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Old 12th October 2020, 11:15   #12856
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I would like to put up the first post of a very interesting car, The ALAMAGNY RHOMBOID. Also known as the car with two faces, ALAMAGNY, was a concept Rhomboid Car made in France.

We have all seen cars with four wheels in a typical rectangular layout. Two in the front and two in the rear. Back in the 1930s, there were some engineers probably got bored of the regular layout and thought there could be other configurations too. A lot of these thoughts were seen in the post war era as concept prototypes.

The car featured the use of four wheels placed in a diamond pattern. Two wheels are on a common axle in the middle of the car. Eventually coming out to be known as RHOMBOID configuration, this car had two identical fronts on both sides and not really, having a rear. The ideology behind this design was known as PUSH ME PULL YOU. Like many postwar cars built in Europe and the UK, high fuel mileage and maneuverability in cities was an important consideration in the development of this rhomboid car.

Even more interesting today, from all aspects of design and engineering than in former times, was the fact that it needed very small space to turn around. The story has an unfortunate ending for Mr. Alamagny though as the diamond chassis concept never made it to production. The prototype was eventually disassembled, and no parts of the body or components are believed to exist.

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Fourth from the V12 collection is a KK-Scale 1:18 scale Ferrari 365 GTC4. This is a Metal model with non opening parts but the wheels and steering wheel do move.
Beautiful model. But honestly, I was not happy with the quality of KK even though what you and I (288 GTO) picked up are supposed to be limited edition models. The paint finish is ok but the wheels are just not right. They tend to flex a bit under the weight of the car. What is your thought on it?

At a similar price point (almost), I have now long been a fan of the GT-Spirt models even though they are resin.

But it is amazing to see more beauties being added to your lovely garage!
Happy collecting!

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Beautiful model. But honestly, I was not happy with the quality of KK even though what you and I (288 GTO) picked up are supposed to be limited edition models. The paint finish is ok but the wheels are just not right. They tend to flex a bit under the weight of the car. What is your thought on it?

At a similar price point (almost), I have now long been a fan of the GT-Spirt models even though they are resin.

But it is amazing to see more beauties being added to your lovely garage!
Happy collecting!

Rohan
I agree. GT-Spirit at a similar price point has far better quality including fit and finish. Resin models have better shut lines and since they don’t open are easier to be kept clean.

So far, I have found the Schuco/Minichamps quality to be the best followed by GT- Spirit among the models I own.

But, the KK scale Ferrari models I have picked up till now are rare to find and their actual beautiful design makes up for it

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I would like to put up the first post of a very interesting car, The ALAMAGNY RHOMBOID. Also known as the car with two faces, ALAMAGNY, was a concept Rhomboid Car made in France.

We have all seen cars with four wheels in a typical rectangular layout. Two in the front and two in the rear. Back in the 1930s, there were some engineers probably got bored of the regular layout and thought there could be other configurations too. A lot of these thoughts were seen in the post war era as concept prototypes.

The car featured the use of four wheels placed in a diamond pattern. Two wheels are on a common axle in the middle of the car. Eventually coming out to be known as RHOMBOID configuration, this car had two identical fronts on both sides and not really, having a rear. The ideology behind this design was known as PUSH ME PULL YOU. Like many postwar cars built in Europe and the UK, high fuel mileage and maneuverability in cities was an important consideration in the development of this rhomboid car.

Even more interesting today, from all aspects of design and engineering than in former times, was the fact that it needed very small space to turn around. The story has an unfortunate ending for Mr. Alamagny though as the diamond chassis concept never made it to production. The prototype was eventually disassembled, and no parts of the body or components are believed to exist.
Microcars were the need of the hour post WWII. For entering this car the front and back had to be pulled open like a hood. The total length of this car was 342cm and a height of 160cm and still could seat 4 people. It had a Simca 5 569cc engine producing 13hp and could travel up-to 85kmph. And because of its unique design had a turning radius of less than 4 meters

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Fifth from the V12 collection is a KK-Scale 1:18 scale Ferrari 400 Superamerica. This model was made specially for the North American market which debuted in 1959 with Ferrari manufacturing only 400 cars.

This is again a Metal model with non opening parts but the wheels and steering wheel do move. KK-Scale manufactured a total of 2,250 pieces of this particular 1962 model.

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1989 Land Rover Defender 110 Camel Trophy Winner in 1:64 scale from Mini GT.

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Picked up a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS and a VW Beetle.

These are from RMD. Retails for INR 299/- at DMart. Interior detailing is just ok though exterior is good.
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And after a long wait, she is here!

My 1:18 911R by Spark. It's a resin model and I am completely blown away by the quality of it. Comes with a display case as well. As is with my other 911s- this is silver as well. And that is what took so much time to find the right spec. It absolutely had to be silver!

Some pics.

The box itself is absolutely beautiful and it is heavy! It's the same color spec as the model itself and that tiny detail has made me love it even more

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And now the car!

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman which belonged to King Khalid (Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud) of Saudi Arabia made by Matrix in 1:43 scale.

This one is a very unique car/Pullman. With Oil revenues hitting new highs in late 70’s the King had a collection of many exotic cars. This unique car was added to the collection when the King wanted a car which was both modern and at the same time have some touches of the 40’s.

To full fill his request Buchmann & Buchmann (B+B) were approached who were known for making very expensive models for their clientele and obviously money was never an issue for the Saudi King.

B+B choose the most luxurious car money could buy then, which was the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman. To give it the 40’s touch they modified the exterior of the car extensively. The King wanted running board on both side of the car for his bodyguards to stand and this was done by making a provision for a 30 cm extended foot-board and was superbly covered by adding new fenders/ flowing wings to give it the 40’s touch.

Other known modifications were that the wheelbase was extended by 600 mm and the steering system was completely redesigned and the braking system was rerouted. Also, they added free standing headlights.

There was a rumour that the King wanted to colour it bright Red with white polka dots. However, Mr. Buchmann refused to honour the King’s request and maintained a single tone red colour with the same matching interior in leather.

Just like Manny Koshbin said if you think you have loads of money which can buy/full fill any wish then it is not always the case as Hermes declined to do Orange interiors on his Pagani Huayra

Now, for some pictures of this beautiful one off creation (However the King was delivered 9 exact replicas )

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Friends,

Very new to this thread. Long time ago, I started collecting scale models, but the hobby died soon, as I was unable to find a place to display them. When I renovated my house 4 years ago, I packed all my toys in a box and were stored. The Mrs. didn't wanted me to display them.

Finally, I decided to make a display, no matter what.

So, not sure if this post should be part of the DIY thread or this one - The idea is to showcase the collection and the display case.

Used MDF to make the box and vinyl decals for the background. Printed various logos and manually cut them to shape and size.

Don't forget to notice the transparent www.team-bhp.com sticker I bought about 5 years ago. Glad I found them.

Enjoy..!

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Friends,

Very new to this thread. Long time ago, I started collecting scale models, but the hobby died soon, as I was unable to find a place to display them. When I renovated my house 4 years ago, I packed all my toys in a box and were stored. The Mrs. didn't wanted me to display them.

Finally, I decided to make a display, no matter what.


Enjoy..!
We need to research why our wives get worked up over our little toys. My wife, even today, 3+ decades of marriage later gets riled up when a new aircraft scale model arrives. Poor me. She has the whole house for her plants, paintings, wall hangings, carpets and God knows what and my poor aircraft get only a little corner here or there! I think we should form an " association of tormented husbands for scale models"
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We need to research why our wives get worked up over our little toys. My wife, even today, 3+ decades of marriage later gets riled up when a new aircraft scale model arrives. Poor me. She has the whole house for her plants, paintings, wall hangings, carpets and God knows what and my poor aircraft get only a little corner here or there! I think we should form an " association of tormented husbands for scale models"
The problem could be most family members consider them as toys and not as collectibles.

For me, my wife wants a bigger wardrobe before even I can think off making a cabinet to display my collection
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That's always going to be a mystery. Wives don't understand this obsession/passion with so called "toys".

Back in the days, the only way I could display was along with her miniature Chinaware.

Imaging, how the cars would look with a teacup beside it.
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Second from the Pullman collection is a 1978 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet owned by the infamous Saddam Hussein built by TSM Model (True Scale Miniatures) in 1:43 scale.

All Pullman were special and unique and this one is no exception. Apart from the owner the unique details about the car as follows:

1) It’s a state landaulet, with a solid roof over the front seats and a folding canvas roof on the back half of the car.

2) As per Wiki Mercedes built 2,677 Pullman from 1963 up to 1981. They came in four different Body Style

a) 4-door saloon (This version was a short wheelbase version and remaining were long wheelbase versions)

b) 4-door limousine

c) 6-door limousine

d) Landaulet limousine

3) Out of 2,677 Pullman only 59 were landaulet models and something between 15 and 20 were “long roof” models, with the fabric roof extending not only over the rear seats but all the way to the partition that separated the back area from the front seats. Most landaulets only go over the rear bench. This meant Saddam could stand on a pedestal in the rear and stick his head out of the car in a parade.

4) Further Saddam’s car is more desirable because it’s a four-door, not a six-door model and is 21 feet long and weighs over 4 tons.

5) The cars upholstery is a sand velour to match the desert sand and didn’t have leather because of the hot climate in Iraq generally.

6) The outside is specced with small running boards all around the car and grab handles on the back end. This is for the guards during the procession to stand on and protect whoever’s inside. But after parades in Iraq the guards would get on the 600 and ride it back to base, meaning their belts and guns would dent and scratch and scrape the body.


The original car has been hiding in the Petersen Automotive Museum’s basement for several years where it was bought from Jordan when sometime after the fall of Baghdad and Saddam’s subsequent capture, the landaulet came into the hands of an Iraqi businessman who, somehow managed to get it from Iraq to Jordan.

Some images of the real car in the current state after been driven just 5,204 kilometers in 42 years and the scale model

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Third from the Pullman collection is a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB Pullman owned by King Hussein of Jordan (the present King Abdullah’s father) built by TSM Model (True Scale Miniatures) in 1:43 scale.

Jordan, a country sandwiched between Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Israel – had maintained stability amid such a messed-up neighbourhood thanks to the late king, a man committed to peace, tolerance and human rights since ascending the throne at age 17.

Known to his people as Al-Malik Al-Insan (the ''Humane King'') the much-loved monarch was not only a car buff, he was also a qualified pilot. A pilot who, at age 22, escaped two hostile Syrian MiG-17 fighters by landing his twin-engined plane in the Jordanian desert.

King Hussein ruled Jordan for 47-years (1952 to 1999) . As a testament to his negotiating skills, delegates from all political sides – the USA, Israel, Palestine, Great Britain, Russia, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia – came together for his funeral on February 8, 1999.

This 1975 Pullman from his massive car collection is very special as is the last car the king traveled in after his triumphant return to Jordan from the Mayo Clinic (Cancer treatment as he was a chain smoker for decades) on January 19, 1999. Sadly, he died two weeks later. Out of respect the car was never driven again.

In his father’s memory Royal Automobile Museum (RAM) was inaugurated in 2003 by King Hussein's son and successor King Abdullah II, the Royal Automobile Museum is home to more than 80 cars and 50 motorcycles displayed alongside historic photographs and multimedia presentations. The 1975 Pullman is displayed as well.

Some pictures of the original car and the scale model.

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Old 8th November 2020, 15:40   #12870
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Here is my Pullman from Autoart

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