New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

With win­ter now upon us, the shorter days mean lots more time spent in­doors — as an al­ter­na­tive to veg­ging out in front of the TV, how about ap­ply­ing your skills to build­ing a few car mod­els? Just to give you some in­cen­tive, this month we’ll look at a few from AMT’S range of 1:25 scale model kits. So, for­get about those high­priced tai­lor­made car mod­els for the mo­ment, un­cap your poly­styrene glue, break out your model­mak­ers’ paint­brushes and get stuck in. First up is this 1936 Ford V8. This model can be cus­tom­ized to suit your own mo­tor­ing tastes, and can be built as ei­ther a coupe or road­ster. Ad­di­tion­ally, with two roof op­tions — chopped or stock height — model­mak­ers have the op­tion of con­struct­ing this Ford as fully stock, as a cus­tom car or a full­blown vintage drag­racer. If the lat­ter is your choice, you can choose to fit a Pon­tiac 389 V8 into the model rather than the stan­dard flat­head — both en­gines are supplied with the kit. Want some­thing a lit­tle more clas­sic rather than vintage? How about this good-look­ing split­screen ’63 Corvette Stingray? Once again, this 1:25 scale kit al­lows you to choose your own ver­sion of the car — stock, street cus­tom or drag gasser. For those opt­ing for the lat­ter, the kit in­cludes a ‘Rat’s Nest’ 7.4­litre (454ci) V8 topped with triple carbs, a blower, pre­let­tered drag­rac­ing slicks and a sheet of retro­styled de­cals. Thanks to the good guys at Toy­mod — the NZ AMT dis­trib­u­tor — we’re giv­ing one lucky reader the chance to while away a few win­ter evenings putting to­gether their own AMT ’36 Ford coupe / road­ster model kit — just an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion:


Good enough to eat? By 1936, Ford cars in­cluded items made from an or­ganic prod­uct that could also be turned into milk. Can you name that un­usual prod­uct? Toen­terthis­com­pe­ti­tion,headto:clas­s­ic­ com­pe­ti­tions—com­pe­ti­tion­clos­esjuly20,2015. Amt­mod­elk­it­sa­reavail­able­fro­ma­ll­go­od­toyand hob­byshops.con­tact­toy­modltd(pobox18263, Auck­land,ph.095270122/fax095270144)to find­y­our­closes­tre­tailer.

While furry beasts with sharp claws are per­haps the most pop­u­lar an­i­mal­based names to be used by au­tomak­ers, birds (of the feathered va­ri­ety) have also lent their names to quite a few cars — ei­ther via myth­i­cal (as in Thun­der­bird) or just made­up monikers. Ei­ther way, can you iden­tify these bird­- re­lated mod­els?

Another one from Mck­lein’s won­der­ful cat­a­logue of large­for­mat su­perbly­il­lus­trated ti­tles, this cov­ers the clas­sic late ’60s pe­riod of rac­ing sports cars, from Abarth to Shelby’s Cobra Day­tona coupé and ev­ery­thing in-­be­tween.

With 402 large pages — the book comes in a slip­case — there’s a short but in­ter­est­ing de­scrip­tion of the history and rac­ing ca­reer of each of the 54 fea­tured mod­els (in English and Ger­man) by Wil­fried Muller who, in­ci­den­tally, lives in Whangarei. This is set off by prob­a­bly the best range of im­ages you’ll ever see of these cars.

In­deed, it’s the pho­to­graphs that make the book so spe­cial. As you’d ex­pect from the ti­tle, there are lots of fas­ci­nat­ing de­tailed shots of en­gines, sus­pen­sion, flimsy body­work, strange at­tempts to fit in the com­pul­sory lug­gage con­tain­ers and sparse cock­pits. There are plenty of ex­cel­lent rac­ing shots too, while the large page size means you can re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the qual­ity of the im­ages. Per­haps best of all are the garage scenes, with teams of cars be­ing pre­pared in what would now be re­garded as very prim­i­tive con­di­tions — but the Ford garage at Le Mans al­ways seemed to have had crates of Coca Cola stacked high!

Ex­pect the ob­vi­ous choices — Ford GT40, Fer­rari 330P4 and Porsche 908 — but how about the Serenis­sima Tor­pedo, a manic Abarth with a V8 mo­tor mounted be­hind the rear axle, and feath­er­weight hill­climb cars like the BMW Monti and Fer­rari 212E Montagna? Three Cha­parrals are also in­cluded, along with cars from Alpine, Maserati, Lola­- As­ton, Lo­tus and more. The

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