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First Peek with Rusty Hurley Edition Date
3-11-05
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KYOSHO 1:18 1983 LANCIA 037 SAN REMO RALLY
MILESTONE DEVELOPMENT 1:16 TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

 

KYOSHO 1:18 1983 LANCIA 037 SAN REMO RALLY MILESTONE DEVELOPMENT 1:16 TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
 
     
 
Rusty Hurley
Rusty Hurley
 

Welcome to a new First Peek. I think this weeks installment might be reffered to as Mutt & Jeff.
 

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  KYOSHO 1:18 1983 LANCIA 037 SAN REMO RALLY

Rally cars provide some of the most interesting diecast subjects. They almost always sport vivid paint jobs. They have all sorts of extra features on them and in them, so they appear overwhelmed - like a kid in grown-up clothes. They are also small and light, so you can fit several in a small space.

The most recent addition to the world of rally diecast is the Kyosho 1:18 Lancia 037 and it is every bit the epitome of what makes collecting rally cars a blast. Start with the Totip livery – the offset words are, from what I can gather reading Italian websites, some sort of lottery game. Do I care? Not really – to me it just looks fun in burnt orange and garden hose green colors. The markings appear to be a combination of decals and tampo graphics including the driver’s name Mikki Biason who won the 1983 WRC championship (though finished fifth in Sam Remo).

Working around the car, the bonnet, hatch and doors open and the viewable detail is quite well done. I really like being able to see the engine through the rear hatch. The bonnet stays open by itself, but you’ll need some assistance keeping the rear hatch aloft. The doors swing wide and open to a detailed cockpit. Nice touches here for the price include cloth seat belts. The whole works is supported by grooved (and groovy looking) white letter Pirelli’s protected by rubberized mud flaps.

This is a recent rendition and the mold shows a few signs of age such as the headlights, but overall I’m very impressed. Given that several manufacturers have recently upped their prices, this model checked in at a very reasonable price, especially given the level of detail. Every collector should own three Lanica’s; a Delta Intergale, a Stratos and an 037 (which, ironically, looks like the front end of a Delta smushed against the rear assembly of a Stratos). Here’s your perfect excuse to get one.



 

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  MILESTONE DEVELOPMENT 1:16 TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Welcome to a whole new world of detail.

Milestone Development has released this model of the first dragster to average a top speed of over 300 mph (in a 4.72 quarter mile). Racing legend/force of nature “Big Daddy” Don Garlits had been the pilot, so I had a “but honey, it’s historically important” moment.

What a glorious behemoth. The model is 23.75” long from nose to spoiler, and sports a glossy black finish. It is a menacing presence despite the fact “God is Love” and a cross are stenciled directly in front of the cockpit. God may be Big Daddy’s co-pilot but the devil here is surely in the detail.

Start out with tires. The front tires are of the wafer thin variety, but the slicks are big, fat and hollow scuffed Goodyear Eagles. Comparatively some of my most expensive model’s tires look toy-like. From the slicks, my eyes leapt directly to the fully plumbed and detailed engine –complete with a strapped-on functioning blower (you have to love that B-I-G on each port.) The engine has parts with visible manufacturer IDs and realistic headers, including sensor wires.

The cockpit has all the premium features you’d expect such as the roll cage cloth seat belts, functional steering as well as chute and throttle controllers. What’s really special here is the fit and finish, the windshield wraps around the cockpit, and separate from the body. The cowl breaks down through a series of clips so you can see the detail under the rocket-like shape. These do take some patience to learn. Marvel at the delicate suspension and steering linkage. A gigantic, vented purple spoiler mounted on a miraculous superstructure, tops off this model.

The documentation indicates the model is crafted from 300 parts and the more you look at this deceptively simple model, the more refined your eyes become to looking for exactness of the image – from the engine belts to the tire and wheel markings.

Milestone Development builds models on a somewhat common chassis but they do include and change many options on each one to tailor it to the specific car. I guess the same sort of approach an Exoto uses for their GT-40 line. And Exoto or CMC is the right comparative in terms of quality, though your acquisition cost will be less than those models typically run.

This is my first venture into both 1:16 and top fuel dragsters. I can’t imagine making a better start with either. There are only 1,000 of these to go around (well, technically 999 now), so act quickly.

 

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