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Posted By: Ralph Regalbuto
Posted On: Sunday February 10, 2019 at 7:39 PM
My thanks to Bob Whoolley for his great picture of the new Acme '56 New Yorker St. Regis in its current iteration. This post shows one of the relatively few original Precision Miniatures painted prototypes of the same car. I am told by those who would know that the interior of the Acme version, using the original PM tooling, in white bolsters over silver fabric is a correction to the prototype white and red, which though eye appealing, would have been apparently unavailable as a factory option. Too, the wheels on the Acme are much more appealing in my opinion as KH wires over the disc wheel covers. So, kudos to Acme on this outing. Sorry for the extraneous things appearing in the one photo.

I am also fortunate to have an example of among the last unpainted original PM St. Regis hardtops and convertibles in their inventory made before PM closed its doors. I posted some pictures of these on this forum a while back. I'm still looking for someone, maybe one of our Renoir-like paint artists, hopefully here on this site, to come forward and offer to paint one of these diamonds in the rough in one of the other beautiful tri-color schemes Chrysler had on their color palate (other than the green tri-color that Acme is coming out with in May). I dare not even think of doing it myself.

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PICS Acme 1956 Chrysler by Robert M. Woolley #28685
I'm waiting for the green/wheelcover version (not too crazy for wires). Any detail pics Robert? by Christopher Moroni #28685.1
In 1956 I was 10 years old.... by Richard Sufficool #28685.1.1
I am a little older than you, and have an older brother. by Robert M. Woolley #28685.1.1.1
Excellent story. Still amazed that the model survived! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.
.. (EOM) by Dennis Mong #28685.
*** 1956 *** I was only 36 days old *** (EOM) by Dennis Mong #28685.1.1.2
More photos coming, and lots saved! by Robert M. Woolley #28685.1.2
Amazing! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.1.2.1
PICS Acme 1/18 1956 Chrysler by Robert M. Woolley #28685.1.3
Thanks for these pics Robert. Looks like there's a "steelie" for a spare. Great! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.1.3.1
Chris, My 1;1 Imperial has the wire wheel option but the spare by Bob Jackman #28685.
..right. As far as I know, that is correct. I'm glad to see PM (ACME) replicated that accurately. (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.
" Spectacular " Pictures ... Great Enjoyment on your XCLNT close ups - Thank You (EOM) by Dennis Mong #28685.1.3.2
I will wait for the green version. I prefer the wire wheels, though. by Al Dorado #28685.2
YES! Not only is it wrong but it's too "bright" inside. An easy fix though. (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.2.1
Based on the photos of the prototype and by Robert Lawhn #28685.3
YES, reissue the 1956 Chevies but W/O the skirts! (EOM) by Robert M. Woolley #28685.3.1
The skirts were always "removable." One could easily "snap" them out. (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.3.1.1
I have a PM Bel Air in Laurel Green and Crocus Yellow. No skirts or cont. kit. Super nice model. (EOM) by Al Dorado #28685.3.2
Yes Al, I have a "few" myself. It's a great model...and it's a hardtop...and it's a four door! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.3.2.1
Yes, a reissue of the 1956 Bel Air Sport Sedan would be just swell! by David Crowe #28685.3.3
...perhaps for the European market. But here in the States let's stick with factory colors...please! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.3.3.1
There are all sorts of colors that are fine. "Factory" colors by Mike DeTorrice #28685.
Anyone know how it compares in size beside Maistos '56 Chrysler and Signatures by Ken Spear #28685.4
Good question Ken. I wish I knew. The Maisto is terrible (very underscaled) and Sig's Imperial is... by Christopher Moroni #28685.4.1
I have both this St. Regis and the 55 Imperial. This model is longer than the Imperial by Bob Jackman #28685.4.1.1
'55 Chrysler 219", '56 221"; '55 Imperial 223", '56 229". (EOM) by Barry Levittan #28685.
Thanks Barry. Assuming the 56 New Yorker and Imperial are the by Bob Jackman #28685.
Right. Bob, Barry.... it makes sense to me as well. (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.
Makes me wonder if ACME, using this PM Chrysler tooling, will offer a 1/18 '56 300. It's possible! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.
PICs 1/18 Maisto 300 and Acme New Yorker size photos by Robert M. Woolley #28685.4.2
Thanks for these Robert. As I've stated many times... that Maisto is "less than perfect." (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.4.2.1
Robert:Thanks for the pics. As I suspected, the Maisto is slightly by Ken Spear #28685.4.2.2
Received mine a few days ago. Very nice looking solid hefty model. I likely! :-D (EOM) by Duncan Pohl #28685.5
Great! Another win, win for all! (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.5.1
Hi Ralp. With painted ones now available... why bother? Save your unpainted prototypes. (EOM) by Christopher Moroni #28685.6.1

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