Minichamps Mullin Collection 1927-’36 Delage-ERA

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Few single cars have generated this much history: First, this Delage was part of the team that won every (yes, every) Grand Prix in 1927, then, in 1936, Dick Seaman drove it to dominate voiturette racing so thoroughly that he earned a spot on the 1937 Mercedes GP team. Siamese Princes Chula and Bira (White Mouse Racing) bought it from Seaman, and had Delage build a new independent front suspension chassis, and replace the aging Delage straight-8 with a new six-cylinder ERA engine for the ’37 GP season. The parts of this car and two others were jumbled during wartime storage; Rob Walker bought the IFS chassis, ERA engine, and enough parts in 1946 to rebuild it for Rob Walker Racing. Still in his signature dark blue, it’s now in the Mullin Collection – and the subject of this little gem of a model. The resin castings are clean and crisp, paint is excellent, and the IFS chassis, six-cylinder exhaust, and rear suspension details are all just as they should be. Check out the plumbed oil tank and shifter to the left of the drive shaft, pedals, and detailed gauges in the cockpit. The photo-etched wire wheels and polished knock-offs match photos and yes — those are hoses to the big drum brakes. Yet another Minichamps masterpiece – and another reason to visit the real cars, some day. – Wayne Moyer

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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