Minichamps “Mullin Collection” 1937 Delahaye 145 Grand Prix

May 02, 2014 No Comments by

Henri Chapron’s beautifully re-bodied Type 145 was featured in the last issue of DCX; this time we have Minichamps’ beautifully made resin-cast model of the first of the Type 145s as it looked when raced by the French Ecurie Bleue team.  This particular car, Chassis 48771 (now in the Mullin Museum, of course), won the French government’s one-million-franc prize for the first French car to beat the all-conquering German teams, which it did at Montlhéry in a non-Championship race. Photos show that Minichamps has modeled the wide two-seat body shape and the aerodynamically faired cycle fenders accurately.  The resin casting is smooth with lots of crisp detail, but this sample does have a couple of pinholes under the nose. Minichamps’ authentic French Blue paint is excellent and the red/white stripes are done with neatly applied and snugged-down decals. Photo-etched parts are used for the big curved grille, air intake screen, big wire wheels, the hood straps, and what could only have been a big air deflector above the scuttle. A well-done “engine turned” dash with a full set of detailed instruments dominates the interior, but all the controls are just where photos show them.  There aren’t many pre-war Grand Prix models out there, and even fewer are this good. – 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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