Auto World “Foster’s King Cobra” Funny Car

May 16, 2014 No Comments by

The Legends of the Quarter Mile from Auto World just keep a-comin’, and that’s not a bad thing. AW’s model of Sid and Gerald Foster’s  1972 Mustang flopper is the latest take on the line’s FoMoCo funny car mold set, and it’s one of the flashiest in an array of anything-but-subtle models, thanks to a great casting and phenomenal paint and graphics. The highlight of those markings is the brightly foiled lettering at the car’s sides – not an easy, or inexpensive process – and the rest of the car’s plastic (possibly a light resin) body is glass smooth. Lift it, or take it off completely, and the Logghe chassis and Chrysler Hemi are in full bloom; once again, Auto World’s well dialed-in formula for replicating the running gear of the cars is on display, with a mix of vinyl, plastic, and steel cables, wires, and pipes; from the top of the injector scoop to the ground-scraping zoomies, there’s a great palette of  textures and colors, not to mention crisp, believable castings and liberal chrome. The seat wears a fabric and photo-etched harness, and the chassis rolls — really well — on scuffed slicks and treaded front tires. The car’s top numbers of 223 miles per hour, in a 6.61 second blast, recorded in 1972, made it a top-ranked machine. Auto World’s dedication to this lineup, and to building in a ton of bang for the buck, make the model one well worth having.  – 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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