IXO 1:43 Aston Martin AMR-One: Aston’s Last?

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IXO Aston Martin AMR-One  1:43 | $30.00

Aston Martin switched from a Lola chassis with a six-liter DBR9-GT V-12 to an in-house chassis powered by a turbocharged two-liter engine for the 2011 Le Mans Prototype (LMP) season. The new AMR-One was a dismal flop, slower than its predecessor and with a 100% failure rate. One car lasted only two laps at Le Mans while the other completed only four, and the AMR-One was never raced again. Unlike the full-scale prototype, IXO’s new diecast model is clearly a winner; the multitude of scoops, vents, louvers, wings, planes, and splitters are all thin, crisp, and just where they should be, while the base orange and blue paint is excellent. All the bare “carbon fiber” areas are reproduced with finely detailed decals, but in some spots they haven’t settled down into louvers and vents. Photos show the race graphics are 100% complete, with many being crisply hot-printed. Tiny body latches are bright photo-etched chrome, and the cockpit has painted relief-cast belts and an accurate display panel on the steering wheel.  Photo-etched disks with painted calipers sit behind the authentic wheels. This one looks right from all angles, and the dimensions check out just as well. Thanks to Wild About Wheels in Holland, PA, for providing this sample.  - Wayne Moyer

 

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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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