Auto World Christine 1958 Plymouth Fury

May 11, 2014 No Comments by

While Michael and K.I.T.T. were tearing up the Universal back lot, author Stephen King was penning a missive about a massive old Plymouth that came off the assembly line populated by more spooks than a Hallowe’en hayride. That novel – Christine – eventually made it to the big screen in one of the better-realized efforts from King’s creepy catalog. A while back, Auto World did a re-release of the old Ertl/Joyride 1:18 diecast of the car, and now, they’re adding this exceptionally well-done resincast. Pardon us if we say that this thing is killer; the quality of the piece is obvious, with a slick red and white paint job (yes,  incorrect for a 1958 Fury, but accurate to the film car) that covers a perfectly proportioned body. Real lenses are at each end, and the smoked windows — as seen on film when the car was in attack mode — are trimmed out in a mix of carefully cast resin and photo-etched metal. More processed steel is used to replicate the Fury’s golden side spear — a little flat, but nicely textured —  and the model’s wipers, fender-top trim, hood badge, and cowl vent are also acid-dipped. One of the coolest details — intentional or not — is the slightly dulled, hyper-realistic sheen on the bumpers; too many 1:43 models wear the same chrome wattage as much larger replicas. This one just looks real — and full-interior variants are on deck for later in 2014.  — DCX Staff

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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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