The parade of new 1:43 resins continues to impress us, especially this emerging line from Auto World, whose recent foray into the scale and the medium has been extremely well received around here. This pair of 1977 Pontiac Trans Ams had us tearing into the packaging, thanks to what appeared to be a high level of detail and some great paint. And with just a few nits to pick, we were right: though the tumblehome of the resincasts’ lower bodies is a little too vertical, and the “snowflake” wheel and tire combo is a tick too big, the overall presentation of the cars is neat and almost complete, with great brightwork, super glazing, and a flawless build. Cleared-over decals call out the T/A 6.6 on the cars’ shaker scoops, and the screaming chicken on both models is perfectly placed; though it’s not noticeable on the black version (and yes, there will be a “Smokey” version – this isn’t it), there should be black trim around the openings for the T-tops and window gasketing around the upper doors and body. Back on the positive: the interiors are accurate, and the engine-turned dash is replicated with a neat appliqué; underneath, the T/A has good chassis detail – except for the missing forked-tongue exhaust tips that made the T/A all the more distinctive. That note, above all, is one we’d have liked to see. Overall, a nice effort.
– Joe Kelly, Jr.
1:43 | $69.99 each