Style and Sub­stance

Die Cast X - - EDITORIAL -

Our gi­ant fea­ture this is­sue is all about style, and it’s easy to get lost in all the glo­ri­ous eye candy from three of Detroit’s all-time greats, but to do so misses the un­der­ly­ing sub­stance that Har­ley Earl, Vir­gil Exner, and Bill Mitchell brought to the art of au­to­mo­tive de­sign. Their in­no­va­tions were far from just skin-deep; they changed how the en­tire auto in­dus­try works in a fun­da­men­tal way. Earl’s mas­ter­piece the Buick Y-Job cer­tainly in­vented the cat­e­gory we now think of as the con­cept car. Auto World makes an ex­cel­lent 1:18 ver­sion, and we re­view it on page 36. From there, we look at a cou­ple of de­signs from Vir­gil Exner. Minichamps’ replica of the lost con­cept car Chrysler Norse­man is a great model with a fas­ci­nat­ing back­story, and the Pre­mium X Stutz Black­hawk proved that Exner’s keen sense of style and tra­di­tion stayed with him long af­ter he re­tired from Chrysler.

We got our hands on a bril­liant piece from a new player in the 1:18 seg­ment: Al­most Real. Its hy­per­de­tailed model of the 2,000,000th Land Rover proves that the brand is aptly named, as this is the most metic­u­lously crafted Rover replica we’ve seen yet. Mus­cle car fans will re­joice at the pair of first-year Yenko Su­per Ca­maros. Su­per­car Col­lectibles makes street and drag ver­sions of the ’67 Ca­maro stuffed with the fire-breath­ing 427 and tons of de­tail. The Grey­hound Bus Com­pany is an Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tion, and Iconic Repli­cas dishes up a beau­ti­ful 1:50 ren­di­tion of a vin­tage 1931 Mack BK par­lor coach, one of the ma­chines upon which the Grey­hound rep­u­ta­tion was built. Cater­pil­lar is an in­sti­tu­tion in the world of in­dus­trial ma­chin­ery, and Diecast Mas­ters pre­views the next in its High Line se­ries of Cat equip­ment: the 349F L XE Loader. AUTOart rounds out our re­view lineup with Lexus’ lat­est piece of au­to­mo­tive art: the sleek and sexy LC500 sport coupe.

With this is­sue, we also wel­come a new con­trib­u­tor to Die Cast X. Xin Choo got his start writ­ing and pho­tograph­ing mod­els at the Live

and Let Diecast! blog and now writes his own diecast blog at kinja.com/rag­narulz. Start­ing with this is­sue, he’ll be shar­ing his in­sights on Asian mar­ket mod­els—and much more—in Show­room. Our res­i­dent Hot Wheels au­thor­ity Mike Zarnock at­tended the Hot Wheels Na­tion­als in Dal­las ear­lier this spring, and he re­ports on the highly prized event cars from the Texas event. We re­visit our new Kit Car Garage sec­tion to give you the lat­est on DIY mod­el­ing, and we show you some mu­seum-grade mod­els of a trio of Viet­nam-era Huey he­li­copters from Aiken’s Air­planes in Flight­line.

All that and more can be found on the next 60-odd pages, but if you find your­self jonesing for more great con­tent af­ter you’ve pored over this is­sue, re­mem­ber that we do an e-news­let­ter ev­ery month with even more of the sto­ries, news, and re­views you love in each print is­sue. It’s free, so click on over to our web­site at DCX­mag.com and sign up so that you don’t miss a word or a wheel! And check us out on Face­book/diecastx­magazine—you can give us feed­back, ask us ques­tions, share pics and videos, and more. Hope to see you there!

Bill Mitchell suc­ceeded Har­ley Earl as GM de­sign chief, and his vi­sion de­fined two gen­er­a­tions of Corvette. His ’65 Mako Shark II con­cept in­spired the ’68 C3. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF GM ME­DIA AR­CHIVES

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