Automodello 1977 TVR M-Series Turbo

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When Triumph quit building their U.S.-legal straight-six engines, TVR was left without a powerplant. Ford of England agreed to supply the 3-liter “Essex” V-6; with the bigger engine the TVR became the 3000M.  For those who wanted still more power, TVR had Ford tuner Broadspeed develop a turbocharged version, the 3000M Turbo.  TVR Chairman Peter Wheeler drove one for many years. This second TVR model from Automodello is a limited edition (123 made) miniature of Wheeler’s wheels; an even more limited all-black “Homage Edition” is also available. The basic body is, as it should be, identical to the first TVR Automodello marketed (successfully — it’s now sold out), but the hood, mirrors, and wheels have been changed to accurately reproduce Wheeler’s car, and a radio antenna has been added.  The most obvious change is the excellent metallic burgundy paint with authentic silver “Turbo” stripes.  Inside, the accurate upholstery has a realistic leather sheen, and the dash decal is all new, with a different instrument arrangement and a radio face, all of which are nicely detailed.  Although the authentic alloy wheels are very well done, there are no brakes behind them.  Workmanship is flawless, but my calculator says the model is closer to 1/41 scale; no big deal in a model this small.  – Wayne Moyer 

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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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