Die Cast X http://www.diecastxmagazine.com The Ultimate Diecast Magazine Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:56:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/30/minichamps-mullin-collection-delahaye-type-145-chapron-coupe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minichamps-mullin-collection-delahaye-type-145-chapron-coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/30/minichamps-mullin-collection-delahaye-type-145-chapron-coupe/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:56:21 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205794

Delahaye built four cycle-fendered, V12-powered Types 145 for the French Ecurie Bleu racing team in 1937, and coachbuilder Henri Chapron bought two to re-body as fast Grand Tourers in 1939. However, with a World War, declining economy, and a non-paying buyer, this one, chassis 48773, wasn’t completed until 1951. Chapron had obviously seen a Bugatti [...]

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Delahaye built four cycle-fendered, V12-powered Types 145 for the French Ecurie Bleu racing team in 1937, and coachbuilder Henri Chapron bought two to re-body as fast Grand Tourers in 1939. However, with a World War, declining economy, and a non-paying buyer, this one, chassis 48773, wasn’t completed until 1951. Chapron had obviously seen a Bugatti Atlantic, but his longer, flowing fenders do give the car a more graceful look. Restored to its original condition (except for the rare T.145 engine), the car is part of the Mullin Collection and now available as a superb 1:43-scale resincast from Minichamps. Photos show that they’ve modeled the flowing lines perfectly; the flawless body has crisp panel lines, Chapron’s graceful sculptured sides, and dozens of perfectly spaced louvers. Minichamps’ glossy gray paint has exceptionally fine metallic pigments and is set off by bright plated and photo-etched trim. Photos show that nothing has been left off; grab a strong magnifying glass, and you’ll see “DELAHAYE” on the tiny hood badge. There’s realistic faux red leather upholstery, with plated inner handles and silver trim, a beautiful wood-grain dash with detailed instruments, a delicate wheel and shift handle, and photo-etched pedals inside. Dimensions are a very precise 1:43 scale. What a beauty.  — Wayne Moyer

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Forward-looking Plymouth http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/forward-looking-plymouth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=forward-looking-plymouth http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/forward-looking-plymouth/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:29:18 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206471

BROOKLIN 1955 Belvedere Convertible 1:43 | $120 Virgil Exner’s 1955 “Forward Look” styling transformed Plymouth from exceptionally dumpy looking cars to long, sleek, low machines. These cars looked even sleeker when done as con- vertibles and lower when their convertible tops were down. Brooklin usually models meat and potatoes sedans, but this time they’ve done [...]

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BROOKLIN 1955 Belvedere Convertible
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Virgil Exner’s 1955 “Forward Look” styling transformed Plymouth from exceptionally dumpy looking cars to long, sleek, low machines. These cars looked even sleeker when done as con- vertibles and lower when their convertible tops were down. Brooklin usually models meat and potatoes sedans, but this time they’ve done the top-line Plymouth Belvedere Convertible, and they’ve really done it well. The model’s glossy “Seminole Scarlet” paint matches chips perfect- ly, with just traces of orange peel, and there’s lots of separate chrome-plated trim, right down to the delicate side spears that are slightly recessed into the body. That trim was often used to separate eye-grabbing two-toned schemes, but single-color cars like this weren’t unusual. Legible relief-cast Belvedere scripts are painted over and a tiny emblem has been omitted from the doors, but everything else is here. The big news is that this is the first Brooklin model to have separate plated inner door handles, and there are arm rests and correct top bow wells, too. The two-tone dash is correct, although the relief instrument faces are painted over and the inner door panels should be red. Dimensions are right on, and best of all, Brooklin’s rag- top Belvedere just looks right. – Wayne Moyer brasiliapress.com

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Number One Pontiac http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/number-one-pontiac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=number-one-pontiac http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/number-one-pontiac/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:23:33 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206468

BROOKLIN 1937 Deluxe Six Touring Sedan 1:43 | $120 Although the all-new 1937 Pontiacs used the same B-Body as their GM stable mates, for the Deluxe Six it had to be shortened in front of the cowl to fit the 117-inch wheelbase. Brooklin’s “Buick Collection” success has led to a similar “Pontiac Collection.” This 1937 [...]

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BROOKLIN 1937 Deluxe Six Touring Sedan
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Although the all-new 1937 Pontiacs used the same B-Body as their GM stable mates, for the Deluxe Six it had to be shortened in front of the cowl to fit the 117-inch wheelbase. Brooklin’s “Buick Collection” success has led to a similar “Pontiac Collection.” This 1937 Deluxe Six 4-Door Touring “Trunkback” Sedan is its first release. The body is correctly similar to Brooklin’s Buick model, but the nose and chassis have been accurately shortened, and Pontiac details, like the prominent Pontiac “Silver Streak” trim and pedestal- mounted headlights, are just as they should be. Our sample’s glossy “Starlight Blue” paint has some orange peel that may not be typical of production units; the small combination hood ornament/latch handle, name badge, door handles, hood vent trim, trunk hinges, and windshield divider are all separate, polished pieces, making this one of the few Brooklin models with a fully detailed exterior—except for the grille, which is lacking the body-color horizontal bars dividing each side into four sections. Dog dish hubcaps and chrome beauty rings look just right for the Six. Interior detail is a bit sparse, but the woodgrain dash is correct. Brooklin has recreated the Trunkback lines accurately, and the dimensions are right on the money. – Wayne Moyer brasiliapress.com

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GREENLIGHT Auction Block series 15 1:64 | $5 It’s been nearly a year since GreenLight released the last wave of their popular Auction Block series, but release 15 is now available. Better late than never; these six pavement eaters were worth the wait. All of the cars they’ve modeled here were sold through the Mecum [...]

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GREENLIGHT Auction Block series 15
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It’s been nearly a year since GreenLight released the last wave of their popular Auction Block series, but release 15 is now available. Better late than never; these six pavement eaters were worth the wait. All of the cars they’ve modeled here were sold through the Mecum Auction network for between $46,000 (a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback) and an amazing $562,500 (for a one-of-a-kind 1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Coupe). The series also includes a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, a 1973 AMC Javelin, and a 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T. All feature opening hoods, detailed engines, full interiors, real rubber tires, and factory alloy-style wheels. Going once … twice … – Andy Goodman greenlightcollectibles.com

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Weighty Subject http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/weighty-subject/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weighty-subject http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/29/weighty-subject/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:19:02 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206462

AUTOART F1 Paperweight 1:8 | $24.95 Accessories are what makes the car guy (or gal’s) auto decor stand out, and if your crossed-flags night light and checkerboard of- fice curtains aren’t cutting it anymore, try this on for size: a 1:8 Formula 1 tire and rim com- bination that can be used either as a [...]

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AUTOART F1 Paperweight
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Accessories are what makes the car guy (or gal’s) auto decor stand out, and if your crossed-flags night light and checkerboard of- fice curtains aren’t cutting it anymore, try this on for size: a 1:8 Formula 1 tire and rim com- bination that can be used either as a tealight candleholder when the mood strikes, or an authentically scaled paperweight when it’s time for business of another kind. The source may surprise you; AUTOart has had a lot of fun these last few years converting what look to be real automotive components into “lifestyle” items, from carbon-fiber suspension arm desk lamps and brake-disc clocks, to velocity stack drinking glasses, twin-carb salt and pepper shakers, and aluminum shift-handle basin pumps (that’s “toilet plungers” to us Yanks). This particular bit of desktop whimsy uses diecast and “road-scuffed” rubber to replicate a racecar’s unsprung componentry well, whilst proving that in addition to making some great models, the people at AUTOart have a mischie- vous design ethic—and a healthy sense of humor. What fun. – Bill Bennett autoart.com

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IXO 1951 Bugatti Type 101 Gangloff Coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/28/ixo-1951-bugatti-type-101-gangloff-coupe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ixo-1951-bugatti-type-101-gangloff-coupe http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/28/ixo-1951-bugatti-type-101-gangloff-coupe/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:53:20 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205790

  When Ettore Bugatti passed away in 1947, the creative spirit and driving force of the company died with him. When the long-rumored “new Bugatti” appeared at the 1951 Paris Show, the “Type 101” turned out to be a mildly revised Type 57 chassis with rather uninspired Gangloff bodywork. It even carried a T.57 serial [...]

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When Ettore Bugatti passed away in 1947, the creative spirit and driving force of the company died with him. When the long-rumored “new Bugatti” appeared at the 1951 Paris Show, the “Type 101” turned out to be a mildly revised Type 57 chassis with rather uninspired Gangloff bodywork. It even carried a T.57 serial number: 57454. That Paris Show car is the one IXO has chosen to model, and photos show they’ve done it very well. While the body was first built with a higher, more cluttered hood line, IXO has the shape and all the details correct for that Paris Show version, wearing a glossy French Blue to match the car’s current shade. IXO has used hot-printed chrome in all the window moldings and side trim, with plated bumpers, light bezels, and photo-etched wipers and wheels to completely detail their T.101. There’s well-done interior detailing, with silver-printed door hardware; the primary gauges have detailed faces but smaller ones are just painted black. IXO hasn’t missed a thing; even the panel lines for the sunroof are there. This is the first new Type 101 in 25 years — and it was worth the wait. — Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $30

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Crafty Caps http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/27/crafty-caps/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crafty-caps http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/27/crafty-caps/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:17:05 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206458

SIGNATURE Replica Hood Ornaments 1:2 | $40   In the 1920s and 1930s, a car’s calling card rode atop its radiator shell. Pierce had its elaborate archer; Mercedes its three-pointed star; Duesenbergs wore a hand-formed, stylized bird—the “Duesenbird.” Whether it came as original equipment, or was an aftermarket add-on, having a hood or- nament on [...]

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SIGNATURE Replica Hood Ornaments
1:2 | $40

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In the 1920s and 1930s, a car’s calling card rode atop its radiator shell. Pierce had its elaborate archer; Mercedes its three-pointed star; Duesenbergs wore a hand-formed, stylized bird—the “Duesenbird.” Whether it came as original equipment, or was an aftermarket add-on, having a hood or- nament on your car made a statement. These days, the little metal sculptures have become treasured by collectors who appreciate the era and the artistry that brought these images to life. If the idea of scouring the globe looking for the real thing seems daunting, Signa- ture has released a series of 13 1:2 scale replicas of some of the most unique ornaments, from marques like Pierce-Arrow, Graham, Packard, Voisin, Isotta-Fraschini, and Pontiac. Though not ornaments in the strictest sense, Signature has also tooled up a 1965 Mustang pony and a 1980 Dodge Ram just for good measure. Beautifully chromed and mounted on Lucite bases, these look amazing when in a group, and they’re just the thing to add a bit of nostalgia—you might even say ornamentation—to any office or home. – Bill Bennett

 

 

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Brooklin 1954 Mercury Monterey Wagon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/26/brooklin-1954-mercury-monterey-wagon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brooklin-1954-mercury-monterey-wagon http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/26/brooklin-1954-mercury-monterey-wagon/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:31:56 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=205780

Although 1954 was the final year for Mercury’s stretched 1952-54 Ford-based body styling, the whole line got a face-lift (and tail-lift) that resulted in a look that was more Lincoln than Ford. Add the new McPherson strut front suspension and the new 292 “Y-Block” OHV engine, and the ’54 Merc became a slightly down-sized version [...]

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Although 1954 was the final year for Mercury’s stretched 1952-54 Ford-based body styling, the whole line got a face-lift (and tail-lift) that resulted in a look that was more Lincoln than Ford. Add the new McPherson strut front suspension and the new 292 “Y-Block” OHV engine, and the ’54 Merc became a slightly down-sized version of the “Mexican Road Race” Lincolns. At the top of the line was the Monterey station wagon, the subject of this really eye-pleasing, white-metal model by Brooklin. To start with, the lines are very accurate, as are the dimensions, and there are lots of carefully applied bright trim. But it’s the really well done faux wood panels over a smooth, glossy Siren Red finish that make this one stand out. The entire framework is done with separate, neatly fitted cast parts painted in a realistic shade, while the panels are darker wood-grain decals just as on the real car. Beltline and windshield moldings, along with the vent window frames, are painted over, so a bit of foil trim will add even more realism to this beauty.  Typical for Brooklin, the seat upholstery and all-new ‘54 dashboard details are right on the money, but no details are picked out and interior panels are pretty plain. — Wayne Moyer

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American Excellence 1975 Imperial 4-Door 1:43 scale | $95 1975 was the final year for Imperial as a separate line of full-size luxury cars; when the name was re-intro- duced in 1981 it was on a smaller Chrysler Cordoba-based car. Then, when the name was re-introduced in 1981, it was on a smaller Chrysler Cordoba- based [...]

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American Excellence
1975 Imperial 4-Door
1:43 scale | $95

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1975 was the final year for Imperial as a separate line of full-size luxury cars; when the name was re-intro- duced in 1981 it was on a smaller Chrysler Cordoba-based car. Then, when the name was re-introduced in 1981, it was on a smaller Chrysler Cordoba- based car. American Excellence has captured the 1975’s slab-side lines and the unique waterfall grille accurately. The light metallic green paint is truly excellent, and the simulated vinyl top has an especially realistic sheen and texture. The small hood ornament is missing, but “Imperial” and “LeBaron” scripts can be read with a magnifying glass. All the photo-etched parts, including the very thin side spear, are applied without a trace of glue. Rolled-down side glass combined with thin, flush-fitting windshield and backlight glass (all done in crystal clear butyrate) make it easy to see inside. Deep plush seats and upholstered door panels with woodgrain and painted relief handles all match photos well. More woodgrain trim on the dash and steering wheel, detailed instruments, and a tiny Imperial badge on the glove box all contribute to a very realistic interior. – Wayne Moyer jmmodelautos.com

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Cheap Kicks for ’66 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/24/cheap-kicks-for-66/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cheap-kicks-for-66 http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/blog/2014/08/24/cheap-kicks-for-66/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:11:20 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.diecastxmagazine.com/?p=206452

Shelby Collectibles 1966 Ford Gt40 MkII 1:18 | $50 Shelby-philes used to have to pony up heavy bucks for a top-shelf replica of the 1966 GT40 that took the ’66 Sebring with Jerry Grant and Dan Gurney at the wheel. Not any more. While it’s a few hundred pieces (and dollars) shy of the parts [...]

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Shelby Collectibles
1966 Ford Gt40 MkII
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Shelby-philes used to have to pony up heavy bucks for a top-shelf replica of the 1966 GT40 that took the ’66 Sebring with Jerry Grant and Dan Gurney at the wheel. Not any more. While it’s a few hundred pieces (and dollars) shy of the parts count and price point of those mega-buck models, Shelby Collectibles’ 1:18 GT40 Mark II sports a mold set that will surely yield more winners at a substantially relaxed price point. True, it’s got some glaring glitches (like left-hand drive), but the Sebring car’s dark blue paint is deep and glossy; like the red and black non-liveried variations (also LHD), the model carries decent interior, engine bay detailing, and a solid level of cast and painted pieces under its bonnet and chassis. What it doesn’t carry is the sheer, jaw-dropping impact of those hyper-detailed high-enders. But if you’re looking to fill some holes in your collection, without blowing one in your holiday budget, we recommend you have a look. – Bill Bennett

 

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