Spark 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible

May 02, 2014 No Comments by

Although it was a sales disaster at the time, the Edsel has become more popular over the years, and none more so than the top-of-the-line Citation convertible. Spark’s new resincast of the distinctively styled car is simply one of the best 1:43-scale models to come along for a while. Its excellent “Spring Green” paint matches chips perfectly, and every bit of trim, outside and inside, is reproduced with great scale fidelity using a combination of plated, photo-etched, and hot-printed bright chrome. Yes, the “E-D-S-E-L” letters on the rear fenders are barely visible, but they’re perfectly spaced and aligned.  Lenses are separate, fluted pieces; check out the extremely thin chrome trim on the taillights. The horse-collar grille and hood vents have a black wash and the thin, clear glass fits flush in the frame.  And then there’s the interior – authentic two-tone upholstery has thin white piping on the seats and chromed color separation lines on the door panels; of course the handles and cranks are plated, while ash trays are printed silver. There’s a full set of correctly detailed gauges, photo-etched pedals, and a delicate steering wheel replete with a “Tele-Touch” shift hub. The workmanship is flawless – and dimensions are precisely on scale.  – Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $73.99
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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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