Tuesday, November 19, 2013

1949 Ford Custom Convertible by Minichamps

As automobile production resumed after World War II, offerings were limited to existing prewar designs, but by 1949, the Big Three had fresh, innovative concepts on sale. Ford was first, showing all-new 1949 models on June 8, 1948. They were as un-Ford-like as anything the public had ever seen. Slab-sided and streamlined, the company proudly announced that the New York Fashion Academy had judged Ford the “Fashion Car of the Year!
From a styling standpoint, the new Ford’s adopted slab sides, wrap-around bumpers, minimal trim, and bullet-adorned grille set it apart from most other cars on the road.
Two trim levels were offered: Standard and Custom. Although Ford’s station wagon was the most expensive 1949 model, the convertible carried the most prestige.

This.10 years old model from Minichmps absolutely meets the current standards of treatment. Excellent details, proper scale and nice interior are plus. Color is black.
I am  only disappointed in the quality of the painting on the sides of the model - not quite smooth as usual for Minichamps.
I do not know what he was thinking Minichamps FL letters in the model name. Ford does not know anything like that....Maybe L-head V-8 engine? Rather, it is nonsense.
Nice pictures of this model are there.

Minichamps 1949 Ford Cabriolet

 Manufacturer: Minichamps
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2003
 Part Number: 400 082231
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 8/10 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1954 Pontiac Chieftain by Premium X

1954 Pontiac Chieftain 4-door Sedan

The Pontiac Chieftain was an automobile produced by the Pontiac Motors Division of General Motors from 1949 to 1958. Pontiac was playing the role of a somewhat finer Chevrolet in the General Motors portfolio. Typically a long time were the so-called Silver Streaks, wide chrome strips on hood and trunk lid. 1953 led the way slowly to the pontoon, only the rear fenders were preserved in a stylized form . A year later, the tail fins were at first shy, just this car is a model of the Premium X model. The Chieftain was the standard product, it still existed longer the Star Chief. The customer had a choice of straight-six or straight-eight engines.

Premium X Models 1954 Pontiac Chieftain 4dr Sedan looks excellent with it's two tone paint scheme - Mayfair Blue with San Marino blue roof.
The voluminous , rounded shape is reproduced excellently , the lush chrome jewelry is modeled by chrome-plated parts and steaming, hood ornament, mirrors, a somewhat crude antenna, etched wipers and the  sun visor on the windshield round out the picture of a successful reproduction. The wheels with printed decorative caps and white wall tires, two-tone paint, everything makes a solid impression. You can even see the amber colored Chief Pontiac hood ornament that lights up on the real car when the parking or headlights are turned on. The interior has deposed two colors, the blue of the seats may be a bit too garish , this dashboard and steering wheel are well designed , if not so clearly visible through the relatively small window.

It's not everyday that you see a 1:43 scale model car that has everything going for it. Unusual subject matter, price, detail, accuracy of scale, and product integrity are what you get with Premium X Models 1954 Pontiac Chieftain 4dr Sedan. I highly recommend this superb model to any 1950s era Pontiac enthusiast.

 Manufacturer: Premium X
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2012
 Part Number: PRD214
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 7/10 

Friday, November 1, 2013

1955 Ford Crown Victoria Skyliner by Franklin Mint

1955 was a strong year for the American car industry and Ford in particular. There were 49,966 Fairlane Sunliners produced during that year and it easily outsold its closest competitor, the Chevy Bel Air convertible which saw only 41,292 examples produced.
 The 1955 Ford was advertised as a car with the feeling of motion built into the basic shape of the car itself....with imaginative styling, chrome and stainless trim, fresh new two tone colors, and modern interiors.

 1955 would be the first year of the Crown Victoria, part of the Ford Fairlane range of products and was produced at Fords plant in Dallas, Texas. Being the top trim level for 1955, the Fairlane included chrome moldings around the window and 'A' pillar, chrome side sweep moldings, and chrome headlight door eyebrows. The engine is a 272 cubic-inch V8 that develops 162 horsepower and has a top speed of 100 mph.

 The first Crown Victoria Skyliner is a two-door Fairlane with a pillared hardtop and transparent green plexi-glass in the forward half. It was part of the Ford Fairlane range, which differed from the regular Victoria model by a stainless steel band that 'crowned' the roofline, passing over the car as an extension of the B-pillar. Production of the 'Crown Victoria' lasted from 1955 to 1956. The Skyliner was the most expensive Fairlane model, costing $2,372 new from the factory.
 This beautifull 143 model is fantastic recaptured by Franklin Mint in Extension set Classic Cars of the 50's. Model is in original colours Tropical Rose / Snowshoe White in version Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner with continetal kit.. Wonderful details grille, acrylic glass top, continental kit and plenty of chrome accessories. Simply - sweetheart of collection!

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1990
 Part Number: UK08
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 10/10