Sunday, November 29, 2015

1939 Graham Paige Roadster "Sharknose" by IXO Models

1939 Graham Paige Sharknose Roadster by Ixo Models

American automobile manufacturer Graham-Paige operated from 1927 to 1962. Like many automotive businesses, Graham-Paige struggled during the Great Depession. It was decided that a substantial and distinctive restyle would increase sales of the faltering brand.
Amos Northup of Murray Corporation (major body supplier to Lincoln, Ford, Reo, Hupmobile, Hudson) was hired to design a new model for 1938. The result was the radically restyled Model 97, which the company dubbed 'Spirit of Motion'. But when the public took one look at the protuberant beak it was immediately dubbed the „Sharknose.“ The new car looked like it was going 60 mph when standing still.The fenders, wheel openings and grille all appeared to be moving forward.  Once past the unusual prow, the Sharknose was quite attractive.  Everything was rounded off in streamlined Art Deco fashion, and the rear fender was given skirting to make it look even more streamlined.
The 1938 Graham was praised in the American press and by designers. It also won the prestigious Salons D'Elegance in Paris, Lyons, Bordeaux and Marseilles.
The Sharknose was sold in the 1938, 1939 and part of the 1940 model year; less than 8,800 were produced in total.
By comparison, there were over 4,100 Packard Sixes sold in 1938 alone. Over 81,000 Oldsmobiles were produced in '38. In 1939, the debut year for Mercury, over 75,000 examples were made.
At least two 'Spirit of Motion' convertibles were created by European coachbuilders. One, produced by a Belgian shop, Vesters & Neirinck, has been modeled in 1:43 scale by Ixo Models.
This is a beautifully-done roadster '39 Graham-Paige as done in 1/43 by IXO in their Museum Series. Sharknose Grahams are fascinating and attractive cars, and this very neat red model captures the look extremely well.
Dominated by the prominent hood with a forward sweeping nose and a grille that slanted backward, its Sharknose nickname came naturally. The grille is set off by four horizontal chrome strips, the top one continuing to the rear of the car and incorporating the door handles.
For the price, paint and detail work are really impressive; glossy red paint is flawless, every piece of trim is either plated or bright printed chrome. Interior details are all present and correct, too; shift and brake levers, upholstery patterns, and the  instrument panel with legible gauges, are all accurate.  Don’t miss out.

 Manufacturer: IXO Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2008
 Part Number: MUS013
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 8/10 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible by Brooklin Models

The story may be apocryphal, but it is nevertheless, one of the most intriguing tales to come out of the automotive industry. It goes like this: one day in the 1951, the chief stylist of the General Motors' Buick division Ned Nickles,  was at his desk doodling, making plans for customizing his own Buick Roadmaster. The general manager of the division, happened by and was impressed by what he saw. Realizing that the board of directors was looking for a special model to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the marque in 1953, Wiles decided on the spot to submit Nickles' doodles. The result was one of the 1950s most legendary cars: 1953 Buick Skylark. It was added to the Motorama line up for 1953 which included The Cadillac Eldorado, Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Fiesta and Chevrolet Corvette.
Much of the body and engine work was done by hand thus accounting for the 5,000 price tag.  The Skylark‘s exclusive nature was such that Buick engraved the original owner‘s name in silver on the tripartite medallion in the horn button.
The 1953 Skylark was released in a quantity of only 1.690. Consequently, this ultra-luxury full-size sports convertible once described as „The Million Dollar Ride“ is highly prized by collectors.
A model  as handsome as the original. A dashing convertible with long ,flowing lines and extra low windshield. A two-way chromed „sweepspear“ began at the front wheels and dipped sharply ahead of the rear ones before „jumping“ over them and ending near twin „bullet“ taillights on each rear fender. Model finished  in Ridge Green color featuring  openable doors and hood , detailed Thunderbolt V-8 engine and chassis.  A look inside shows authentic green and white upholstery with chrome-printed relief handles and trim on the door panels, detailed instruments, silver-painted switches, radio fascia, and steering wheel with chrome  horn ring.  The model of the first series of Franklin Mint does not have all the details, but the quality  of chrome parts is excellent.
Despite the fact that it is a 25-year-old model, this  Franklin Mint belongs to the generally very easy to find models.

Franklin Mint 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1987
 Part Number: KC70
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 8/10 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible by Brooklin Models

One defining event of 50s American car culture was GM’s Motorama, a no-holds-barred display of dazzling technology and stunning styling. A series of dramatic styling exercises captivated the public, but most were not for sale. For 1953, the GM made an exception, offering three of the previous year’s “dream cars” in limited-production numbers: Cadillac Eldorado, Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Fiesta. Scarcest of these was the Oldsmobile Fiesta, a limited-edition custom convertible created from the top of the line Oldsmobile 98 , a stunning design that pioneered several features at Oldsmobile, including a wraparound windshield, exterior trim, “spinner” wheel covers, which became a trademark on later Oldsmobile , attractive two-tone paint schemes in exclusive colors and a very high level of standard equipment.
Fiesta was the most luxurious and most powerful Oldsmobile offered in 1953. With a price tag of $5,715 back in 1953, it‘s easy to see why only 458 were built. It was also the most expensive-nearly twice the price of the 98 model convertible on which it was based. The Fiesta‘s influence would be seen and felt for years to come.

This beautifull early Brooklin fully captures the Oldsmobile 1953 „dream car“ in the shape of stunning turquoise blue and white baroque cloud.
The car has styling with „hockey-stick“ side trim, wraparound Panoramic windshield, beautifully modeled chrome bumpers, chrome stone guards, jet hood ornament, fender skirts, spinner hubcaps, white convertible top boot and rear-mounted Continental kit spare. It is a pity that fender mounted antenna and door handles are molded only-
The model was due to extravagant shape soon completely sold out and is now is very rare.

Brooklib Models 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible
Brooklin Models 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air and 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta

General Motors 1953 Motorama Dream Cars

 Manufacturer: Brooklin Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1992 - 2000
 Part Number: BRK 039
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 7/10 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

1960 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sport Sedan by Brooklin Models

There aren’t too many things more American than a vintage  Chevy Impala.. Few Chevrolet sedans have been as charismatic as the second generation 1959-'60 models, with their characteristic "bat wing" tailfins.
Here is '60 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sport Sedan!
A more conservative approach, with „jet smooth“ lines, evident with the aircraft inspired side trim. Chevrolet changed much of the bodylines from the more wilder ‚59‘s. The new look for 1960 suited the glamorous top of the line Impala, as Chevrolet reshaped and separated the famous  (from my perspective) horizontal „bat wing“ tail fins, and added 3 round tail lamps to the rear. Additional features included a short molding strip extending back from the headlights, twin pairs of bar molding above and below the fender strip, the quarter panel missile ornaments had 2 moldings streaking rearward, and the area between them was filled with a white insert and Impala script.
The 1960 Chevrolet Impala also became the best-selling automobile in the US, and continued to hold that position for the next decade. Luxury leader of the low price field for 1960s standards,  you could choose from four new Impalas – Sport Sedan, Sport Coupe, 4-Door Sedan and Convertible.  Total Model production for the Chevy Impala in 1960 was around 511,925 produced. Of that 79,903 consisted of Convertibles.The ‘flat top’ styling of the four door sport sedan, was carried over, although sales figures were a third of the regular sedan. The ‘flat top’ is a much prized collectible today.
This  model ’60 Chevrolet Impala 4-door hardtop Sport Sedan, known as the “flat top” is finished in Tasco Turquioise Poly / Ermine White color combination.
The experts at The Brooklin Models have created a handsome model using their new one-piece, chromed frame “birdcage” for the windshield and all window surrounds. This is clever, because when the contrasting color roof is fitted, the result is a very accurate and good-looking pillarless hardtop model with great rear panoramic window. The rocket mascot is very well done, grill is black-washed All exterior trim, is done with carefully fitted separate plated white metal pieces
Both the lines and details match properly from all angles, and dimensions are right on 1:43 scale. A truly terrific Chevy model.

1960 Chevrolet Impala 4-door Sport Sedan

"Bat wings"tailfins

1960 Impala Sport Sedan and 1961 Impala Sport Coupe

1960 Impala Sport Sedan, In the background is 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air

'61  Chevy Impala and '60  Chevy Impala with '54 Chevy  Bel Air 

 Manufacturer: Brooklin Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2015
 Part Number: BRK 166
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 9/10 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

1949 Ford F1 PickUp Coca Cola Delivery by Mnichamps

The Ford F-Series truck has become a staple of the American road, enjoying unprecedented success in the Eighties and Nineties. The Ford truck has been the best-selling vehicle of any kind in America and the emblem of the truck mania that has swept through the U.S. auto market. Was there a single soul who could have imagined such a thing in 1948?
This is the first generation Ford F-Series produced between 1948-52 as a replacement for the previous car-based pickup line introduced in 1941. It had a flat, one-piece windshield a wider cab and integrated headlamps. F1 was the smallest of F serie 1/2 ton serving the broadest range of needs experienced by farmers, tradesmen, and merchants. Car was on the standard of today's small size. Only roof height was taller to accommodate the majority of truck owners who, as was the custom in those days, wore hats.

This model Minichamps is combination legendary brands Ford and Coca Cola - two door pickup model Coca Cola delivery (Official Licensed Product) in dark yellow color with matt black painted running boards. The grille composed of five thick horizontal bars and headlights resided in a recessed panel on the face of each vehicle. The ledge above the grille held chrome block letters that spelled out "FORD" and above this sat a large alligator-style hood with bright-trimmed "nostrils." The front bumper is painted in Coca Cola red color instead of the usual chrome. The same red color is applied to the wheels instead of the usual body color. All these details are faithfully captured in the model. The only inaccuracy is missing passenger-side windshield wiper. The pickup bed used a plastic imitation of hardwood floor with metal strips and wooden side panels. Coca Cola logo on the doors and the roof is very decently made. Model manufactured in 2010 can still be brought.

Ford F1 Pick Up Coca Cola Delivery

 Manufacturer: Minichamps
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2010
 Part Number: 400082062
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 9/10 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

1952 Cadillac Series 62 4-Door Sedan by Brooklin Models

The Series 62 was a series of cars produced by Cadillac from 1940 through 1964. There were three series available on three different wheelbases. By far the most popular was the 62 and the four-door sedan outsold all other body styles combined.
In 1952, to commemorate the Golden 50th Anniversary of Cadillac, the V-shaped hood and deck emblems were done as gold castings. The Series 62 sedan was also characterized by a higher rear deck lid contour. This provided additional luggage space. Back up lights were now standard equipment and were incorporated in the taillights. The grille wraparound panels were redesigned once again having broad chrome trim below each headlight with side scoop styling and gold-colored winged emblem mounted in the center. At the rear all Cadillacs adopted a through the bumper dual exhaust system. Notice the beautiful decent tail fins . Deck ornamentation took the form of a Cadillac crest over abroad golden "V".

Amazing Brooklin white metal model is extremely heavy and exudes luxury and pomposity  of baroque shapes of the original. Black finish is the best choice for a formal impression. On the black excelling amount of of chrome parts - gorgeous grille, bumpers, door handles, windsreen wipers, bonnet trim, headlights, side trim, rocker panels and boot trim & handle . Nice detail is "Golden Anniversary Trim" - golden plated bonnet and boot badges. My only criticism, and it's a minor one, is that dashboard is a dull. This is must have model.

 Manufacturer: Brooklin Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1988-2010
 Part Number: BRK 147
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 9/10