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1:18 PRECISION MINIATURES 1950 FORD CRESTLINER
1:18 GMP 1968 "PORK CHOP" CHEVROLET CAMARO

 

1:18 PRECISION MINIATURES 1950 FORD CRESTLINER 1:18 GMP 1968 "PORK CHOP" CHEVROLET CAMARO
 
     
 
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  1:18 PRECISION MINIATURES 1950 FORD CRESTLINER

In 1949, Ford’s advertising slogan was “There’s a Ford in Your Future”. However, if you had a 1949 Ford in the present, then you really had your hands full. While the styling of the 1949 Ford was fashion forward for the time, everything else about the car was a disaster.

The suspension could not be aligned and even fresh from the factory the ride for the passengers in the back was especially jarring. The car rattled and shook on even the best roads. If you ever got a flat and tried to jack up the car, changes are the bumper would bend and the tire would not leave the ground. While the standard inline six was reliable as ever, the optional V-8 tended to have piston slap and timing problems that made it sound like an old Jalopy.

And they sold a bazillion of them anyway. That’s because post war America could not get there hands on cars fast enough. But Ford knew it had a problem and with introduction of the Chevy Bel Air with it’s convertible inspired pillar-less design, they no longer had the upper hand in styling. For 1950 things had to change and to answer that change, Ford brought out a new custom, the Crestliner.

The Crestliner solved many of the problems that the 1949 Ford’s experienced and it also gave them back a leg up in the styling category. It retained the slab side styling of the 1949 Fords and other forward thinking styling queues such as the instrument cluster in one single window and horizontal tail-lights with a flare extruded from the rear quarter panels. It added two tone paint combinations separated by a chrome accent and vinyl basket woven roof. It would take Ford another year to come through with a pillar-less design. Nevertheless the Crestliner did much to rescue Ford’s reputation.

Precision Miniatures has brought out two color combinations of Crestliners: coronation red and black as well as sportsman green and black. Other than the color combinations, the two models are identical. Paint on both models is glossy smooth without a hint of orange peel. The paint is also nicely matched on the wheels. The model’s car stance looks perfect on 16” wide white walls and the scale is dead on.

One thing you notice immediately is all the chrome – it’s everywhere and lustrous. From the Studebaker-ish grille to the bumpers, trunk hinges, key locks, dashboard and windows there’s chrome wonderfully and tastefully layered on all of it. Especially well done are the photo-etched step plates and the windshield, which is chromed inside and out just like the real model. Chrome is also gracefully done for the hood ornament and insignia.

The engine portrayed is the V8 option which put out 100 hp (remarkably only 5hp more than the inline six). The engine is fully wired and plumbed and deeply set. Because of the angle of the massive hood, it is rather difficult to see. But what can be seen is pleasing, especially details like the radiator cap, cylinder and battery connections.

Better executed is the interior, done here with Ford’s upgraded package including striped upholstery to match the cars colors. Seating is further enhanced by black vynil accents. The floor is carpeted with tiny, grooved foot mats. But the best feature of all might be the chrome accented dash and steering, not only the “three on the tree” transmission (with spherical grip). The front seats fold down easily and back bench which, like the front seats, has a soft fabric feel. The only bad news that I could see is this appears to be a Crestliner ordered without “Magic Air” heaters and since it’s currently -12 here in Minnesota that gives me a bit of a chill. See, everything wasn’t better back in the day.

Close the doors and you’ll appreciate the tight shut lines and firm clasp. Pop the trunk and you’ll notice this businessman’s coupe has plenty of room for your golf clubs and a suitcase. The fully removable spare is typical of the Precision Miniatures touch of something a lesser model would have glued in. When stowing your gear, watch that gas line though that leads up to the flap door.

Turn the car over and you’ll find reasonable chassis detail and a working suspension. The exhaust has an interesting expulsion vent. Putting the car back on it’s wheels, you might notice a bit of fatigue on the vynil roof. This is just from rub from the excellent Styrofoam packaging, run a damp cloth over it and it’s as good as new.

This is the second 1:18 50’s icon Precision Miniatures has done in the past year. I thought their 1956 Chevy Bel Air was dynamite but I’m just as impressed with this perhaps less celebrated Ford. It positively shimmers. We should all encourage them to keep filling in the back catalog like this and in fact I hear a 1956 Lincoln is in the works. I’m sure it will look proud on your shelf sitting next to one or both of these Crestliners. With models like this, surely there is a Ford in your future.

Legacy Motors has both colors in stock of Precision Miniatures 1950 Ford Crestliners.

 

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  1:18 GMP 1968 "PORK CHOP" CHEVROLET CAMARO

There is something down-right nasty about a car that’s this raw in appearance. A car without fancy paint or pinstripes. No fancy rims. No fluorescent lights or useless shock-hops. A car with classic shape and epic power.

Welcome to Uncle Pork Chop’s house of speed and the fourth fantasy car in the Pork Chop series from GMP.

The legendary Uncle Pork or PC as he’s known to his friends and probably several local and federal agents of the court is everything Paul Sr. from OCC wants to be; Ladies man, card shark and car fanatic. There's a lengthy story on the side of the box that relates how PC won a 600hp Chevy small block V-8 with Weber downdraft carbs and subsequently how his la familia of gearheads shoehorned it into a 1968 Camaro. It has more plot line than the Dukes of Hazzard movie (which may not come as a huge surprise).

The result is “PC” has put together a truly inventive model based on GMP’s Trans Am Camaro. The “story” says it’s a 1967 but the chassis says 1968. Hard to tell if either one is right because beginning at the front, you’ll find all the “street nice” ripped away. No bumper or insignia and only minimal chrome trim around the black mesh front grille. Lower openings are blacked out as is the front blade spoiler. Don’t let the raw looks fool you though, there’s plenty of detail and eye candy to enjoy.

Most times it seems like a “mod”version fantasy car is done as a drag racer or street rod. It nice then, that this satisfying model is a road racer. Propped up on plump 16” wheels supporting wide enduro tires front and rear, the car looks ferocious. Brakes are visible through the black, eight spoke wheels. On the wheels are one of the details of model that are easily missed on first glance, yet help give the model a complete look: the silver center nut and bolts.

The hood is lightweight and features 4 cosmetic locks. There are tiny magnets that hold the hood down. Once you lift it off (no, it doesn’t tilt back, it comes off!) the engine comes into full view – a full and complete replication of a Chevy small block with an eight-pack of Weber trumpets crowning it. The engine features a minefield of braided hoses and wiring. Elements like soft rubber fan belts, detailed firewall, emulated steel rivets on the radiator guard and metal strut support make the engine a delight to ogle. You even get two vinyl padded Poor Chop Shop fender protectors to display with your model.

The car’s interior has been PC perfected. Two tone racing buckets, each with harness have been installed. Every bit of carpeting and creature comfort has been stripped out and where the backseat used to be sits a fire extinguisher. The instruments are mounted on a simple square steel panel. But even in something this austere we find nifty touches like the pedals in black and silver, a white knob on the gearshift and detailed door interiors. The doors are nicely latched and open and close firmly. The trunk opens to a racing style steel fuel cell with fuel management system. The spoiler on the black is thin steel riveted into the trunk. Turn the car over and the chassis is very well articulated, especially little things like the lines that lead to the tail lights. Limited to an edition of 1,000 your model number in the series is easily readable on the rear license plate.

Usually I open these reviews with a description of the paint but on this car I’ve made an exception to cover it last because it is probably the most original paint scheme I’ve seen. On the models top portions – everything facing heaven – has been finished in matte black. The paint on the sides, however, is a shiny cherry gray-granite color that is glossy and very striking. No photographs, including my own, can quite prepare you for how wonderful these contrasting finishes look together on this street racing monster. Open the dictionary to the word “wicked” and I’m betting this model is pictured.

Overall, the model is brute force impressive and highly original. Like the other models in the PC line, it’s probably going to bust out of the barn pretty quickly so wrassle one up soon or you might be eating it’s dust.

You can buy right now Pork Chop's 1968 Camaro from GMP on Legacy Motors.

 

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