Hot Wheels Elite Alonso Malaysian GP Victory

May 22, 2014 No Comments by

Balance is a critical element in racing, and for every yin, there’s a yang. That was the takeaway when Fernando Alonso took the Malaysian GP in March of 2012 from behind the wheel of a Ferrari F2012 — a car that had been roundly criticized for its lack of handling in dry conditions. That was the yin; when a light drizzle suddenly became a torrential storm (actually red flagging the race for a time), Alonso emerged from the pits on intermediate tires — and proceeded to yang the hell out of the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Paul di Resta, and Michael Schumacher. It wasn’t all easy, but Alonso’s skill with the in-between rubber took him home a little over two seconds ahead of Sergio Perez in a Sauber-Ferrari. Judging from race-day photos, HWE’s done a great job of snap-shotting the livery on the car as it appeared that day; while one or two logos (Shell Oil being one of them) are done in high-quality, last-minute decals (isn’t licensing fun?), the majority of the deco above the car’s fine-flake metallic red is placed with great tampo strikes. The sealed body and all of its wild appendages look dead on, as do the wheels, carbon-toned suspension arms and Pirelli P Zero rubber — which might have looked better with some scuffing — forgivable on this pre-production sample. Even better, this special edition comes with a wee Fernando alongside. Some may find the rear wing a bit too thick — but why rain on this parade? F1 fans — especially those with Ferrari in their blood — rejoice.

- 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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