, it’s an exact match for archival photos and video we’ve seen, down to the tires and wheels. Under the tilt-up shell is the now-standard diecast chassis, with an equally pristine and authentic Hemi engine, surrounded by virtually every linkage, cable, hose and pipe we could imagine, all done in a mix of stainless wire and paint-deco’d plastic and vinyl castings. The takeaway? In addition to preserving the history of the sport, this series ranks among the best for assembly and finish in, or on, a ready-built model. Highest recommendation. – 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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