This japanese company made a kit of a Chevrolet Malibu (circa 1979) which seems to fit on 1/87.The lenght of it,given by the eBay dealer who is selling it,suggest that it may be 1/90,however.If someone knows about it,drop a word.I will get one.
Post by tbird428cid on Dec 11, 2012 19:13:33 GMT 1
80s and 90s sounds about right. I bought some of these as toys for my son, during trips to Tokyo within that time frame. The toys are long gone, but as I recall they were not to any scale, and were definitely not consistent. Most were compressed to fit a common wheelbase chassis; like old Revell kits which were box-scale, these are chassis-compressed-scale. More of a novelty item.
Just checked the actual length of a Malibu and given that the given measurements both of the real car and the model are somewhat correct that model should scale out at 1/106. However, I agree, it looks a bit compressed lengthwise. A true to scale Malibu would scale out at 56 millimeters.
Walthers website lists due dates of May 31 for the Corvette convertible and June 30 for the A-100 pickup.
Meanwhile, another new 1/87 scale item that might be of interest is a new structure in HO scale by Moebius Models. Its the "Mel's Drive In" from the movie, "American Graffitti". It looks like it would be a great diorama to display some classic American cars in 1/87 scale, but I think it would take up too much real estate to fit on my HO scale train layout. I believe the estimated due date for this structure is the end of this month. www.moebiusmodels.com/ourkits/kits/productpage-mels.html
The list price on the Mel's Drive in is $44.00, but I've seen it listed on various vendor sites on line from $37.00 up to $79.00. I believe its all molded in one color, so you'll need to paint everything, and from pictures I've seen from a trade show, it doesn't appear to have any interior details. I'll get one of these kits and add an interior and lighting myself.
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Tomica expanded its markets;so they are producing cars for the Korean Market (such as Hyundai Sonata) and the Chinese Market. CN-11 is a miniature of FAW Hong Qi,which they list as 1/84th Scale.They also did FAW Trucks,which approach 1/90 scale,I think. I bought the Hong Qi;as it arrives,I will tell how accurate the estimated scale is.
I susbscrided - around 2009 - to ABC Brianza newsletters,so I have info from them from my continous files,and they led me to a lot of info over these years.Today I received this letter which concerns 1/87 scale:
The first day of spring is bringing us a true novelty in modelcar world. IV Model is now launching the 1/87th scale series. Trucks and buses, these are the main subjects. IVM87009 CORRIERA FIAT 626 RLN BLU/AZZURRA (Unable to load the photo;that is a Coach) Models are available in kit and ready built. You can order them directly by sending us an e-mail or on our website at www.abcbrianza.com where you can find the complete database of the models we offer on line. Other pictures of this new line are available on our blog abcbrianza.blogspot.it You can find our models and other collectors’ items, also in our Ebay store abcbrianza
The only other Italian trucks or buses from Italy I know which graduated to HO were a trolleybus (can not remember who did it - have to find my Auto Model Review Magazine which covered this notice) and Lima's FIAT Truck and trailer.
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WARNING: This person lives at the 1/87 and 1/64 worlds.Enter at your own risk
Possibility of addiction to these places is very high
Just to let you guys know...it seems that Neo Scale Models has not left our scale despite everything we heard. According to mo87.de they are delivering 4 new models now, each in 2 colors. The models are: Saab 95, 1976 Cadillac Coupé de Ville, 1969 Buick Riviera GS and 1986 Chevrolet Caprice Classic.
I see on the Classic Metalworks website, that the "rumor" is that the next car they are doing is the mid 50's car known as "the fine car of it's field". That was the tag line Ford started using in their advertizing in 1955. By 56, it had changed to "the fine car at half the fine car price". So, my guess is that it looks like CMW's next release will be a 55 Ford. Anyone know any details? Since Woodland Scenics already does a generic looking 55-56 Ford, and Williams Bros. also did a 56 Ford, and I think Walthers did a 56 Ford as wel, I'm not very excited about the choice. But I would still buy the cars.