Auto World Spinout Shelby Cobra 427

May 06, 2014 No Comments by

Comedian Eddie Murphy (yes, he used to be a comic) once did a bit about Elvis Presley’s string of campy (though hugely successful) movies. Elvis’ scriptwriters were never too taxed; whether The King’s character  was a pilot, a cowboy, or a hitchhiking hobo (we’re not kidding), it was never long before Elvis was hip-swiveling and strumming his way through a flotilla of girls batting their Maybelline-d eyes. Murphy’s take was spot on. So is this model of the star car from Presley’s 1966 less-than-epic grinder Spinout, in which Elvis was cast as Mike McCoy, a traveling entertainer and part-time race driver who tows his 427 Cobra from place to place behind a 1929 Model J Duesy. Getting dizzy, yet? The mold set is an Ertl-sourced big block Cobra that has emerged from the wayback machine with dog-leg hinges on its opening doors and hood, steerable wheels, and a pinpoint-correct livery for the movie machine. Done in white with red meatballs and rolling on correct magnesium-colored Halibrands at all four corners, the visible casting lines at the rear are a tipoff to the mold’s age, but the piece is otherwise built and finished off well. The car has a moderately detailed interior, a neat, vinyl-wired engine, and a well-done chassis, too, all of which arrive in a box decorated with a reproduction of the movie poster and a few stills from the film. Taken in the context of its intended audience, this one’s going to be a hit. Uh huh. - Joe Kelly, Jr.

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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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