Auto World 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

May 14, 2014 No Comments by

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.

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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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