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Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car
 
 
 

Ever wish for that perfect model? I know I have. It does not have to be my exact dream car necessarily, but at least an important automotive subject. A replica that incorporates all of the nuances of the fine detailing that has gone before it plus some newer gizmos or operational features. I have looked at models with certain functions and wished that they were on other models. Some may have tampos where I would have preferred chrome foil lettering instead, for example. I have often wished for that one model that had it all. ….Dis may be da one!

DM’s Buick Roadmaster plays, at once, like a familiar melody. That elegant silhouette, front fenders, long and sleek, blending into the doors as they flow to the bubble-shaped rear fenders, highlights the teardrop shape of the car. Danbury then chose a melodic two tone paint scheme for this classic ‘40’s Sedanette that maximizes the car’s form. Nickel Gray over Cumulus Gray lends a harmonious unity between the car’s form and color. The darker Nickel Gray has a metallic base scaled wonderfully. It contrasts starkly with the lighter shade from the front of the car, where it surrounds the grillwork and Buick crest, to the rear of the trunk lid. Over the hood, it outlines the “V” sculpture, covers the roof and tapers back to the bumper. The color breaks are crisp and clean and the paint itself is deep, shiny and evenly applied. The fit of every piece falls into perfect rhythm with this spectacular model. The doors swivel inward, when opened, revealing authentic looking internal hinges. They close tightly and align flawlessly. The same holds true for the trunk. But how did DM handle the hood? The real car had a unique hood that opened to the side; either side. Raise that mythical bar boys and girls, and wait until you see this. With a fingernail placed under the side marker of the hood, gently lift it. It will unsnap. Two spring steel holders unhinge to allow the hood to flip open. Close it again, with a snap, and you may do the same on the other side. The hood prop, mounted center on the firewall, pivots from either of two securing positions to hold the hood aloft. Awesome. Its operation may steal the engine bay’s thunder; don’t let it because there’s a chorus of magnificent detail lurking there. Vinyl hoses, metal fuel lines and absolutely phenomenal carb linkage help make the engine come to life. Battery cables and heater hoses and assorted wiring finish the job.

One of the most innovative features of DM’s 1941 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Cabriolet is its working windshield wipers. Voila, there they are on the split windscreen of the Buick. Be careful not to interfere with them as you swivel the antenna around. That’s right, like the real car, the antenna swivels upward from its center mounted position to operational position. A slight detent holds it centered when up. The interior is an arpeggio of details. Be sure to take each one in as it’s presented. As you first open the door you will note the beautifully scaled window cranks and door handles. On the bottom edge is a new material to replicate the car’s carpet. Softer and finer, it is far more realistic than we’ve seen before now. A photo-etched door sill plate exclaims, “Buick” and it leads us to the softer carpet and floor mats. The dash, steering wheel and foot pedals are delightfully detailed. The seats are textured and reminiscent of the ones first offered by DM in their 1959 Caddy Coupe De Ville. Of course they fold forward. The sun visors seem to me to be better scaled and they flip down from the roof when the sun is too bright. You will also find tiny leather hold straps between the front and rear compartments, ala DM’s 1950 Ford Crestliner. In perfect pitch is the trunk detailing. Under the removable spare is a tire holder and fabric mat. The inside lid has been detailed and the prop rod is a two piece affair that telescopes as the trunk is raised or lowered. Just outside and to the trunk’s left is an operational fuel filler door and above the chrome side spear on each of the front fenders are highly polished metal, “Roadmaster” scripts, delicately fashioned in perfect scale.

Last but not least, the underneath chassis view builds for us a crescendo of master model art that will totally astound you. There are metal transmission lines, minutely replicated springs, one for the emergency brakes, and outstanding suspension components. In fact, this is easily one of my favorite working suspensions ever. The front has actual coil springs that move up and down utilizing the movement of the entire A-frame system, lower and upper cradle arms. Rearward you’ll see longer working springs that move in concert with the rear control arms and differential torsion link.

Danbury definitely went above and beyond on this offering and comes awfully close to perfection with it. What could make it better? Nothing that I can think of at this point in diecast technology but it makes me ponder what could possibly lie ahead for us. For now I can just sing its praises while rating it a 9.8 on the Thrillometer scale of 10!

(10/15/2004)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

 
 
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Danbury Mint 1948 Buick Roadmaster Coupe diecast car

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Year: 1948 Color: Nickel Gray/Cumulus Gray
Make: Buick Code: 1374
Model: Roadmaster Coupe
  Our Price: $165.00    Points to Redeem: 2357
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