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Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible diecast car
 
 
 

As I first laid eyes on this model I had two simultaneous thoughts. The designers at Danbury made a brave choice in subject replication matter. Let’s face it, today in the diecast wonder-world we see much more in the way of NASCAR and muscle cars released than we do a fifties car of non-Big Three manufacture. I may have thought that only we senior citizens could dearly appreciate such a diecast offering. But I also realized that the model is so stunning in color choice, execution of build and because it features some new product innovation, that it will easily appeal to a broad band of collectors. The Champion itself is not so much a period oddity as a currently little seen, or oft forgotten marque. Seriously, I cannot recall last seeing one in the 1:1 flesh. In 1950 the Studebakers were said to be, “The Next Look” in cars. With their “bullet nose”, designed by Bob Bourke, they were advertised as, “The cars that will amaze America.”

Obviously an all-new tooling, this base unit offers many reiteration possibilities. This convertible version is opulent. The model sits on working suspension, stiffer in the rear on operational shocks, more articulating up front. The entire cradle arm and steering connector rods move as the suspension functions, yet the wheel and tire itself, as with real cars, stays at perfect caster and camber. Nice work DM! When you look underneath, be sure to capture all of the finery there. Just aft of the olive colored engine and trans are the emergency brake cables, fuel lines and realistically fashioned exhaust coloration, ending with a chrome tip and splitter. The tapered tail features lots of chrome, plastic back-up lights in white and tail lamps in red. The trunk contains a fixed jack and removable spare. We’ve come to expect a functioning gas filler door and DM does not disappoint. It opens upward and slightly into the body revealing a detailed gas cap. By the way, the fit and finish of this model is so good that you will not get a fingernail in the bottom of the fuel door to open it. Instead, push in at the top to work it. While I’m at it, I’ll mention that, yes, the doors are on hidden hinges, opening inward at the front like the real McCoy. The fender skirts may be left on or removed. The seats tilt forward, the visors move and the window cranks, dash and steering wheel are all beautifully fashioned in perfect miniature. The center hub of the steering wheel features a perfect tampo of the Studie’s logo emblem and the turn signal arm and column shifter are finished nicely. The proper dimmer switch and flawlessly detailed foot pedals are seen on the carpeted floorboards.

The antenna on this model seems to me to be more finely scaled and, of course, operational. The wipers, separately molded, also appear to have been given scale-specific consideration. Their detailing is remarkably well done. The side vents, just behind the chrome-foiled, “Champion” insignias, open and close. Looking downward to the wheels you’ll note the red wheel rims peering out between the wide whites and the chrome wheel covers, complete with miniature valve stem. The chrome trim surrounding the bullet nose has, “Studebaker” tampo-ed and is beneath the properly imbedded Studebaker emblem and clear plastic gunner’s sight hood ornament. Wait until you get a look at the hood’s operation. DM made hood springs something special. The ones on this model are even more innovative and totally realistic beyond anything I’ve yet seen. They are exactly like the 1:1’s scissors hinges complete with functioning springs. The hood has a prop rod that holds the hood up while you take your time to explore all of the wonders beneath it. As the hood opens it carries the under-hood light wiring with it. The inline six is delicately wired and the engine is plumbed to perfection. Miniature labeling is astonishing in scale and placed correctly. You may not be able to read the air cleaner due to its small size but you can read the battery’s side label.

DM spent a lot of time on the fabric-covered top. All the accoutrements are in place, front chromed fasteners, metal rivets and two rear welt lines. My example fits faultlessly as does the top-down boot. I give DM a heavy dose of praise for modeling this subject and a well deserved drool-meter index rating of 5 out of 5! The issue price is $115.

(04/16/2004)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible

Danbury Mint 1:24 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible

 
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