AUTOart Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12 “Francorchamps 1975”

May 09, 2014 No Comments by

AUTOart’s Signature Series Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12 demonstrates something close to detail overload in the sub-$500 category. For one thing, this model of the Derek Bell / Henri Pescarolo-piloted winner of the 1975 1000Km at Spa is a true high-ender: delicate, multi-paneled, and spidery, the car comes in a clamshell package that had us a little challenged at first; once we got past the screw-and-strap securing hardware, the car’s mind-bending (for the price) feature list had us remembering some of our favorite scale rides from makers who once defined the upper reaches of the scale. We won’t get into the car’s impressive feature list, here — Bill Bennett does a fine job of that while reviewing this model’s sister release, the ’75 Monza winner, in this issue — but we will tell you this: even the included hardware and tools — a real set of tweezers (no cheapo punched-and-folded steel, here — these are beautician grade), a chromed lug wrench for the removable wheels, an extra locking nut, and even a bag full of tiny spare “rivets,” lest you lose a couple of the delicate pieces during handling — is top-shelf quality. Is this AUTOart’s finest release yet? Quite possibly, yes. – 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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