By De­sign

JUST FOR FUN, WE TOOK A LOOK AT HOT WHEELS’ CA­MARO THROUGH THE LENS WE USU­ALLY RE­SERVE FOR REAL-LIFE VE­HI­CLES.

Automobile - - Ethos - by ROBERT CUM­BER­FORD

FIRST OFF, EM­PLOY­ING a stan­dard de­signer’ s trick and us­ing pho­to­graphs, I put a cir­cle guide around a rear wheel of both the Hot Wheels Ca­maro and the pro­duc­tion car. I then drew a tan­gent cir­cle be­hind each ver­sion’s rear tire; the in­scribed cir­cle showed the rear over­hang on the real thing is a bit less than one tire di­am­e­ter. On the Hot Wheels car, the rear over­hang is only half as much. So the wheels are in­deed too big, just as Adam Barry, the car’s se­nior ex­te­rior de­signer, pointed out is typ­i­cal (see page 18).

The same tech­nique re­veals the real Ca­maro’s wheel­base is roughly 3.75 wheel di­am­e­ters. On the Hot Wheels, it’s 3.4 wheel di­am­e­ters, so not too far off. The toy’s black sill piece is too thick, and to my eye, both the front and rear black pieces are as well. There are no side rearview mir­rors on the lit­tle metal car, so we’ll ig­nore that dis­crep­ancy. I do wish I could see some in­di­ca­tion of head­lamps, even just a touch of paint.

This lit­tle Ca­maro is far from the type of car­i­ca­tures cre­ated by the late famed car­toon­ist Dave Deal, but for the record, it’s not ac­cu­rate in pro­por­tions or de­tails. And that’s just fine: Look at the model, and you don’t need to turn it over and read the base­plate to know what it’s sup­posed to be. AM

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