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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 ed­i­tor@clas­s­ic­car.co.nz, 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.

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