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Danbury Mint 1936 Packard V-12 Sport Phaeton
     
     
 

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1. Paul Maddams  5/17/12

I purchased this model the minute I saw it. I tried to resist but next thing you know it was arriving in the mail. Very detailed everywhere. I enjoy Danbury over Franklin and this model is another reason why. I have other models by Danbury and Franklin, Danbury has my vote. I even took mine for a drive.
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2. Harry Pristovnik  3/25/11

While this model is very impressive at first glance, and I give it a good review in theory, my particular copy had several rather obvious quality-control issues. First and most disturbing is the fact that there is interference between the rear cowl and the rear doors, so that when the cowl is in its closed position, the rear doors pop open; likewise if you snap the rear doors shut, the cowl pops up. Also the right front door will not stay in the snapped closed position, and there are very large and out-of-scale gaps between the hood tops and hood side panels. Maybe my model is an anomaly, but Im disappointed with the flaws enough so to send it back for a replacement. This is not the first time Ive received a new DM model with problems. My large-scale 1931 Cadillac roadster  also had several problems, but the replacement I received was ok. DM needs to pay closer attention to QC. I assume that my particular example is the exception, as all the other reviews Ive read make no mention of the problems my model exhibits.

3. stuart mccarthy  11/2/13

This snazzy little number by DM
is an absolute marvel of diecast
engineering!

I recently bought my '36 Packard through
the secondary market. (eBay) I got mine
for around $120. (Most examples I've seen
on the website tend to sell for around 2-3X
that amount.)

Highlights include the rotating windshield,
Rear luggage rack and swivelling spotlights
(Amazing that DM have included this working
feature at such a scale.) I am also in awe at
the intricacy of the hinges on the luggage rack.

The "up top" lends the model a more imposing
texture, and helps to accentuate the already
considerable length of the hood-too bad it
doesn't have the fabric covering found on the
Up tops of most DM convertibles. (I can just
imagine one of these cars ferrying a 1930's
starlet around Hollywood back in the day.)

The suspension on this Packard is static, but
that's not something to lose any sleep over.

If you collect DM models and haven't already
got one of these in your collection, I simply
can't recommend it highly enough! :-)

4. jay walsh  2/8/11

Danbury did a great job on this car, if yor tastes run to bold and beautiful cars  by all means buy it.I hope that D.M.starts producing more diecast masterpieces of  rolling sculpture of the classic era. This car merits no less than a 5 star rating

5. stuart mccarthy  11/2/13

This snazzy little number by DM
is an absolute marvel of diecast
engineering!

I recently bought my '36 Packard through
the secondary market. (eBay) I got mine
for around $120. (Most examples I've seen
on the website tend to sell for around 2-3X
that amount.)

Highlights include the rotating windshield,
Rear luggage rack and swivelling spotlights
(Amazing that DM have included this working
feature at such a scale.) I am also in awe at
the intricacy of the hinges on the luggage rack.

The "up top" lends the model a more imposing
profile, and helps to accentuate the already
considerable length of the hood-too bad it
doesn't have the fabric covering found on the
Up tops of most DM convertibles. (I can just
imagine one of these cars ferrying a 1930's
starlet around Hollywood back in the day.)

The suspension on this Packard is static, but
that's not something to lose any sleep over.

If you collect DM models and haven't already
got one of these in your collection, I simply
can't recommend it highly enough! :-)

6. Richard Dube  5/25/11

It took three replacements to have a decent model that still have issues when it arrived with poping rear doors when the rear cowl is in down position and rear window glass pieces that fall down. I don't understand why DM chosed a so elaborate model prone to parts break when it would have been a lot easier to provide us with a convertible sedan with the same appeal.

the up top is far from a perfect fit. When it fits at the front, it doesn't fit at the back. the whitewalls are an other issue that doesn't make sense on a such opulent car because they are too narrow. When i received the first one in February, I removed one whitewall to discover that on half was painted blue. A coat of flat white paint on them is the cure to this inaccuracy. I first posted the tip but never been given the credit of this easy fix.

The good side......a new image of the 30's I hope will clean itself of all the QC problems of the first two batches.

7. Charles Esposito  5/1/11

The first model delivered had some issues, the most obvious was the broken front suspension. It was returned and the replacement was provided with no quality issues. This review is based on the replacement model. From the valve stems on the wheels to the perfectly fitted convertible top and/or boot cover, the details abound. The execution of the details in the engine compartment, the dual windshields (with folding wings, spotlights, mirrors, etc.), and  perfectly applied paint and finish is outstanding. Definitely a must have.


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