Little Edsel, Lots of Detail

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Minichamps Model 40 Special Speedster

1:43 | $95.00 

Too much is never enough, especially when the matter at hand is cars from the fringe. For a lot of die-hard car folks, Edsel Ford’s one-off “Model 40 Special Speedster” might never have been a topic of conversation – never mind the subject of collectors’ lust – had it not been for Minichamps’ replicating the car in 1:18 resin, and now, in a hugely entertaining 1:43 in the same material.

This is a great little piece that grabs the eye with clean lines, precision scaling, and flawless assembly. Edsel’s V8-powered rocket – designed by Bob Gregorie at Edsel’s behest – wears readable gauges on its dash, scale-thin twin windscreens (maybe our favorite single detail – and that’s saying a lot), perfect photo-etched grillework, and real lensing in all of its head and taillight bezels. Remarkable detail bits – some truly tiny – make up the handles and hardware all around; the only painted bits we see, trim-wise, are the bolt heads on the license plate bracket. There’s a strapped-in spare behind the seats, and the balance of the road rubber is done with perfect, beautifully bright whitewalls wrapped around “steelies” that are painted just as well as the car’s body and slick cycle fenders. There’s even a deeply engraved “V8″ symbol at the center of each chromed hub cap. All of this begs the question: is Minichamps single-handedly redefining top-tier quality collectibles at everyman prices?  If this serialized piece (604 of 999 made) is any indication, the answer is a resounding “yes”.  - Joe Kelly, Jr.

 carvillemodelshop.com

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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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