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Diecast Zone Reviewers: Model Of The Year 2011

Introduction by Rusty Hurley

This year we took a little different approach with the Diecast Zone Car of the Year Awards, asking each member of our august review panel to pick a model of the year (any scale) and two runner-ups. We then sent all these nominations back out to the panel and asked them to select a Model of the Year. Well, the sparks flew! It took two rounds of voting, and in the end, the results were surprising and likely controversial. But we did have a clear and deserving winner. To let the drama build, I suggest you read each reviewers choices instead of skipping right to the end - more fun that way.

Rich Sufficool

MODEL OF THE YEAR

CMC 1/18 Bugatti Atlantic Type 57 SC

It’s a true museum quality replica of an iconic prewar classic.

RUNNERS UP

Danbury Mint 1/24 1936 Packard V-12 Sport Phaeton

DM finally does a prewar classic after being soooo stuck in the ‘50s. The model is spectacularly well done and contented.

AUTO art 1/18 Jaguar XJ-S

A beautiful model for those who want their cars with numbers on the side

David Holcombe

MODEL OF THE YEAR

Brooklin 1/43 1952 Willys Overland Station Wagon

While the name “Jeep” remains alive, many have forgotten the post- World War II period when the Willys Overland Company attempted to revive itself with a civilian Jeep. It was most successful with this first all steel station wagon, originally introduced in 1948, that remains alive today in modern form. This Brooklin model captures not only the form but also

RUNNERS UP

Brooklin 1948 Willys Overland Jeepster in yellow and red

Bill Bennett

MODEL OF THE YEAR

CMC 1/18 Fiat/Bartoletti – Ferrari Transporter

Unbelievable execution, 3115 parts, the “Crown Jewel” of any collection. Defines the “serious” collector.

RUNNERS UP

Dick Browne

MODEL OF THE YEAR

Automodello 1/43 1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria

I like it because it is a wonderful rendition of a great CCCA classic car. The price, at under $100 is fantastic. It is a new venture into the classic car field by a fairly new manufacturer.

RUNNERS UP

Brooklin 1/43 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible 1963 made by Brooklin Models item #BRK 129X.

Bryan Miranda

MODEL OF THE YEAR

CMC 1/18 Bugatti Atlantic Type 57 SC

CMC lead the pack this year with the long awaited arrival of their Bugatti Atlantic Coupe. This breathtaking work of art filled a void in many collections. They spared no detail and set a new bar for their precision and quality we have come to know from them.

So sweet there are no second choices

Tony Perrone

MODEL OF THE YEAR

Danbury Mint 1:24 1956 Buick Roadmaster – Convertible

As the follow-up to the previous year’s four-door hardtop, also a fifty-six Buick Roadmaster, this convertible has the pizzazz and right color combo. It opulently spells period correct and sportiness in one lovable package.

No runners up…

Frank Lemire

MODEL OF THE YEAR

RUNNERS UP

Harv Goranson

MODEL OF THE YEAR

RUNNERS UP

Neo/American Excellence 1972 Pontiac Hurst SSJ
Ixo 1961 Jaguar XKE (Geneva Car Show)

Rusty Hurley

MODEL OF THE YEAR

AUTO art 1/18 Pagani Zonda R

Yes, I could have voted for CMC’s Fantastic Ferrari Transporter or the elegant Bugatti. But I decided to have some fun with my choices, beginning with this lip-smacking good effort from AUTO art. Endlessly fascinating, this is one of those rare models that seems to actually get better with time. Yes, AUTOart can punch with the best of them now. Extraordinary value for the money.

RUNNERS UP

Conclusion

So, did you pick out a favorite along the way?

There’s no doubt the CMC Bartoletti is the most audacious model of the year; big and bold it is a sweeping tour de force of an engineering achievement in 1/18. Likewise the CMC Bugatti Atlantic SC models in 1/18 were technically brilliant and have a stylish grace about them. And let’s not forget that gorgeous 1936 Packard in 1/24 , a stunning and regal portrayal by Danbury Mint.

Your scale winners are:

1/18 MODEL OF THE YEAR

CMC 1/18 Bugatti Atlantic Type 57 SC

AND THE WINNER OF THE DIECAST ZONE MODEL OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO...

Automodello 1/43 1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria

A truly brilliant model and the first 1/43 overall winner in our history. This remarkably contoured subject is modeled with incredible technical skill. And the price at just under triple digits…that’s a rare feat anymore for larger scale models.

The win represents something more: how truly important 1/43 is becoming in the hobby where prices and collection space are both at a premium when it comes to larger scale models. We have a remarkable corps of collectors at Forum43 and I encourage you to drop in for a visit soon.

Congratulations to Automodello on a fantastic win and a big thanks to our panel for their patience, knowledge and passion!

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