The packaging on this 1:25 model states “The World’s Most Famous Vehicle … The WWII Jeep”. While that doesn’t leave much room for argument, we’d have to agree that this is a cool-looking model. It can be built in one of three configurations. The Stock Command Jeep is armed with a 105 recoil-less rifle or 50-calibre machine gun! Or you can build the street version with Surrey top and decals for both command and medic versions. This model requires glue for the build and is the authentic Jeep right down to the tiniest details, the gas tank, straight-four engine, and radio. Second, our giveaway this month is a 1:18 scale model of the original Mazda Cosmo 110S in Japanese police livery. Of course, knowing what we now know about the ongoing unreliability of the rotary engine, it’s highly unlikely the Cosmo would be used by a modern force, but it was certainly a cool piece of kit back when it was in service. The Cosmo was a long-running flagship model for Mazda, its name a nod to the space race and a sign of its forward-thinking engineering. The car was entered into various motor sport disciplines, owing to its 97kw (130hp) engine and kerb weight of only 940kg. The distinctive Mazda style began to take shape with this model, as can be seen in the hood shape and headlamps. This Japanese Police Car AUTOART die-cast model would be a great addition to any collection of Mazda die-cast cars as a beautifully detailed model, with a faithfully replicated engine and interior. It is made of high-quality die-cast metal and is finely detailed, inside and out. Other key features include opening doors, hood, and trunk, and steerable wheels that roll. To win this month’s prize, simply answer the following question and send your answers to email@example.com, or PO Box 46,020, Herne Bay, Auckland.
Q: Who designed the original Cosmo?
All the models discussed here are available at good model shops. Visit toymod.com or call 09 527 0122 for your nearest retailer.