Sunday, June 19, 2016

1941 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible by Brooklin Models

1941 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible by Brooklin Models

Art Deco styling

1941 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible and 1937 Lincoln Le Baron Convertible Sedan

The Chrysler New Yorker is an automobile model which was produced by Chrysler from 1940 to 1996, serving for several years as the brand's flagship model. The New Yorker name helped define the Chrysler brand as a maker of upscale models priced and equipped above mainstream brands like Ford, Chevrolet/Pontiac, and Dodge/Plymouth, but below full luxury brands like Cadillac, Lincoln and Packard. During the New Yorker's tenure, it competed against upper level models from Buick, Oldsmobile and Mercury.
Chrysler’s signature sporting open car for 1941 was the New Yorker Convertible, of which production was limited to only 1,295 units.  This model had a base price of $1,548, which put it at the upper-end of the medium priced cars of the day. Like all 1941 Chryslers, styling was quite dramatic.
Art Deco styling was the theme of this cars design, where streamlining was paramount. and this release in Brooklin’s  series makes it easy to see why. Steeply-raked vee windshields were complemented by sharply pointed hoods. Grilles blended into the bodywork’s sculpted fenders with bright beltline moldings and chrome parking light housings atop the front fenders. The grille consisted of five horizontal chrome bars which wrapped around the front, reaching all the way to the leading edge of the front wheelhouses. Legible relief-cast Chrysler script is painted over, but everything else is here - lot of chrome-plated pieces, matt black stone guards and wide whitewall tires.
Brooklin model is a 1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible finished in Tacoma Cream with a black convertible top.

 Manufacturer: Brooklin Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2000 - 2005
 Part Number: BRK 085
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 9/10 

Monday, April 25, 2016

1946 DeSoto 6 Suburban by WhiteBox

1946 DeSoto 6 Suburban by WhiteBox

The DeSoto (sometimes De Soto) is an American automobile marque that was manufactured and marketed by the DeSoto Division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1928 to the 1961 model year.
Due to the outbreak of World War II, all United States automobile production stopped in February of 1942 and car manufacturers shifted to building items for the war effort. Domestic car production did not resume until March of 1946 with cars that appeared little changed from the 1941-1942 models. A surprise newcomer to the field was the eight-passenger DeSoto Suburban, which arrived in November of 1946 and was produced unchanged through mid-1949. It was designed as the ultimate in stylish transportation for hotels, airports, and large families. Its unique folding seats allowed for several combinations of passengers and cargo, much like present-day mini vans.

The 1946-1948 DeSoto Custom Suburban was the most expensive of the 1946-1948 DeSoto line. The grille had "Teeth" that would remain a DeSoto trademark up to 1955.
This model DeSoto is from WhiteBox line. WhiteBox is apparently a house brand from Model Car World, a retailer in Florsheim, Germany.
WhiteBox is low budget model line, on this model it is evident. Under a white top also shines through red base color. Very thin chrome on bumpers, chrome sometimes completely missing (see photo). Generally chrome trim is replaced with only a cheaply looking silver print strips. Weaknesses completes askew-glued crest on the rear lid and simple interior. The only advantage of this interesting model is a nice color combination Royal Maroon / White.
Sorry, this is the second model WhiteBox that disappointed me, and I'm not going into other WhiteBox in the future invest. 

 Manufacturer: WhiteBox
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2015
 Part Number: WB098
 Material: DieCast
 Rating:  4/10 

Friday, April 15, 2016

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible by Franklin Mint

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible by Franklin Mint

"More Chrome, Bigger Fins!"

Bullet-style twin tail lights

The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002. This model is third generation of the most expensive GM car.

The nameplate Eldorado is a contraction of two Spanish words that translate as "the gilded (i.e., golden) one" — and also refers to El Dorado, the mythical South American "Lost City of Gold" that fascinated Spanish explorers.
The top-of-the line Cadillac Eldorado, this model marked a significant change in style for the Cadillac. There were two different roof lines and roof pillar designs. The grill featured a jeweled styling with matching deck lid beauty panels, and of course there were the distinctive taillights and tail fins. - David Holls's famous tailfins, the largest ever installed on an American production car.
Biarritz models had the Eldorado name spelled out behind the front wheel opening and featured broad, full-length body sill highlights that curved over the rear fender profile and back along the upper beltline region.
The Eldorado featured the ultimate Cadillac engine for 1959, the enlarged 390cid V8, topped by three two-barrel Rochester carburetors. This produced 345hp and was mated to a 3-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission as standard equipment.  The Biarritz Convertible was Cadillac's most expensive open-air car for 1959, and just 1,320 examples were built.
There can be no doubt that the world of aviation had a profound influence on the designers at Cadillac. Cadillac was the first to introduce fins on a car, with the P-38 style tail fins of the late 1940s models. In 1959, airplanes had become an every-day thing, and the space program and rockets were now big news. The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado boasted the tallest tail fin ever found on a production vehicle at 45 inches in height, and the bullet-style twin taillights, all reminiscent of rocketry. 
It's time to introduce Eldorado Biarritz in 1:43 scale from the Franklin Mint. All the characteristic attributes of a classic American cruiser are here - size, shape, and wow effect.
This model has very good finish, extremely bright high quality chrome parts.
Body with Biarritz unique sweeping chrome trim that decorated the side of the car. Nice detail - Eldorado lettering on the sides of the front fenders, just behind the headlamps. Opening hood with big V8 engine and detailed chassis.
This is an absolute American icon. Cadillac 1959 model Eldorado Biarritz with the largest fins. Awesome model in color Olympic White and Red interior made by Franklin Mint in the year 1987 in the range Classic Car of the 50‘s. Ultimate Five stars model!

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1987
 Part Number: KE21
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 9/10 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

1954 Packard Patrician 4-door Sedan by Brooklin Models

Brooklin Models BRK 185 1954 Packard Patrician 4-door Sedan

1941 Packard Clipper and 1954 Packard Patrician

The 1951-1954 Packard Patrician was the automaker's newly named top-line standard sedan in the early '50s. Along with other models, it carried the firm's first complete redesign since the Clipper of a decade earlier. The word “patrician” is Latin for a rulling class in Ancient Rome.
The shape of the Patrician, which designer John Reinhart named "high pockets," didn't wear particularly well, however. There was no criticizing the Patrician's integrity, though -- it was beautifully built, comfortable in the Packard tradition, and surprisingly fast.
Most buyers thought it dull and uninteresting next to the tailfinned Cadillac V-8s and the very roadable Lincolns of these years, and spent their money accordingly.
The Patrician for 1953-54 was premium, four-door sedan, outfitted with high-grade upholstery and  the highest level chrome trimming, including new side trim, hooded chrome headlight bezels and cloisonné hubcap centers. The Patrician, as the senior Packard in the 1954 model year, was equipped with the finest nine main bearing, 359 cubic-inch straight-8 engine, producing 212 horsepower. This was the final year that Packard would use the straight-8.
This  Brooklin Model is, I believe, the first model of the Patrician in any scale, and Brooklin has done it very well, with authentic Matador Maroon paint, an accurate shape and details, and dead-on dimensions. There’s a wealth of carefully fitted chrome-plated parts on this Packard; the new slimmer cormorant mascot is especially well done as the small C-pillar medallion and small chrome tailfins. Only the relief-cast window surround sand tiny rear fender scripts have been painted over.  Big wide white walls and hand-painted red Packard “Hexads” in the wheel covers add to the model’s realistic look. Model has correctly painted the dash in body color, but the silver-painted instrument cluster’s accurate gauge faces and other dash details haven’t been picked out. And while the two- tone upholstery looks quite nice, there are no handles, cranks, or arm rests on the inner door panels. These are small sour notes against a very well played song; Brooklin’s ’54 Patrician is a great addition to any Packard collection. 

 Manufacturer: Brooklin Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2013 - 2016
 Part Number: BRK 185
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 9/10 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

1933 Duesenberg SJ Arlington Torpedo Sedan 'Twenty Grand' Rollston by GLM

GLM 1933 Duesenberg SJ "Twenty Grand" Arlington Torpedo Sedan by Rollstone

The coachbuilder Rollston Body Company began after World War I as a body repair shop in Manhattan and soon expanded into coachbuilding. Rollston bodies appeared on Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Cord, Duesenberg, Ford, Hispano-Suiza, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Packard, Peerless, Pierce-Arrow and Rolls Royce.
Rollston's most famous car was this  this 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Arlington Torpedo Sedan "Twenty Grand" – the most expensive Duesenberg ever.
Designed by Gordon Buehrig, the Twenty Grand was built as a show car for the 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, and the finished car's price tag was $20,000, an astronomical amount at the time  when the average U.S. physician earned less than $3,000 a year ( by the way - other completed Duesenberg models cost  max between $13,000 and $19,000).

This supercharged Duesenberg with chassis number 2539 and engine J-513.
Chief designer, Gordon Buehrig, designed the "Twenty Grand", adapting several of the earlier coach styles, and the noted coach-builder Rollston Body Company, made the design a reality. With polished stainless steel tubing covering the exposed exhaust pipes, and an aerodynamically slanted windscreen, the luxurious "Twenty Grand" exuded a feeling of speed, as well as grandeur. Its long and sleek lines, uninterrupted by superfluous extravagance, elegantly belied the power that lay under the bonnet—a 320-horsepower supercharged engine that was claimed to have pushed the machine to speeds as high as 130 miles per hour.
The power and elegance that were revealed by the exterior were complemented by the sumptuousness of the interior. The "armchair" type seats were upholstered in broadcloth bounded with silver patent leather. Instrument panels, in the front and back seats, were panelled in two-tone burl walnut with silver inlay.

The famous ’20 Grand’ 1933 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Sedan wears a California license plate with its original sales price was restored in 1979 and took top honors at Pebble Beach in 1980.

Original  Car Owner:   S. M. Archer, Minneapolis
Owner in 1968:   B. Johnson, IN
Current Owner:   The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California

Model made by GLM Models is authentic to the smallest detail.
Company GLM was founded in 2012 by a group of model car collectors.
Finish of paintwork Posh Champagne Silver and assembly are of the highest possible standard - each worker in GLM factory can only finish 2 cars every day!
The resin body casting is flawless, and the finish is accented with a mix of hand-applied detail castings, photo-etched metal, and sharp tampos.
Out front, the  Duesenberg grille, delicate photo-etched hood ornament and set individually-lensed head are very well done, and the photo-etched  front window frame look absolute perfect. Interior details include good-looking upholstery and hand-painted wood-grain dash and door panel wood trim, photo-etched control panels, and detailed instruments up front.
Tall whitewall bias-ply tires wrapped around exquisitely etched spoked wheels with finely crafted Duesenberg crests in the centers. Those wheels are probably my favorite feature on the whole model, and give it a feel of quality and completeness that ties the whole piece together.

It’s a beautiful car, and GLM does a beautiful job presenting in in 1:43. As a model that captures the promise and potential of the pre war period, this Duesenberg has few rivals—if this era appeals to you, this one is worth adding to your collection. But the price of the model is relatively too high, as once was the price of the real car.

 Manufacturer: GLM
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2015
 Part Number: GLM43106201
 Material: Resin
 Rating: 10/10