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Old 22nd August 2006, 21:56   #481
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Bhargavi, nice Merc. I had bought a 500K too. It was white. I gifted it to my dad's eye surgeon. He's a Merc man.
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Old 23rd August 2006, 10:38   #482
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Hey guys,

Mattel has launched the Ferrari Enzo Elite. Going by the name and price, it would be safe to assume a high level of detail on this one.
Mattel has also launched the Ferrari FXX !!!
BBR's Enzo however still has no match. ($330)
CMC has launched the high detail Mercedes Mclaren SLR for $285.
The Veyron beater...the Chrysler ME 4/12 is also out !!

cheers
Does anyone know when/who might make the Lamborghini LP640 ?
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yes ameya the FXX is available on ebay. I should call for it next time.

Just got the 2F2F Skyline. Pics are in the previous page
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Old 23rd August 2006, 13:05   #484
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Default The glittering world of automobile miniature scale-models

Friends:

A few thoughts to share, from my exposure from 1961 to date, to the glittering world of automobile scale-models and construction kits.

I've visited shops in Western Europe, North America and Australia which carry only scale-model cars as opposed to toys. The popular scales are 1:43, 1:24 and 1:16.

Like the world of after-shaves, colognes and eau-de-toilettes(EDTs), where there are
  1. grocery/medical store eau de toilettes,
  2. speciality clothing store eau de toilettes and
  3. perfume store/designer eau de toilettes,
There are
  1. toy shop models (Hot-wheels, Mattel, Corgi, Maisto, Bburago(now owned by Maisto), Road-Champs),
  2. hobby store models (Schabak, Wiking, Herpa, Revell, AMT, Monogram, Jo-han, MPC, Tamiya, Fujimi, Hasegawa) and then there are
  3. specialty collector store scale-models(e.g. Franklin Mint-USA, Schuco-Germany, Box-Italy). Alsohand-built limited edition models made of white metal or resin and one-of-a-kind auction models where you bid and buy.
At the high-end here are the 1:43, 1:24 and 1:16 scale plastic as well as die-cast aluminium kits by companies like Monogram, MPC, Tamiya and Hasegawa,

and at an even higher end are the resin and white-metal models that you cut, trim, file, sand, spray-paint and detail by yourself.

The best kits have incredible levels of detail, body-scripts, emblems and gauges, even in parts you don't see like suspension components, exhaust headers, etc. which are hidden when the finished model is on display.

Specialist aficionados can take a basic model kit and add details (winding windows and working lights and blinkers) making it closer to a real car.

Modern technology today allows use of details in photo-etched brass, wiring for engines, vinyl convertible tops, wheels with separate independent suspension, leather upholstery, adhesive chrome foil for chrome trim and aluminum-billeted parts. A single car can be hand-assembled from upto 1,200 individual parts.

Knowing that Team-BHP has car-buffs from all walks of life, international exposures, focuses and interests, I invite your opinions.

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the v raptor isnt actually by maisto or other reputed oness..but some local but prety decent one called.....new ray toys claims to be frm hong kong..but dunnoo...
Thanks for the info. I have seen 1:12 motogp bikes by New ray and they have done a pretty good job on them. Can you please tell me where you got the Raptor from? TIA cheers:
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you can try at any small toy shops for kids they should generally have it coz i bought if off the shelf from one such place in thane...they even make the MVAGUSTA..
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WOW.. where did you order the skyline from... Please PM me the site.. and the details...

Thanks
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Default 1959 Chevrolet Impala four-door sport sedan

Dear friends:

Like all Team-BHPians, my passion for cars goes back a long time.
I would like to share with you some thoughts of my first model car.

I take you back to 1964, when I was about six years old and barely able to appreciate the strategic trade of homework done for material reward. I'd asked my mother for a beautiful model car seen on a shopping trip with her.
A general store that also kept toys stood where the Chembur Medical Stores stands today, behind the police chowky at Chembur railway station. Back then in 1964, my mother bought me an Aspen-Green, 1959 Chevrolet Impala 1:43 scale die-cast scale model.

It had an exquisitely moulded cream PVC interior and steering wheel and was my pride and joy as a kid. The 1959 Chevrolet Impala was made by a Calcutta-based company by the name of Morgan Milton Pvt. Ltd. They minted and sold 1:43 scale cars die-cast from dies and tools imported from Corgi, England. Morgan Milton's models were sold under the brand name, "Mini Auto Cars". I actually sought out the company when I was briefly based in Calcutta in 2001, but the company had folded.

Here's a pic of an Aspen Green 1959 Impala 1:43 scale model by Milton, Calcutta.


And a pic of a real 1959 Chevrolet Impala.


More about Chevrolet Impala

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Bollywood was born in Chembur, Bombay before it relocated to Bandra and then to Lokhandwala. Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Geeta Bali, Dhumal, Om Prakash, Kishore Sahu, Surender Kapoor and his sons: Boney (Achal Kapoor), my classmate Anil Kapoor and his kid brother Mickey (Sanjay Kapoor) all hailed from Chembur. They all owned long low V8-powered Detroit iron of the 1950s and 1960s.

The name Impala is inextricably linked with the long wide low cars from my childhood.

Named after the sleek African slender-horned antelope, Impala was a concept car at the GM Motorama auto show in 1956. This sporty Chevrolet married the performance attitude of the Corvette with the luxurious flavor of the Cadillac. It debuted in deference to public reaction at the show, as the top-of-the-line Chevrolet in 1958.

Do you remember "Haathi Mere Saathi"? The heroine Tanuja drives an opulent red convertible MRZ 2233 which breaks down strategically (for the storyline) and is towed by an Elephant ridden by hero Rajesh Khanna. The movie was Chinnapa Devar's Hindi remake of his Tamil movie, Nalla Neram, starring MGR and K. R. Vijaya. The song, "Ahattumda Thambi Raja" became "Chal chal mere saathi" That car was a 1958 Chevrolet Impala registered MRZ 2233 owned by Raju.

The 1958 Impala, designed by GM designer: Carl Renner, was classy looking. It sported crossed flag emblems like a Corvette. Had "Impala" logos, and a sporty six-tail lamp arrangement, all design details that would be an Impala signature well into the sixties.

The standard engine was a straight six. However Impalas also came with a 283V8 and a 348V8. The car had coil springs at all four corners, which gave it a silky soft smooth ride quality. The Car could even be had with air springs as an option.

The 1959 Impala was a complete redesign.

The result was one of the wildest, most flamboyant automobiles to ever leave an assembly line. (click on the pic)



It was wide, low and long, but the stunning focal point was the rear view - where dramatic horizontal fins and sleekly formed taillamps made this car absolutely unique.



In its time, the 1959 Chevy was the most recognized car on the road.

Friends, do any of you have a scale model 1959 Chevrolet Impala?
Do try to get yourself a 1:16 scale 1959 Impala convertible from Yat-Ming. (click on the pic)




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Old 28th August 2006, 12:35   #489
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as always, great stuff ram!

i too picked up a nice 1:18 scale 59 impala, for 200 bucks! cheap chinese quality, but great detail...

a friend of mine from bombay visited a shop in belguim, and sent me these pics...need i say more?











and my utmost fav of the lot...

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Hey guys.. here is my 1:18 Collection..









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Hey maverick... why dont you take some snaps in the day time and post them some close ups too, the first pic is a little dark and not that clear... nice little collection there by the way... isnt that a Ford Gt90 ???
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Old 1st September 2006, 10:46   #492
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Ok guys...I am actually running low on time...So I'll post them all one by one...

First, My 1:12 Bikes



My 1:12 BMW R 1100



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My 1:12 R1...the 1st one ever sold in Mumbai...Ain't she beautiful?






And this is the 500th post on this thread!!!!!
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And my 1:12 MV Agusta F4...I think this is the 750



You can see the carbon-fiber kind of finish on the front guard of the wheel...Nice job





And the gorgeous exhausts...would love to inhale the gases from here...

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good job mate....finally u got to unleash the beauties....
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