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#251 OFFLINE   spanner76

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 03:40 AM

View PostEricP, on 05 January 2017 - 10:00 PM, said:

My dream diecast muscle car will finally become reality in high definition (around June)!!! They say this is their first entirely new tooling in years. I can't wait!!
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 01:40 PM

View Postspanner76, on 19 February 2017 - 03:40 AM, said:

View PostEricP, on 05 January 2017 - 10:00 PM, said:

My dream diecast muscle car will finally become reality in high definition (around June)!!! They say this is their first entirely new tooling in years. I can't wait!!
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I pre-ordered one of these! Can't wait for it to arrive! Love these things!

Me too bro. I can't wait. It should be beautiful!

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:20 PM

I received my FF Hammer model yesterday..It's a solid re-release. The only thing different that I have noticed, is that the wipers are the chrome on the FF version
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I'm totally sure that my copy has chrome wipers tough...I'll look again once I get back home. :dunno:

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 03:51 PM

OK.. They corrected that.. The wipers are indeed Black on the second release.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:12 AM

And the rear panel at the back is Black on one, but not on the other.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:58 AM

View PostCraig, on 15 March 2017 - 08:12 AM, said:

And the rear panel at the back is Black on one, but not on the other.

Yes because from what I've heard .....

... the first edition wasn't the Fast and Furious car but Pure Vision's rendition of the car ....

The new release is the movie car ... so yes, it has some small differences but I believe it's more accurate ...

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:16 PM

View PostCraig, on 15 March 2017 - 08:12 AM, said:

And the rear panel at the back is Black on one, but not on the other.
I can't believe that I missed that lol!

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 09:28 PM

Huh I was rewatching the Fast/Furious movies and I just realized this is the car Letty was driving before she gets hit by Fenix and NOT the car Dom's driving at the end of Tokyo Drift.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:09 AM

 BluePhirePB, on 16 March 2017 - 09:28 PM, said:

Huh I was rewatching the Fast/Furious movies and I just realized this is the car Letty was driving before she gets hit by Fenix and NOT the car Dom's driving at the end of Tokyo Drift.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:48 PM

I am interested in this when it is released.
Has anyone seen or owns any of the other versions of this Trans-Am Mustang?
Ironically, although the US rules didn't allow the multi stack carb setup included on the model - they were used by Moffat in Australia.
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Posted 02 May 2017 - 11:29 PM

Pre-production shots of the Dan Gurney  "tribute" 1970 Barracuda Trans-Am car are being circulated by Acme. I'll leave it to you eagle eyes to review;

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As you see, there's a street version too. These will go for $134.95 a pop, steep for converted Greenlight models. I'll be getting the Trans-Am version - you know me and all things Gurney! - but will critique it honestly.

No news about the Sam Posey "tribute' 1970 Autodynamics Dodge Challenger Trans-Am...

Edited by Jersey_Devil, 02 May 2017 - 11:29 PM.

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 06:46 AM

 Jersey_Devil, on 02 May 2017 - 11:29 PM, said:

Pre-production shots of the Dan Gurney  "tribute" 1970 Barracuda Trans-Am car are being circulated by Acme. I'll leave it to you eagle eyes to review;




As you see, there's a street version too. These will go for $134.95 a pop, steep for converted Greenlight models. I'll be getting the Trans-Am version - you know me and all things Gurney! - but will critique it honestly.

No news about the Sam Posey "tribute' 1970 Autodynamics Dodge Challenger Trans-Am...
As a fan of this era of the Trans Am (which I consider the best run under that name) I will wait to decide on a purchase until you post your findings.
I still think Otto/GTS/Spark/TSM could make good money form producing accurate 1967 - 1971 Trans Am cars.
Not 'tribute' models.
Ideally something with opening parts such as the images show, but even a less expensive sealed die-cast or resin will do for me.......

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 08:55 AM

As much as I'm a stickler for accuracy in my diecasts (and my reviews of my collection show that), in this day-and-age when there are fewer true opening diecasts being produced for less than a mortgage payment, I'm going to give Acme some leeway here. As you can see from the link below:

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I have been asking for a diecast of the AAR Trans-Am Barracudas since I was a fledgling member on this site back in 2008. The fact is, except for GMP (which most notably released the '67-'69 Penske Sunoco Camaros as well as a smattering of later Trans-Am entrants), almost no one has ever produced Trans-Am vehicles in this scale, let alone opening ones. And with the direction the market is taking, with the proliferation of resin and non-opening diecasts, I'm going to "settle" in this case as long as there are no glaring inaccuracies visible to a non-mechanic like myself.

If the market co-operates and it becomes available at significantly below the posted price, even better. But I won't castigate them for taking shortcuts in releasing a car that has little historical significance except for the fact that 1) it was driven by my all-time favorite driver and his protegé and 2) it showed the folly of contracting to a corporation that refused to carry its share of the weight to develop the car to produce the desired success.
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 09:40 AM

If it is Gurney related it has a place on my shelves! But it looks pretty good to me, not 100% no but not 50% either, I am happy with it, and the unliviered car can find a hime with me too, next to some of my streetfighters. Well done Acme!! Plus DIECAST!!! :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 12:55 PM

 Jersey_Devil, on 03 May 2017 - 08:55 AM, said:

As much as I'm a stickler for accuracy in my diecasts (and my reviews of my collection show that), in this day-and-age when there are fewer true opening diecasts being produced for less than a mortgage payment, I'm going to give Acme some leeway here. As you can see from the link below:

http://www.diecastxc...125#entry561349

I have been asking for a diecast of the AAR Trans-Am Barracudas since I was a fledgling member on this site back in 2008. The fact is, except for GMP (which most notably released the '67-'69 Penske Sunoco Camaros as well as a smattering of later Trans-Am entrants), almost no one has ever produced Trans-Am vehicles in this scale, let alone opening ones. And with the direction the market is taking, with the proliferation of resin and non-opening diecasts, I'm going to "settle" in this case as long as there are no glaring inaccuracies visible to a non-mechanic like myself.

If the market co-operates and it becomes available at significantly below the posted price, even better. But I won't castigate them for taking shortcuts in releasing a car that has little historical significance except for the fact that 1) it was driven by my all-time favorite driver and his protegé and 2) it showed the folly of contracting to a corporation that refused to carry its share of the weight to develop the car to produce the desired success.
Dan said that the Barracuda handled beautifully, but was short of grunt.
On the other hand, the Sam Posey Dodge had plenty of power (Keith Black engine) but the chassis was not up to the task.
Another case of the greys making decisions because of the badges they had, which said they were the boos and no-one could challenge any decision made by them.
1 - Ford insisting that Shelby run factory prepared tunnel port engines in 1968.
2 - Chevrolet allowing Penske jump ship to AMC.
3 - see above......

Edited by slartibartfast229, 03 May 2017 - 12:56 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 01:11 PM

 slartibartfast229, on 20 March 2017 - 04:48 PM, said:

I am interested in this when it is released.
Has anyone seen or owns any of the other versions of this Trans-Am Mustang?
Ironically, although the US rules didn't allow the multi stack carb setup included on the model - they were used by Moffat in Australia.
https://www.acmediec...Ford Mustangs##

I've got maybe half dozen of the "Trans Am" Mustange, severally produced initially by Welly, then under license to GMP, and now by ACME.  They are rife with errors and poorly translated details.  The Moffat Mustang, with the Weber set-up is correct (to the extent that one of this abominations can be considered 'correct"), and the 1:1 chassis was, I believe, a Bud Moore Trans Am chassis.

On the "GMP" versions, they tried to correct the carburetor error by putting a cold air box on top of the engine, but I think the Webers are still lurking under there (never took one apart to check).  Other than pretty accurate paint schemes (finally getting the school bus orange correct the second time around - if you buy one of the yellow one's, you got hosed) allowing you to pose them next to the GMP Trans Am Camaros of the same era, they are day old eye candy, at best.

By the way, the recently released Smokey Yunick Boss Mustang version suffers from the same Weber carburetor error (can't believe they couldn't have at least put the faux cold air box on it), as that car only ran under Nascar sanctioning, which only allowed four-barrel carburetors.

 Josh, on 03 May 2017 - 09:40 AM, said:

If it is Gurney related it has a place on my shelves! But it looks pretty good to me, not 100% no but not 50% either, I am happy with it, and the unliviered car can find a hime with me too, next to some of my streetfighters. Well done Acme!! Plus DIECAST!!! :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

Yeah, I'll buy one, too. Having seen the real one's in person, and having a collection that is 100% racer, I'm going to bite the bullet.  However, I'd temper my enthusiasm to a "Half done, Acme", since the market is now conditioned to mediocrity, that's about all we can expect these days.
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 03:12 PM

See, Jim, your educated perspective is exactly what I was hoping for here. it's all very well to complain that "the roundel on the hood is 2/3rds too small" but your technical eye can identify significant inaccuracies that go right over my head :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:.

I have a couple of the Welly Mustangs too and the noses always looked out-of-proportion to me compared to the 1:1s, though I like the '69 Gurney-driven Shelby Boss 302 a bit better (color offsets the schnozz?).

Slarti, I have John Zimmerman's book, "Dan Gurney's Eagle Racing Cars" (a must-have for anyone interested in the American racing scene as well as in Gurney's wide-ranging career) in which he goes into detail about the miserable amount of support (better, the near lack of same) Plymouth provided for the underdeveloped Barracuda, particularly the engine. And pulling the plug after only one season guaranteed that the car would forever be remembered only as "another pretty face"....
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 03:53 PM

 Jersey_Devil, on 03 May 2017 - 03:12 PM, said:

See, Jim, your educated perspective is exactly what I was hoping for here. it's all very well to complain that "the roundel on the hood is 2/3rds too small" but your technical eye can identify significant inaccuracies that go right over my head :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:.

I have a couple of the Welly Mustangs too and the noses always looked out-of-proportion to me compared to the 1:1s, though I like the '69 Gurney-driven Shelby Boss 302 a bit better (color offsets the schnozz?).

Actually, having raced against some similar era (but not Bud Moore) Boss 302-based Mustangs, I always thought the noses on the Welly/GMP/Biante(?)/now ACME racers was pretty accurate.  Through a clever manipulation of removing chassis mounting donuts and notching the lower front subframe (both initially illegal under SCCA A-Sedan/Trans Am rules), those things drooped more than a . . . (wow, the number of analogies I come up with are just limitless - and some not printable), but let's just say that it would take a healthy dose of either Viagra or Cialis to make them right.
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 06:42 PM

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