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These are not inexpensive diecasts, but are white metal or resin-cast models brimming with detail. There is a difference, in price, in quality, and how one who collects them bristles when the casual onlooker calls them "toys".  ;)

 

American Excellence released this '57 Caballero a few years ago in resin, and here it's mated with Brooklin's 1961 Airstream Bambi. It's a lilliputian twin to Centurion's BoS 1/18th model he so capably pictured recently.

 

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From what many collectors consider the "Golden Era" of white metal models, Conquest Models' 1957 Roadmaster 75 Riviera Sedan was produced in very limited runs, in the low-hundreds. Although the headlight bezels should be painted body color, it's a fine example of a vintage 1990 white metal model that has stood the test of time. Its travel mate here is Brooklin's 1958 Shasta AirFlyte, with wings!

 

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If you're wondering how to capture models in "realistic" surroundings like this, it's no secret, anyone can do it. Shoot a background (for depth of field), put it against your "roadway" (which can be as simple as grey matte board, in this case, a bit more elaborate), shoot at about four feet at F32, focusing about a third of the way into the subject, and you're done. No Photoshop or post-production, although I do use a program to sharpen and contrast the image.

 

I shoot these in my carport for the natural, diffused light, with only a reflector made of aluminum foil, spray-mounted on foamcore.

 

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This is USA Models' 1958 Fleetwood 75 Limousine, detailed with Bare Metal Foil to resemble its much more expensive Motor City brethren, again from the early-'90's. The driveway is just grey matte board.

 

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While modern resin models offer much more detail, the longevity of their finely wrought and delicate, photo-etched parts remains to be seen. The shoot for the Caballero above was the first time it was off its plinth and out of the box since its purchase about three years ago.

 

As a generalist in both models and 1:1 cars, I count on one hand the number of my Buick 1/43rd scale models. I'm confident that Centurion will hop on board and post some of his vast collection of postwar 1/43rd Buicks. His 1/43rd scale dealership is a sight to behold!

 

Still playing with cars after all these years,

 

TG

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Excellent, Tom!  Wonderful photos and great models!

 

Thanks, too, for a primer on how you shoot these great images of your models.

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Oh, the FUN of it all.

I don't need another hobby, BUT sure is nice to view these.

Very nice, Thank You Tom,

Dale in Indy

P. S. My models aren't that true to life, so if I'm going to photo, then I need to come up with some, NOT so realistic backgrounds, maybe.

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Oh, the FUN of it all.

I don't need another hobby, BUT sure is nice to view these.

Very nice, Thank You Tom,

Dale in Indy

P. S. My models aren't that true to life, so if I'm going to photo, then I need to come up with some, NOT so realistic backgrounds, maybe.

 

Dale your being to modest. Your builds are awesome.

 

If anyone has any doubts, check the links below.

 

http://forums.aaca.org/topic/209684-you-dont-want-to-miss-this-1946-buick/?hl=%2B%26%2339%

3B1946+%2Bbuick+%2Bparade+%2Bfloat%26%2339%3B.

 

 

http://forums.aaca.org/topic/230062-my-1941-art-deco-buick-model-car-hauler/page-1#entry1199756

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Dave, Thanks for the kind words, looking forward to SHOW & TELL regarding my 1000 hour plus, BUICK inspired 1927 Miller Indy large scale race car model build.

Today I'm polishing the copper wheel covers that I spun, doing dash work, and wife of 55 years is sewing the interior. Got to love the wife. She is a big supported of my arty works.

Pictures, and story probably a month away, big art contest is in May, still have display to build.

Dale in Indy

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Move over Skylarks, your Big Brother has arrived. Got the 1954 Buick Landau Concept in today after ordering it about 3 months ago. While not perfectly correct it is close enough. Was in hopes it would have had the original hubcaps instead of the wires and it could have been a bit more detailed in the color of the straps on the trunk but hey, I'm not complaining.  I have a special display planned for this piece amongst some original parts off the Landau I managed to beg off Bob while he had it. It will certainly take it's place in front for the time being, pushing the Skylarks to the side. P1010950.JPGP1010958.JPGP1010952.JPGP1010954.JPGP1010956.JPGP1010960.JPGP1010962.JPGP1010963.JPG

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*grins*

 

I've showcased a few of those pics on OC,SH, Tom. ;)

 

As for me ... I was given a Buick collection a couple years ago.  Attached is a sampling....

 

 

Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 79 CC to ?? Mercury Grand Marquis!!

"It helps fill an empty place" __ Charly McClain __ 'Radio Heart'

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On 4/17/2016 at 6:21 PM, ScarredKnightfan said:

*grins*

 

I've showcased a few of those pics on OC,SH, Tom. ;)

 

As for me ... I was given a Buick collection a couple years ago.  Attached is a sampling....

 

 

Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 79 CC to ?? Mercury Grand Marquis!!

"It helps fill an empty place" __ Charly McClain __ 'Radio Heart'

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Nice gift Cort!

 

TG

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The late James Sears commissioned the model of our restoration that was our restoration 101 project.  The duplication was in the finest detail even to the interior. (The mirrors & scripts were omitted)

 

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16 hours ago, TG57Roadmaster said:

 

Nice gift Cort!

 

TG

 

Thank you.

 

It came as a COMPLETE surprise to me.  One day, I opened my Email to find an Email I THOUGHT was "fake", but it seemed sincere enough.  So I responded & to my amazement, the guy wrote back & gave me his phone #.  I called.  Turns out, he had followed my road trips & gatherings, back when I did them 2002-2011, on a message board I frequented (& still check once a week) & was inspired by my ability to stay positive, upbeat & looking ahead, despite my multiple open heart surgeries.  As such, he wanted to know if I wanted his Buick collection.  I hesitated because, with no job at the time, I knew I couldn't afford to buy anything extraneously.  He must've picked up on my hesitation because he said swiftly:  "Oh, I should've said that differently.  I do not want to sell my collection to you, I want you to have it, if you want it."  The rest is history.  I found out later that he was giving away his stuff because he was dying of cancer.  I've tried to reach him a few times, but my gut is telling me he is no longer with us. :(

 

Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner)

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Some of my Buicks.....Tootsie Toy "Y" job,  a couple of Brooklin '39 convertibles custom built by John Roberts, and a pewter Reatta done in 1988 for the Select 60 dealers, Pacesetter awards,  and at Pewter 53 Skylark done sometime in the '70's

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Wow , some rare ones for sure Barney!!! 

(Did you mean to say pewter Skylark or did you post the wrong picture)

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I know this thread goes back some but just came across three of my '58's in a box plus an ad showing paste wax and.... a can of it I had saved.

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 While visiting Georgia a week ago Lamar was showing off some new model cars he had acquired. This reminded me of one I had high on a shelf that I I can't remember where I got and I've never opened. 20170528_114104.thumb.jpg.b0a4d61882c79898e4ae03560eea2428.jpgAfter seeing the level of detail on Lamar's I had to open mine out of curiosity.

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An inch of dust

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20170528_113552.thumb.jpg.d015caa978b1d32088f3c3019ea6449b.jpgSorry, not ready to take the tape off to open the doors 

20170528_113624.thumb.jpg.d028386c18efd1eabce34595f83d8a2c.jpg20170528_113638.thumb.jpg.912cac5f5b5c75947f6883bf1675b765.jpgspare tire is a complete tire,  and removable.  No jack behind it though.  ?20170528_113746.thumb.jpg.36773fb45ff286ebe2a698deebe93d86.jpgI feel they could have done better with the grille....20170528_113820.thumb.jpg.d1ef369ee280834ba4929914447a562c.jpg under hood was pretty good,  including washer jar,  and air intake duct. 

The real surprise was the steering wheel operates! 

 

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Love those 1:18scale models. 

Just can't figure out how to get the mirrors set right? 

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I have picked up a couple of these pewter models....probably considered 1/24 they are just under 5 inches long.

The base under them looks like large bricks and there is a number on the base under the front bumper.

Reasonably inexpensive, the windshield frame will almost always be deformed but is easily bent back.

The majority came with a black plastic base, but the second photo shows one with a wooden base with the Hawk logo used by Buick in late '70's-'80's

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I have merged some recent similar subject posts to here, hope you's guys don't mind. 

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Most of the 53 models appear to be skylark or roadmaster , anyone seen a convertible with 3 portholes , would like to purchase particularly if in red ! Ruby in miniature!

cheers

pilgrim

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