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Bert's Torrid Tyres; Hot Wheels Nostalgia
Topic Started: Feb 20 2017, 08:09 PM (26,998 Views)
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Back to Snappy Al's Used Cars in the old neighborhood...

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... with a nice green '68 Cougar.

This one looks a lot like the very car that a friend drove in the mid-to-late '70s; black top and all. (Well, this one might be a bit more shiny.) '68 Cougars weren't thought of as "cool" back then, just "old". "Old" like any other 10-year-old car.

HW did alright with the car for $1, though it does have a high stance for a pony car. It could be very close to 1/64, though.

"Nice to see the old place, kid, but what's with the drab lighting?"

Isn't that how it's been in SoCal lately, Officer? Overcast, cold, wet, rainy...

"Tell me about it, kid! A sinkhole swallowed some guy's Prius."

Well Officer, at least it wasn't a vintage '68 Cougar in that sinkhole.
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Great variation of the Cougar! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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For a dollar car HW did good with this casting. My personal favorite is the light blue with black roof, something officer Bert might be able to relate to...
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Feb 21 2017, 06:45 PM
For a dollar car HW did good with this casting. My personal favorite is the light blue with black roof, something officer Bert might be able to relate to...
We do have a light blue Cougar, but it's not HW. It's Auto World. Bert hasn't seen it yet.

"And just when do I get to see it, kid?"

Only you know the answer to that question, Officer.
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"Ok kid, let's get onto posting another of these old shots."

I'd love to, Officer. But Photobucket won't let me into my own albums.

"What? Sure you got the right url?"

Oh, the url is right, Officer. PB will download their ads just fine, but when I try to get to my pix, I get "an error occurred". We'll hafta try again later.

"Y'know, the late-night stuff kinda makes me tired, kid."

Not my fault, Officer. Not. My. Fault. :angry:

"One of these days, kid, you may hafta dump PB."

I am warming up to that idea, Officer. ;)
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Finally we get into PB...

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... and our subject is blue, fortunately. (He was making excuses for me, but Bert was getting tired of waiting.)

I think this is the FE. Mattel sure has gotten a lot of mileage out of this '70 Chevelle casting, even making it into a convertible. Good thing they did a decent job on it. The stance is a little high, but I do remember seeing modified muscle cars jacked up just like this back in the day.

"I think I was still in the Academy back then, kid."

I'm surprised you weren't still in a crib back then, Officer.
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Not a whole lot of Isuzu in the diecast world...

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... not in the HW world, anyway.

According to Wikipedia, the Isuzu VehiCROSS (sic) was produced from 1997 through 2001. The photo heading their article even shows a yellow one, like this. Since this one has two doors (not 4), it appears HW did the production car, not the concept. For some reason Mattel's rendering strikes me as being close to 1/64. What does Bert think?

"Looks close, kid. And congratulations for being able to say 'ee-SOO-zoo' instead of 'ee-ZOO-zoo' like most people I know."

Hey Officer, I was schooled by Joe Isuzu himself! I remember him saying, "If you buy one now, we'll give you a brand new house!" B)
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Always thought the Vehicross was a neat looking vehicle. I've seen a few real ones in person and have most if not all of the HW variations.
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No telling how much mileage HW has gotten out of this casting...

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... but it's got to be a lot.

It's been re-tooled more than once, even as a hard top. But Mattel's take on the classic VW Bug always has that HW "attitude"; the wheel arches are somewhat enlarged, the wide tires stick out in the obligatory HW way, and the rear tires are bigger than the front. Best part? It's very close to 1/64. That's significant, because HW usually makes cars this small in a somewhat larger scale. (Compare with HW's renderings of Asian compacts.)

This one is a de-tampoed Surf-n-Fun Bug. Looks much better this way, we think.

"Sure does, kid. I can't believe they hid some of that gorgeous blue under a bunch of silly tampoes."

Yes Officer, even Mattel can make a bad call now and then. ^_^
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The Peugeot 405, a car I've never seen done by any other brand...

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... not that that proves anything. :rolleyes:

I don't don't know that I've ever seen a real one, but the fact that HW did this car at all leads me to suspect it's a popular car somewhere, certainly in France! HW did their usual HW approach with it, fat tires and all. Otoh, they seem to have used the same diameter tire all around (which is nice). From photos of the real one, I suspect Mattel's rendering is quite close to 1/64.

"Looks like you'll hafta crunch some numbers again, kid."

Maybe I'll do that as part of our next photo shoot, Officer.

"Our next what, now?"
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guy64
Feb 24 2017, 07:56 PM
The Peugeot 405, a car I've never seen done by any other brand...
Majorette did. :)
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guy64
Feb 22 2017, 08:08 PM


"...congratulations for being able to say 'ee-SOO-zoo' instead of 'ee-ZOO-zoo' like most people I know."

Hey Officer, I was schooled by Joe Isuzu himself! I remember him saying, "If you buy one now, we'll give you a brand new house!" B)
"Thas OK buddy, I can't say Cheforay"

Izzybooboo :D
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Feb 24 2017, 08:05 PM
guy64
Feb 24 2017, 07:56 PM
The Peugeot 405, a car I've never seen done by any other brand...
Majorette did. :)
Majo? Figures! They're French too, you know. :D
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A casting that just has a certain undefinable appeal for us...

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... even with these wheels.

They do stick out a bit much, don't they? Would tend to be a problem in a typical parking space. But with the dirt bike on the back bumper, the separate shell, the metal base... What can we say? We like it!

"Yeah, so tell 'em what it is, kid."

No need to, Officer. Says what it is right on the side.

"What? Where?"

Just back away from the vehicle, Officer, and look at the door...

"Wh... oh! It's a Bronco. That would make it a Ford, right?"

That's how it works, Officer.

"Pic looks a little dark, kid."

Mm-hmm. Clouds are moving in...
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guy64
Feb 25 2017, 06:13 PM
But with the bicycle on the back bumper,...
That would be an off-road motorcycle - a dirt bike.
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Feb 25 2017, 07:14 PM
guy64
Feb 25 2017, 06:13 PM
But with the bicycle on the back bumper,...
That would be an off-road motorcycle - a dirt bike.
So edited.

"HA!"
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Feb 25 2017, 08:04 PM
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Feb 25 2017, 07:14 PM
guy64
Feb 25 2017, 06:13 PM
But with the bicycle on the back bumper,...
That would be an off-road motorcycle - a dirt bike.
So edited.


HA!
Awesome! The world is at peace now. :hippie: (Sorry to nit-pick.)
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Feb 25 2017, 08:09 PM
(Sorry to nit-pick.)
No problem Mark. How else would we maintain accuracy? :thumbup:

I'm just glad somebody said something before the edit button expired! :rolleyes:
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And now, a favorite Corvette casting...

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The opening hood gives it an advantage, of course. The interior details don't hurt either. B)

It's from the days when moving features were not so few and far between in the $1 HW world. Granted, a buck was worth more then...

"Kid, this one is lookin' veeerrry close to 1/64 to me."

Looks that way to me too, Officer.

"Woulda been nice if that was confirmed with some hard numbers, though."

Yeah, I know, Officer...

"Just sayin', kid..."
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A fairly mundane car rendered in a fairly mundane way...

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When I found this Dodge Omni it was a surprise to see it done so... stock. Not that I was disappointed. I was delighted! B)
We were just beginning to buy diecast cars specifically for our mrr layout, and finding everyday cars depicted in everyday non-modified condition was a treat. Especially when the item is so close to 1/64 scale. And for a buck!

"I dunno, kid. Those wheels don't look very 'stock' to me."

Generic Hot Wheels wheels, Officer. Don't let them worry you.

"Oh, I'm not worried, kid. But maybe the owner of this car should be."

Uh, I'll advise him (or her) accordingly, Officer.

"Just let him/her know I'm cutting them some slack this time because it's blue."
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Nice Omni. :)
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wow, that 405 did took me by surprise.

I have that Omni as well. very nice casting.
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Feb 24 2017, 07:56 PM
The Peugeot 405, a car I've never seen done by any other brand...

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I don't don't know that I've ever seen a real one, but the fact that HW did this car leads me to suspect it's a popular car somewhere, certainly in France!
It was a huge seller here too, but notorious for its bad quality, especially in the electrical parts. Most of them were scrapped ages ago, and the rest exported to Northern African countries. Occasionally I see one on the roads, and I DO pay attention to one nowadays. I have driven a few of those, and I have to say that even in today's standards, one that is in good condition IS very comfy to drive!

It is one of my favourite, if not the favourite, HW castings of all time. I think they did an amazing job with it, and captured the car's proportions way better than Majorette, which looks too short in my opinion. Numerous Dakar-Rally T16 versions from different manufacturers are their own thing.

But did you know - even though introduced in 1987, they STILL build this car. In Iran. There is even a lower-end version of it, which uses an older RWD platform with this "modern" 405 body.
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VERY interesting info, Ripa! Many thanks! :thumbup:

"Now, y'see kid how much more interesting this is when you know what yer talking about?"

Well, Officer, I don't see you contributing much to the "reference information" part of this thread.

"Wutter-yoo talking about kid? I provide the visual reference. I'm indispensable!"

Well just remember, Officer, your current reluctance to pose for newer shots could very well make you less indispensable. Your brother, Bart, has expressed an interest in standing in for you.

"Bart? In that black uniform? How uncouth..."
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My favorite version of the HW Aerostar...

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Just looking at it makes me hungry! :drool:

I'm not sure how accurate a rendering it is of the Ford Aerostar, assuming it's supposed to be an Aerostar. (There does appear to be a tiny chrome oval on the grill.) But I like its look anyway. We have two other versions including one "Flip Out", and we've never seen it with anything but chromed glass. Bert still wonders what the inside looks like.

"My interest is purely professional, kid."

I never would have thought otherwise, Officer.
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