Tuesday, August 20, 2013

1953 Chevrolet Corvette by Franklin Mint

The first generation Corvette  (C1) was introduced late in the 1953 model year. Originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show.  To help speed up delivery, and to save the cost of metal dies for the production of sheet metal bodies, Corvettes had bodies made of reinforced fiberglass, a first for production cars. All 1953 Corvette models had Polo White exteriors and red interiors , as well as this 1/43 model Franklin Mint. The sporty instrument panel and steering wheel were stark white and the upholstered interior side walls were fiery red.
Franklin Mint made ​​this high standard model in the year1990 in his prestigious series "Extension Set 50's". The model has beautiful details and lots of parts, sophisticated  six-cylinder engine nick-named the "Blue Flame" and very detailed chassis . Unfortunately, a lot of models already lost some fine parts, especially small parts of bumpers. This model is complete, but is made up of two models!
Nice details: protected headlights, the  rear license plate holder is in the trunk, covered with a plastic window.

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1990
 Part Number: UK07
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 9/10 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible by Franklin Mint

The Chevrolet Bel Air was a full-size automobile that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1950–1975 model years. This charming model from Franklin Mint is the second generation Bel Air produced in the years 1955-57.

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air was America's most popular car for 1955. Chevrolet shed its conservative, stuffy public perception by revealing the clean, youthful lines of the Bel Air. Sleek design elements from WWII aircraft and European sports cars replaced the puffy, rounded car bodies that typified the automobiles of the early 1950s. Additionally, the Bel Air offered its cutting-edge design and a V8 engine at an economical price. Chevrolet's sleek 'Motoramic' styling featured a wrap-around windshield, curved taillights styled into rounded rear fins and incorporated a Ferrari-inspired grille. Bel Airs came with features found on cars in the lower models ranges plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, stainless steel window moldings, and full wheel covers. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering.

Franklin Mint 1/43 Model is in original two-tone paint scheme Skyline Blue / India Ivory. All of the trim and chrome fit exceedingly well on the straight body. I love this model. It is over 25 years old, I bought it on German ebay for only 25 euros, and due to the high quality is absolutely in perfect condition, will overtake the current model by Vitesse. Look for: