Auto World 1972 Pontiac Trans Am

May 18, 2014 No Comments by

Back in the good old days of mass-market, twenty-buck  large-scale diecasts, the Ertl company ruled the roost with nice-looking replicas of popular muscle cars. In 1995 they debuted one of their best ever — a 1970 Pontiac Trans Am — and that mold still looks as good now as it did back then. When considering Auto World’s latest use of the tool, we’d go so far as to say that it’s never looked this good – thanks to some very nice detailing and greatly improved assembly and paint. Seen here as a 1972 T/A in Cardinal Red with white and black stripes and a black interior, rolling on great honeycomb wheels, Auto World’s variant surpasses the older versions on a lot of levels. Some of that is because these guys are bolting the cars together a whole lot better than Ertl ever did — and the balance of the boost is the result of some added bits and details, like the flexible vinyl wires on the 455 HO engine (replete with painted block, and surrounded by lots of little hand-picked paint details — a nice touch), a carpeted and fully painted interior, and the finessing of the castings around the grille. Little things do mean a lot, here, and the painted headliner and more aggressively decorated chassis — though built from the exact same castings as the original release, almost twenty years ago – pop a whole lot more. Only one more detail might have blasted this one into a higher level of wow – matching the chrome framework for the windshield and backlight by detailing the trim around the door glass openings with some thin chrome, and some black for the window seals. Still, for fans of the Firebird – and for the good work Auto World is doing these days – this one is hard to pass up.  — 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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