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#1 OFFLINE   Ducati-900SS

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 04:43 PM

Here we have a Carousel 1, 1/18 Corvette L-88 #57 1972 Sebring 12 Hour Winner.  This car was driven by driven by Dave Heinz and Bob Johnson.  It came in 1st place in the GT class and 4th over all!  This car is powered by Chevrolet's powerfull L-88 which had an advertised rating of 430 horsepower at 4600 RPM.  However, maximum horsepower is generated at 5600 RPM with an output of 560 HP!

This is my first model by Carousel 1.  I have to say I'm quite impressed overall.  I love the livery on this piece.  My wife thought it was a Dukes of Hazzard car.  :dizzy  It has a plumbed and wired engine under the hood.  One area that could be improved under the hood are the fender wells.  Just something about them makes them look cheap and distracts from the excellent start that Carousel 1 started with.  There's also plumbing around the rear differential for the cooling radiator.  Paint and tampos are very good on my piece, no complaints in that arena!  Fit and finish is quite good.  It does have doglegs for the doors, I'm not sure if this is accurate on the 1:1.  The interior is a little on the sparse side and could use a little more attention.  that being said, we do get seatbelts and a center console populated with tons of little buttons.  

The chassis and suspension are well done as well.  No working suspension but all the necessary pieces are there.  Wheels and tires are well done too!  There are drilled brake rotors and calipers but the rotors do not move with the wheel.

By the time the auction transaction was closed and feedback received, I ended up getting this car for about $30!  The sender did not secure it to the base which caused the rear leaf springs and shocks to break off as well as the differential radiator.  I contacted the seller and we agreed on a 50% refund.  Is this car worth the $120-$130 MSRP, no, but if you can get one in the $50-$70 range, you will not be disappointed!!!

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#2 OFFLINE   Ronan

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 04:53 PM

That's a fantastic looking Corvette Sean! I passed on these C1 Vettes when they were first released as they I felt were very overpriced.

Then when C1 decided to stop making them and had a big sell off of all of those left in stock, I didn't get any then either. That was a big error as they seem to be pricey and hard to find now! :cheers  :error

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 05:35 PM

I must confess to rather skim-reading the text in a hurry Sean, but I just have to say great job on the pics. The second one down is truly one of my favourite diecast shots I can remember seeing - the composition and angle grabbed me the minute I saw it :nicejob :cheers
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 10:34 PM

Yeah Ronan, you should have grabbed one of these while the getting was good.  They can still be found on eBay for about $60USD.  The #48 seems to grab a little more dough, presumably because of the accomplishments of the 1:1 car and it has a stunning livery too!

Thanks for the comments, Dave!  That too is my favorite shot that I took of this car.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 10:43 PM

Congratulations Sean - these bowties creeping into your collection is making me all warm and fuzzy (and a little envious) inside! A really nice model, and a great price (even before your discount)! Great pics!

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 12:50 AM

mox, on Feb 3 2007, 08:43 PM, said:

Congratulations Sean - these bowties creeping into your collection is making me all warm and fuzzy (and a little envious) inside! A really nice model, and a great price (even before your discount)! Great pics!

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Yeah, all my Mopars are starting to protest and are carrying around signs like this smiley -  :WTF

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 04:49 AM

Ducati-900SS, on Feb 4 2007, 04:34 AM, said:

Yeah Ronan, you should have grabbed one of these while the getting was good.  They can still be found on eBay for about $60USD.  The #48 seems to grab a little more dough, presumably because of the accomplishments of the 1:1 car and it has a stunning livery too!

Thanks for the comments, Dave!  That too is my favorite shot that I took of this car.

:cheers
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$60? That's not too bad! If they can be had for that amount then I think I'll start looking around for some of them then! :cheers

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 07:06 AM

That does look good, doesn't it Sean? The livery is striking. :cheers
What did you think about the weight of the model?
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Posted 04 February 2007 - 07:46 AM

Looks like Sean is really turning up the wick on his picture taking and the types of car he is collecting :cheers
You have really surprised me with a couple of your latest additions!

The C1 Vettes are very, very nice at ebay prices :happy

I think the "Test Car" is bringing some big money ($100 to $150 or more)
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Posted 04 February 2007 - 11:17 AM

Good luck on the hunt, Ronan!

Luc, it is a very heavy car.  It is smaller in all three dimentions than my Mopars by Hwy61 & Ertl, but out weighs them all!  It's a heavy son-of-a-gun!!!

Thanks Jeff!  I've always had problems with lighting and have found a solution that gets me what I need - good ole sunshine!  Plus all the photo tips everyone has been posting has helped too!

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:17 AM

Nice model I purchased mine at £29, all I wish is that they would produce more. It would be nice to get the Greenwood wide body racers?
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:28 AM

View PostSuper Snail, on Nov 13 2008, 05:17 AM, said:

Nice model I purchased mine at £29, all I wish is that they would produce more. It would be nice to get the Greenwood wide body racers?

Hasn't another model in this series just been released? I thought I saw one at the Chicago iHobby Show! :confused

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:46 PM

Yeah, I think they are on the streets now.  They released two or three version, based on this mold I believe.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 07:43 AM

Street-legal blue and yellow models were released as well as a LeMans 1972 racing car model.
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 04:39 AM

View Postlazard, on Nov 14 2008, 03:43 PM, said:

Street-legal blue and yellow models were released as well as a LeMans 1972 racing car model.
The price ($140, despite the limited 600 items) is quite high for the street models, since the quality is not inprooved compared to the old racers.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:34 AM

The new Le Mans version has to many issues in regards to accuracy for my liking which is a pity as they could have been on to a winner.
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