ACME Takes On a New Line – “Authentic Models”

Sep 21, 2013 No Comments by

ACME Diecast, the spawn of the late, lamented GMP, is a rowdy bunch of go-getters (in the best possible way) who never let a good model go unnoticed – or a great opportunity to break out a new series pass them by. And we love them for that.

We’d spoken with Mat Long and papa Tom Long a while back, and they were excited at the prospect of bringing this new line of beautifully crafted and detailed old school models out. After seeing a few impromptu cell phone photos of one of the giant metal planes, we were excited, too. Now, the deal is done – items are in stock at ACME. We haven’t yet seen the cars, boats, and planes in person (we hope to, soon) but the pictures we’ve seen on these product cards tell a tale of exquisite metal bodies on the cars, fabric-covered wings on the planes, and wooden hulls on the boats. The detailing is rich, and the feel, authentic – hence the company’s name, “Authentic Models”.

The size of some of these is impressive – wingspans on the Tri-Motor, DC3 and the Junkers JU-52 “Annie” all surpass a yard – and the overall presentation and vintage subject matter had us at “hello”. They may be pricey, but stay tuned – this looks to be a promising line. Ain’t no school like the old school.

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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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