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There are two of my favorite diecast 1:18 vehicles shown. Both are 1930 Model As, a black over dark green Tudor with the  black fenders and splash aprons (standard on all Model A Fords).The hood, doors,windshield all open to reveal an accurately detaild interior and recognizable 4-cylider motor. The wheels with rubber tires rotate and the front wheels are steerable. The spare is mounted to  The sedan is shown from above, along the passenger side. 
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				The vehicle next to the sedan is another 1930 Ford, a closed-cab pickup, the deluxe model with (like the sedan) chromed radiator shell, radiator ornament, cowl strip, headlight buckets, cowl lamps, and bumpers -- deluxe features shared with the sedan. There is a fender mounted spare with a white 'canvas' cover over the tire. Black rear view mirrors mounted atop the door pilllars. There are wooden, two-rail side frames along the top 0f the pickup bed sides. Just a note: the top and bottom radiator shell inserts on both Fords are painted. For 1930, the top inserts were chromed.

My Marklin trains in Germany may have been the wellspring of my affection for intricately detailed toys. But, I have loved scale model automobiles in particular since my first plastic AMC kits in the early '60s when I was a student in high school. It wasn't long before I had hot rod magazine subscriptions and was spending as much time as I could manage laying on my back underneath my family's Oldsmobile, trying to figure out what was what and what it did. In university I came to include sports cars and European racing. Then I met my first up close Model A. In short, I love cars but like most people I can't afford to own all the marques I would love to have in a much larger museum than mine. For me, the perfect solution has been collecting diecast metal vehicles. The 1:18 collection is as large as I can manage so not everything I'd like to have in that scale is possible. Even so, now and then I squeeze in new ones.



There are two photos here, one a model car kit and one a 1:18 diecast of my favorite rod. I have especially warm affection for the AMT kit, which I first built back in 1963 when I was just a kid in high school who had a true passion for hot rods. I couldn't get any closer at the time, but when my issue of Hot Rod magazine showed up, or Rod & Custom, I could fantasize that I, too, was a hot rod guy. The second is a 1:18 scale flat black diecast full-fendered '32 Ford roadster with fuel tank mounted out front of the radiator and wearing wide whitewalls and red steel wheels with chromed baby Moons and beauty rings. The windshield frame has been chopped, the louvered hood folds to the center, and that beautiful deuce radiator shell pulls the front of the car together. There is some undercarriage suspension chrome but not too much. Under the hood is a hot flathead motor and, well, what can I say? It's a Highboy roadster.
A deluxe '31 Ford rumble seat roadster in dark blue with black fenders, dual sidemounts, and straw wheels. A black 1936 Ford roadster, brown leather upholstery both inside and the rumble seat, and chrome wheel covers with wide white sidewalls. Behind the Ford is a silver, 4-door Chrysler Airflow.
Photo one of Roth's wonderful 1961 Beatnik Bandit from the right front corner. Photo two of the Bandit. Very thin arched fenders with slightly wider runningboards. They run the full lengh of the car, rising in a high arch higher than the front and rear of the body. The Oldsmbile body, hood, trunk and chassis are of one piece and wrap around the cockpit, which is covered by a hemispherical, clear bubble; it tilted forward to gain access. The car is white with dramatic copper graphics, and is steered, powered, and shifted by a chrome floor stick. (The body was formed around a concrete casting. The instrument cluster on the dash is primitive at best but it looks good and no doubt worked. There are splendid, old-school hotrod upholstered bucket seats (two) with high backs. The quad headlights are bullets, interated into and located beneath the fenders. Steel wheels are chromed and sport baby Moon caps. Wide whitewalls dress up the tires, which are larger at the rear of the car than at the front. A 303 c.i. Olds engine, blown and injected, provides the power. Everything blends beautifully into a somewhat of a unibody.
The 1956 Chevrolet Belair two-door convertible is less popular than the '55 and '57 models but is my favorite. The paint is India Ivory over Twilight Turquoise. On the inside, the ivory over turquoise vinyl was less cushy than its predecesors, but more durable. The car is shown along the passenger side front quarter. Next to it is the  1960 DeSoto 2-door hardtop, shown here in Marine Aqua with a white top, loads of chrome, and wide whitewall tires.It is viewed from the back along the driver's side. Here we have two hotrodders' favorites, a T-Bucket and a Deuce roadster. The T ismaroon with classic white flames from the cowl to halfway along the body. The tuck n' roll interior is pure, near blinding white and, as there are no doors wraps around the full interior. And chrome? Frame, wheels, steering and suspension, axles, headlights, engine and exhaust, tall split windscreen -- even the steering column and steering wheel ribs are gleaming chrome plate. Everything bolted to the big V8 engine block,is a mass of chrome. Skinny cycle wheels at the front and fat slicks on dished chrome wheels at the rear complete a street rodder's T-Bucket dream, goosebumps guaranteed.
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				Adjacent to the T is a hunkered down, army brown with black interior fenderless highboy roadster. It has regular tires at the front and larger treaded tires at the rear. The red wheels appear to be '32 wires sporting chrome hubcaps. The V8 flathead mill sports light mods including three twos,   ,
Long, sleek and beautiful, this striking lime green lovely by Hot Wheels is the Slightly Modified, a slingshot dragster takeoff. It has a black. low, extremly rounded roof  The low windscreen wraps at a sharp angle the width of thr body (there are no side windows but there is a tiny rear window. The body is much like the cockpit of a fighter airplne.wrapping around and under the driver.A small platform for a large, white fuel tank is attached to the back of the body and is more art than container. Shallow and wide, matching the curve of the body front and rear, with chrome side panels joining the wide front with the very narrow rear, the tank is secured to the platform with a pair of brass straps. The front, top, rear and bottom are a one piece wraparound painted glossy whie, and a large chromed gas cap with finger-grip edge sits at the front of the tank top.border=  And yes, there is more! The doors open and the mostly decorative bit of hood lifts off. A nose cone is wrapped around the radiator. It slants sharply down and forward with a narrow, vertical black oval airway.
My nostalgia for old Farmall tractors began sometime before we bought our 450D Farmall, so here we see one of that family and a cast metal tractor, likely a reproduction, of a Fordson. Why are they here? Just 'cuz. Pere Time s a Christmas tree ornament on a stand. A tall, skinny Father Time or Santa with a long white beard, and a long red overcoat with a bright blue trim. The green stand is akin to a paper spike and has four thin metal rings attached to leaf-like spurs along its length. From these rings depend Hotwheels toys, a hotrod, a VW Bus and VW Beetle, and a pickup truck. Sitting at the base of it is a 1:18 white Austin Healey roadster with red interior and steel wheels.
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