Hot Water: ACME’s 1:18 “Southern Speed” 1965 El Camino

Jun 03, 2013 No Comments by

ACME “Southern Speed & Marine” 1965 Chevy El Camino

1:18 | $129.95

Those old story-tellers at ACME Trading Company are fielding a new and welcome  addition to a brand they first floated during the GMP days: the “Southern Speed & Marine” line. This 1:18 series is right up the Winder, Georgia, company’s alley, and the character-rich releases would be at home in any number of shops, yards, or garages.

This new old rod is built on the excellent Lane Exact Detail 1965 Chevy El Camino mold set, and it picks up right where the last SS&M car – a well-ratted ’32 Ford – left off. The half-primered, half-faded paint looks great, and the overall feel of the car- seen here as a pre-production hand sample wearing “DLVRY” license plates  – is a dead-on take on a classic delivery vehicle with stories to tell. The interior is clean, with a black bench seat and a tach, all the better to keep an eye on the wired, piped, and warmed-over 327 under the hood; chassis detailing includes brake and fuel lines and dual exhausts, and the model rolls on well-used wheels with Z16 style wheel covers. Our favorite detail is the bullet holes drilled into the rear gate. Now, that’s a story we’d like to hear.  – 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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