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Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

Reviewed by:   Tony F Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible diecast car
 
 
 

I was a little surprised to learn that this is Danbury’s first 1967 Mustang. Of course it has every bit of the classic car ‘look’ as the 1:1 it replicates. The car itself was a beautiful refinement and major restyle of the original 1964 1/2 “pony car” by year 1967. Danbury nailed the styling perfectly. They fabricated a 289-engined, automatic-transmissioned, drop top; and just wait until you see the massive amount of detailing on this awesome diecast in person. Every crevice is filled with uncompromising quality. I do not say that lightly, this is a value rich piece of model-crafted artwork, pure and simple. It makes use of a large number of materials, finishes and parts to accomplish the formulation of the original car into a 1:24th disguise. Let me attempt to chronicle the outstanding miniaturization for you.

You expect excellence in the paint finish and of course, with DM, you get it. Silky and buffed to a gleaming shine, the paint is flawless. Forget asking about the ‘fit’; and do you recall when we used to question panel ‘gapping’? Gone are those days for any DM product and good riddance. Let’s start up front. Danbury utilizes their, what should be patented, scissors springs hinges to positively fantastic standards. The hood closes and opens with a precision fit and laser-perfect gap control. The doors, on body-mounted internal hinging, close on a striker plate/spring-mounted spud assembly, faultlessly. Again, no gaps at all, thank you. The trunk, boot and ‘up-top’, all fit as if Ford miniaturized its assembly line to craft this amazing little treasure in Michigan. Every part, every facet, every section of this model is so astounding I do not know where to start.

The chassis is immaculate. Remember using that term to describe a fabulous car? Usually a 1:1, this scale model more than qualifies. DM built the frame and componentry members as if by original blueprints. Were it not for the brand names stamped on the floor boards you would swear this was a real car as you look at it upside down. Take in the front section, it will leave you breathless. The torsion arms move with the wheel’s cradle arms and spring-loaded wheel assembly. The steering linkage and dampening piston move when the steering wheel is turned. Check out the metal lines that simulate the brake lines and fuel lines and do NOT miss the fuel filter tubing in its infinitesimal sizing. Even the oil filter is labeled to authentic-scaled reality. Let your gaze go rearward. The rewards are ample.

Cooling lines, emergency cabling and working rear suspension are potentially the best I have ever seen. The gas tank comes with proper fuel hose connections and even the tire tread patterns are realistic. But you have to make time to appreciate the wire wheels. A true and bonafide option for this year ‘Stang, DM pulled out all the stops. I have had to cut back on the sizing of my photographs due to bandwidth space so I cannot fully capture the absolute craftsmanship of the marvel of model making that DM achieved here. The wheels are worth the cost of this model alone! I kid you not; they are magnificent. Get out the magnifying glass Glenda; you’re NOT going to believe what you see! And if that isn’t enough just check out the interior, engine bay and trunk and you may need a cigarette before putting the car on display.

Under the hood is a veritable plethora of detail. You know the drill; DM miniature hoses, wires, stickers-to-scale, fuel lines, cooling tubes, the WORKS! The interior is just plain fantabulous! It’s Danbury’s best used materialization to a flawless epitome. The dash, steering wheel, ‘aluminized’ console, fabric belts, photo-etched metal door sills and fabric-lined top well are among the very best replications of their kind that I have ever seen, period, end of story. The trunk, too, exhibits the kind of detail that makes you think, if only for a moment, that you really do own the original 100 point ’67 Mustang you may have always wanted. The spare is removable. The tie-down assembly mounts it to the plaid flooring on top of the jack. Stickers in place, thank you DM. These chrome metal-foiled emblems are, again, the very best in the business. A word on those for just a brief minute, please.

Yes, they are delicate. They do, at times, become susceptible to a fat-fingered removal. But they add an incredible amount of 3-D realism that I do not want to see retreat for their vulnerability. Can DM spot-coat them at the cost they now offer their models for? I do not know. But to me, the results are so good that they are worthy of every bit of care we can muster when appreciating such finery in diecast. This Mustang is truly a marvelous miniature of automotive modeling – a typical 12 out of 10 Danbury effort!

(10/26/2007)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

Danbury Mint 1:24 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

 
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