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First Peek with Joe Kelly Edition Date
11-05-03
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A Visit With Yat Ming: PART II
1970 Dodge Coronet R/T
1971 Buick Riviera
Jag "E" V12

 

1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 1971 Buick Riviera
 
     
 
Joe Kelly
Joe Kelly
 

So, where were we? Talking about what a great night it was – and, it was! The models on the table – and the ones we talked about that haven’t yet been tooled – are sure signs that Yat Ming is tuning in, and rethinking their place in the hobby.

So, in no particular order, here are the rest of the cars we looked over. Again – only first impressions, with more detailed reviews reserved for the day – promised to be soon – that the models make their way here.

When last we left our intrepid reporter….
 

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  1970 Dodge Coronet R/T

In a nutshell – Yat Ming’s best ever muscle car, period. Recent tweaks to the car’s motor will assure correctness and two variants, Hemi and 440/6. That purple would look great with a white interior instead of the black. Love the Hemi tampo on the air cleaner, love the stance of this thing, and I love the fact that these guys are doing their homework. Mopar heads will dig this best. Needs an included up top in at least one of the releases – preferably the purp/wht. Dog dish caps should be on the roster, too.
 

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  1971 Buick Riviera

Man…. so close. Still a little off in the profile, and it’ll stay that way, thanks to a finalized mold and no time/budget to retool the thing. Maybe they can bump those wheels up a notch and fill the wheel wells a little better. The good news is that the advised color changes have taken place, as well as the suggested inclusion of a vinyl roof. A little nip and tuck, and BANG! It’s a beauty. Rear end tweaks worked; that bumper and taillights look great, despite the lack of tuck-under on the lower bodyline. Make mine bamboo cream, just like this, and get it here fast. The Cortez Gold is a hairy looking mother, too. Make room for both.
 

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  Jag "E" V12

Hard to miss, despite the knowledge that the AA’s are on their way here this week. Great shape, neat wheels, surprisingly good underhood - even though it isn’t wired, the tight little "Jaguar" tampos on the valve covers go a long way. They say they’ll carpet it, I say do it, and knock the sheen off of the plastic boot while you’re there. Jag fans on a budget. are going to eat this one up in every color they make. Now make a coupe, dammit!

It’s A Wrap…

There was a Pontiac Fiero, as well, but as gracious as John and Vanessa were, I didn’t want to interfere with their setting up for meetings the following day. In that this was a true "first peek" – and taking place during an event usually reserved for buyers and retail chain persons – I bid them a good night and let them get back to setting the showroom up. Suffice it to say that the Pontiac was tooled with a lot of input from the Fiero Club, and though it needed a little tweaking here and there, it looked pretty damned good in its box.

I’ve been promised samples of these models to ogle here, so as soon as we get them, you get the story. If I had to call out a favorite right now, I’d say the Mercury Marauder. Done in a beautiful, crisp white, the model reminds me of a very cleanly assembled kit – just a joyfully good looking model you’d be proud to have on the shelf. Maybe I’m sounding a little too bubbly here. But it’s really that good, and transcends the rest in terms of shape, stance, and a feeling of quality and authenticity. It also speaks to a new direction at YM, and taken with Vanessa’s pledge to stay the course of offering almost exclusively classic American cars in 1:18, that direction will take Yat Ming straight up.

I can’t wait to see what’s next. Happy Collecting.
 

Next week:

 

A little something from Ricko, and an even littler something from H61.

 
     

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